Literature, Drama and Creative Writing

BA ENGLISH LITERATURE

Key details 

BA ENGLISH LITERATURE

Start Year
2022
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Bachelor of Arts
UCAS course code
Q300
Entry Requirements
ABB
Duration (years)
3

Assessment for Year 1

Assessment 

Throughout your degree, all modules in English Literature have no exams -- we believe you express your ideas best in written coursework (one or two pieces per module) which you can carefully craft. You'll develop renewed enthusiasm for writing academic essays, but you will also have chance to express your thinking in a diverse variety of forms, like reviews or personal reflective writing. The only way you might take an exam is if you choose specific optional modules outside English Literature in philosophy. In practice, most students are assessed by 100% written coursework.   

  

Feedback 

To prepare for coursework, you'll receive feedback on pieces of 'formative' work from your tutors, e.g. in one-to-one tutorials. Feedback on assessed work will be returned within 20 working days (after it has been carefully marked and moderated). As your first year does not count toward your overall degree result, it's the perfect opportunity to experiment and take risks.  

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Assessment for Year 2

Assessment 

You'll continue to submit coursework for all your literature modules, taking your essay writing to new heights (in projects of around 2500 words) and becoming increasingly daring in your work. While essay writing remains the cornerstone of your degree work, you might also submit podcasts or videos or exhibition plans, or experiment with creative criticism, for instance by writing a short story to show off what you've learnt about that form. You may take one module from another discipline this year, which might lead you to take an exam, but in practice the vast majority of our students are assessed entirely by written coursework. 

  

Feedback 

You'll continue to have the support and feedback of your tutors, which your academic adviser can help you incorporate into your work. As your marks begin to count towards your final degree classification, you might draw on the support offered by our Learning Enhancement Team (who're there to help with everything from study skills to academic writing). 

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Assessment for Year 3

Assessment 

You'll continue to be assessed by 100% written coursework, perfecting the craft of essay writing in more substantial and independently-conceived projects (3500-5000 words), or choosing to embark on an 8000-word dissertation on a topic of your choice. If you wish, you might continue to experiment with the forms in which you express your critical ideas, writing Shakespearean sonnets or experimenting with the new boundary-defying genre of ‘auto-fiction’. Whatever form your writing takes, you'll have developed confidence to express yourself in ways you might not have thought possible before the degree began. 

Feedback 

All the feedback you receive will enable you to graduate with highly developed skills in writing and argument which are hugely valued by employers.  

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In Year 1 students take 120 credits.

Assessment for Year 1

Assessment 

Throughout your degree, all modules in English Literature have no exams -- we believe you express your ideas best in written coursework (one or two pieces per module) which you can carefully craft. You'll develop renewed enthusiasm for writing academic essays, but you will also have chance to express your thinking in a diverse variety of forms, like reviews or personal reflective writing. The only way you might take an exam is if you choose specific optional modules outside English Literature in philosophy. In practice, most students are assessed by 100% written coursework.   

  

Feedback 

To prepare for coursework, you'll receive feedback on pieces of 'formative' work from your tutors, e.g. in one-to-one tutorials. Feedback on assessed work will be returned within 20 working days (after it has been carefully marked and moderated). As your first year does not count toward your overall degree result, it's the perfect opportunity to experiment and take risks.  

Admissions Live Chat   
Register interest   
Virtual Open Day   

Important Information

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, the University will endeavour to consult with students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will inform students.

In Year 2 students take 120 credits. Pre-1789 requirement: In years 2 and 3 combined, students must take at least 60 credits from modules on writing before 1789, and at least 40 of these must be taken in year 2. This means that in your second year you must take at least two pre-1789 modules. Students should consult with the Study Abroad Coordinator before choosing Erasmus Exchange or Semester Abroad modules.

