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Main entry requirements
A level English Literature or a related subject at grade B. Related subjects: English Language & Literature; English Language; Drama & Theatre Studies; Creative Writing.
Higher English Literature or a related subject at grade B. Related subjects: English Language & Literature; English Language; Drama & Theatre Studies; Creative Writing.
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.
Higher Level English Literature or a related subject at 5. Related subjects: English Language & Literature; English Language; Drama & Theatre Studies; Creative Writing.
If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120-147 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.
% applicants receiving offers95%
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Tuition fee & financial support£9,250
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
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
At Reading, we believe that the study of English literature provides not only a rewarding challenge and active pleasure, but also the foundation of a critical and cultural awareness that will remain with you for life. Our degrees allow you to explore the extraordinary range of writing in English, from Medieval poetry to contemporary novels. We are a very research-active department with a century-long history of innovation in English Studies, and we continue to extend our curriculum to include contemporary American and Caribbean literature as well as new writing from Britain and Ireland. You will become part of this conversation about the way that English Studies is developing. You will also develop your own writing skills; whether your ambition is to write creatively or in a professional context, you will graduate with the confidence and skill to say exactly what you mean. In your second year, you may be able to spend a term studying abroad at one of our partner institutions in Germany, Spain, the USA, Canada or Australia. This is a great opportunity to continue your study of English literature while immersing yourself in a different culture and enhancing your language skills. This degree enables you to explore authors and genres that you may already know (from Dickens to Plath, from tragedy to Gothic), and introduces you to aspects of literary studies that you may not know so well, including contemporary Caribbean fiction and the history of the book. Our first-year modules ensure that all of our students have the advanced skills in literary analysis necessary for undergraduate work. In your second and third years, your choice of modules becomes wider and more various, allowing you to gain a deeper knowledge of the subjects that interest you most. You can do archive work on ‘Studying Manuscripts’ or look at the politics of literature in ‘Writing Global Justice’. We place a strong emphasis on small-group learning within a friendly and supportive environment. Our innovative placement scheme gives you the chance to undertake an academic placement in commerce, industry or the arts. You can also take one of our dedicated placement modules on languages and literature in education and in the media. The option to take our Creative Writing pathway allows you to make creative writing a designated part of your degree. Our team of poets, fiction and non-fiction writers will help you to develop your writing skills.
Sample modules may include: • The business of books • Introduction to creative writing • Black British fiction • Editing the Renaissance • Writing fiction: ethics and representation Check our website for more details of the course structure.
The University of Reading is based on the beautiful Whiteknights campus and is perfectly situated with excellent links around the country. Firm choice applicants are guaranteed a place in halls, all with individual character. The Students' Union has a good working relationship with the University and hosts the largest entertainment venue in the area plus the UK's largest SU shop.
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