English BA

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom

english-ba

Next enrollment cycle

January 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 24,081

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  • 3 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
Our English BA offers a comprehensive overview of English literature in its various manifestations, taking you through the development of literary culture in English, from its early stages to its fragmentation into multiple international literatures.
  • The level of coverage offered by our English degree means that you will graduate with an unrivalled breadth of knowledge and an extensive range of skills. Flexibility is at the heart of our courses: a variety of option modules will allow you to shape your studies around your own interests, while you chart the development of English from the late medieval period to the present day. The expertise of our staff ranges across a number of fields, from gothic literature to detective fiction, and from drama to creative writing, giving you access to a broad sweep of topics and themes. We also offer employability modules in teaching and publishing, allowing you to gain invaluable real-world experience in these areas.
  • You will experience the full range and diversity of poetry, drama and prose written in English, encountering every major current and figure, from medieval romances to the early modern stage, and from the Romantic movement to the post-war period and beyond. You will also discover how English literature has adapted to reflect various conditions throughout its long history, and how the latest critical approaches can enable you to engage with its varied forms and content.
  • Our teaching staff are active researchers in a large number of different fields, from Caribbean literature to writing on medicine, and from the Victorian period to the post-colonial era. Particularly strong areas of expertise include early modern literature, the Victorian period, the twentieth century, and creative writing.
  • You can also complement your literary study by taking options in related disciplines, such as American Literature, Film Studies, History, Creative Writing, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, or modern languages.

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2022

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: AAB-ABB at A-level including English (Language, Literature or combined). Two AS-levels may be considered in place of one A-level. General Studies is accepted
  • EPQ with A-levels: ABB-BBB at A-level including English (Language, Literature or combined) EPQ at grade B
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points, including 6 in Higher Level English
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Distinction. To include 12 credits at Distinction in English Level 3 Modules
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with D*DD. Plus grade B in A-level English (Language, Literature or combined)
  • Other national and international qualifications considered.
  • Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

  • When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.
  • Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the department.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Year 1

  • Year 1 lays the foundations of your study in literature and language. You will develop crucial skills in the four main areas of English studies, learning how to analyse poetry, prose, drama, and language; you will learn about the development of the novel and the
  • English language itself, and encounter the Renaissance stage in all of its richness. You can also choose two option modules to complement your study of literature.

Core modules

  • Reading English
  • Writing Matters
  • The Novel Around the World (double module)
  • Renaissance Drama: Shakespeare and his Contemporaries (double module)

Option modules

  • Choose one option module from:
  • Classic US Texts
  • Introduction to Writing Creatively: Part 1
  • Feminist Fiction

Then choose one option module from:

  • Modern American Writing
  • Introduction to Writing Creatively: Part 2 (to take this module, you must also have chosen the Part 1 module from the earlier list)
  • Historical Fiction

Year 2

  • In Year 2 you will have the opportunity to discover literature from the medieval and early modern periods, and be able to explore the literary and theoretical movements that have shaped contemporary literature and language studies. You will also be able to choose from a generous selection of specialist option modules, to enhance your employability profile and benefit from our research expertise.
  • First…

Choose one or both of:

  • Chaucer and Medieval Culture (double module)

Renaissance Literature B (double module)

And if you choose only one double module, you will also choose two other option modules from:

Renaissance Literature A

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Ethnicity and Diversity in American Literature, 1950-2000
  • Using Stories
  • Gothic
  • Language in the Digital Age
  • You cannot choose both Renaissance Literature modules.
  • Then…

Choose one or both of:

  • Love Wars: Gender, Writing and Society, 1660-1789 B (double module)

Concepts in Criticism B (double module)

If you choose only one of these double modules, you will also choose one or two option modules from:

  • Sin and Redemption in Medieval Literature
  • Love Wars: Gender, Writing and Society, 1660-1789 A

Concepts in Criticism A

  • Nations and Narrations

And if you choose only one of these, you will also choose one other option module from:

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • American Literary Figures from the Settler to the Hipster
  • Charles Dickens
  • Advanced Creative Writing Skills
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Diversifying Publishing and the Literature Industry
  • English and EducationEarly Modern Fantasies and Fears
  • The Latin World: Ancient, Medieval and Modern
  • You cannot choose both Love Wars modules or both Concepts in Criticism modules.

Year 2

  • In Year 2 you will have the opportunity to discover literature from the medieval and early modern periods, and be able to explore the literary and theoretical movements that have shaped contemporary literature and language studies. You will also be able to choose from a generous selection of specialist option modules, to enhance your employability profile and benefit from our research expertise.
  • First…

Choose one or both of:

  • Chaucer and Medieval Culture (double module)

Renaissance Literature B (double module)

  • And if you choose only one double module, you will also choose two other option modules from:

Renaissance Literature A

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Ethnicity and Diversity in American Literature, 1950-2000
  • Using Stories
  • Gothic
  • Language in the Digital Age
  • You cannot choose both Renaissance Literature modules.
  • Then…

Choose one or both of:

  • Love Wars: Gender, Writing and Society, 1660-1789 B (double module)
  • Concepts in Criticism B (double module)

If you choose only one of these double modules, you will also choose one or two option modules from:

  • Sin and Redemption in Medieval Literature
  • Love Wars: Gender, Writing and Society, 1660-1789 A
  • Concepts in Criticism A
  • Nations and Narrations

And if you choose only one of these, you will also choose one other option module from:

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • American Literary Figures from the Settler to the Hipster
  • Charles Dickens
  • Advanced Creative Writing Skills
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Diversifying Publishing and the Literature Industry
  • English and Education
  • Early Modern Fantasies and Fears
  • The Latin World: Ancient, Medieval and Modern
  • You cannot choose both Love Wars modules or both Concepts in Criticism modules.

Year Abroad (optional)

  • If you wish, you may spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

 

  • UK and EU Students 
  • Starting in 2021 
  • The University of Leicester has made the decision to keep fees for EU students at the same level as UK student fees for this year, despite this no longer being a UK Government requirement. £9,250 in your first year. 
  • Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years 
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

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