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University of Reading

English Literature and Film and Theatre

UCAS Code: QW34
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120-128

% applicants receiving offers

86%

Subjects
  • English studies
  • Drama
Student score
87% MED
81% MED
% employed or in further study
94% MED
97% MED
Average graduate salary
£18.2k HIGH
£19k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB-ABB

Grade B in English Literature or a related subject (English Language & Literature, English Language, Drama & Theatre Studies, Creative Writing)

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120-128 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

86%

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

£9,000

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

Our BA in English Literature and Film and Theatre allows you explore literature and drama from a variety of perspectives, as written texts and as performances. You will have the opportunity to watch films in our state-of-the art cinema and analyse plays as they are staged in one of our performance environments. The Department of English Literature and the Department of Film, Theatre and Television have been leaders in their fields for a long time: English Literature was one of the first university departments to teach American and Canadian authors like Margaret Atwood, and the Department of Film, Theatre and Television pioneered the study of film in UK higher education. The departments are based on the beautiful Whiteknights Campus, close to the library and Halls of Residence. Our students are active in all areas of university life, and bring the skills they learn in the classroom to their extra-curricular activities, such as the student newspaper and campus radio and television stations. The Department of Film, Theatre and Television is housed in the new Minghella Building, which has been custom-built with the needs of our students in mind. You will study Film and Theatre through a dynamic mixture of theory and practice and examine world cinema from its birth in the nineteenth century to the contemporary period. The study of twentieth and twenty-first century theatre practices will give you a clear sense of how drama is evolving. This will complement your study of drama â??on the pageâ?? in the English department, where you will also examine poetry, fiction and non-fictional writing from the Middle Ages to contemporary and creative writing. We believe in small-group teaching and are convinced of the importance of seminar discussion to the study of the Arts and Humanities: you will have time to discuss your ideas with tutors and other students.

Modules

University of Reading

Wantage Hall

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.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
32%
68%

Year 1

18%
82%

Year 2

13%
87%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
30%
50%
20%

Year 1

34%
66%

Year 2

8%
92%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 91%
Student score 87% MED
Able to access IT resources

91%

Staff made the subject interesting

93%

Library resources are satisfactory

96%

Feedback on work has been helpful

69%

Feedback on work has been prompt

76%

Staff are good at explaining things

95%

Received sufficient advice and support

81%

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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
5% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
81% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
5% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
354 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
88% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
9% 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 94% MED
Average graduate salary £18.2k HIGH
Graduates who are childcare and related personal services

8%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

8%

Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals

7%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
English is one of the most popular degree subjects and in 2012, more than 12,000 students graduated with English degrees. 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 as a doctor or nuclear physicist. There isn't a lot of difference in terms of outcomes between taking English language or English literature, so choose the one that suits you and don't worry about whether one is more likely to get you the job you want than the other. About one in five English graduates went into further study last year, and apart from further degrees in English, graduates were also likely to go onto teaching, law or publishing. All in all it's a flexible option – some even changed career direction entirely and took postgraduate courses in subjects like nursing or maths.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 81%
Student score 81% MED
Able to access IT resources

73%

Staff made the subject interesting

84%

Library resources are satisfactory

81%

Feedback on work has been helpful

70%

Feedback on work has been prompt

49%

Staff are good at explaining things

88%

Received sufficient advice and support

86%

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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
18% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
67% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
6% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
375 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
88% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
9% 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 97% MED
Average graduate salary £19k HIGH
Graduates who are elementary administration occupations

7%

Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations

34%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

16%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Drama is a very popular degree subject – in 2012, over 5,800 degrees were awarded to UK graduates. With so many graduates around, jobs in acting are very sought-after and often gained through personal contacts, so be prepared to practise your people skills. But there are lots of roles in the arts for drama graduates, in direction, production, design, journalism 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 – over one in ten drama graduates last year had more than one job on the go at once after six months.
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