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English Literature University of Portsmouth Degree level: Undergraduate

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Overview
Portsmouth is the perfect place to study literature. Charles Dickens was born here, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle called these streets home, and Rudyard Kipling’s work was inspired by his early years in the city.

On this BA (Hons) English Literature degree course, you’ll examine literature from classics to the contemporary, and become an expert in reading, analysing and discussing the written works that inspire you.

You’ll emerge with a skill set that’s sought after for careers in the arts, publishing and media. The critical thinking, reading and analytical abilities you'll develop will also set you up for postgraduate study or roles in areas like teaching and politics.

What you'll experience
On this English Literature degree course you’ll:

  • Build your knowledge of literature, from Shakespeare to the present day, and across genres from crime writing to magical realism

  • Learn from staff who are undertaking research in this field, ensuring you keep abreast of the latest developments

  • Tailor your studies to the areas of literature that excite you the most, choosing modules that match your interests

  • Develop analytical reading, presentation and team-work skills that’ll serve you in your future career

  • Get plenty of one-on-one sessions with your personal tutor

You can also:

  • Meet high-profile figures in the literary world and attend a reception at our annual Literary Prizes and Public Acclaim event

  • Develop personal and professional contacts locally and further afield through our work-related modules

Optional pathways
There are optional pathways through this degree that let you combine your literature studies with another interest. These pathways lead to the following exit awards when you finish the course:

  • BA (Hons) English Literature with History

  • BA (Hons) English Literature with Media Studies

Careers and opportunities
A degree in English literature is a great foundation for a career in the arts. Graduate employers also value the sophisticated analytical and presentational skills you'll develop on this course.

What can you do with an English Literature degree?
After the course, you could work in areas such as:

  • advertising

  • journalism

  • arts and media

  • public relations

  • copywriting

  • teaching

  • research

You could also study at postgraduate level.

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job or course that puts your skills to work. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

Course details

Subject options

This course offers the following subject options:

  • English Literature with History
  • English Literature with Media Studies

Modules

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) English Literature degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

Body Politics
English Literature: Academic Enrichment Programme
Global Identities
Literary Powers: Renaissance To Romanticism
Popular Culture: Spies, Dragons, Time Machines
The Short Story: Murder, Madness And Experimentation
Unpacking Texts: Introducing Critical Theory

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

English Literature: Academic Enrichment Programme
Literary Prizes And Public Acclaim
Research In Practice

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

Bloody Shakespeare: Shakespeare's History Plays
Crime Writing
Danger! Censorship, Power and the People
Dystopian and Apocalyptic Environments: Ecocrisis in the Literary Imagination
Gender and the Media
Imagined Communities: Ethnicity and National Identity
Modern Foreign Language
Learning From Experience
Literary Heritage
Mortals and Immortals: Man, God and the Devil in Early Modern Literature
Neo-Historical Fiction
Propaganda
Puritans to Postmodernists: American Literature
Screen Media
Slavery and Antislavery in the Atlantic World
Space, Place and Being
Study Abroad
Transmedia Narratives and Strategies
Underworlds: Crime, Deviance & Punishment in Britain, 1500-1900
Women’s Writing in the Americas

Optional Placement Year

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include

Dissertation / Major Project
English Literature: Academic Enrichment Programme

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

Consuming Fictions: Food And Appetite In Victorian Culture
Dangerous Desires: Renaissance Revenge Drama
Enlightenment: Literature, Culture and Modernity
Holocaust Literatures
Introduction to Teaching
Learning From Experience
Magical Realism
News, War and Peace
Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
Representing Science in the Media
Special Subject: Group Project 1
Special Subject: Individual Research 2
Studying Comedy
Time, Temporality, Contemporary Fiction
TV Drama and Society
US Masculinities

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through:

essays
textual analysis
presentations
a dissertation
real-world projects
creative assignments
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

Year 1 students: 100% by coursework
Year 2 students: 100% by coursework
Year 3 students: 100% by coursework


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

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 - 112 points 96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include English.
A level 96-112 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, to include English.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications. Must be with an English qualification.
Access to HE Diploma 96-112 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (English based).
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Cambridge Pre-U score of 42 -48, to include a Principal Subject in Literature in English.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 25 points 25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, to include English.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3, H4 - H3, H4, H4, H4, H4 To include Higher Level English.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications. To include an English qualification.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.
Scottish Advanced Higher 96-112 Tariff points, to include English.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English Proficiency Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic 54.0 An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT) 79.0 79 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Trinity ISE Pass Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £14,300 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

Home/EU/Islands Year in placement/industry £925 Year abroad of a language course £925. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance International (Non-EU) Year in placement/industry £2,500 Year abroad of a language course £2,500. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/international-students/funding **Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation.**

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