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University of Reading

English and Comparative Literature

UCAS Code: Q200

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,B

A level English Literature or a related subject at grade B. Related subjects: English Language & Literature; English Language; Drama & Theatre Studies; Creative Writing.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

to D: 15 credits and M: 30 credits. Must include at least 15 level 3 credits in English Literature or a related subject. Related subjects: English Language & Literature; English Language; Drama & Theatre Studies; Creative Writing.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32-30

Higher Level English Literature or a related subject at 5. Related subjects: English Language & Literature; English Language; Drama & Theatre Studies; Creative Writing.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DDM

Modules taken must be comparable to A level English Literature or a related subject. Related subjects: English Language & Literature; English Language; Drama & Theatre Studies; Creative Writing.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B-A,B,B,B,B


Higher English Literature or a related subject at grade B. Related subjects: English Language & Literature; English Language; Drama & Theatre Studies; Creative Writing.

UCAS Tariff

120-147

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subjects

English language

Comparative literary studies

This course aims to provide you with knowledge and understanding of a variety of literary, cultural and historical texts from a range of periods and backgrounds. Anglophone materials will be studied alongside those translated into English. The course also aims to foster an independent approach to formulating problems and arguments, through the development and application of close reading and analytical skills. Individual modules come with the option of an academic placement which complements and develops the learning on a module.Should literature be defined in terms of the language and culture it was written in? Or does literature speak to us because its strangeness side-steps our expectations? Our joint degrees with Comparative Literature will get you discussing these and many more questions. The course has been designed by experts with the aim of crossing and dismantling borders: it looks at literatures from different communities, national traditions, and time-periods. We take in a broad range of traditional genres (e.g. novel, theatre, poetry), as well as varying modes of cultural expression (e.g. autobiography, film, myths). Throughout, the emphasis is on comparative literatures ability to do justice to the interconnectedness of human experience as we read and write, think and feel, live and die. WHY STUDY DEGREES WITH COMPARATIVE LITERATURE AT READING? Research-intensive departments with a track record of innovative scholarship A wide range of subjects taught by established professors and new thinkers Opportunities to study abroad Small-group teaching makes for friendly learning and debateHOW WE TEACH YOUThe comparative literature elements of the course begin with core modules. In year 1, these introduce you to the notion of comparative writing, and to what you need to be aware of when studying in translation. Then in second year, expert lecturers will take you into the detail of important areas for comparative writing. All students of comparative literature will then take an extended writing module in their final year. The remaining credits on the comparative literature side of your degree give you the chance to develop your interests by choosing from a range of optional modules. If taking a modern language, this must be the same language throughout your degree. CAREER PROSPECTSA joint degree with comparative literature will help you develop a range of transferable skills, including critical thinking; research and writing; ability to analyse a diverse range of materials; time-management; adaptability; and a high degree of cultural literacy. Our recent graduates have gone on to a wide variety of careers, including work in accountancy and banking, government and the civil service, heritage and museums, teaching, publishing, and media research and production. Recent employers include: the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Oxford University Press, the British Museum, the Environment Agency, and the BBC.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,070
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Reading

Department:

English Literature

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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English studies

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
18%
Male students
82%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

Languages, linguistics and classics

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

82%
UK students
18%
International students
29%
Male students
71%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

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.

£17,940
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
92%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Childcare and related personal services
9%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
9%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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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.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Teaching and educational professionals
13%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Just over 150 students graduated with this type of degree in 2015, as it's a pretty specialised subject. Graduates were very likely to take their communication skills to the marketing and PR industry, and a lot of the jobs are in and around London, so if you want a job outside these areas then be aware that they might not necessarily be easy to come by.

What about your long term prospects?

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

English language

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Comparative literary studies

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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