UWE Bristol

BA Hons English Literature

On this course, you will read an exciting range of literary texts, gain excellent knowledge of literature as a public good, and develop high-level skills for your career.

Why study English literature?

A degree in English literature indulges your love of reading and provides intellectual challenge.

It's also practical preparation for careers in the cultural industries, one of Britain's most exciting, diverse and internationally recognised fields.

Graduates in English literature are highly employable, and can show clear evidence of excellent communication, critical and analytical skills.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) English Literature shows you how literature is essential to understanding global culture and society.

The core modules focus on the practical, visible impact of literature on the world, with integral fields trips giving you the chance to apply what you're learning in a very tangible sense.

Explore literary texts from the English Renaissance to the 21st century, and learn to critically engage with diverse global voices and concerns.

Consider how literature contributes to major debates in areas like equality and environment, and the part books and authors can play in social and cultural change.

Study in a collaborative environment, working with academics who are passionate about their subject and value your contribution to in-class discussions.

The quality of the course and its teaching is down to our inspiring staff, who are active researchers and experts in their field, and will support you throughout your studies.

Focusing on the avenues that most interest you, through your modules and assessments, you'll graduate confident to pursue your chosen career.

Where can it take me?

You'll leave with sought-after skills in communication, research, problem-solving, team-work, critical thinking, independence and self-motivation.

The door will be open to exciting careers in the cultural industries, the media or the arts, working in marketing, editing, publishing or teaching.

The academic rigour of the course also prepares you well for further study at postgraduate level.

Entry Requirements

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Literacy and Numeracy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement: International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required

Career Prospects

Graduates in English literature are highly employable, thanks to their strong skills for employment and broad knowledge base.

Tailoring what and how you study, you can shape the course towards your chosen career path.

Building professional, research and enterprise skills into the modules you study, you'll be encouraged to apply them at every opportunity, including on field trips.

Former students have gone on to work as marketing executives, content managers for publishers, HR recruitment consultants, and teachers in primary, secondary and further education. Many choose to continue their studies with postgraduate degrees in English and related subjects.

Course Details

If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

Year 1

Literature and Ideas
Literature and the Marketplace
Close Reading
The Child in Literature
Imagined Worlds: Utopian and Dystopian Literature
Travel, Writing and Colonization.

Year 2

Literature in the World

Six optional modules
Renaissance Literature
Shakespeare's Heroes and Villains
Romanticism and Slavery in the Age of Revolution
Class and Culture in Victorian Literature
Gender and Society in Victorian Literature
The Golden Age of Children's Literature
The Country House in British Literature 1910-1960
Modern Literature and the City
Literature and Colonization
American Genres
The Black Atlantic: from the Middle Passage to Hip Hop.

Placement year

Final Year

English Independent Project.

Three optional modules
Children's Fiction since 1900
Gothic Literature
Contemporary American Narrative
Contemporary British Fiction
Crime and Detection in Nineteenth-Century Literature.

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