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Sheffield Hallam University


UCAS Code: Q300

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements

At least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4

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This must include at least 2 A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For example: BBC at A Level. DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma. A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies.

About this course

Course option


Full-time | 2020


English studies

•Study modules of English that interest you in literature, language and creative writing.
•Explore a range of literary texts, genres, theoretical practices, and writing techniques.
•Develop your skills through learning a language or studying abroad.

If you wish to explore all avenues of English study, including literature, creative writing and language, then this course is for you. You can develop your intellectual curiosity, your creativity, your unique voice and discover those areas that most fire your interest.

You will be taught by specialist researchers in literary and linguistic studies and a distinguished team of poets, novelists, and scriptwriters.

You will develop your skills in communication, analysis, evaluation, problem-solving and creativity, while working on real-life projects to increase your confidence and employability.

You may choose to further develop your skills and interests through study abroad, work-based projects and foreign language study. You also have the option of studying to teach English to speakers of other languages.

You learn through
•large-group interactive teaching sessions
•seminars and tutorials
•creative writing workshops
•drama workshops
•film screenings
•independent study
•work-based modules

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a work-placement in the second year of your course, giving you great opportunities to apply the skills acquired on the degree in a working environment. This gives you the chance to enhance your employability profile by gaining professional experience from a range of potential areas which have included literary editing, feature journalism, education, and publicity.

Project hosts have included Grimm & Co, National Trust, Red Velvet Baking Co, Sheffield Hallam Marketing and Eckington School.

Field trips

We offer a variety of ways for you to experience the subject beyond the classroom. These include theatre trips to see productions of key dramatic works studied on the course, as well as visits to a variety of museums, exhibitions, workshops, and screenings.

Dissertation/major project

Throughout your third year, you have the opportunity to put into practice the skills you will have been acquiring in critical thinking, writing, and independent study by developing a research or writing project in an area of your choosing. Working under an academic supervisor, you will produce a study on a literary or linguistic topic or a project that showcases your creative work. This will enable you to develop and demonstrate skills in time management, self-motivation, problem solving, and self-evaluation by planning and managing your project through to completion.

Networking opportunities

We run a number of events where you can perform and publish your work, such as our regular open mic nights. Our students also have the chance to get involved in Sheffield's annual literary festival Off the Shelf and engage with a range of local businesses and organisations. Our regular masterclass series also gives you chance to learn from guest writers.


The modules for 2020/21 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2019/20.
Year 1
Compulsory modules

Module: Describing Language
Module: Epic Transformations
Module: Introduction To Critical Theory
Module: Writing Prose And Poetry
Module: Writing Yourself: Theory, Practice And Creativity
Elective modules

Module: Creative Language Awareness
Module: Foreign Language

Year 2
Compulsory modules

Module: English In The World
Elective modules

Module: Adapting For The Screen
Module: Crossing Over: Power, Death And Desire
Module: Dark Fictions: Deception, Detection And Death
Module: Exploring Second Language Learning
Module: Foreign Language
Module: Foundation Studies In Tesol
Module: Language And Style
Module: Language, Identity & Power
Module: Literature Of The Eighteenth Century And Romantic Period
Module: London: Literary And Historical Perspectives 1728-1914
Module: Multicultural And Intercultural Communication
Module: Poetry And Poetics
Module: Shakespearean Drama
Module: Sociolinguistics
Module: Story And Narrative
Module: The Gothic
Module: Writing And Environment
Module: Writing For Children
Module: Writing From Life
Final year
Elective modules

Module: Censorship, Conflict And Scandal
Module: Contemporary Fiction
Module: Creative Careers
Module: Creative Writing Major Project
Module: Experimental Writing
Module: Exploring English Education
Module: Foreign Language
Module: Identity And The Body
Module: In Darkest England: Fiction At Work
Module: Language And Gender
Module: Language Dissertation
Module: Language, Learning And Wellbeing
Module: Literature Dissertation
Module: Pirates, Knights And Aliens: Insiders And Outsiders In Renaissance England
Module: Politeness
Module: Reading And The Mind
Module: Representing Modernity 1900-2000: Modernism, Realism, Postmodernism
Module: Science Fiction And Fantasy
Module: Tesol Classroom Teaching And Reflection
Module: Work-Based Project

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What students say

We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

English studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

English studies (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

Staff make the subject interesting
Staff are good at explaining things
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

Library resources
IT resources
Course specific equipment and facilities
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

UK students
International students
Male students
Female students
2:1 or above
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)


After graduation

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English studies (non-specific)

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

Average annual salary
Employed or in further education
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

Sales assistants and retail cashiers
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
Customer service occupations

English is one of the most popular degree subjects and in 2015, more than 11,000 students graduated with English degrees - although this does represent a fall from recent years. 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 in science or engineering (computing is a different matter - it's not common but good language skills can be useful in the computing industry). There's little difference in outcomes between English language and English literature degrees, so don't worry and choose the one that suits you best. More English grads took another postgraduate course when they finished their degree than grads from any other subject - this is an important option. Teacher training was a common choice of second degree, as was further study of English, and journalism courses. But many English graduates changed course and trained in law, marketing or other languages -or even subjects further afield such as computing, psychology and even nursing. This is a very flexible degree which gives you a lot of options

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

English studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.



Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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