English Language and Literature BA (Full time / Part time) 2018 start
Course information for 2019 start
UCAS code: Q300
Start date: September 2018
3 years full time
6 years part time
Typical A-level offer: AAA-AAB
(specific subjects required)
UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component
Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes
This degree allows you to explore the English language, its literary heritage and future in a diverse and research-intensive learning environment.
Core modules allow you to explore poetry, prose and drama in different historical periods, while thinking about language in context and the role that it plays in society. On top of this, you’ll select topics that interest you from an impressive variety of optional modules, covering language and literary topics in English from the Anglo-Saxon period to today.
Our School of English is large and diverse, home to expert tutors with a wide range of research interests. As a result, we offer flexible degrees that you can shape to suit your interests. You could study medieval Scandinavian literature, folklore and mythology, American fiction, creative writing, world theatre or post-apartheid narratives to name a few. You’ll gain an understanding of English and literature in English while developing valuable transferable skills.
Leeds has fantastic facilities for literature students. The world-class Brotherton Library has an array of archive, manuscript and early printed material in its Special Collections, alongside other extensive library resources. All of this will be valuable for your independent research, and the University Library offers training programmes to help you make the most of our resources.
The University also has four performance and rehearsal spaces, fully equipped with lighting and sound, as part of our impressive theatre offering.Back to top
In your first year core modules will allow you to develop the skills you need to study language and literature at university level. You’ll choose from core modules exploring poetry, prose and drama as well as literary theory and criticism, and learn to think about English in its historical and social context.
From this foundation, you’ll build your knowledge and skills in the following year. You’ll choose from core modules covering specific literary periods to give you a sense of how literature in English has evolved over time, while core modules will explore the function of language and the role it plays in society. You’ll also choose from a range of optional modules, from Arthurian legend to stylistics and African literature.
You’ll bring this balanced approach into the final year, when you’ll choose from more period-based core modules and then specialise through your optional modules. You’ll have an even bigger range to choose from such as seventeenth-century women’s writing, the language of the media or Victorian fiction. You’ll also apply the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired to an independently researched dissertation, which gives you the opportunity to research a topic of your choice in depth.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
In Years 2 and 3, you’ll select three core modules focusing on different literary periods. You can also choose additional core modules to complete your programme or take specialist optional modules. Follow the links to the Programme Catalogue for more example optional modules.
|Studying and Researching English||5 credits|
|Analysing English||20 credits|
|English: Context, Culture and Style||20 credits|
|Foundations of English Studies||20 credits|
|Poetry: Reading and Interpretation OR Drama: Reading and Interpretation||20 credits|
|Power of Language||20 credits|
|Language in Society||20 credits|
Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.
|Medieval Literature||20 credits|
|Eighteenth-Century Literature||20 credits|
|Literature of the Romantic Period||20 credits|
|Renaissance Literature||20 credits|
|Arthurian Legend: Chivalry and Violence||20 credits|
|Performing Shakespeare's Clowns and Fools||20 credits|
|English Language Dissertation||40 credits|
|Final Year Project||40 credits|
Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.
|Modern Literature||20 credits|
|Postcolonial Literature||20 credits|
|Contemporary Literature||20 credits|
|The Wild: Literature and the Environment||20 credits|
|Disposable Lives?||20 credits|
|Queens, Vikings, poets and dragons: Old English and early medieval Britain||20 credits|
|Planes, Trains and Automobiles: US Narratives of Air, Rail, Road and Water||20 credits|
Broadening your academic horizons
At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you benefit from our tutors’ expertise. These include lectures, workshops and seminars as well as one-to-one tutorials and supervisions, group work and online learning through the Virtual Learning Environment. However, independent study is a vital element of this degree, since it enables you to develop your research and critical skills and form your own ideas.
You’ll be assessed using a range of methods too, including exams, essays and shorter written assignments. In some modules this may also extend to online exercises such as wikis or podcasts, library exercises or oral presentations. We do offer plenty of support throughout your time at Leeds, such as extra classes on exam technique and public speaking if you need them.Back to top
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAA-AAB including A in English (Literature, Language, or Language and Literature) and not including General Studies or Critical Thinking.
Access to HE Diploma
Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. The Access course must follow a Humanities pathway and/or include English modules. An interview and a piece of written work may be required.
We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
D3, M1, M1 - D3, D3, M1 including D3 in English.
35 overall (16-17 higher and 6 in Higher level English)
Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)
H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 to H2, H2, H2, H2, H2, H2 including H2 in English
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
AB - AA in Advanced Highers including A in English and AABBB in Highers or A in Advanced Highers English and AABBB - AAABB in Highers
The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.
European Baccalaureate: 80% - 85% including 85% in English.
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
When an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be ABB at A Level including A in English (Language, Literature, or Language and Literature) excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking and grade A in the EPQ.We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.
Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.
Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBB including English (Language, Literature or Language and Literature) excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of English admissions team.
English language requirementsIELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
How to apply
Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
It is also possible to study this programme part time. The programme content is the same but you will study at a lesser intensity. Find out more about how to apply, support available and the part-time student experience at the Lifelong Learning Centre.
International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If youre unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £17,500 (per year)
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250.
The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.
The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.
The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2019/20 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, youll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.Back to top
A degree in English equips you with a range of transferable skills in addition to your subject knowledge.
You’ll be an excellent communicator who can present and defend your views clearly, whether verbally or in writing, and be confident working independently or in a group. You’ll have strong organisational and time management skills from managing your own workload. Crucially, you’ll be able to conduct thorough research, interpret and analyse complex information and then think critically about what you find to draw your own conclusions.
All of these qualities are very attractive to employers, and our graduates have gone on to find success in diverse careers within and beyond the arts. They include the creative industries, advertising and marketing, education, journalism, law, publishing, radio and television as well as administration, business and finance, charity work, the civil service, management, management consultancy and social welfare. Many have also progressed to postgraduate study.
Read more about Employability and careers in the School of English
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.Back to top
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.
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