English Language BA (Hons)

Key information


Career prospects

Our graduates leave to take up a very wide range of careers. A number take up jobs in journalism, broadcasting, or advertising; some begin as management trainees in a variety of businesses; others start their careers in retailing, computing, librarianship, the arts or the Civil Service. Many go on to train further as teachers, or as solicitors or accountants; some pursue careers in teaching English as a foreign language.

According to the latest available data, 95.8% of our UK first-degree graduates were in work and/or study 6 months after graduating (DLHE 2016/17).

Recent employers

  • BBC
  • Debenhams
  • Euro RSCG Wnek Gosper
  • Griffiths and Armour
  • Immigration and Nationality Directorate
  • Home Office
  • Littlewoods
  • Macmillan Publishers
  • The JET Scheme
  • Virgin One
  • Waterstones

Work experience opportunities

We offer a 30 credit, year-long module (SOTA300) which incorporates placement with a local company, group or institution related to English, providing practical/vocational experience. We have recently organised placements at significant local institutions such as The Athenaeum and Liverpool University Press.

Postgraduate opportunities

Given the Department’s thriving research culture, students often continue with their studies here, taking one of our MA programmes, with some continuing to PhD level and careers in higher education and research.

Qualifying you for life

Our degree programmes teach you about English, and we hope as a result you will enjoy being an English student for the rest of your life. They qualify you for life and work. After reading English with us you can be confident that you:

  • can construct a cogent argument or account, drawing pertinently upon a range of types of evidence
  • are capable of independent critical thinking and judgement, including high order conceptual, analytic and communication skills of value in graduate employment
  • are able to work with others
  • have the ability to gather, sift and organise material independently and critically, and evaluate its significance
  • have well-developed IT skills, and familiarity with the use and evaluation of electronic resources
  • have well-developed time management and organisational skills
  • have advanced literacy and communication skills
  • are competent in the planning and execution of essays, presentations, and other writing and project-work
  • have developed the potential to utilise all of these skills in appropriate ways in your subsequent career.

Katie Douglas
English and Modern History BA (Joint Hons)

Award-winning TV, radio and stage writer
Katie has worked with the National Theatre, the RSC, the Liverpool Everyman and the Arvon Foundation. She is the Playwright in Residence at Paines Plough.

I decided to choose the University of Liverpool after my first visit – the friendly, vibrant city made me feel at home straight away. I chose a course that I enjoyed, which I think is important, and while I was at university became involved with the young writer's group at the Everyman Theatre. After finishing my course I continued with my writing while working in the University Library and had my first play produced at the Everyman Theatre. All in all being in Liverpool and at the University of Liverpool has helped me immensely, both by helping me begin my career and by giving me a fantastic place to call home for four years.