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BA (Honours) English Literature

This degree introduces you to a rich and diverse range of texts from the Renaissance to the present day. You study prose, poetry, drama and film-texts within their historical, cultural and theoretical contexts, develop an awareness of critical debate within the discipline and acquire sophisticated skills in interpretation, criticism and analysis.

Course length 3 Years
Location City Campus
UCAS Q320 Course code

Course description

What you study

You study the growth of English drama in the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and the turbulent 18th century, which began with the rise of the novel and culminated in the French revolution and the Romantics. Discover how the dark, repressed side of the period emerges in the gothic genre, and trace it through to the present day. Examine the impact of the Industrial Revolution and its representation in nineteenth-century literature, and how the problems and controversies of the twentieth century and beyond are probed by modules such as censorship, scandal and conflict and in darkest England’. In every module you find an inspiring range of possibilities to develop your own skills of analysis and critical interpretation.

You also have options to learn a foreign language, or gain professional experience through work-based modules. You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.

How you learn

You learn in a friendly, supportive and collaborative community of students and lecturers, and you receive one-to-one tutorial time as well as guidance from an academic adviser, so you’ll be fully supported throughout your time here.

As you study, you develop valuable transferable skills including • writing extended prose • problem-solving • presenting immaculate copy to tight deadlines • communicating ideas in a clear and persuasive manner.

We also support your development by encouraging you to pursue independent study projects. You could, for example, edit a Renaissance play, work with texts from our unique Readerships and Literary Cultures collection or produce a dissertation on authors or texts of special interest to you.

We believe in expanding the horizons of our students. Throughout your degree course you will engage with culture both within and beyond the University. We are located in the heart of the city, in easy walking distance of the Crucible and Lyceum theatres and the Showroom cinema. Typical learning enrichment activities include student involvement in Sheffield’s annual Off the Shelf Festival of Words, visits to Sheffield theatres, and drama workshops by the 1623 Theatre Company. Recent field trips have also included • London's Globe Theatre • Doc Fest • country houses including Brodsworth Hall near Doncaster

Work experience and real world projects

You may complete a work-based or work-related project, gaining professional experience in areas such as literary editing, feature journalism or publicity and enhancing your employability.

Project hosts and roles have included

• ASSIST – events fundraising and awareness volunteer

• Settle Stories – researcher and transcriber

• Storying Sheffield – interviewer

• Site Gallery – volunteer assistant

• Venture Matrix Big Challenge Project – enterprise curriculum support

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.

Study abroad
As part of your course, you can choose to study abroad in English at
University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Trent University, Ontario, Canada
Georgia Southern University, USA

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 in A Level English literature. 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 in A Level English literature. 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. Please contact us for further advice.

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

• epic transformations • literature of war and peace • space, place and identity • writing yourself: theory, practice and creativity • introduction to critical theory • modern foreign languages

Year two

• Shakespearean drama • literary theory and the philosophy of literature • literature of the 18th century and romantic period • crossing over: power, death and desire • the Gothic • London: historical and literary perspectives 1728-1914 • children's literature • adapting for the screen • work based project • modern foreign languages • international exchange • language and specialist cultural studies ULS • exchange student project

Year three

• literature dissertation • censorship, conflict and scandal • English and education • in darkest England: fiction at work 1880-1915 • pirates, knights and aliens: insiders and outsiders in Renaissance England • contemporary fiction • literature in 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


You graduate with enhanced communication, presentation and analytical skills which are valued highly by employers. Many of our graduates go on to take further qualifications in English at masters or PhD level. Alternatively, you can take further professional qualifications in teaching, social work, law or psychology, and then begin a career in one of these areas.

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.


Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,250 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

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How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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