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International/EU: £14,415 per year
- Gain expertise in a wide variety of English topics.
- Learn from an expert team of researchers and practising writers.
- Choose your direction of study and discover the topics that fire your interest the most.
- Team up with professionals and apply your skills in placements and projects.
This is an exciting opportunity to study all three areas of English. You’ll debate a dynamic variety of literary texts, explore the relationship between language and society, and develop your creative voice across a range of genres. If you’re enthusiastic about all areas of English, then this is the course for you.
Watch student Ellie Wright talk about what it’s like to study this course.
How you learn
All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.
Join a friendly and welcoming academic and creative community. You’ll be supported by expert researchers and a distinguished team of practising writers – including poets, novelists and scriptwriters – who all value and nurture your unique insights and perspectives.
As you progress, you can choose to specialise in one of the disciplines or continue to combine all three.
You learn through
- lectures on specialist topics
- critical debates in seminars
- writing workshops
- one-to-one meetings with staff
- group work
- innovative assessments, projects and briefs
- live readings and special events
Course leaders and tutors
I lecture on a variety of modules across the English programme, with particular teaching interests in Renaissance and nineteenth century literature.
We’re committed to giving you the experience and confidence you need to take your skills and knowledge beyond the classroom.
You can gain professional experience in your second year by collaborating with external partners or undertaking a work placement. Previous students have worked with local schools and children’s charities to develop materials and resources. Many have also gained experience in publishing, journalism, event design and public relations – with some even starting their own businesses.
You can also work towards the Trinity College London TESOL certificate as part of your course credit. This internationally-recognised qualification allows you to teach English as a foreign language, while gaining valuable classroom and lesson planning experience at the same time.
You’ll have opportunities to work with our industry and community partners. You can work independently and in teams – bringing your ideas to life with real-world project briefs.
We run local, regional and international field trips at no extra cost – such as writing retreats, festivals and theatre visits. Students in previous years have visited the London Book Fair, as well as events in Montreal, Canada and Zagreb, Croatia. Some have also taken part in the Festival of Debate and attended the ZEE-Jaipur Literature Festival in London.
Studying in Sheffield puts you at the heart of a vibrant cultural scene. We work with renowned festivals held in the city, such as Off the Shelf literary festival and Doc/Fest, an international documentary film festival.
These events attract literary agents, publishers and high profile writers. Past students have volunteered as delegates – gaining experience working at the festivals while growing their professional network. Plus our innovative masterclass programmes will give you a headstart in the writing and publishing industries.
We also have a strong network of graduates – and we encourage you to connect with partners outside of the university to give you the best career opportunities possible.
Come to an open day
Find out more at our undergraduate open days. Book now for your place.
By studying English you’ll develop a range of skills in critical and creative problem-solving. You’ll learn to communicate your ideas persuasively and embrace alternative perspectives. Working to set briefs and deadlines, you’ll also gain practical skills in research, time management and planning.
This will equip you for a career in a variety of fields
- marketing, communications and media
- publishing, arts and heritage
- local and regional government
- the charity sector
- social work
Where will I study?
You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
Equipment and facilities
On this course you’ll have access to:
the Humanities Lounge – an open space with flexible desks, large screens, laptop library, individual and collaborative workspaces, and a shared kitchen
a wide range of learning resources, including access to an extensive collection of specialist books, databases and journals – as well as a digital collection of video and audio recordings of plays and performances to complement your reading
This must include at least 2 A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For example:
- BBC at A Level.
- DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
- A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies.
- English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4
• Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course
If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent
We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff.
We welcome applications from people of any age.
Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.
The evidence that you provide in your personal statement and references will influence whether you shortlisted, so please take the time to plan and complete your application form.
Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.
Additional information for EU/International students
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.
|Module: Craft And Form||Credits: 40||
|Module: Describing Language||Credits: 20||
|Module: Linguistic Creativity||Credits: 20||
|Module: Local To Global: Literary Explorations||Credits: 40||
|Module: Ideas Into Action||Credits: 40||
|Module: Imagined Futures: Literature, Time And Hope||Credits: 20||
|Module: What's The Story? Long And Short Fiction||Credits: 20||
|Module: A Fine Line: Poetry And Poetics||Credits: 20||
|Module: Exploring Second Language Learning||Credits: 20||
|Module: Foreign Language||Credits: 20||
|Module: Foundation Studies In Tesol||Credits: 20||
|Module: Style And Interpretation||Credits: 20||
|Module: Talk And Interaction||Credits: 20||
|Module: The Literature Of Things||Credits: 20||
|Module: Placement Year||Credits: -|
|Module: Changing Lives: Literature And Social Movements||Credits: 20|
|Module: Counter-Culture And Creativity||Credits: 20|
|Module: Creative Writing Major Project||Credits: 40|
|Module: Exploring English Education||Credits: 20|
|Module: Foreign Language||Credits: 20|
|Module: Language Dissertation||Credits: 40|
|Module: Language, Learning And Wellbeing||Credits: 20|
|Module: Life On Earth: Writing And Environment||Credits: 20|
|Module: Literature Research Project||Credits: 40|
|Module: Make It New: Experimental Writing||Credits: 20|
|Module: Reading And The Mind||Credits: 20|
|Module: Revealing Gender||Credits: 20|
|Module: Tesol Classroom Teaching And Reflection||Credits: 20|
|Module: The Ends Of The Earth: Literature And The Anthropocene||Credits: 20|
|Module: The Spectacular City: Exploring Urban Spaces||Credits: 20|
|Module: Writing For Change: Writing And Advocacy||Credits: 20|
|Module: Writing For Young People||Credits: 20|
Fees and funding
Our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2022/23 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.
† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.
Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £14,415 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.
Financial support for home/EU students
How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.Additional costs for English courses (PDF, 753.1KB)
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