English Literature BA (Hons) – 2018 entry

An English Literature degree from Surrey, paired with the fantastic experience from my year's work placement, meant I could secure two jobs in the theatre industry within six months of graduating.

Why Surrey?

Choose to study English Literature at Surrey and you’ll join a School with an excellent reputation for challenging, innovative, forward-thinking teaching and research in literature and creative writing. We are ranked top ten in the Guardian University Guide 2018 and this programme achieved 100 per cent overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2017.

Programme overview

Our English Literature programme will provide you with a strong grounding in canonical works and a wide range of critical approaches to literature. You will also be able to tailor your degree with a number of specialist optional modules that focus on specific periods and themes from the medieval to the contemporary and from children’s literature to American fiction.  

Unusually for an English Literature degree, we also offer the opportunity to undertake a Professional Training placement, giving you experience in degree-related professions such as publishing, marketing, the media industries, teaching, creative writing or arts administration.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Professional Training placement (optional)

Many of our students opt to do a Professional Training placement. These normally begin at the end of the second academic year and finish in time for you to begin the third year of study.

Professional Training placements offer students the opportunity to gain access to the world of work, including meeting employers, developing job search skills and acquiring the employability skills that employers look for. Find out more about Professional Training placements.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

English Literature degree options 

You can choose to study English Literature: 

  • As a single honours degree
  • As part of a Major/Minor degree
  • With a language (French, German or Spanish)
  • With Creative Writing 

Our Creative Writing pathway offers you the opportunity to gain confidence and expertise in writing in a variety of modes, including prose, poetry and screenplays. 

The Creative Writing programme is designed to complement and enhance your experience of studying English Literature by encouraging you to apply the critical and theoretical tools you have developed in your English Literature modules in order to improve as a creative writer. 

The Creative Writing modules also enable you to reflect upon the ways in which your own creative practice might help you to engage with the texts that you are studying in your other classes. 

Creative Writing combines lectures on key themes and topics, seminar discussions in which we reflect upon these issues, and workshop sessions in which we produce and discuss our own creative work.

Teaching

Teaching on our English Literature programmes is both stimulating and encouraging. You will experience a wide range of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops.

In Year 1, in addition to lectures, you will work closely with tutors and your fellow students in smaller seminar groups. During Years 2 and 3, you will become increasingly independent, participating in seminars in Year 2 and contributing to student-led sessions in Year 3.

All learning is fully supported by the University’s virtual learning environment, and you will acquire a range of computing skills through the programme. You are also encouraged to supplement classroom work with participation in activities outside the University, such as theatre visits and trips to regional festivals such as the renowned Guildford Book Festival.

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.

Facilities

As an English Literature student at Surrey, you will be introduced to an exciting and challenging environment that combines conventional teaching with a wide range of opportunities for you to engage with a vibrant research culture and arts activities.

Regular visiting guest speakers and research seminars will inject a specialised interest into the programme and encourage students to consider areas for further study.

English at Surrey enjoys connections with contemporary writers through the poets-in-residence scheme, the annual Morag Morris Poetry Lecture, the Surrey Poetry Festival and the Surrey New Writers Festival.

The University of Surrey has close ties with the charity English PEN, which campaigns to protect freedom of speech and human rights for writers around the world. English PEN regularly hosts talks by prominent writers and other events at the University.

Guildford itself provides considerable access to arts activities, including the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, which puts on new and canonical plays, the Guildford Book Festival, and a host of galleries, libraries and archives that will stimulate and support your independent studies.

Above all, the University is only 35 minutes by train from London, one of the world’s most important cultural centres.

You will have the opportunity to see plays at the National Theatre, the Barbican and the Globe Theatre. You will be able to watch new films in the major West End cinemas and classic movies at the National Film Theatre.

This wide choice of activities will complement your studies in English Literature at Surrey, and you will be encouraged to draw inspiration from them in your work for your degree.

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

It is possible to spend a semester or a full academic year abroad while earning credits which contribute to your degree. We operate Erasmus+ exchanges in Europe with the following universities:

  • Heidelberg University
  • Freiburg University
  • Aarhus University
  • Lyon University

We also have exchanges with:

  • Nanyang Technological University
  • Seoul National University
  • Cincinnati University
  • North Carolina State University
  • University of Central Florida
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Texas Tech
  • North Texas
  • Monash University
  • La Trobe University
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Wollongong
  • University of Queensland
  • Universidade de São Paulo
  • University of Victoria, Wellington

If you choose to study at one of the European partners you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.

In addition to the amazing time you will have, you will be exposed to new cultures, practices and approaches that should strengthen your academic performance for the successful continuation of your studies. This will also enhance your employment opportunities and add a bonus on your CV.

Careers and Professional Training 

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

Unusually for an English Literature degree programme, we offer the opportunity to undertake a Professional Training placement.

Subject to availability, a placement will help to enhance your employability by giving you experience in degree-related professions such as publishing, marketing, the media industries, teaching, creative writing or arts administration.

A Professional Training placement will give you the opportunity to develop valuable transferable skills in analysis, reflection, communication and organisation.

Graduate prospects

Our English Literature degrees provide you with a range of valuable skills to prepare you for a variety of careers.

Typical job prospects include:

  • Marketing
  • Communications
  • Publishing
  • Journalism
  • Media industries
  • Education
  • Creative writing
  • Arts administration
  • Management
  • Business

Should you wish to pursue further study, our programmes will provide you with essential knowledge and skills, as well as offering informed support and guidance to assist you in your studies.

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall: ABB.

Required Subjects: English Language or English Literature.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: 45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit.

Required Subjects: Please contact us to discuss suitability.

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DDD.

Required Subjects: Please contact us to discuss suitability.

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 78%.

Required Subjects: English with at least 7.5.

GCSE or Equivalent: Maths 6.

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 32. 

Required Subjects: English HL5/SL6.

GCSE or Equivalent: Maths HL4/SL4 or Maths Studies HL4/SL4.

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Scottish Highers

Overall: AABBB.

Required Subjects: English Language or English Literature.

GCSE or Equivalent: English Language - Scottish National 5 - C Maths - Scottish National 5 - C.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with ABB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. 

Required Subjects: A-level English Literature or English Language.

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Select your country:

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BA (Hons) 3 years Q320 View KIS data set
BA (Hons) 4 years Q324 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate programmes.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

Bursaries and scholarships

We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.

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The Full Surrey Award 2018 entry

The University will identify eligible students, so there is no application form for this scheme.

International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

How to apply

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Disclaimer

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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