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BA (Hons) English Literature

  • Course Type: Undergraduate Degree
  • Institution Code: P56
Course overview

What can this course lead to?

Each year, there are many students who complete the BA (Hons) English Literature course who go on to either secure a teaching placement locally or study a variety of postgraduate courses.

Just some of the future careers for graduates after completing the course include:

  • Teaching
  • Copy Writing
  • Editing and Proofing
  • Librarianship
  • Academic and Professional Writing
  • Arts Administration
  • Journalism / Publishing
  • Web Content Manager

Who is it for?

Are you passionate about stories? Are you an imaginative and creative person who wants to work in a career that uses these talents? If so, our English Literature degree might be the course just for you.

In your first year, you 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.

In your second year, you will build on this knowledge base with a set of modules that draw on and challenge the literary canon. A wide range of texts are selected to broaden your knowledge of literary movements and encourage you to become creative, critical, and free thinkers.
In your final year, you will undertake a dissertation project that will let you explore a topic of your choice. Students have proposed a wide range of topics in the past, from the vegetarian utopia of Shelley, via mental health, femininity and the supernatural in gothic fiction; representations of ‘The Oriental’ in Tintin; the links between hip-hop and poetry, through to dragons and their symbolic resonance in the fantasy genre.

The degree runs an annual Literary Festival featuring established authors and poets. These popular events are free for students and members of the public to attend.
The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 20 students.

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What is covered?


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

88 UCAS Points from a related subject and 5 GCSE grades C/4 or above including English and Maths.

Mature students or students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience. For more information on EU and overseas qualifications, UCAS, accreditation of prior learning and failure to meet the entry requirements please visit

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The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate students will be £8,250 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. 90 credits per year will be 75% of the tuition fee).There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.
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