English and American Studies BA, 3-4 years

Start date:

2021

Course information

Typical offer AAB-ABB

UK/EU fee £9,250

UCAS code QT37

Institute code L34

Taught by English

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Spanning the Atlantic and ranging over five centuries, this degree will immerse you in the cultures of the US and UK in all their complexity and richness. From the Renaissance stage to the contemporary American novel, you will see how the parallel cultures of both countries have produced equally fascinating literary traditions.

Course description

Course description

Over the course of our English and American Studies BA you will discover the unique identities of English and American literature, and how the history and culture of each country has affected its written heritage. Leicester is ranked as one of the top ten places in the UK for teaching American Studies*, and you will benefit from our expertise across a wide range of areas.

English studies will begin in the Renaissance, advancing your knowledge of the period's drama and poetry, before moving through to the literature of the twenty-first century, with stops along the way in the Victorian, Romantic and Modernist periods. Your American Studies modules will introduce you to a history and literary tradition characterised by independence and growth.

Our modules offer a thorough introduction to each topic, and complement each other with a stimulating mix of English and American literature and American history and film. The English courses offer a full history of English from Shakespeare to the present day, as well as firm grounding in a variety of critical approaches, drawn from politics, psychoanalysis and philosophy. The American courses offer an exciting combination of American literature, film and history.

The breadth of the modules that we offer will take you in unexpected directions and allow you to focus on your own areas of interest – particularly in your third year when you will be able to choose from a vast range of option modules. You will have the opportunity to study vital complementary disciplines, including literature, history, film and visual culture, and critical theory.

We understand the importance of experience for both academic and personal growth; as a result, our English and American Studies degree can be taken as either a three-year programme or as a four-year programme, with a year abroad at one of our 35 partner universities in the USA or Canada (subject to academic performance in your first and second years).

*The Guardian University Guide 2020

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: AAB-ABB at A-level including English (Language, Literature or combined). Two AS-levels may be considered in place of one A-level. General Studies is accepted
  • EPQ with A-levels: ABB-BBB at A-level including English (Language, Literature or combined) + EPQ at grade B
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points, including 6 in Higher Level English
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Distinction. To include 12 credits at Distinction in English Level 3 Modules
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with D*DD. Plus grade B in A-level English (Language, Literature or combined))

Other national and international qualifications considered.

Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

Applicants are not normally interviewed: If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the department.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries list

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2021

The University of Leicester has made the decision to keep fees for EU students at the same level as UK student fees for this year, despite this no longer being a UK Government requirement.

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2021

Tuition fees for 2021/22 are yet to be confirmed. As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started in 2020/21 were:

  • £17,450 per year
  • Year Abroad: £4,362.50, which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

A travel scholarship of up to £400 is available in your second year to help you broaden your understanding of particular aspects of American Studies. Many students use the funding to enhance their dissertation research but it is not a compulsory part of your course.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

The University’s annual Festival of Careers is a four day event that attracts graduate employers from across a wide variety of sectors and industries. This is the perfect opportunity for you to think about where your degree will take you and gain face-to-face time with employers.

The growth of the global market means that many jobs in the public and private sectors have an international and often a transatlantic dimension. Employers are looking for independence, creativity, maturity and a broad cultural outlook, all of which are provided through the course.

Graduate destinations

Our graduates have found work with companies such as:

  • Allegis Group
  • Aceville Publications
  • The Mills Archive Trust
  • PPL PRS Music Licensing
  • Dennis Publishing
  • Miyazaki City Board of Education

Rachel studied English with a year abroad and went on to become Head of English and Associate Assistant Principal at a secondary school in London.

