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University of Leeds

English Language and Literature

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


% applicants receiving offers


  • English studies
Student score
83% MED
% employed or in further study
96% MED
Average graduate salary
£19k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

including A in English (Language, Literature or Language and Literature) excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking

Scottish Highers
Not Available

AB - AA in Advanced Highers including A in English and AABBB in Highers or A in Advanced Highers English and AABBB - AAABB in Highers

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

International Baccalaureate

35 points overall with 16 - 17 at Higher Level including 6 in English at Higher Level

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 136-144 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

Not available

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

This degree allows you to explore the English language, its literary heritage and future in a diverse and research-intensive learning environment. Core modules allow you to explore poetry, prose and drama in different historical periods, while thinking about language in context and the role that it plays in society. On top of this, you’ll select topics that interest you from an impressive variety of optional modules, covering language and literary topics in English from the Anglo-Saxon period to today. Our School of English is large and diverse, home to expert tutors with a wide range of research interests. As a result, we offer flexible degrees that you can shape to suit your interests. You could study medieval Scandinavian literature, folklore and mythology, American fiction, creative writing, world theatre or post-apartheid narratives to name a few. You’ll gain an understanding of English and literature in English while developing valuable transferable skills.


University of Leeds

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Studying at the University of Leeds and becoming a member of Leeds University Union will provide you with an experience like no other. The campus nestled in the heart of Leeds is a hive of activity from world-class research to inspirational academic lectures and exceptional Union events. We have more than 300 clubs and societies for sports, dance, media, politics and volunteering.

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 91%
Student score 83% MED
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
6% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
81% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
443 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
92% 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 96% MED
Average graduate salary £19k HIGH
Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals


Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Graduates who are media professionals


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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