BA English (Q300)

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UCAS code Q300
Application method Full time: UCAS/Common Application
Part time: Apply direct to the University
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study 6 year(s) part-time
Part-time study over six years with daytime, weekday teaching
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 195 for all English Single Honours courses

About BA English

An English degree from the University of Bristol gives you the opportunity to study the full breadth and range of literature written in English. Year one lays strong foundations, providing training in close reading, critical and theoretical approaches and in the skills and conventions of academic writing, alongside the study of poetry, narrative writing and drama from the medieval to the mid-eighteenth century. You may also choose an optional unit or a unit from another subject area at Bristol.

In year two the continued study of successive periods of English literature, from the mid-eighteenth century to the present day, is complemented with work on individual authors and topics chosen from a list of research-led special subject units, as well as options related to earlier literature. Single Honours students may choose to study abroad for one teaching block of their second year.

The third year is fully optional and offers a combination of options in later literature, in transhistorical topics and in special subjects, as well as the opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic of your own choosing.

More about English

Find out more about studying English at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Critical Issues
  • Literature 1150-1550
  • Critical Practice
  • Literature 1550-1740
  • Approaches to Poetry
  • Women Writers or Transformations or Texts in a Global Context or open unit

Second year

  • Literature 1740-1900
  • Literature 1900-present
  • Two earlier literature options
  • Two Special Subject units

Third year

  • Two later literature options
  • Transhistorical option
  • Either three special subject units or two special subject units and a short dissertation or one special subject unit and a long dissertation.

Further information about optional units

Second year options

Topics may include: Old English Language and Literature; Chaucer and Chaucerians; Arthurian Literature; Shakespeare; Writing the City: London 1550-1740.

Second year special subjects Recent examples have included: Beats and Crazies; Black British Literature; Creative Writing: Poetry; Contemporary Multi-ethnic Writing of America; Darkest London; Eighteenth-Century Women’s Writing; The Fairy Tale in English; Introduction to Digital Humanities; Introduction to Medical Humanities; Literature and Science: Newton to Darwin; New England’s Dreaming: Nineteenth-Century American Literature; Poetry of the 1960s; Presenting the Future; Queer Writing; Revenge Tragedy; Sex and Gender at the Fin de Siècle; Travellers’ Tales; War Stories: Women Writers and Conflict; Writing the Working Classes.

Third year options

Topics may include: Eighteenth Century Prose Fiction; Victorian Fiction; Twentieth Century American Literature; British and Irish Poetry 1900-present; Decolonising Literature and Literary Studies; Literatures of Slavery; Prison Writing; Celebrity Culture.

Third year special subjects Recent examples have included: Aesthetic Possibilities; American Masculinities; Charles Dickens; Contemporary Literature and Science; Freud and Shakespeare; Illness Narratives; James Joyce; Literature and Medicine; Literature and Revolution; Modernism and the Body; Place in Victorian and Recent Fiction; Postcolonial Imaginings; Prize Culture and Prestige in Contemporary Fiction; Publishing and Marketing Arthurian Grail Literature; Samuel Beckett; Shakespeare’s Sonnets; U.S. Postmodernist Fiction; Victorian Afterlives; Victorian Materialities; Writing for Art; Writing the Self.

Find out more about the course structure and units available for English

Typical offer for BA English - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
A*AA including English Literature or combined English Literature and Language
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAB including A in English Literature or combined English Literature and Language
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
38 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level including 6 in Higher level English
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level including 6 in Higher level English
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. Additional written work may be required.
BTEC offer D*DD  plus A in A-level English Literature or combined English Literature and Language
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAAAA and AH: AA including English Literature
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer88% overall with 8.5 in English
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
No specific subjects required.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile A
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Considered but places are limited to ensure fairness to applicants applying the following year

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application. We may interview mature applicants and applicants with non-standard qualifications.

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