Assessment for Year 2

Assessment 

You'll continue to submit coursework for all your literature modules, taking your essay writing to new heights (in projects of around 2500 words) and becoming increasingly daring in your work. While essay writing remains the cornerstone of your degree work, you might also submit podcasts or videos or exhibition plans, or experiment with creative criticism, for instance by writing a short story to show off what you've learnt about that form. You may take one module from another discipline this year, which might lead you to take an exam, but in practice the vast majority of our students are assessed entirely by written coursework. 

  

Feedback 

You'll continue to have the support and feedback of your tutors, which your academic adviser can help you incorporate into your work. As your marks begin to count towards your final degree classification, you might draw on the support offered by our Learning Enhancement Team (who're there to help with everything from study skills to academic writing). 

Admissions Live Chat   
Register interest   
Virtual Open Day   

Important Information

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, the University will endeavour to consult with students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will inform students.

In Year 3 students take 120 credits by selecting four 30 credit modules, 60 credits in each semester. 20-credit versions of year 3 modules are only available to non-HUM and Visiting Students. Pre-1789 requirement: In years 2 and 3 combined, students must take at least 60 credits from modules on writing before 1789, at least 40 of these must be taken in year 2. Consult the Catalogue for pre-requisites and restrictions.Please note that students opting to undertake a dissertation are only permitted to take one dissertation module across the year.

Assessment for Year 3

Assessment 

You'll continue to be assessed by 100% written coursework, perfecting the craft of essay writing in more substantial and independently-conceived projects (3500-5000 words), or choosing to embark on an 8000-word dissertation on a topic of your choice. If you wish, you might continue to experiment with the forms in which you express your critical ideas, writing Shakespearean sonnets or experimenting with the new boundary-defying genre of ‘auto-fiction’. Whatever form your writing takes, you'll have developed confidence to express yourself in ways you might not have thought possible before the degree began. 

Feedback 

All the feedback you receive will enable you to graduate with highly developed skills in writing and argument which are hugely valued by employers.  

Admissions Live Chat   
Register interest   
Virtual Open Day   

Important Information

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, the University will endeavour to consult with students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will inform students.

Entry Requirements

A Levels

ABB including English Literature or BBB including English Literature with an A in the Extended Project

BTEC

DDM alongside a grade B in A-Level English Literature or equivalent qualification. BTEC Public Services, Uniformed Services or Business Administration not accepted

Scottish highers

AAABB including English Literature

Scottish highers advanced

BCC including English Literature

Irish leaving certificate

3 subjects at H2, 3 subjects at H3 including English Literature

Access course

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 including 12 credits in English Literature and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3

European Baccalaureate

75% including 7 in English Literature

International Baccalaureate

32 points including HL 5 English

GCSE offer

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.

Additional entry requirements

If you do not have an A-Level or equivalent qualification in English Literature (or English Language and Literature), once you have submitted your UCAS form we may then contact you to ask you to submit a short analysis of a passage of a literary text in support of your application.

If you do not meet the academic requirements for direct entry, you may be interested in one of our Foundation Year programmes such as BA English Literature with a Foundation Year 

INTO UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA

If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

 

International Foundation in Business, Economics, Society and Culture (for Year 1 entry to UEA)

International Foundation in Humanities and Law (for Year 1 entry to UEA)

 

Alternative Entry Requirements

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

Students for whom english is a foreign language

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study: 

 

Pre-sessional English at INTO UEA 

Academic English at INTO UEA 

Interviews

Most applicants will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some applicants an interview will be requested. Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a time.

Gap year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry on your UCAS application.

Intakes

This course is open to UK and International applicants. The annual intake for this course is in September each year.
Course Reference Number: 4479622

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of course-related costs.  

Course Reference Number: 4479622

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The Institution code for the University of East Anglia is E14. 

Further Information

Please complete our Online Enquiry Form to request a prospectus and to be kept up to date with news and events at the University. 

 

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Course Reference Number: 4479622
Key details
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Bachelor of Arts
UCAS course code
Q300
Entry Requirements
ABB
Duration (years)
3
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