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University of Portsmouth

English Literature

UCAS Code: Q301
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time, sandwich 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • English studies
Student score
82% 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
Not Available

96-120 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, to include English.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

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

International Baccalaureate

A minimum of two Higher Level subjects, to include English.

UCAS tariff points

96-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include English.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 96-120 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

This course engages with the profound questions arising from classic and non-traditional literary texts from the Renaissance to the present day. Read more at the University of Portsmouth website. WHY STUDY THIS COURSE? You will study with research-active specialists, across many themes and genres, and may include your own creative compositions as assessed work. MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE You can expect a high level of personal tuition throughout your degree, and can create a personalised programme in line with your interests through a wide range of options. You may attend our annual Literary Prizes & Public Acclaim event, which brings high-profile figures from the commercial side of literature into the university. OPTIONAL PATHWAYS You may follow optional history or media studies pathways through this degree, or include it as a pathway in American studies or English language and linguistics, leading to exit awards: - BA (Hons) English Literature with History BA (Hons) English Literature with Media Studies BA (Hons) American Studies with English Literature BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics with English Literature WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR? This course is for students interested in the study of cultures across geographies and centuries, as expressed in literary texts. SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE GAINED You will develop sophisticated analytical and presentation skills as you study the subtleties of communication and persuasion in this course. You will also have the opportunity to undertake work or research placements, volunteer roles and internships alongside your study, or to undertake study abroad. AFTER THE COURSE You will be prepared for a huge variety of career paths, such as publishing, media, teaching or research. Past graduates have followed a wide range of pathways, including television script writing, journalism, public relations and web design. You will also be well placed to consider postgraduate study.


Core units will introduce you to key concepts in literary study and enable you to begin to hone the analytical skills that will carry you through the next few years. In the second year you can begin to make real choices in the balance of your studies and design your own programme of study to suit your personal areas of interest with a wide range of optional units on offer. In the third year you can engage in the close study of Renaissance, Romanticist, fin-de-siecle, modernist or postmodernist fiction. You’ll select from units with a conceptual focus, for example in psychoanalytic, feminist or postcolonial criticism, or with a regional-cultural basis, such as post-war American fiction, travel writing and European literature.

University of Portsmouth

The library

Portsmouth is a vibrant waterfront city on the south coast with a rich maritime history. A flat and compact city, Portsmouth is easy to get around on foot or by bike and most University buildings are located in the centre. There is always plenty going on, whether in the bustle of the city centre or in the fresh air and open spaces of the seafront and the common.

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 92%
Student score 82% 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
44% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
62% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
297 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
60% 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 96% MED
Average graduate salary £19k HIGH
Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


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 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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