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


% applicants receiving offers


  • English studies
Student score
73% LOW
% employed or in further study
97% MED
Average graduate salary
£16k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points

120 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 40 points in English literature or English language or English language and literature combined. We accept AS levels. We accept general studies. Or 104 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 40 points in English literature or English language or English language and literature combined. We accept general studies.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 104-120 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

Explore the English language as it's used across the world on this well-established course. Learn how language is organised, how it works in practice in the real world – for example to socialise, interact and communicate – and how our use of language influences how we are perceived. Consider how the language of written texts, literary and non-literary, can persuade, entertain, and inform and you investigate the function of human communication and the relationship between spoken language and identity. Key areas of study include • the syntax, semantics and phonetics of the English language • how written texts, both literary and non-literary, are organised • how we use language to communicate and interact • how language varies according to context • how we construct our identity using language. By passing three teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) option modules, you can also gain the Trinity Certificate, which qualifies you to teach English abroad. How you learn You study different approaches to language and communication, giving you the skills to describe language at discourse, phonetic, syntactic and semantic levels. You also gain the advanced skills required to analyse spoken and written with expertise. In your final year you complete an independent dissertation, researching a language topic of your choice, supported by a specialist supervisor. As you study, you develop valuable transferable skills in areas such as data collection, transcription methods and advanced literacy, communication and planning skills. These are all highly valued by employers. Field trips enrich your learning, with recent visits to places of interest including • London's Globe Theatre • Sheffield's Crucible Theatre • country houses including Brodsworth Hall near Doncaster Our students also have the chance to get involved in Sheffield's annual Off the Shelf Festival of Words. Study abroad You have the opportunity to go on an international exchange during your second year of study, enabling you to experience another culture and improve your communication skills. Employers like to see these life experiences on a CV as they demonstrate independence, confidence and adaptability. Work experience In your second year you complete a work-based project. We work with you to find a placement in a working environment related to your career aspirations and your academic interests. This is a great opportunity to enhance your career prospects in a related area that inspires you. Project hosts and roles have included • Every Sheffield Child Articulate and Literate (ESCAL) – reading and talking volunteer • Portland Work – web review and journalism • Freeman College – language development support volunteer • Sheffield Hallam's business incubation unit the Hatchery – business start up • Sheffield Children’s Hospital – fundraising volunteer • SHU Life magazine – sports editor • Heeley City Farm – fundraising and events management • Byron Wood Primary School – TESOL group teaching for parents


**Year one**- • language and communication • language in social context • describing language • English as a world language: past, present and future • writing yourself: theory, practice and creativity • creative language awareness • modern foreign language **Year two**- • language in use • work based project • language and style • sociolinguistics • foundation studies in TESOL • language, identity and power • multicultural and intercultural communication • exploring second language learning TESOL • modern foreign language • international exchange • exchange student project • language and specialist cultural studies ULS **Year three**- • language dissertation • English and education • TESOL classroom teaching and reflection • language and gender • digital communication • politeness • language and psychology • modern foreign languages • work based project

Sheffield Hallam University

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Sheffield has all the excitement of a major city but the friendliness of a small town. The university and students' union work together to enhance the student experience; your employability is at the top of our agenda. We have lots of societies, sports clubs and volunteering opportunities, plus the largest number of students in Britain on courses with a year's paid work placement.

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 77%
Student score 73% 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
2% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
77% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
4% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
293 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
77% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
6% 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 97% MED
Average graduate salary £16k LOW
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Graduates who are customer service occupations


Graduates who are childcare and related personal services


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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