Bath Spa University

English Literature (Professional Placement Year) Bath Spa University Degree level: Undergraduate


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This is the 4 year course which includes a Professional Placement Year.

The English Literature course at Bath Spa University aims to change the way you see the world by exploring new ideas and understanding how others’ see the world. You’ll study a wide range of historical periods from early modern drama to postmodern experimental poetry through exciting and challenging modules, which explore the ways writers respond to and reshape their worlds through writing. By developing new ways of reading and thinking about literary texts and the philosophical and political ideas.

  • A large and varied course, offering you plenty of choice.

  • Study a balance of canonical writers including Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Bronte, along with authors and texts who may be less familiar to you.

  • A broad and diverse range of intellectually stimulating modules that open up new ways of seeing the past and the present world

  • Work with friendly, accessible tutors in their area of research specialism.

More about the Professional Placement Year
A Professional Placement Year (PPY), traditionally known as a sandwich year, is where a student undertakes a period of work with an external organisation for between 9-13 months. The placement occurs between the students' second and third years of undergraduate study. Students can engage in up to 3 placements to make up the total time and are required to source the placement(s) themselves with support from the Careers & Employability Team.

Course details


Each year has a core module as well as a large selection of optional modules to choose from.

Two core modules in both Years 1 and 2 provide a common framework that allows you to explore central questions, concepts and theories of literary studies. The structure of the course also allows you to undertake your own extended piece of research as an independent project or dissertation in Year 3.

You will also find a wide range of optional modules that allow you focus on specific periods and themes across all three years of study. Year 1 offers historical surveys of key periods from the mid-sixteenth century to the present day as well as a module that introduces you to the history of ‘the book’.

In Years 2 and 3 you can choose from modules that explore the many different worlds of literature that include: Shakespeare and his contemporaries; Romantic visions of nature, science and self; experimental and electronic poetry; classical and contemporary crime fiction; Victorian inventions of ‘the modern’; experiences of migration, slavery and ethnic conflict; global environmental issues – and many more.

You will find that these modules are organised around a number of key themes running through the programme which address diverse ways of literature’s ‘being in the world’ – the transnational flows of cultures and traditions; theories of body, mind and identity; the histories and futures of the book – but you can choose to study any of the available modules and develop your own path.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code Q301
Institution code B20
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 4

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level CCC Grade CCC accepted with a minimum of Grade C in English or related subject.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) in a related subject accepted
Access to HE Diploma M: 30 credits Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher) accepted.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 26 points A minimum of 26 points are required with evidence of study in Higher level English.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

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Bath Spa University
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