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University of Reading

English Literature and Film & Theatre

UCAS Code: QW34

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.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M2,M2-M2,M2,M2

M2 in English Literature or a related subject. Related subjects: English Language & Literature; English Language; Drama & Theatre Studies; Creative Writing.

Extended Project

B

In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.  Eligible applicants would receive two offers,  our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects

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.

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

H2,H3,H3,H3,H3-H3,H3,H3,H3,H3


H3 in English Literature or a related subject. Related subjects: English Language & Literature; English Language; Drama & Theatre Studies; Creative Writing.

OCR Cambridge Technical 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.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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 Advanced Higher

A,B,B-B,B,B

English Literature or a related subject at grade B. 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.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

A-B

The Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A Level at the grade achieved, except English Literature or a related subject. Related subjects: English Language & Literature; English Language; Drama & Theatre Studies; Creative Writing.

UCAS Tariff

120-152

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

88%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

English literature

Theatre studies

Cinematics

Explore the creative dynamics between writing and performance on the page, on the stage, and on the screen.

English Literature was one of the first university departments in the UK to study American and Canadian authors such as Margaret Atwood. We continue this tradition with a curriculum that includes the best of contemporary writing from Britain, America and the Caribbean. The Department of Film, Theatre & Television pioneered the study of film in UK higher education, and we continue to lead in the range and breadth of the modules we offer.

You will learn about film from its beginnings in the late nineteenth century to the present day, from contemporary Hollywood to avant-garde cinema, together with new forms of digital entertainment and video art. Theatre modules present you with the opportunity to study the work of playwrights such as Caryl Churchill, Sarah Kane, and Samuel Beckett. You will investigate a range of contemporary practices from popular forms of theatre to the latest performance art.

Our teaching is a dynamic mix of theory and practice with optional modules that include group-based practical projects. You will have access to a studio with multi-camera facilities, a talk-back system and Chroma key, and a studio gallery linked to the theatres for live filming and mixing work. We provide industry-standard software and support from dedicated technicians, and all spaces are equipped with state-of-the-art multimedia equipment and lighting. More than 80 performances, films and television programmes are created in the department each year, offering multiple opportunities to develop your technical or performance skills. Our partnerships and connections with the contemporary creative world help you gain a rich and critically informed knowledge of the techniques that shape creative practice today.

English Literature modules will enable you to examine in greater detail authors and genres that you already know (from tragedy to Gothic, from Shakespeare and Dickens to Plath and Beckett), and also introduce you to aspects of literary studies that you may not know so well, from children’s literature to publishing studies and the history of the book. Our academics have published research on everything from medieval poetry to contemporary Caribbean and American fiction, and they will help you to develop your own literary interests.

Throughout your degree you will be thinking about the career choices and we help you put in place the skills and experience that you need to launch that career. Our innovative placement scheme gives you the chance to undertake an academic placement in commerce, industry or the arts. You can also take a placement module on languages and literature in heritage, in education, and in the media. Students on our "Communications at work" module also undertake a short placement to explore the ways in which the skills and knowledge gained in their studies have direct application to the workplace.

**Careers**

You will enter the job market with highly-developed research and communication skills; you will know how to access reliable information on any topic and how to present your findings in clear and persuasive language. Your practical work and group projects give you experience of project management and collaborative working. You will have the critical and cultural awareness necessary for working in the public sector and the media.

Our graduates go into many walks of life from performing arts, journalism, the media, or teaching to law, business administration, web-design and advertising. Some decide to continue their studies at postgraduate level: our MA in Samuel Beckett would be an excellent way to further your studies in both English literature, film and theatre. Past graduates have gone on to work for employers such the BBC, The Telegraph, Oxford University Press, Waterstones, Cisco Systems and the Royal Mint, as well as local authorities and schools.

Modules

In first year, your modules will ensure that you have the skills and knowledge needed for degree-level work. You will take modules in ‘Genre and Context’, ‘Poetry in English’ and ‘Research and Criticism’ in English Literature and a module introducing you to the academic study of film. In your second year, far greater choice is available: you can study modules on everything from ‘Renaissance Texts and Culture’ to ‘Contemporary Poetry’, from’ Popular Television Genres’ to ‘Film Genre’. Practical work-based learning is integrated into your study of Film in your second and third years. In third year, you can tailor your degree to meet your personal interests through your dissertation. This is a research project that you choose; one-to-one supervisions with a designated member of staff who will help you to turn an idea into a substantial piece of written work.

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
£16,475
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


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.

78%
low
English literature
74%
med
Theatre studies
71%
med
Cinematics

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.

English studies (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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

56%
Library resources
48%
IT resources
63%
Course specific equipment and facilities
73%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
18%
Male students
82%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

Drama

Teaching and learning

100%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
95%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
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

65%
Library resources
54%
IT resources
75%
Course specific equipment and facilities
42%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
25%
Male students
75%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
A

Cinematics and photography

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
80%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
61%
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

61%
Library resources
72%
IT resources
69%
Course specific equipment and facilities
52%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
41%
Male students
59%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A
B

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.

£18,000
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

21%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
9%
Other administrative occupations
9%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Drama

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.

£20,250
high
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
86%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

27%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Drama is a very popular degree subject — in 2015, over 5,000 degrees were awarded to UK graduates. With so many graduates around, jobs in acting are very sought-after and often gained through personal contacts, or through your careers service so be prepared to practise your people skills and to make full use of your university facilities. But there are lots of roles in the arts for drama graduates, in direction, production, audio-visual, set and clothing design and PR. The skills taught by drama courses can be useful elsewhere — a lot of the economy can use people who can perform and present in front of others, and so drama graduates can be found in teaching, management, advertising, project and events organisation and community work. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once — one in ten drama graduates last year had more than one job on the go at once after six months. And starting salaries are not the best - but nevertheless the large majority of drama graduates going into acting still felt that it was just the job for them regardless of pay.

Cinematics and photography

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.

£20,250
high
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
97%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

26%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
15%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

A few years ago graduates from this subject were having a very hard time but things have improved a lot thanks to our active media, film and photographic industries - much the most common employers for this group. The most common jobs are in the arts — as photographers, audio-visual technicians, operators and designers, as directors, as artists and as graphic designers. Training in presenting sound and graphics is useful in other industries as well, so you can find graduates in journalism, in advertising, in business management, in events management and in web design and IT. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common in the arts, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once.

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.

£19k

£19k

£24k

£24k

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Theatre 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.

£18k

£18k

£25k

£25k

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Cinematics

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

£18k

£18k

£25k

£25k

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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