English

BA, 3-4 years

This is for you if... you want to explore the richness of English literature from the medieval period to the present, with the chance to specialise in an array of fascinating topics across the fields of literature, language, and creative writing.

Course Description

This degree offers a comprehensive survey of English literature in its various manifestations, leading you through the earliest material in English to the globalised literature of the present day. You will be given the opportunity to experience the full range and diversity of poetry, drama and prose written in English, encountering every major current and figure, from the early medieval sagas to the early modern stage, and from the Romantic movement to the post-war period and beyond. You will also discover how English literature has adapted to reflect various conditions throughout its long history, and how the latest critical approaches can enable you to engage with its varied forms and content.

The level of coverage offered by our English degree means that our graduates leave Leicester with an unrivalled breadth of knowledge and an extensive range of skills. A variety of option modules will allow you to shape your studies around your own interests, and to deepen your understanding of subjects and areas that most appeal to you. 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. Particularly strong areas of expertise include early modern literature, the Victorian period, the 20th century, and creative writing. 

To add to your impressive knowledge of English, you will also complete two option modules in a related field within the humanities. Taking an option subject will offer you new insights into a topic that interests you, as well as developing skills and techniques that will complement and enhance your study of English.

Key Facts
Typical offer
ABB
UCAS code
Q300
Start date
September 2017
Department
English
Contact

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281
ahladmissions@le.ac.uk

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2620
english@le.ac.uk

English at Leicester website



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Why Leicester?

The breadth of our modules will take you in unexpected directions while allowing you to focus on your own areas of interest.

Our academics are constantly pursuing innovative approaches to literature - you will benefit from being taught by the very people who are leading their fields.

Our employability modules give you experience in areas such as teaching and publishing.

Literary Leicester, our annual festival of local and international talent, has attracted such notable authors as Sue Townsend, Carol Anne Duffy, Will Self, Amitav Ghosh, Jacqueline Wilson and Sarah Waters.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

The first year lays the foundation for your degree as a whole, introducing you to methodologies and techniques you will use throughout the rest of your studies. You will encounter core themes and developments in prose, poetry and drama, and will be encouraged to think in new ways about the English language.

You will also take two option modules (one in each semester) which touch on areas related to English, including language, creative writing, and teaching. The skills acquired on these modules will complement your studies in English, broadening your knowledge and refining your thinking.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose two option modules in a supplementary subject:



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 Year 2 you will study some of the most influential and widely read texts in the history of English, from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and Milton’s Paradise Lost to Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels and Pepys’s diary.

During the ‘Concepts in Criticism’ module you will be introduced to theories that consider literature in its social, philosophical and psychological dimensions, further enriching your appreciation of the complexities of writing.

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.

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 International Office.

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 European Erasmus scheme. If you attend one of these, you may be eligible for an Erasmus grant if you comply with European Commission rules and regulations. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. During your second year at Leicester you will receive appropriate language training.

  • 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:

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

Final Year

Your core learning will conclude your chronological journey through literature, beginning with the Romantics and ending with Postmodernism. Your final year is also an opportunity to expand your knowledge in the areas of English that have captured your attention, as a wide selection of option modules are available in a host of specialist areas.

An essential part of your final year is your dissertation. This is a chance for you to take charge of your degree and explore an area of English that fascinates you, developing your own research question in consultation with a designated member of staff.

Core modules

Plus your dissertation

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:



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.

Major/Minor Degrees

Major/Minor degrees enable you to create your own degree. You can study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (your minor subject).

Why not complement your Major with a subject that you enjoyed before, or which has vocational elements that can boost your career prospects? Alternatively, you may want to try something completely new that you’ve always been interested in, like a language.

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Teaching and Assessment

Teaching

For each module you will typically have one or two lectures and a seminar every 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, including 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 academic, financial, housing, career, or social. Our pastoral care system is first-rate, and feedback and participation are encouraged through the Student-Staff Committee, where lecturers and student representatives from all years meet to discuss the issues that affect you.

Entry Requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB at A-Level including English (Language, Literature or combined). Two AS-Levels considered in place of one A-Level. General Studies is accepted
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB at A-Level including English (Language, Literature or combined) + EPQ at grade B. Two AS-Levels considered in place of one A-Level. General Studies is accepted.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points, including 6 in Higher Level English.
  • Access to HE Diploma: An overall pass (i.e. 60 credits), with at least 45 credits at level 3, including some at Distinction.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DDM and English A-level or equivalent. Please contact department regarding eligibility.

Other national and international qualifications considered.

Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

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.

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Fees and Funding

  • Starting in 2017

    An inflationary increase (2.8% based on RPIX*) in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Government for 2017. This is still subject to formal parliamentary approval however, if approved, fees for 2017/18 entry could rise to £9,250 in 2017/18.

    After 2017/18, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation (RPIX) and is subject to government regulations.

    (*RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.)

    • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year.

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

     

  • Starting in 2017

    • £15,290 per year

    Year Abroad: your fee will be £3,822.50 which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee.

Career Opportunities

All students take part in the Talent Academy, which provides an introduction to the resources provided by our Careers Development Service and opportunities to gain work experience with leading employers.

We offer a first-year optional module on 'Teaching English as a Foreign Language'. This will increase your own understanding of the English language and provide practical teaching experience. It leads to the highly respected Cambridge CELTA qualification, which will allow you to teach both in this country and abroad.

Our final-year module 'English and Education' provides practical teaching experience with a placement in a local school. You can also gain direct experience in the publishing industry with the module 'Transcultural Writing and the Publishing Industry', also in your final year.

Careers

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering, and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
English BA 3 years full-time Q300 Apply Now
English with Year Abroad BA 4 years full-time Q300 Apply Now
Course
English
Qualification
BA
Duration
3 years full-time
UCAS Code
Q300
Availability
Course
English with Year Abroad
Qualification
BA
Duration
4 years full-time
UCAS Code
Q300
Availability