BA (Hons) English Literature

The aim of this course is to equip students with the ethical, creative and commercial skills that the modern publishing industry and teaching requires, providing our learners with a route into the jobs market, to further study or the confidence to set up as a freelance. The course is designed for students to work across different genres and platforms and develop as versatile learners and professionals.

At level 4 they will be introduced to the key skills that have traditionally underpinned literary criticism (such as genre analysis, textual analysis, and writing for audiences), as well as those that are more akin to the publisher of today.

At level 5, students will build on this knowledge basis with a set of modules that work across the literary canon and draw on a range of codes and conventions, as well as introducing them to the work of the creatives in associated fields.

Moving into the final year, students will become more commercially aware, with employability a consistent factor. The focus therefore moves from understanding of genre to applying knowledge, know-how and career-focused ambitions.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.

  • The course is led by academic staff who are also published authors.
  • There are many extra-curricular events linked to study, such as our annual Literary Festival.
  • Student will have opportunities for gaining experience with a range of local employers.

Please contact us 01733 214466 or email for the latest UCAS tariff during Clearing. For details about Clearing please visit

We accept UCAS points with the following qualifications with a related subject:

  • A-levels
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
  • Cambridge Technicals Level 3
  • IB Diploma
  • Access to HE

Students who do not qualify by any of these qualifications should call 01733 214466 or email to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

You must have GCSEs English and Mathematics at grade C or above or grade 4 or above.

We accept A-level General Studies and AS-levels when combined with other full qualifications.

If English is not your first language you will require IELTS score of 6.5 (with 5.5 minimum in each skill) or an equivalent English Language  qualification.


APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eligible for consideration you must be able to provide certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be completed in the last five years or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.


UCP offers students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning processes ensure that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you should identify any relevant prior learning when you apply.  If your previous study specifically relates to modules on the course you wish to undertake we may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.


It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, in which their claim is justified in detail and is supported by relevant evidence. This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but needs to be discussed with the Admissions team or Course Leader.

If you have any questions about entry requirements contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
  • Writing Matters: Academic and Professional Skills (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Creative Writing (15 credits)
  • Dead Heroes Society: Tragedy (15 credits)
  • Contexts and Canons: Murakami to Blake (15 credits)
  • Approaching Criticism (15 credits)
  • Contexts and Canons: Equiano to Chaucer (15 credits)
  • Only Fools and Sources: Comedy (15 credits)
  • 20th Century Practitioners (15 credits)
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • Renaissance to Romantics (15 credits)
  • Writing WW1: Memory and Forgetting (15 credits)
  • The Image: Exploring Visual Literacy in Media, Culture and Literature (15 credits)
  • Stranger on the Shore: Placing the Postcolonial (15 credits)
  • Preparing for Employment: Research and Employability (15 credits)
  • Shakespeare Unstuck (15 credits)
  • Writing for Newspapers and Magazines (15 credits)
  • Vampires, Virgins and Villains: Reading the Gothic (15 credits)
Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • Undergraduate Major Project (30 credits)
  • Decade: The Literature of the 1950s (15 credits)
  • Modernism and the City (15 credits)
  • Adaptations: Crossing the Genre (15 credits)
  • Working in English, Film and Media (15 credits)
  • Neverland to Wonderland: Explorations in Children’s Literature (15 credits)
  • Reading the Now: Contemporary Literature (15 credits)

A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study.  A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study.  A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time.

When studying this course at University Centre Peterborough, we will timetable your lectures as two full days a week over two semesters per year (part-time will be one to two full days a week over two semesters per year).

Over the duration of your course, teaching will be delivered by the following methods:

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
  • 20%     Lectures
  • 70%     Seminars
  • 10%     Workshops
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • 20%     Lectures
  • 80%     Seminars
Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • 100%     Seminars

Each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes up to 12 teaching weeks and 3 assessment weeks. If studying full-time you will be in classes, seminars and tutorials for approximately 15 hours per week and will spend the rest of your time in independent study and extra-curricular activities.

