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Anglia Ruskin University

English Literature

UCAS Code: Q300
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • English studies
Student score
80% LOW
% employed or in further study
90% LOW
Average graduate salary
£19k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

120 UCAS Points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), including grade C in English Language or English Literature.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Advanced Highers are accepted. UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Highers are accepted.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate

UCAS tariff points

From a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), including grade C in English Language or English Literature.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Learn how different societies have shaped English literature, and how English literature has shaped society. Become a self-reliant researcher as well as developing the skills required for the modern world of work. Explore classic literary texts alongside genres including sc-fi and children’s literature Improve your writing skills, both critical and creative Engage with the global publishing industry Learn from the author who wrote the book on Studying English Literature Our BA (Hons) English Literature will help you understand the importance of English literature; how it is affected by the culture, language, technology and economics of the period, but also how it influences readers and society itself. By studying English literature, you will also be exploring a range of other subjects, including history, politics, philosophy, religion, psychology and the history of art. You will be encouraged to work and think independently, helping you become self-reliant and critically adaptive, with the ability to consider perspectives that are different to your own or to popular opinion. Some exercises will involve you in group work, presenting ideas and information or finding solutions to problems with others, promoting your interpersonal skills and your ability to negotiate. As well as developing skills such as literacy and communication, which are important for any future career, you will become well-versed in the specific methods of literary research, such as bibliographies, databases and information technology. Our optional modules will also give you the chance to practise and develop your own creative writing, as well as explore the processes of the modern publishing industry. Other options you can take include Writing World War One, Black British Fiction, Theorising Children’s Literature and Renaissance Magic. In Year 3, you can develop your own interests and independent research skills by undertaking a short or long Major Project on a subject of your choice, working with a member of staff with expertise in your chosen area. Your studies will be supported throughout the course by our team of English literature and writing experts. These include Course Leader Dr Tory Young, (author of Studying English Literature, a text used on many other University courses as well as our own), Dr Una McCormack (Star Trek The Fall: The Crimson Shadow and Doctor Who: Royal Blood), Professor Eugene Giddens (Lewis Carroll’sAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass: A Publishing History) and Professor Sarah Annes Brown (A Familiar Compound Ghost: Allusion and the Uncanny).


Year one, core modules A History of English Literature, from the present to 1789 Introduction to Imaginative Writing: Prose Fiction Gods and Heroes Reading Literature and Theory Myth and Magic Writing Matters A History of English Literature from Chaucer to Equiano Year one, optional modules Fundamentals of Publishing Introduction to Imaginative Writing: Poetry and Plays Year two, core modules Romantic Conflicts Postcolonial Writing Modernism and the City Victorian Literature and Culture The European Novel: Transgressive Desires Year two, optional modules Writing World War One: Trauma, Memory, Resistance Myth and Medievalism Special Topic 1: Bible and Literature Dialogue and Debate: More to Milton The History of the Book Black British Writing News and Feature Writing Writing Short Fiction Year three, core modules Major Project or Independent Research Project (English Literature) Theorising Children's Literature Spectacle and Representation in Renaissance Drama Contemporary Fiction Year three, optional modules Elizabeth Gaskell and the Brontës World Literature Renaissance Magic Modern Science Fiction Decade: the Literature of the 1xx0s Special Topic 2: Modernism Writing Poetry Romantic Idealism Literature and Exile: Displacement, Identity, Self Publishing in Practice Literature and Medicine Employability for English Literature Optional modules available all years Anglia Language Programme

Anglia Ruskin University

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Anglia Ruskin University is a progressive university, breaking into the top 350 educational institutions in the World in 2017*. ARU's fantastic academics will link theory with practice in a friendly and supportive environment; just one of the reasons that ARU's students have recorded some of the highest satisfaction rates across the University. With a campus in the very heart of the City of London offering you unprecedented access to a host of potential employers and careers, ARU London is the perfect place for you to build the skills and gain the knowledge which will propel you to a successful career. 

* The Times World University Rankings 2017

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 82%
Student score 80% LOW
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
14% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
70% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
11% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
240 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
71% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
10% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 90% LOW
Average graduate salary £19k HIGH
Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals


Graduates who are childcare and related personal services


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
English is one of the most popular degree subjects and in 2015, more than 11,000 students graduated with English degrees - although this does represent a fall from recent years. As good communication is so important to modern business, you can find English graduates in all parts of the economy, although obviously, you can't expect to get a job in science or engineering (computing is a different matter - it's not common but good language skills can be useful in the computing industry). There's little difference in outcomes between English language and English literature degrees, so don't worry and choose the one that suits you best. More English grads took another postgraduate course when they finished their degree than grads from any other subject - this is an important option. Teacher training was a common choice of second degree, as was further study of English, and journalism courses. But many English graduates changed course and trained in law, marketing or other languages -or even subjects further afield such as computing, psychology and even nursing. This is a very flexible degree which gives you a lot of options
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