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English Literature BA (Hons)

University of Cumbria

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location


  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

At the University of Cumbria's beautiful Ambleside campus, you will study English Literature surrounded by the iconic scenery which inspired some of Britain's greatest writers, including Wordsworth, Ransome, Potter and Ruskin.You'll explore the development of English Literature from the Renaissance to the present in global and regional contexts, in a landscape which has been a source of inspiration to generations of poets and writers, and which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.This is not your average English Literature course, it's much more. You will consider how literature helps us reflect on key contemporary concerns, including the current environmental crisis.You'll write essays and a dissertation, just as you would on any other English Literature degree, but in addition, you'll also develop the skills required for the contemporary workplace by scripting and recording a mock radio programme, designing a webpage, and even submitting an assessed 'job application'.**Your Career with an English Literature Degree**A degree in English Literature suits a range of careers demanding high-level analytical, interpretative, written and oral communication skills. Recent graduates have gone into teaching, lecturing, the cultural heritage sector, and work with major national organisations and companies. **Year 1** - All students follow a common pathway in the first year, providing a solid foundation for the study of English Literature and developing a range of skills in critical and cultural analysis.You'll have the opportunity to study a wide variety of texts drawn from different cultures, regions, and socio-historical contexts, and to explore the treatment of literature and literary topics within the contemporary media industry.**Year 2** - You'll develop a more in-depth understanding of major shifts in the development of an English literary tradition, focusing on significant literary periods, contexts, and developments.This will be coupled with increasing your knowledge of the development of English Literature, which will also equip you to cover the National Curriculum, should you be interested in teaching at a later stage.Plus, you'll examine how literary texts live on today by applying knowledge of literature to real-world contexts. You'll visit and study regional cultural heritage sites to gain insights into the cultural heritage industry. You'll also develop a deeper awareness of environmental debates through literature.And, you'll have the opportunity to develop new skills - including designing and producing a webpage.**Year 3** - You'll research and produce a study of a topic which appeals to you. Recent student dissertation topics include: the retelling of Shakespeare for Children, Apocalyptic Dystopian Fiction, and the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy.You'll conduct a project-based module too, applying the skills and knowledge you have developed to a real-world setting. Projects might include organising a cultural event, editing or contributing to a festival magazine, or working with a partner organisation in the heritage, educational, or media sectors.There's also an opportunity to study modules which explore some of the new directions and developments in the study of English Literature, such as the 21stC Novel.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 10,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

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University of Cumbria

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  • Campus address

    University of Cumbria, Registered Office, Fusehill Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 2HH, England

Distinct and pioneering, the University of Cumbria’s heritage dates from 1820. Its campuses include two in a World Heritage Site, the idyllic Lake District.
An international scholarship scheme offers a range of awards to all eligible students. The university also offers a £1,000 early payment discount.
For the 2021/22 transition year, all eligible EU, EEA or Swiss students will receive a Fee Discount Scholarship to bring fees in line with UK/home fees.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    106th out of 106 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 206

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    42 42%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.27 85%



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