What students say about english language and literature
Studying English language is hard work, but rewarding. The content is diverse, ranging from scientific phonological speaking processes to language in the media. In my second year I swapped one module for a work placement, which not only eased my workload, but was an amazing chance to boost my employability post-degree.2nd year, University of Huddersfield
As an English student, like at any university, my contact hours are limited. Due to the nature of the course involving a lot of private study and reading/ writing time, English students tend to be in classrooms and lecture halls a total of eight hours a week. Those eight hours are well spent, though - lectures introduce and give a detailed background of knowledge on the week's topic, while seminars are fantastic for really engaging with the materials and having deep and interesting discussions about the texts. With such little contact time, it does require a good amount of self-discipline and genuine interest in the subject to get the most out of the course, but when you're really into what you're doing, it's an incredibly educational and rewarding course.1st year, Sheffield Hallam University
The content of my course covers all the key areas of the subject: poetry, drama, novels and film adaptations. Although some topic areas are similar to those covered in A-level (eg. gothic), they are revisited in much greater depth and with greater focus, using a breadth of texts and points of history. Assessments are varied between coursework pieces, presentations and end of year examinations within the summer period.1st year, De Montfort University
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
- English literature and language
Useful to have
- Religious studies
- French or another foreign language
- Latin or another classical language
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Editorial assistant
Other real-life job examples
- Events manager
- Arts administrator
- PR officer
What employers like about this subject
If you study English, you can learn range of subject-specific skills depending on the exact modules you take. These skills can include analysis of texts, criticism and theory; how language varies and is used and, of course, how to communicate well in writing and speech. Those studying English will also learn a number of useful transferable skills including communication, time management, research, critical thinking and project management. These skills are in demand from an array of employers including schools, marketing, PR and advertising agencies, publishers, magazine and newspapers, government, banks, theatres, the film industry and market researchers.