BA (Hons) English Literature

You will learn how different societies have shaped English literature and how English literature has shaped society. You will examine the ways that literature is affected by culture, language, technology and the economics of the period and how it influences its readers.

You will develop critical skills and be encouraged to think independently, exploring perspectives and controversial issues. You will showcase your own interpersonal skills, present ideas and negotiate, as well as become familiar with methods of research. These are all abilities which will help you to become competitive in the employment market. You will gain valuable work experience through professional practice modules as well as gaining benefits from established course partnerships with the region’s arts organisations.

Our range of modules will show you how diverse this subject is. From exploring picture books and young adult fiction in our Children’s Literature module; to engaging with the strategies used to adapt text into a variety of media, such as film and TV; and developing your creative writing with the support of published authors. You can then move on to doing your own independent research in the final year, working with a member of staff with expertise in the subject area of your choice.

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

  • Explore classics from Shakespeare to the Brontës to contemporary writers such as Zadie Smith.
  • The course provides a distinctive learning culture with individual support for all students.
  • We organise successful Short Story competitions and Literary Festival events with great authors and poets.
  • Graduate employment opportunities and engagement with writers and other industry specialists.

80 UCAS points with at least one qualification in a related subject:

  • A-levels
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
  • Cambridge Technical 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.

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)
  • A History of English Literature from the Present to 1789 (15 credits)
  • A History of English Literature from Equiano to Chaucer (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Imaginative Writing: Prose Fiction (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Imaginative Writing: Poems and Stage Writing (15 credits)
  • Gods and Heroes (15 credits)
  • Myth and Magic (15 credits)
  • Reading Literature and Theory (15 credits)
  • Writing Matters (15 credits)
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • Modernism and the City (15 credits)
  • Postcolonial Writing (15 credits)
  • Romantic Conflicts (15 credits)
  • News and Feature Writing (15 credits)
  • Victorian Literature and Culture (15 credits)
  • The European Novel: Transgressive Desires (15 credits)
  • Writing WW1: Trauma, Memory, Resistance (15 credits)
  • Adapting the Canon (15 credits)
Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • Undergraduate Major Project (30 credits)
  • Spectacle & Representation in Renaissance Drama (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Fiction (15 credits)
  • Working in English and Media (15 credits)
  • Theorising Children’s Literature (15 credits)
  • World Literature (15 credits)
  • Decade 1950s (15 credits)

Click here for more information about each of the core modules.

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 38 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 full day a week over two semesters per year).

Each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes 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 40 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:

  • Essays
  • Portfolio
  • Presentation/oral assessment
  • Work based assessment
  • Written assessment
  • Written examination
  • Dissertation (final year)

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.

A formative assessment workshop is written into all module plans and usually take place in weeks 9 or 10 of the semester.  Each course includes a summative feedback session where marked work is returned.

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

English Literature graduates will have gained themselves one of the more robust and widely respected degrees. The range of skills that literature studies develop is transferable to many job markets; whether it’s into teaching, librarianship, the arts or roles in the wider jobs market. Employers will recognise that English Literature graduates are prospective employees with creative ideas, developed emotional intelligence and a hard work ethic that is second to none.

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 and postgraduate applications can be directly to University Centre Peterborough. Contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email to start your application.

If you only wish to apply to University Centre Peterborough and already have the entry requirements, you can also apply directly to us by downloading and completing the following form.

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.

First UCAS deadline
Applications for the majority of undergraduate courses will be made by 6.00pm on Tuesday 15th January 2019.

UCAS Extra
If you missed the first UCAS deadline, you can still apply through UCAS Extra from Monday 25th February to Thursday 4th July 2019. This also gives you the opportunity to add UCP as an additional choice if you have used all five choices and are not holding any offers.

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.

If you have applied and been accepted at another university, you still have the opportunity to change to study at University Centre Peterborough.


Don’t panic. If you have done better or worse than you expected, contact University Centre Peterborough during Clearing and we will let you know very quickly. During this time of year we have additional staff so you can speak to admissions and academic staff who can advise if you can be accepted on a degree. We are used to helping hundreds of students at this time of year so you can feel assured that you receive the best advice and support.

If you have any questions about making an application contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email

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)

6 years part-time 
(1 full day a week over two semesters per year)

Start Date
w/c 16th September 2019

Tuition fees

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

All full-time undergraduate students will receive £500 cash reward at the end of every year and students from low income households can apply for a £500 cash bonus after the first semester of every year (subject to eligibility).

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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The course content is currently being revalidated for September 2019 and this webpage will be updated as soon as confirmed so please check back for updates.


BA (Hons) English Literature

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