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Love to read? Engage with the diversity of English literature across six centuries, from Shakespearean drama to the graphic novel. Choose from a variety of optional modules exploring literature in relation to history, politics and culture, including modules in creative writing. Follow your own interests in your final year dissertation. English is a degree highly valued by employers, so take advantage of our many opportunities for work experience and prepare for a rewarding career.
Boost your career prospects by working with a publishing house, literary agent, arts organisation or magazine on our work-based learning module or extra-curricular internships. Write and be published as part of INK, the English and Creative Writing student-run magazine, and experience other cultures by studying or working abroad in either Europe or the US.
We have excellent survey results – 95 per cent of students agreed staff were good at explaining things; 91 per cent of students agreed staff made the subject interesting and 88 per cent of students were satisfied overall. 90 per cent of students were in work/study six months after finishing (source: 2016 NSS and 2016 DLHE survey results available on Unistats*).
Choose every year from a wide variety of specialist modules, from 1600 to the present, including period and cultural studies and creative writing
Receive free set texts for all core modules throughout the three years.
Benefit from assessment through coursework, with no written exams.
Boost your career prospects by working with a publishing house, literary agent, arts organisation or magazine on our work-based learning module or extra-curricular internships.
Make use of our open-door policy and talk to your lecturers in a friendly and supportive learning environment.
Learn from internationally recognised research-active staff, including published creative writers.
Experience other cultures by studying or working abroad in either Europe or the US.
- Write and be published as part of INK, the English and Creative Writing student-run magazine.
*Access resources at any time with the University library, open 24 hours 365 days a year, offering a vast range of electronic and print materials, including a rare books collection.
In your first year, you'll study historical, theoretical, and aesthetic approaches to literary analysis. You’ll read literature which investigates the making of the modern world; engage with exciting theories of reading such as eco-criticism, psychoanalysis and Marxism; and, if you choose, try your hand at creative writing in a wide range of genres including prose, poetry, drama and professional writing. You will also learn key research and essay-writing skills.
In your second year, you’ll take core modules in Romantic and Victorian literature, studying these key periods from an interdisciplinary perspective, and engaging with debates in philosophy, science, psychology, politics, art, gender and race. You will then select from a wide range of specialist modules, including our work-based learning module (Working with Literature) which places you in the professional workplace. Several modules offer opportunities for creative as well as critical writing.
In your final year, you’ll complete your period studies core with the ground-breaking literature of early 20th-century Modernism. You’ll also choose from a range of specialist modules, mostly with a focus on 20th-century and contemporary literature. You’ll produce your own year-long dissertation on any topic of your choice, which you'll work on with the focused support of your personal supervisor.
The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.
100% of assessment is by coursework.
How to apply
You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2019.
If you already have a 2019 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.
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!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
The University of Plymouth has a dedicated International Student Advice (ISA) service who will support you from the day you accept an offer at the University, right through to graduation. They will offer help and advice so you can get the most out of your studies, and your time in the UK, visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-life/services/international-students/international-student-advice for more information. Once you have applied through UCAS, your conditional offer letters will also be sent to you by email, so be sure to enter your current email address on your application and to check this email regularly. You'll need your unconditional letter, and the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) that we'll send you, when applying for your student visa to the UK. A minimum £2,000 tuition fee deposit will be required before we'll send you the CAS. We're a licenced Tier 4 Sponsor under the Points Based System. To comply with our duties as a Tier 4 sponsor, we're required to check other aspects of your application in addition to your academic achievements, for example any previous studies, financial status and your immigration history in the UK. For course entry requirements (inc. English requirements) please refer to the specific page for the course you are interested in (www.plymouth.ac.uk/study). A recognised English language qualification (e.g. IELTS) would be required or successful completion of one of the University's pre-sessional English Language courses. Check our country pages to find out more about application from your specific home country www.plymouth.ac.uk/international/study/international-students-country-guides. International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages www.plymouth.ac.uk/study/fees If you have any questions please contact email@example.com
|UCAS Tariff||104 - 112 points||Including a minimum of 2 A Levels, including Grade B at A level English Language, Literature or Creative Writing, or a related subject (e.g. History, Philosophy, Film Studies, Sociology), excluding General Studies.|
|A level||104-112 tariff points, including a minimum of 2 A Levels, including Grade B at A level English Language, Literature or Creative Writing, or a related subject (e.g. History, Philosophy, Film Studies, Sociology), excluding General Studies.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DMM||Usually in combination with other qualifications, please contact the Institution for further information.|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (e.g. Preferably English, Humanities or Combined), with at least 33 credits at Merit and/or Distinction.|
|Scottish Higher||In combination with Advanced Highers|
|AS||Considered in combination|
|Extended Project||Considered in combination|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||26 - 28 points||
Including Higher Level English or a related subject (e.g. Creative Writing, History, Philosophy, Film Studies, Sociology) at Grade 5.
Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent.
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H3, H3, H3, H4, H4 - H2, H2, H3, H3, H3||
Including H3 or above in English Language, Literature or Creative Writing, or a related subject (e.g. History, Philosophy, Film Studies, Sociology).
Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent.
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||Considered in combination|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||D*D - D*D*||Usually in combination with other qualifications, please contact the Institution for further information.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||Considered in combination|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||Considered in combination|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||
104-112 tariff points, including two Advanced Highers, including Grade B in English Language, Literature or Creative Writing, or a related subject (e.g. History, Philosophy, Film Studies, Sociology)
English and Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent.
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||Considered in combination|
GCSE Mathematics and English at Grade C / 4 required. If you do not meet this criteria please seek further advice with the Admission Team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||with 5.5 in all elements.|
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|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|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.
Additional fee information
Clearing contact details
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