English at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS

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Course summary

Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information. Course summary

  • Gain expertise in a wide variety of English topics.
  • Learn from an expert team of researchers and practising writers.
  • Choose your direction of study and discover the topics that fire your interest the most.
  • Team up with professionals and apply your skills in placements and projects.
This is an exciting opportunity to study all three areas of English. You’ll debate a dynamic variety of literary texts, explore the relationship between language and society, and develop your creative voice across a range of genres. If you’re enthusiastic about all areas of English, then this is the course for you. How you learn All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. Join a friendly and welcoming academic and creative community. You’ll be supported by expert researchers and a distinguished team of practising writers – including poets, novelists and scriptwriters – who all value and nurture your unique insights and perspectives. As you progress, you can choose to specialise in one of the disciplines or continue to combine all three. You learn through
  • lectures on specialist topics
  • critical debates in seminars
  • writing workshops
  • one-to-one meetings with staff
  • group work
  • innovative assessments, projects and briefs
  • live readings and special events
Applied learning - Work placements We’re committed to giving you the experience and confidence you need to take your skills and knowledge beyond the classroom. You can gain professional experience in your second year by collaborating with external partners or undertaking a work placement. Previous students have worked with local schools and children’s charities to develop materials and resources. Many have also gained experience in publishing, journalism, event design and public relations – with some even starting their own businesses. You can also work towards the Trinity College London TESOL certificate as part of your course credit. This internationally-recognised qualification allows you to teach English as a foreign language, while gaining valuable classroom and lesson planning experience at the same time. Live projects You’ll have opportunities to work with our industry and community partners. You can work independently and in teams – bringing your ideas to life with real-world project briefs. Field trips We run local, regional and international field trips at no extra cost – such as writing retreats, festivals and theatre visits. Students in previous years have visited the London Book Fair, as well as events in Montreal, Canada and Zagreb, Croatia. Some have also taken part in the Festival of Debate and attended the ZEE-Jaipur Literature Festival in London. Networking opportunities Studying in Sheffield puts you at the heart of a vibrant cultural scene. We work with renowned festivals held in the city, such as Off the Shelf literary festival and Doc/Fest, an international documentary film festival. These events attract literary agents, publishers and high profile writers. Past students have volunteered as delegates – gaining experience working at the festivals while growing their professional network. Plus our innovative masterclass programmes will give you a headstart in the writing and publishing industries. We also have a strong network of graduates – and we encourage you to connect with partners outside of the university to give you the best career opportunities possible.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. Important notice: The structure for this course is currently being reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment are all likely to change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Once the changes have been confirmed, updated module information will be published on this page. You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information. Year 1 Compulsory modules Craft And Form Describing Language Linguistic Creativity Local To Global: Literary Explorations Year 2 Compulsory modules Ideas Into Action Imagined Futures: Literature, Time And Hope What's The Story? Long And Short Fiction Elective modules A Fine Line: Poetry And Poetics Exploring Second Language Learning Foreign Language Style And Interpretation Talk And Interaction The Literature Of Things Year 3 Optional modules Placement Year Final year Elective modules Changing Lives: Literature And Social Movements Counter-Culture And Creativity Creative Writing Major Project Exploring English Education Foreign Language Language, Learning And Wellbeing Language Research Project Life On Earth: Writing And Environment Literature Research Project Make It New: Experimental Writing Reading And The Mind Revealing Gender The Ends Of The Earth: Literature And The Anthropocene The Spectacular City: Exploring Urban Spaces Writing For Change: Writing And Advocacy Writing For Young People

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How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website. The evidence that you provide in your personal statement and references will influence whether you shortlisted, so please take the time to plan and complete your application form.

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Additional entry requirements


Please note that this information is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.

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Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £16655 Year 1
International £16655 Year 1

Additional fee information

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Please refer to our website for up-to-date information on costs and fees: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/undergraduate/fees

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

English at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS