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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

UCAS Tariff

112

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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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

English literature

**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**
Our expert team will guide you through a wealth of prose, poetry and drama. You'll become an active part of a welcoming academic community, encountering literature from all walks of life. Our network of professional contacts will help you make connections with real-world clients, and explore how critical thinking and creative problem solving prepares you to respond to and participate in the world around you.

You learn through

- specialist workshops, lectures, seminars, live brief projects and tutorials

- an innovative range of assessments

- small and large group sessions

- creative problem solving

- critical reflection

* Applied learning*

**Work placements**

On this course, you’ll get regular opportunities to showcase your knowledge and skills to our industry and community partners. You’ll work independently and in teams throughout your studies, bringing your ideas to life in response to real briefs.

In your second year, you’ll raise your professional profile through a placement module. You’ll have the chance to collaborate with external partners, undertake a work placement or develop your own enterprise.

Previous students on this course have worked with local schools and local children’s charities to develop materials and resources. Many have also gained experience in industries such as publishing, event design and public relations, and some have even started their own businesses.

**Field trips**

We run regular local, regional and international field trips at no additional cost such as writing retreats, festivals and theatre visits. Students in previous years have visited London Book Fair, as well as events in Montreal, Canada and Zagreb, Croatia. They also took part in the Festival of Debate, Doc/Fest film festival and Off the Shelf literature festival, and attended the ZEE-Jaipur Literature Festival in London.

**Networking opportunities**

We work with renowned festivals such as Off the Shelf and Doc/Fest and bring literary agents, publishers and high profile writers to Sheffield to work with our students. You can take part in networking events and masterclasses, giving you a head start in the writing and publishing industries.

You’ll also have the opportunity to work with leading researchers. We have a strong alumni network and will encourage you to connect with partners outside of the University to give you the best career opportunities possible.

Modules

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

Assessment methods

Coursework

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Sheffield Hallam University

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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.

83%
med
English literature

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.

Literature in english

Teaching and learning

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
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

86%
Library resources
97%
IT resources
94%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
22%
Male students
78%
Female students
95%
2:1 or above
5%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section 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

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.

£16,500
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
24%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Customer service occupations

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.

£16k

£16k

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

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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