Bath Spa University

Degree level: Undergraduate

English Literature and Publishing

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Course summary

Our English Literature degree turns your passion into a practical skill-set and combined with Publishing will help you learn to shape stories, information and ideas for print and digital. Literature is diverse. Every text we pick up gives us a different perspective on the world. At Bath Spa, we have another take on the subject – one that we think makes us one of the best universities for English Literature. Our innovative English Literature degree has been designed to enable you to acquire specialised subject knowledge while developing practical and professional skills that you can apply to contemporary challenges, issues and debates. English Literature at Bath Spa University introduces you to an incredible range of literary worlds. From classic texts to new and unfamiliar writing, you'll be asked to think differently about what ‘literature’ can be and to explore original ways of reading and analysing it. We’ll ask you to place your reading in wider contexts, and to draw on other disciplines to deepen your understanding and sharpen your insights. You'll be taught by experts in a wide range of periods, literary genres and approaches to the study of words and writing. Our staff share a commitment to excellent teaching and to offering you the best possible experience during your time with us. Professional skills Historical background, philosophical concepts and political debate will all contribute to your ability to read widely and well, and to approach your English Literature degree with confidence. This approach will help you develop the vital skills of analysis, communication and collaboration that employers look for in English Literature graduates – skills that will open up a diverse range of possible careers. To maximise your potential, we’ll also support you in learning to manage projects, work with your peers and our external partners, evaluate options and respond to a brief. Publishing at Bath Spa can be taken with subjects such as Creative Writing, English Literature and is also available as a Single Honours course in Journalism and Publishing. Our approach is characterised by innovative approaches, creative studio-based collaborative working, and high-quality making across all published forms from handmade and print to digital and live. Publishing is one of the UK’s largest creative industries, which shapes and presents content across a wide range of subjects. Publishers find an audience for a variety of publications, from books and magazines to innovative apps and websites. We’ll equip you with a wide range of the latest digital making skills, such as Adobe InDesign, web and multimedia social content, alongside core publishing skills such as copywriting and editing, design, layout and marketing. You'll also get access to key industry resources such as Nielsen Bookscan sales data, the BookMachine online industry community and Society of Young Publishers South West events, some of which are hosted at the University. Through collaborative project development, you'll acquire essential creative skills in working with others, carving out your own role and achieving high-quality results. You’ll graduate with industry experience and a stunning digital portfolio of your work. Combined Honour Awards At Bath Spa University many of our undergraduate programmes can be combined, so you don’t have to limit yourself to one subject. If you choose to study a combined award then in Year One you’ll start by studying both subjects in equal depth, then from Year Two you can choose whether to continue with an equally joint course, or a Major/Minor route.

Course details


Year one In your first year, you'll learn the core skills of close reading and critical analysis, editing, copywriting, design, and layout. You'll also explore other subjects and experiment across media, gaining confidence in your making ability. Year two In your second year, you'll focus on a particular period and/or genre to gain a sense of the history of publishing and reading. You'll begin to work collaboratively and discover your own interests. In the process, you'll become familiar with the fundamentals of marketing and learn about the importance of audience, while also experimenting with design and book forms through research and ideas development and making. Year three In your third year, you'll work on high-quality industry projects and live briefs, which will help you develop your specialism and showcase your skills in a professional digital portfolio. You'll also receive specialist publishing industry careers coaching. You'll collaborate on a major enterprise challenge to work on an original idea, inspired by user experience and new technology. You can focus on your interests by taking the English Literature dissertation module and/or the Publishing industry project.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed by coursework, including portfolios, essays, feature articles, reflective commentaries, and reports. In some modules you’ll share your work through short, informal presentations. Some optional modules include seen and unseen exams. You’ll be taught through industry talks, seminars, creative workshops and studio practice, skills labs, and lectures. You’ll benefit from the innovative learning environment of the UK's first creative-digital studio-based BA Publishing in our state-of-the-art Publishing Lab. We work on-screen and beyond, creating sketchbooks and prototypes; networking, and finding opportunities.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6For visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each component.

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Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

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