Career Development Service


Get career-ready at Leicester with guidance from our award-winning Career Development Service. We're here to give you a lifetime offer of support, even after graduation. Our team of specialist careers advisers and mentors will help you every step of the way. From supporting you with CVs and interviews, to volunteering opportunities and placements, we're here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

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Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

We are committed to providing skills and knowledge to help prepare you tackle global challenges. We have mapped our undergraduate degrees for learning which aligns to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

This degree includes learning which relates to the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Find out more about the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

In Year 1 you will explore key texts in US literary and visual culture, as well as taking modules that will provide you with a foundation for the study of literature.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

In your second year of study you will discover new ways of reading texts from the Renaissance through to the twenty-first century, and will further hone your interdisciplinary skills.

Plus either

Or

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year Abroad (optional)

Year Abroad (optional)

If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our Study Abroad Unit.

Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

English at Leicester has links with several European universities, administered through the Erasmus+ scheme. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. Languages courses, at both beginners and advanced level, are available through the University’s Languages at Leicester scheme.

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus+ scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite.

We have links with the following universities: 

American Studies at Leicester also has links with some universities in the United States. If you are receiving financial assistance from Student Finance your support will continue and you may also be eligible to apply for additional travel grants or scholarships. We have links with the following universities:

Alabama

Arizona

California

Colorado

Florida

Georgia

Illinois

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Mississippi

Nebraska

New York

North Carolina

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Texas

Utah

Virginia

We also have two partners in Canada

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year (English dissertation)

Final Year (English dissertation)

If you choose an English Dissertation, you will choose two English modules and four American Studies modules from these two lists.

  • If you choose both English modules from List A ...
    ... you should choose four American Studies modules from List B.
  • If you choose one English module from List A and one from List B ...
    ... you should choose one American Studies module from List A and three American Studies module from List B.
  • If you choose both English modules from List B ...
    ... you should choose two American Studies modules from List A and two American Studies module from List B.

List A

English modules

American Studies modules

List B

English modules

American Studies modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year (American Studies dissertation)

Final Year (American Studies dissertation)

If you choose an American Studies Dissertation, you will choose one American Studies module and four English modules.

  • If you choose your American Studies module from List A ...
    ... you should choose one English module from List A and three English modules from List B.
  • If you choose your American Studies module from List B ...
    ... you should choose two English modules from List A and two English modules from List B.

List A

English modules

American Studies modules

List B

English modules

American Studies modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

Job prospects are excellent: 97% of our English students are employed (or studying for a Masters degree) six months after graduating. (DLHE)

Notable authors who have spoken at the University include Carol Anne Duffy, Will Self, Amitav Ghosh, Jacqueline Wilson, Roger McGough, Fay Weldon, Linton Kwesi Johnson and Sarah Waters.

American Studies at Leicester has been in the top ten of at least one of the big three subject-ranking league tables every year for the past decade.

Our teaching staff are active researchers in a large number of different fields, from Caribbean literature to writing on medicine, and from the pre-Conquest period to the post-colonial era.

English at Leicester

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Reading list

See the types of texts you might read, over the summer, to get a feel for the course and arrive prepared and ready to go.

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Teaching and learning

Teaching

For each module you will typically have one or two lectures and a seminar each week. Alongside these events will be a number of additional sessions, such as workshops on research and study skills, learning groups, introduced film screenings, and scheduled personal tutor meetings. Lectures are designed to introduce you to important background information for understanding a text, theme, or author. Weekly seminars, in which a tutor leads a small group of students in discussion, will allow you to explore a text or topic in greater depth, developing your own responses in active conversation with your tutor and peers.

For your third-year dissertation you receive one-to-one tuition across the term from a tutor with expertise in your chosen subject.

Assessment

You will be assessed by range of different methods, in order to reflect the number of different skills you will acquire. You will be assigned a combination of essays, group-work projects, oral presentations, reviews, portfolios, and exams. These assessments are designed to help you build confidence in a range of areas and to provide prospective employers with evidence that you can work effectively both as an independent researcher and as a team member. Your final degree result will be based on the work you do in the second and third years of your degree.

You will have regular meetings with your Personal Tutor to discuss progress in your studies. Your Personal Tutor will also provide a sympathetic ear for all matters of personal concern, whether they be academic, financial, housing, career or social issues.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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