Literature, Drama and Creative Writing

BA ENGLISH LITERATURE

Key details 

BA ENGLISH LITERATURE

Start Year
2023
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Bachelor of Arts
UCAS course code
Q300
Entry Requirements
AAB (specific subject requirements apply)
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 (usually 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 other disciplines. 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 
Throughout your degree, all modules in English Literature have no exams – we believe you express your ideas best in written coursework (usually 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 other disciplines. 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 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, for instance by 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 
You’ll receive detailed and focused feedback to help hone your abilities even further, enabling you to graduate at the end of your final year 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 (usually 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 other disciplines. 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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Register interest   
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Important Information

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring and review of modules. Where this activity leads to significant change to a programme and modules, the University will endeavour to consult with affected students. 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. Availability of optional modules may be restricted owing to timetabling, lack of demand, or limited places. Where this is the case, you will be asked to make alternative module choices and you will be supported during this process.

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 
Throughout your degree, all modules in English Literature have no exams – we believe you express your ideas best in written coursework (usually 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 other disciplines. 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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Important Information

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring and review of modules. Where this activity leads to significant change to a programme and modules, the University will endeavour to consult with affected students. 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. Availability of optional modules may be restricted owing to timetabling, lack of demand, or limited places. Where this is the case, you will be asked to make alternative module choices and you will be supported during this process.

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, for instance by 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 
You’ll receive detailed and focused feedback to help hone your abilities even further, enabling you to graduate at the end of your final year with highly developed skills in writing and argument which are hugely valued by employers.  

 

Admissions Live Chat   
Register interest   
Open Days   

Important Information

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring and review of modules. Where this activity leads to significant change to a programme and modules, the University will endeavour to consult with affected students. 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. Availability of optional modules may be restricted owing to timetabling, lack of demand, or limited places. Where this is the case, you will be asked to make alternative module choices and you will be supported during this process.

Entry Requirements

A Levels

AAB including English Literature

T Levels

Not accepted

BTEC

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

Scottish highers

AAAAA including English Literature

Scottish highers advanced

BBC including English Literature

Irish leaving certificate

4 subjects at H2, 2 subjects at H3 including English Literature

Access course

Pass Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3 including 12 credits in English Literature

European Baccalaureate

80% including 7 in English Literature

International Baccalaureate

33 including HL grade 5 in 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.

We welcome and value a wide range of alternative qualifications.  If you have a qualification which is not listed here, please contact us via Admissions Enquiries

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

Important note 

Once enrolled onto your course at UEA, your progression and continuation (which may include your eligibility for study abroad, overseas experience, placement or year in industry opportunities) is contingent on meeting the assessment requirements which are relevant to the course on which you are enrolled. 

International Requirements

We accept many international qualifications for entry to this course. View our International Students pages for specific information about your country. 

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not meet the academic and/or English language requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO UEA offers 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)

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 (minimum 5.5 in all components) for year 1 entry  

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in all components) for year 2 entry    

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Review our English Language Equivalencies for a list of example qualifications that we may accept to meet this requirement.  

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:   

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 is in September each year.  
Course Reference Number: 6775272

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

See our Tuition Fees page for further information. 

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: 6775272

How to Apply

Apply for this course through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS), using UCAS Hub.  

UCAS Hub is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. 

Your application does not have to be completed all at once. Register or sign in to UCAS to get started.  

Once you submit your completed application, UCAS will process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges. 

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

View our guide to applying through UCAS for useful tips, key dates and further information: 

How to apply through UCAS 

Course Reference Number: 6775272
Key details
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Bachelor of Arts
UCAS course code
Q300
Entry Requirements
AAB (specific subject requirements apply)
Duration (years)
3
UEA is the place where literature lives – from ancient epic storytelling to contemporary bestsellers, and from different countries and traditions around the globe. Whether you love twenty-first century crime fiction or Shakespeare and his contemporaries, our flexible degree allows you to explore a wealth of exciting texts, reading in new and inventive ways as you develop a confident critical voice. You’ll benefit from studying in the historic and creative city of Norwich – England’s first UNESCO City of Literature – and graduate as a passionate and skillful reader and thinker, with everything you’ve learnt preparing you for a host of fulfilling careers. Our BA English Literature is ranked 41st for English and Creative Writing by ‘The Guardian 2022’.
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