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University of Sheffield

English Language and Literature

UCAS Code: Q304
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • English studies
Student score
Not Available
% employed or in further study
97% MED
Average graduate salary
£17.3k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

typically including English Literature, English Language & Literature, or English Language*

Scottish Highers

plus grade A in Advanced Scottish Higher typically including English Literature, English Language & Literature, or English Language*

Scottish Advanced Highers

typically including English Literature, English Language & Literature, or English Language*e plus AAABB in Scottish Highers.

BTEC Diploma

in a relevant subject + grade A typically in A Level English Language, English Literature or English Language & Literature.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

in a relevant subject with 16 units at Distinction.

International Baccalaureate

typically with 6 in English Literature, English Language & Literature, or English Language*

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

Language and literature complement each other perfectly as areas of study. To investigate language is to explore the medium in which literature is written. To study literature is to develop a comprehension of cultural context that is invaluable in understanding language. Our degree offers you the opportunity to choose from a diverse array of modules ranging from sociolinguistics to satire, from language change to the contemporary novel, and from Old English to film theory. In this way you can experience a rich curriculum and benefit from the insights that both subject areas can provide. At the same time, all the compulsory modules on your course bring together ideas from the two sides of the degree - language and literature - to investigate the ways in which the two subjects are related. This means that, although the programme is broad, it is also fully integrated and students are able to see the connections between the different kinds of work they are doing from level one onwards. Studying both language and literature allows you to explore the full range of teaching offered in the School of English and ensures that you are prepared for a wide range of careers when you graduate. Our graduates are creative and self-motivating and have gone on to work in many different sectors. Some of their job titles include Media & Marketing Manager, Lead Practitioner of English, Speech & Language Therapist, Sports Development Officer and Media Relations Manager.


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

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

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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
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 £17.3k MED
Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals


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 2015, more than 11,000 students graduated with English degrees - although this does represent a fall from recent years. 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 in science or engineering (computing is a different matter - it's not common but good language skills can be useful in the computing industry). There's little difference in outcomes between English language and English literature degrees, so don't worry and choose the one that suits you best. More English grads took another postgraduate course when they finished their degree than grads from any other subject - this is an important option. Teacher training was a common choice of second degree, as was further study of English, and journalism courses. But many English graduates changed course and trained in law, marketing or other languages -or even subjects further afield such as computing, psychology and even nursing. This is a very flexible degree which gives you a lot of options
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