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University of Portsmouth

English Literature

UCAS Code: Q301

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


96-112 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, to include English.

96-112 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (English based).

Cambridge Pre-U score of 42 -48, to include a Principal Subject in Literature in English.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, to include English.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4-H3,H4,H4,H4,H4


To include Higher Level English.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications. To include an English qualification.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications. Must be with an English qualification.

96-112 Tariff points, to include English.

UCAS Tariff

96-112

96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include English.

98%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

English literature

**Overview**
Portsmouth is the perfect place to study literature. Charles Dickens was born here, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle called these streets home, and Rudyard Kipling’s work was inspired by his early years in the city.

On this BA (Hons) English Literature degree course, you’ll examine literature from classics to the contemporary, and become an expert in reading, analysing and discussing the written works that inspire you.

You’ll emerge with a skill set that’s sought after for careers in the arts, publishing and media. The critical thinking, reading and analytical abilities you'll develop will also set you up for postgraduate study or roles in areas like teaching and politics.

**What you'll experience**
On this English Literature degree course you’ll:
- Build your knowledge of literature, from Shakespeare to the present day, and across genres from crime writing to magical realism

- Learn from staff who are undertaking research in this field, ensuring you keep abreast of the latest developments

- Tailor your studies to the areas of literature that excite you the most, choosing modules that match your interests

- Develop analytical reading, presentation and team-work skills that’ll serve you in your future career

- Get plenty of one-on-one sessions with your personal tutor

You can also:
- Meet high-profile figures in the literary world and attend a reception at our annual Literary Prizes and Public Acclaim event

- Develop personal and professional contacts locally and further afield through our work-related modules

**Optional pathways**
There are optional pathways through this degree that let you combine your literature studies with another interest. These pathways lead to the following exit awards when you finish the course:

- BA (Hons) English Literature with History

- BA (Hons) English Literature with Media Studies

**Careers and opportunities**
A degree in English literature is a great foundation for a career in the arts. Graduate employers also value the sophisticated analytical and presentational skills you'll develop on this course.

What can you do with an English Literature degree?
After the course, you could work in areas such as:

- advertising

- journalism

- arts and media

- public relations

- copywriting

- teaching

- research

You could also study at postgraduate level.

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job or course that puts your skills to work. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

Modules

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) English Literature degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

Body Politics
English Literature: Academic Enrichment Programme
Global Identities
Literary Powers: Renaissance To Romanticism
Popular Culture: Spies, Dragons, Time Machines
The Short Story: Murder, Madness And Experimentation
Unpacking Texts: Introducing Critical Theory

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

English Literature: Academic Enrichment Programme
Literary Prizes And Public Acclaim
Research In Practice

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

Bloody Shakespeare: Shakespeare's History Plays
Crime Writing
Danger! Censorship, Power and the People
Dystopian and Apocalyptic Environments: Ecocrisis in the Literary Imagination
Gender and the Media
Imagined Communities: Ethnicity and National Identity
Modern Foreign Language
Learning From Experience
Literary Heritage
Mortals and Immortals: Man, God and the Devil in Early Modern Literature
Neo-Historical Fiction
Propaganda
Puritans to Postmodernists: American Literature
Screen Media
Slavery and Antislavery in the Atlantic World
Space, Place and Being
Study Abroad
Transmedia Narratives and Strategies
Underworlds: Crime, Deviance & Punishment in Britain, 1500-1900
Women’s Writing in the Americas

Optional Placement Year

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include

Dissertation / Major Project
English Literature: Academic Enrichment Programme

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

Consuming Fictions: Food And Appetite In Victorian Culture
Dangerous Desires: Renaissance Revenge Drama
Enlightenment: Literature, Culture and Modernity
Holocaust Literatures
Introduction to Teaching
Learning From Experience
Magical Realism
News, War and Peace
Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
Representing Science in the Media
Special Subject: Group Project 1
Special Subject: Individual Research 2
Studying Comedy
Time, Temporality, Contemporary Fiction
TV Drama and Society
US Masculinities

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through:

essays
textual analysis
presentations
a dissertation
real-world projects
creative assignments
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

Year 1 students: 100% by coursework
Year 2 students: 100% by coursework
Year 3 students: 100% by coursework

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

79%
med
English literature

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Literature in english

Teaching and learning

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
94%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

83%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

60%
UK students
40%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

English studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

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Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
93%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
16%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

English literature

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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