We recommend that full-time students allow up to an additional 30 hours per week for additional study. The campus is open Monday to Friday throughout the whole year and open late until 9.00pm from Monday to Thursday during term time. You also have 24/7 access to online resources from Anglia Ruskin University.

Timetables are available at least one month before enrolment and you can refer to the academic calendar for examination weeks and resit periods. Note that the days of the week you study may change each year and in some circumstances one of the full days might have to be split into two half days, but we aim to keep these as full days where possible.

Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods:

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
  • 80%     Coursework
  • 20%     Written Exams
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • 80%     Coursework
  • 20%     Written Exams
Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • 70%     Coursework
  • 20%     Written Exams
  • 10%     Placement

We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance.

Formative assessment opportunities are written into all module plans to provide students with on-going feedback.  End of semester assessments will have formative opportunities in weeks 9 or 10 of the semester.  In addition revision sessions will be held in week 12.

Your final degree classification is calculated as an average of your highest 60 credits at Level 5 and all credits at Level 6.

70%+         First
60-69%     2:1
50-59%     2:2
40-49%     Third

Future careers after completing this course may include:

  • Teaching
  • Copy Writing
  • Editing and Proofing
  • Librarianship
  • Academic and Professional Writing
  • Arts Administration
  • Journalism
  • Academic Research and Lecturing

I am the Course Leader for the BA (Hons) English Literature degree at University Centre Peterborough. I joined University Centre Peterborough in April 2016 and lecture in Modernism and Contemporary Fiction. I have been teaching since 2003, starting off in creative writing at University of East Anglia (UEA) before branching out into further education with Norfolk Adult Education.

My first degree is in Cultural Studies with what was then Norwich School of Art & Design, before taking an MA in Creative Writing at UEA. I took a route into further and higher education as I wanted to give back my knowledge and skills to people who were returning to education.

My subject specialism is 20th century poetry and prose with corresponding criticism and theory thrown in, as well as being a practitioner in creative writing, with poems and short stories published across journals and anthologies. I have a particular interest in walking as a creative act, how it can be a way of generating ideas and responses to external environments and internal thoughts.

I run Gatehouse Press, home to Lighthouse Literary Journal as well providing leisure classes in arts and languages in Norwich.


  • MA Creative Writing, University of East Anglia
  • BA (Hons) Cultural Studies, Norwich School of Art & Design
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE), Anglia Ruskin University

When you have chosen a course to study at University Centre Peterborough, your next step is to make an application.

All full-time applications for UK and EU students must be made to UCAS via a web-based tracker system – (the institution code for University Centre Peterborough is P56).

All part-time applications can be submitted directly to University Centre Peterborough. You can download and complete the following form then email to, or send it through the post, or visit us in person.

Before you apply, please check that you meet the entry requirement which is listed on the course information pages.


For full-time undergraduate and HNC/D applications, we advise you to make an application for your chosen course as soon as possible to secure your place. We will process your application within 1 to 5 working days so you know if you have a successfully received an unconditional or conditional offer. We are available to help you through every step of the way.

From Friday 5th July 2019 you can apply via UCAS through Clearing. This is open to those who have not yet applied or students who have waited until they have received their grades. However, you do not need to wait until you receive your grades before applying through Clearing.

For more information how to apply through Clearing please visit

Key Facts

Institution code
Accredited by:
Anglia Ruskin University

University Centre Peterborough

Duration and Delivery

3 years full-time 
(2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

4 years part-time 
(1-2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

Start Date
September 2019 or September 2020

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students starting in 2019/20 or 2020/21 will be £8,000 per year, which is lower compared with many other universities.

Fees for part-time study are pro-rata depending on the number of credits you are studying (i.e. 60 credits per year will be 50% of the tuition fee).

There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.

Additional Notes

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