English BA, 3-4 years

Start date:

2018
2019

We can trace human thought and expression through the ages – just by studying English literature. From medieval classics to modern masterpieces, get ready to explore a staggeringly vast world of reading, writing and thinking.

Typical offer
ABB
UCAS code
Q300
Department
English

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

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

English at Leicester website

Course description

Course description

The English BA 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.

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2018

  • £9,250 in your first year. After 2018/19, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation and is subject to government regulations.
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2018

  • £15,980 per year
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £3,995 which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

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.

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.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

Then choose one option module 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.

Year 2

Year 2

First…

Choose one or both of:

If you choose only one of these double modules, you will also choose one or both of:

And if you choose only one of these, you will also choose one other option module from:

You cannot choose both Renaissance Literature modules.

Then…

Choose one or both of:

If you choose only one of these double modules, you will also choose one or two option modules from:

And if you choose only one of these, you will also choose one other option module from:

You cannot choose both Satire to Sensibility modules or both Concepts in Criticism 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 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

First…

Choose one or both of:

If you choose only one of these double modules, you will also choose one or both of:

And if you choose only one of these, you will also choose one other option module from:

You cannot choose both Victorians modules.

Then…

Choose one or both of:

If you choose only one of these double modules, you will also choose one or both of:

And if you choose only one of these, you will also choose one other option module from:

You cannot choose both Post-War to Postmodern 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?

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.

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.

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

English at Leicester

It wasn’t just the books that made the library special for Bobby – he loved the building too.

Teaching and learning

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.

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.

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.

More about Major/Minor degrees

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