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BA (Honours) English

If you love to explore ideas and you're excited to explore all aspects of English including literature, language and creative writing, our degree is perfect for you. Put your ideas to work in practical contexts through work-based projects and modules dedicated to your personal and professional development. You can further expand your horizons by studying English abroad.

Course length 3 Years
Location City Campus
UCAS Q300 Course code

Course description

What you study

This degree offers three strands of study and practice in literature, creative writing and language. In the first year you get a taste of each of these strands, developing your intellectual curiosity, your creativity, your unique voice and discovering those areas that most fire your interest.

In the second and third years you supplement core modules by selecting from a range of options in creative writing, language and literature. You may choose to further develop your skills and interests through study abroad, work-based projects and foreign language study.

In your final year you specialise in one aspect through an independent project in addition to your option modules. You have the choice of writing a language or literature dissertation or completing a creative writing major project. You have one-to-one support with a supervisor who is an expert in your chosen area.

The staff in our large English department have diverse interests and expertise across literature, language and creative writing. The curriculum reflects this wide range, and gives you the chance to examine the subject in all its dimensions, both familiar and new.

How you learn

Teaching and learning occur in a variety of formats, including • lectures • seminars • tutorials • workshops • e-lectures • podcasts • screenings. You have a tutor who acts as your academic adviser, giving you one-to-one guidance throughout the degree.

We run a number of events where you can perform and publish your work, such as our regular open mic night 'Speak Easy' and magazine Ink. You also have the opportunity to supplement your study through excursions such as theatre nights out at Sheffield’s Lyceum or London’s Globe. Our students also have the chance to get involved in Sheffield's annual Off the Shelf Festival of Words. You have the opportunity to work with local organisations such as Writing Yorkshire, Opus Independents and Now Then Magazine in creating our literary map of local writing via the Writing Sheffield website.

By passing three teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) option modules, you can also gain the Trinity Certificate, which qualifies you to teach English abroad. If you study abroad, or do your work placement, in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme.

Work experience and external projects

There is also the opportunity to take work-based projects to gain professional experience and understand how your skills and knowledge can be applied in the workplace

You have the opportunity to complete a work-based project, gaining professional experience in areas such as literary editing, feature journalism or publicity and enhancing your employability. Project hosts and roles have included

• Grimm & Co – literary arts community volunteer

• National Trust, Clumber Park – regional volunteer magazine assistant

• Red Velvet Baking Co – student’s own business development

• Sheffield Hallam Marketing – project assistant

• Eckington School – English curriculum support

Study abroad

As part of your course, you can study abroad in English at

University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Trent University, Ontario, Canada

Georgia Southern University, USA


You learn in a friendly, supporting and collaborative community of students and tutors, and you receive one-to-one tutorial time as well as guidance from an academic adviser, so you’re fully supported throughout your time here. Every year our teaching staff are nominated by students to receive inspirational teaching awards.


You can draw on the resources of our excellent library facilities which are open 24 hours every day of the year. We have a large range of novels, plays and poems, as well as academic journals, criticism and theory and several special collections from genres including popular fiction.

Internationally acclaimed teaching team

We have a nationally and internationally acclaimed teaching team of creative writers and English literature and language scholars.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

GCSE English language at grade C or Grade 4 or above. We do not accept GCSE equivalents, plus one of the following

• 120 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 40 points from A level in either English language, English literature or English language and literature combined. We accept AS levels. We accept general studies.


• 104 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 40 points from A level in either English language, English literature or English language and literature combined. We accept general studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – at least 45 credits at level 3 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS average score of at least 6.5 with a minimum score of 5.5 in all skills.

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.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one

• introduction to screenwriting • introduction to critical theory • epic transformations • describing language • writing yourself: theory, practice and creativity • creative language awareness • modern foreign language

Year two

• Shakespearean drama • language and style • creative writing: short story • creative writing: poetry • sociolinguistics • the Gothic • London: historical and literary perspectives 1728-1914 • foundation studies in TESOL • adapting for the screen • multicultural and intercultural communication • language, identity and power • children's literature • literature of the 18th century and the Romantic period • crossing over: power, death and desire • exploring second language learning TESOL • work based project • modern foreign language • international change • exchange student project

Year three

• language dissertation • literature dissertation • creative writing major project • creative careers • science fiction fantasy • language and gender • English and education • censorship, conflict and scandal in darkest England: fiction at work 1880-1915 • TESOL classroom teaching and reflection • writing and environment • experimental writing • politeness • language and psychology • pirates, knights and aliens: insiders and outsiders in Renaissance England • contemporary fiction • literature of the twentieth century • work based project • modern foreign languages

  • essays
  • presentations
  • creative writing projects
  • online workbooks
  • blogs
  • contributions to online forums
  • examinations (including take-home exams)
  • professional development profiles
  • teaching practice
  • reflective diaries


Our graduates have found careers as • marketers • copywriters • teachers • researchers • civil servants • NHS administrators • youth workers • recruitment consultants • journalists.

Students often go on to take postgraduate qualifications in teaching, social work and law, and we offer postgraduate courses and research supervision in English language, literature and writing.


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You apply for this course through UCAS.

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