University of Sussex

Philosophy and English University of Sussex Degree level: Undergraduate


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About the course

With our Philosophy and English BA, you combine the interrogation of thought and text.

You investigate how thought and literature are shaped by culture in a wide variety of historical and political contexts. And at Sussex, you follow your own interests, choosing from a broad range of topics.

With this course, you develop your ability to critically analyse, challenge and communicate - essential skills for a wide range of careers.

About Sussex

Sussex graduates change the world. Our students become the leaders of the future, making discoveries, improving lives and changing things for the better.

Study with us to join a welcoming and inspiring community of staff and students from more than 140 countries.


We shape the world from a fantastic campus on the UK’s beautiful south coast.

We are the only UK university surrounded by a national park, so you can step off campus to explore the hills and woodlands of the South Downs. The vibrant, colourful and creative seaside city of Brighton & Hove is just nine minutes away.

With Brighton voted the happiest city in England for students, (Student Living Survey, Sodexo, 2018) there can be few better places to study.

Course details


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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 QV35
Institution code S90
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level AAB - ABB A-levels must include English Literature or the combined A-level in English Language and Literature, normally at grade A.
You should have a broad range of GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD In addition to the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma you will also need A-level English Literature or the combined A-level in English Language and Literature, normally at grade A.
You should have a broad range of GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.
Access to HE Diploma D: 24 credits
M: 21 credits
P: 0 credits
Access to HE Diploma must contain substantial Level 3 credits in Literature. Alternatively, you will need grade A in A-level English Literature or the combined English Language & Literature, normally at grade A, in addition to the Access Diploma.
Scottish Higher AAABB - AABBB Highers must include English at grade A. You would also be expected to have an Advanced Higher in English (also grade A).
Extended Project We take the EPQ into account when considering your application and it can be useful in the summer when your results are released if you have narrowly missed the conditions of your offer. We do not routinely include the EPQ in the conditions of your offer but we sometimes offer alternative conditions that include the EPQ. If you wish to discuss this further please contact Admissions at
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 32 - 34 points This score should be from the full IB Diploma.
Higher Level subjects must include English, with a final grade of 6.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 Including at least 6.0 in each component.
PTE Academic 62.0 Including at least 56 in all four skills.
TOEFL (iBT) 88.0 TOEFL (iBT), including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £16,750 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

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis as the Government reviews the fee levels. The UK Government has confirmed that EU students commencing their studies in September 2019 will be charged at the Home fee rate for the duration of their course, even if the UK exits the European Union during that period (see

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