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University of Kent

English and American Literature and Creative Writing

UCAS Code: Q324
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • English studies
Student score
88% HIGH
% employed or in further study
97% MED
Average graduate salary
£18k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Grades ABB in three A levels including B in English Literature or English Language & Literature required. (English Literature at grade B or English - Language & Literature at grade B).

Scottish Highers

Grades AAABB including grade A in English required from the best five Higher subjects English at grade A.

Scottish Advanced Highers

Grades ABB in three advanced highers including grade B in English required. English at grade B.

BTEC Diploma

Applications considered individually.A level grade B in English Literature/English Language & Literature also required

BTEC Certificate

Applications considered individually. A level grade B in English Literature or English Language & Literature also required.

BTEC Award

Applications considered individually.2 additional A level equivalents inc A level grade B in English Literature/English Language & Literature required

BTEC Level 3 Diploma

Applications considered individually.A level grade B in English Literature/English Language & Literature also required

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

Applications considered individually. Two additional A level equivalents inc A level grade B in English Literature/English Language & Literature required

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Applications considered individually. A level grade B in English Literature/English Language & Literature required

International Baccalaureate

34 overall OR 16 at higher level including higher English A1/A2/B at 5/6/6 or HL 5 or SL 6 in English Literature or English language and Literature (literature of other countries may be considered on an individual basis).

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128 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

English and Creative Writing at Kent is challenging, flexible, and wide-ranging. Literature modules cover both traditional areas (such as Shakespeare or Dickens) and newer fields such as American literature, postcolonial literature and recent developments in literary theory. Creative Writing options allow you to choose from a range of poetry and prose modules and develop your own voice and style. The classes will teach you about writing and give you the chance to practise, through writing exercises, workshops and assignments, your own writing. There is also the opportunity to spend up to a year studying abroad in either America, Canada, Europe or Hong Kong. Staff in the School of English are internationally recognised for academic research which links closely with undergraduate teaching, and the School regularly hosts visits by a variety of international writers and critics both on campus and in the city of Canterbury.


Stage 1: Critical practice; early drama; romanticism and critical theory; options. Stage 2/3: Core modules including: early American literature 1630-1880/modern American literature: from the closing of the frontier to the end of the cold war; 18th century literature 1680-1770/18th century literature 1770-1832; Shakespeare and his contemporaries 1: comedies/Shakespeare and his contemporaries 2: tragedies; medieval and Tudor literature/early modern literature; narratives from life/individual writing project; options including: bodies of evidence: reading the body in 18th century literature; Charles Dickens and Victorian England; Chaucer; fantasy and desire in early modern literature; innovation and experiment in New York 1945-1995; introduction to the unknown: from Mont Blanc to Nostromo; language and place in colonial and postcolonial territory; literature and food; long essay; native American cultures: texts and contexts; 19th century American short story; postcolonial writing; reading and writing poetry; reading and writing short fiction; reading and writing the innovative contemporary novel; romance; romanticism and the novel; 20th century American short story; whores, devils and deceit; womenâ??s auto/biography.

University of Kent

Students relax

Kent provides a wealth of European and international opportunities for study, work and travel, a stimulating and effective learning community that focuses on the individual and excellent research-led teaching. The main Canterbury campus is built on 300 acres of park land half-an-hour's walk from the city centre, surrounded by green open spaces, fields and woods.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement

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How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

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What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 95%
Student score 88% HIGH
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


Received sufficient advice and support



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
18% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
77% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
5% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
349 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
89% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
4% 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 £18k MED
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals


Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
English is one of the most popular degree subjects and in 2012, more than 12,000 students graduated with English degrees. 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 as a doctor or nuclear physicist. There isn't a lot of difference in terms of outcomes between taking English language or English literature, so choose the one that suits you and don't worry about whether one is more likely to get you the job you want than the other. About one in five English graduates went into further study last year, and apart from further degrees in English, graduates were also likely to go onto teaching, law or publishing. All in all it's a flexible option – some even changed career direction entirely and took postgraduate courses in subjects like nursing or maths.
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