English BA (Hons)

Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: Q300
  • Year of entry: 2020
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 including 6 in HL English with no score less than 4 / BTEC : Applications considered
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The BA English degree programme gives you the flexibility to combine the study of Literature and Language in a balance that suits you, and offers optional modules in Creative Writing in Years 2 and 3.

Our Literature modules cover a wide range of texts, genres and themes from the early medieval period to the present day. Our Language modules aim to provide understanding of the historical, social and psychological factors that shape the English language used in everyday life.

Programme in detail

Year One introduces key skills necessary for the advanced study of English Literature and Language. You will have the opportunity to study English Literature from various periods and literary genres.

Other modules help you to develop your reading and critical skills, and introduce you to the historical developments and modern contexts of English language.

In Years Two and Three, you will have the freedom to plan the specific path that you follow through the programme. We constantly monitor the curriculum and the modules on offer to ensure that the programme reflects current developments in the subject, and conforms to national requirements.

You may choose to construct a programme combining English Language and Literature, or to specialise in either. The Language modules aim to provide understanding of the historical, social and psychological factors that shape the English language used in everyday life, while the Literature modules are designed to foster interpretive skills applying to a wide range of genres and historical periods.

Year Two focuses on the major periods of English Literature and core aspects of English Language study. Modules available examine the literatures of specific historical periods – e.g. the medieval, Victorian, or modernist – or areas of language study including child language acquisition or psycholinguistics.

In Year Three the emphasis is on specialisation within different literary genres and on the social, legal and other contexts of English language. You will also develop skills of independent research – for instance, by choosing to write a dissertation on a topic of your own design – and you will also have to option to take a work placement module that will give you workplace experience with an organisation relevant to your degree.

Study as part of joint-honours at 50:50 Choosing this subject as a Joint

English partners well with many disciplines in the arts and humanities, including Communication & Media, History, and Philosophy. Combining English with another subject allows you to take advantage of the range of choice available on our English programmes while also developing your interests in another subject.

In Year One, you will take modules aimed at developing the skills necessary for advanced study. From Year Two, you will choose from a range of Literature modules that focus on specific periods, genres or themes, and Language modules that develop your understanding of the ways in which language works in the world.

In each year, you will take 60 credits of English and 60 credits from your other subject choice.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

170 Year One undergraduates in 2018

Graduate prospects

99% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17)

Research performance

Ranked 10th in the UK for 4* and 3* research in the REF 2014 (THE 2014)

Facts and figures

Four BBC "New Generation thinkers" teach in the department.

Why this subject?

Challenge yourself to look deeper

We will challenge you to engage fully with words and texts, informed by the best in critical thinking and debate. The flexible framework of our programmes allows you the freedom to choose areas of specialisation as you progress through your degree. Our English degree programme is also valued by employers who recognise the skills our students develop, including teamwork, project design, critical thinking, proficiency in text analysis and communication and presentation skills.

Explore English in all its breadth

Our Literature modules cover a wide and continuous range of writing in English, from the Middle Ages to the present, and including every major genre: drama; prose fiction; poetry; and nonfictional prose. Our Language modules offer a variety of approaches and subjects. Our Creative Writing modules are provided by a group of award-winning poets and novelists.

Share ideas in our small group tutorials

We are committed to small group teaching.This encourages a more rewarding learning experience, where ideas are shared and explored with your peers and tutors.

Debate with leading academics in the field

Our tutors are all respected academics - including four BBC "New Generation Thinkers". Our teaching is research-led, which means not only will you be challenged intellectually but your own research skills will be fostered and encouraged.