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University of Reading

English Literature with Foundation

UCAS Code: Q302

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,D

Access to HE Diploma

M:36,P:9

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

UCAS Tariff

88

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

English literature

**Discover how literature has shaped our view of the world, and develop core academic skills, with the University of Reading’s BA English Literature with Foundation course.**

This four-year programme includes a foundation year that leads directly into the three-year course, providing an excellent route into a degree in English literature if you do not have the typical entry qualifications.

Throughout your studies, you will explore texts from across the globe, across a range of genres and literary periods. Enter lively debate with others who share your passion for literature; study authors and genres that you may already know, and discover others that may be less familiar to you.

Our BA English Literature with Foundation course will provide you with:

• the creative and critical ability to examine texts in detail, and draw your own conclusions
• knowledge of a variety of literary texts — including poetry, prose, drama and film — from a range of periods
• an awareness of the ways in which literature responds to cultural context, and how texts accrue new meaning.

You will be taught by experts from the Department of English Literature, whose expertise and research spans everything from medieval poetry to contemporary Caribbean and American fiction. Our BA English Literature with Foundation is flexible, and you will be encouraged to develop your own literary enthusiasms and follow your interests through our wide variety of modules.

**Your learning structure**

The aim of the foundation year is to prepare you for your English literature degree. As you progress, each stage builds on your prior learning.

• **Foundation year:** gain a thorough grounding in study at degree level. Core modules will develop key skills to support your learning.

• **First year:** engage in lively debate about approaches to the study of literature. You will undertake critical and research exercises, with close study of selected texts from a number of different periods.

• **Second year:** you will be given the opportunity to explore a greater breadth of English literature, delving into texts within historical periods and generic traditions.

• **Third year:** undertake more specialised and independent literary study, choosing your modules from a wide range of options. The dissertation module will develop your skills in research, planning and writing.

We prioritise small-group learning within a friendly and supportive environment. Your learning will take place through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops delivered by our supportive staff.

Throughout your degree, you will have access to the University’s substantial and varied collection of rare books, archives and manuscripts. In your final year, you’ll have the opportunity to handle and study these fascinating texts, including the world’s largest collection of Samuel Beckett manuscripts.

**Placement opportunities with BA English Literature with Foundation**

Our innovative placement scheme gives you the chance to undertake an academic placement in commerce, industry or the arts. You can also take a placement module on languages and literature in heritage, in education, and in the media.

*Study Abroad
*
In your second year, you can spend a term studying abroad at one of our partner institutions in the USA, Canada, Australia, or countries across Europe.

To find out more, visit our Study Abroad site.

**Careers for BA English Literature with Foundation graduates**

Our BA English Literature with Foundation course can open the door to graduate careers that require excellent literacy and critical intelligence. The skills you’ll develop are particularly attractive to:

• communications and media industries
• creative industries and publishing
• the education sector.

Prospective employers value the intellectual training, versatility, and resourcefulness that you will gain during your degree studies in English literature.

Modules

Sample modules include:

- Study Skills
- Persuasive Writing
- Identities
- Perspectives

Check our website for more details of the course structure.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£17,320
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Reading

Department:

English Literature

TEF rating:
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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.

74%
low
English literature

How do students rate their degree experience?

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English literature

Teaching and learning

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
72%
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

60%
Library resources
69%
IT resources
71%
Course specific equipment and facilities
67%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
27%
Male students
73%
Female students
92%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


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English literature

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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.

£18,000
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Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
50%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
9%
Other elementary services occupations
8%
Other administrative occupations

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

English literature

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

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£19k

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£27k

£27k

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