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University of Sussex

English Language and Literature

UCAS Code: Q300
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% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£19.9k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Scottish Highers

English at grade A.

Scottish Advanced Highers

English at grade A.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Diploma

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

International Baccalaureate

Including Higher level English A1 or A2, with a final grade of 6.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128-136 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

Combine your passion for linguistics with your love of literature. Our English Language and Literature BA enables you to explore the relationship between linguistic structure and its literary heritage â?? and how language operates in both society and literature. You work across a range of disciplines, tailoring your degree to your interests.


Year 1 core modules: approaches to meaning in English; approaches to pronunciation; critical approaches 1; critical approaches 2; foundations of grammar; investigating language in context; reading genre 1; reading genre 2. Year 2 core modules: history of English 1; social variation in English; translating cultures. Options: approaches to discourse; creative writing in the renaissance; history of English 2; period of literature: 1500-1625; period of literature: 1625-1750; period of literature: 1750-1880; period of literature: 1860-1945; primitivism at the turn of the nineteenth century; representation and the body; sense and sexuality: women and writing in the 18th century; senses of the self; staging the renaissance: Shakespeare; the novel; transatlantic rhetoric: public speech and Anglo-American writing 1750-1900; travel, landscape and the imagination in medieval literature. Year 3 core modules: English research colloquium; research dissertation (English language); research proposal (English language). Options: capital culture: money, commerce and writing; global subjects: Caribbean and diaspora fictions; intercultural communication; Islam, literature and the 'west'; Pidgins and Creoles; queer literatures; special author(s): Jean Rhys, Jamaica Kincaid and the postcolonial Caribbean; special author: Alfred Hitchcock; special author: Christopher Marlowe; special author: Dickens; special author: Herman Melville; special author: James Joyce; special author: Jane Austen; special author: John Ashbery; special author: Mary Wollstonecraft; special author: Salman Rushdie; special author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge; special author: Virginia wolf; spectacular imaginings: renaissance and restoration theatre; syntactic theory; technologies of capture: photography and nineteenth century literature; the discourse of social and personal identity; the literatures of Africa; the uncanny; utopias and dystopias; ways of seeing: early modern drama and visual culture.

University of Sussex

Sussex in spring

Sussex is a small campus uni set in the beautiful South Downs, right on the doorstep of the vibrant seaside resort of Brighton. You can study on the beach or just soak up the sun on campus, but hold on to your ice-cream because the seagulls are infamously cheeky! Did you know our pirate society was recently listed as one of the 10 weirdest societies in the country?

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 95%
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
7% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
74% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
372 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
91% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
5% 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% HIGH
Average graduate salary £19.9k HIGH
Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations


Graduates who are business, finance and related associate 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 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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