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English Literature
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

English Literature

Overview

English literature offers a gateway to many exciting worlds. You will study a wide variety of poems, plays and prose narratives, and their historical and cultural contexts, from Shakespeare's stage to the British Empire and the transatlantic slave trade. You will also examine the 18th-century Gothic castle and the postcolonial spaces of Bombay, Johannesburg, Karachi, London and Toronto.

You will be introduced to theoretical approaches and you will develop your ability to write about, discuss and investigate English as a truly global literature.

Check out our twitter feed @BeckettEnglish for up-to-date information on staff and student events, short courses and fun happenings around the school.



Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: 38% of our research was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent in the Communication, Culture and Media Studies, Library and Information Management unit.
Our teaching team are all published scholars, so you will benefit from fresh thinking in the subject. Your learning will be supported by a Personal Tutor and you will receive regular advice and feedback on your progress. You will have access to workshops to discuss and improve your academic writing skills.

There are also opportunities to take part in Erasmus exchanges with universities in Spain, Hungary, France, Ireland and the Czech Republic. Take a look at the opportunities we provide to study abroad.
97.4%
Student Satisfaction
Student Satisfaction*
*National Student Survey 2017

Course Features

  • 100% of students are in work or further study after 6 months (DLHE)
  • Study abroad option
  • Part-time study available
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
  • 100% of graduates from the course are in work or further study six months after graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2015-16).
  • 100% of students said the course was intellectually stimulating (National Student Survey 2017).
  • 97.4% of students thought staff were good at explaining things (National Student Survey 2017).

Entry Requirements

112
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 112 points required. (Minimum Grades BB in two A Levels, or equivalent, excluding General Studies, must include English Language or Literature).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
International Baccalaureate: 25 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:112 points required. (Minimum Grades BB in two A Levels, or equivalent, excluding General Studies, must include English Language or Literature).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
International Baccalaureate: 25 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Seeta Wrightson

Careers

Seeta Wrightson
Senior Editor UK Greetings

BA (Hons) English Literature

“English has always been my passion, so doing a degree where I could read and analyse texts was perfect. My course had a creative writing aspect which I loved, and is something that really helps in my work today. The verses I write are seen by thousands of people across the UK, which makes me really proud.

Modules & learning

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Texts & Theories

Critical Reading

Haunted Narratives: Reading the Ghost Story

18th-Century Fictions

Poetry

Early Modern Comedy

Postcolonial Writing

Theory into Practice

Literature of the 20th & 21st Centuries: Alienation &

Writing America

The Victorian Novel

Literatures of Romanticism

English Literature Dissertation (40 credits)

The Gothic: Literature, Culture, Theory

Masculinity & the Long 18th Century

Shakespearean Tragedy

20th-Century Women Novelists: Gender & Genre

Gothic Contemporaries: Haunting, Vampirism, Transgression

Life Writing

Modern American Drama

Cultural Crossings: Race, Writing & Resistance

The Postcolonial City

Writing in a Time of Violence: Literature & Politics in Northern Ireland

Atlantic Slavery: 19th-Century Representations

Creative Writing

Leeds Beckett University
Dr Robert Burroughs
Senior Lecturer
Robert specialises in Victorian narratives of imperialism, the slave trade and its abolition. His PhD, which explores travellers' eyewitness reports of atrocities committed by colonialists in the Congo, Angola, and the Putumayo, was published in revised form by Routledge in 2010. Robert is currently researching the representation of sailors and maritime space in literary, legal and political texts of the nineteenth century.
You'll study ghost stories and science fiction, as well as the more traditional literary genres, and examine how "the classics" are shaped by popular culture. We explore English as a world literature, studying works from the USA, the Caribbean and Africa.
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BA (Hons) English Literature - Robert Burroughs, Senior Lecturer

Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.

Facilities

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Broadcasting Place
    Broadcasting Place

    A hub for creative minds and innovative thinkers, Broadcasting Place is home to our arts, design and architecture students.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

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