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University of Sheffield

English Language and Literature

UCAS Code: Q304
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • English studies
Student score
85% MED
% employed or in further study
97% MED
Average graduate salary
£17k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Applicants not presenting English Language, English Literature or English Language & Literature may still be considered where relevant interest and experience in the literary arts (including film) can be demonstrated. (English Language or English Literature or English - Language & Literature).

Scottish Highers

Scottish Advanced Highers


BTEC Diploma

Relevant subject area required.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Relevant subject area required.

International Baccalaureate

6 points in English at Higher Level.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 136 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


Year 1: Introduction to advanced literary studies; practical stylistics; the sounds of English; the structure of English; history of English; Shakespeare and renaissance drama; varieties of English. Year 2: 'a field of dreams': American culture and sports; a sense of place: local and regional identity; American dissent; art and tradition; British theatre from 1945 to 1968; Chaucer's comic tales; classical hollywood: history and practice; contemporary poetry; creating poetry: craft and imagination; criticism and literary theory; devising performance; dramaturgy; European gothic; introduction to old English; introduction to post-colonial literatures in English; Irish writing 1899-1929; language and power; language politics and language policy; lexicology; love and death: the films of Woody Allen; magic realist fiction; morphology; old English: language, texts and culture; phonetics; reception and contexts of theatre; renaissance literature; representing the holocaust; representing the holocaust; restoration and 18th century literature; road journeys in American culture: 1930-2000; roots-routes: 8 things to do with a text; satire and print in the eighteenth century; sociolinguistics; syntax 1; terrorism and modern literature; the history of persuasion; the romantic period; working class culture after 1900. Year 3: 'a field of dreams': American culture and sports; advanced stylistics; Afro-American literature 2: 1940 to the present; Afro-American literature to 1940; aids cultures; America and the avant-garde, 1950s-1990s; animal writes: beasts and humans in twentieth century literature; British theatre from 1968 to the present; Charles Dickens; coming out in novels: gay and lesbian fiction since 1945; contemporary literature; crime and transgression in romantic literature; criticism and literary theory 2; dialect in literature and song; dissertation; dissertation; dystopias/utopias; English folklore: language, literature and history; European silent cinema; full-year dissertation; generative approaches to language acquisition; history of linguistics; language and gender; language change; later modern English 1700-1945; literature of descent; modern Irish poetry; modern literature; multi-culturalism and the contemporary novel; phonology; semantics, pragmatics and discourse; South African literatures; special subject; syntax 3; syntax 3; teaching English to speakers of other languages; texts in contemporary performance; the novella and the uncanny; theories of language and literature; traditions of supernatural belief; Tudor English; uncanny film; Victorian literature; women, crime and justice; writing fiction; writing for radio; writing in enlightenment Britain, 1745 to 1796; writing the English civil war.

University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Forget northern grit Sheffield is in the heart of a vibrant, student-friendly city mixed with halls in leafy suburbs on the edge of the Peak District. A red brick with a thoroughly modern outlook, an award-winning Students' Union complete with 47 sports clubs and more than 250 societies - and a 24-hour library makes for The Full Monty of a student experience.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement

Year 1


Year 2


Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1


Year 2


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 85% 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


Received sufficient advice and support



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
75% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
6% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
394 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
93% 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 97% MED
Average graduate salary £17k MED
Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals


Graduates who are other administrative occupations


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 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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