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Key information

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  • UCAS Course Code

    Q300

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • University Ranking

    40th

    8
  • Subject Ranking

    57th

    7 (English)
  • Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the university.

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    128

  • Graduate Prospects

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    63

    / 100
  • Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    3.90

    / 5.00
  • Qualification

    BA (Hons)

  • Application deadline

    15-Jan

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  • Start date

    OCT-20

Course Summary

Examine in greater detail authors and genres that you already know (from tragedy to Gothic, from Shakespeare and Dickens to Plath and Beckett) and be introduced to aspects of literary studies that you may not know so well, from children’s literature to publishing studies and the history of the book. Our academics have published research on everything from medieval poetry to contemporary Caribbean and American fiction, and they will help you to develop your own literary enthusiasms.Our first year core modules ensure that all students have the advanced skills in literary analysis necessary for undergraduate work. We explore the different ways that literary texts respond to their cultural context, trace the development of poetry in English over time and across the globe and examine how literary texts accrue new meanings in the process of interpretation. You can take additional modules in other subjects in your first year, but you also have the option to study creative writing, with modules available in all three years of the degree. Second year modules range from Renaissance lyric poetry to contemporary fiction and in the third year your module choices are more diverse and specialised, including archive work and looking at the politics of literature.Everyone in our department, from new lecturers to professors, teaches at every level of the degree: this gives you the benefit of our expertise and makes you part of the conversation about the ways that English Studies is developing.We place a strong emphasis on small-group learning within a friendly and supportive environment. In your first and second years, you will have a mix of lectures and small-group seminars. We believe that the study of English Literature is a discursive process in which we learn by sharing our ideas. For this reason, all our third-year teaching takes place in seminars taught by research-active experts in the field. We provide detailed and thorough feedback on your written work within 15 working days: this is crucial to your development as a writer, whether you intend a career in creative or professional writing.Throughout your degree we will help you put in place the skills and experience that you need to launch your career. Our innovative placement scheme gives you the chance to undertake an academic placement in commerce, industry or the arts. You can also take a placement module on languages and literature in heritage, in education, and in the media. Students on our "Communications at work" module also undertake a short placement to explore the ways in which the skills and knowledge gained in their studies have direct application to the workplace.In your second year, you can spend a term studying abroad at one of our partner institutions in Europe, the USA, Canada or Australia. This is a great opportunity to continue your study of English literature while immersing yourself in a different culture and enhancing your language skills.We are a very research-active department with a century-long history of innovation in English studies**Careers**As an English literature graduate, you will enter the job market with highly-developed research and communication skills; you will know how to access reliable information on any topic and how to present your findings in clear and persuasive language: these are valuable skills in today’s economy, where information and communication skills are vital. You will have the critical and cultural awareness necessary for working in the public sector and the media.Some of our students decide to continue their studies at postgraduate level; others have successful careers in fields as diverse as law, business administration, web-design, teaching and journalism. Past graduates have gone on to work for employers such the BBC, The Telegr

Entry Requirements

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A level
  • A level
  • Scottish Higher
  • Extended Project
  • GCSE/National 4/National 5
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

Grades / Points

BBB

Details

A level English Literature or a related subject at grade B. Related subjects: English Language & Literature, English Language, Drama & Theatre Studies, Creative Writing.

Tuition Fees

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£9,250 per year

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University information

University Ranking

40th

About this University

The University of Reading is one of the UK's leading research-intensive universities and is ranked 205 in the world (QS World University Rankings 2020). It has over 150 years of history, with origins as a University of Oxford extension college.

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Reading

RG6 6AH

UNITED KINGDOM