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English Literature

Entry requirements

At least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits from 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

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Full-time | 2022

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4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022


English literature

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**Course summary**
- Discover how literature can make a difference in the world

- Investigate the literature of different times and places

- Learn how it shapes and is shaped by environments and social contexts

- Develop your professional profile, applying your knowledge in live briefs, placements and projects with external partners.

You’ll develop fresh perspectives on reading, writing, analysing and learning, whilst gaining the skills you need to become career ready.

**How you learn**
All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

You'll become an active part of a welcoming academic community that values your experience and contribution. Throughout your course you’ll have a dedicated Academic Adviser, Student Support Adviser and Employability Adviser. You’ll develop critical thinking and creative problem solving skills – and through our network of external partners, you’ll see how these skills prepare you to respond to and participate in the world around you.

You learn through

- workshops

- lectures and seminars

- tutorials with tutors and fellow students

- an innovative range of assessments

- creative problem solving and critical reflection

- small group collaboration and independent work

- blended learning environments

**Applied learning
Work placements**

You’ll have regular opportunities to showcase your knowledge and skills for our industry and community partners. You’ll bring your ideas to life by working independently and in teams throughout your studies. You’ll have support and encouragement to make new connections and to take your knowledge into the world.

In your second year you’ll focus on how your interests connect with the world beyond the university in our placement module – where you’ll collaborate with external partners, undertake a work placement or develop your own enterprise. In your final year you’ll undertake your own research project, following your interests and supported by a dedicated supervisor.

You’ll also have the option of a full-year placement (a ‘sandwich year’ between your second and third years of study). This option is open to all students – we’ll help you to explore opportunities, make the best of your placement year and choose the best option for you.

**Field trips**

We’re fortunate in Sheffield to have the Crucible and Lyceum theatres, a wealth of museums, libraries and the incredible Peak District on our doorstep.

Further afield we’ve watched Shakespeare’s plays in Stratford-upon-Avon and considered the context for Gaskell’s novels in Manchester. We’ve taken students across the UK and to destinations abroad. Each year, we provide opportunities for you to experience literature ‘on location’ as part of your studies.

**Networking opportunities**

Through our vibrant partnerships with Off the Shelf, Doc/Fest, local schools and the cultural life of Sheffield and Yorkshire, you’ll have opportunities to make connections, work on live events and gain work experience.

We also bring scholars, artists, publishers and high-profile writers to Sheffield to work with our students. We have a strong network of graduates – and we encourage you to connect with a variety of external partners to better understand the career and professional opportunities open to you.


Year 1
Compulsory modules
Books Matter: Literature And Material Culture 40
Local To Global: Literary Explorations 40
Reading Communities 40

Year 2
Compulsory modules
Being Human: Literature And Ethics 40
Ideas Into Action 40
Imagined Futures: Literature, Time And Hope 20
The Literature Of Things 20

Year 3
Optional modules
Placement Year

Final year
Compulsory modules
Literature Research Project 40
Elective modules
Changing Lives: Literature And Social Movements 20
Counter-Culture And Creativity 20
Imagined Communities: Nation And Narration 20
Sensational Bodies 20
The Ends Of The Earth: Literature And The Anthropocene 20
The Spectacular City: Exploring Urban Spaces 20

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