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University of Gloucestershire

English Literature

BA (Hons)
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Full Time
Course length
3 Years
Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Course overview

Discover the power to transform yourself and society by studying English Literature at University of Gloucestershire, where the exceptional level of support helps you achieve everything you’re capable of. With no exams, small classes, a personal tutor and a warm and friendly teaching approach, you’ll have every chance to shine academically and have a fantastic experience at the same time.

Our English & Creative Writing courses are ranked in the top 20 in the UK overall by the Guardian University Guide 2023, and our English courses are ranked 11th in the UK for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2024.

The classes are fascinating – you’ll gain deep insight into yourself, your culture and the society you live in, while exploring some of the greatest works ever written in the English language. Your journey will take you into the distant past, exploring some of the myths and legends that lie deep in our consciousness, and then through the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries with works that shape the world around us.

In twenty-first century literature, you will discover transgressive texts that rock the foundations of society and allow new ways of thinking and being to emerge. The journey extends beyond these shores as you study travel writing, contemporary American Literature or Irish writing.

To develop your understanding, you will learn powerful techniques for analysing language, from features of historical English to the rhetorical devices that give literature its power to inspire and persuade.

Study style

Modules such as Professional and Critical Writing and Communication and Leadership enable you to develop skills to impress future employers and to lead to your dream career. English Literature at University of Gloucestershire provides a supportive environment to study, a transformative academic journey and a pathway to a meaningful life and career.

The course is primarily taught in small group seminars where students are actively involved in discussions and class activities. Assessment is entirely by coursework and consists of essays, a 9,000 word dissertation, and some creative tasks such as designing posters or making digital stories. You’ll be supported with your own Personal Tutor and one-to-one help with essay writing.

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Entry requirements

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Don’t worry about your results. We may be able to offer you a place on this course through UCAS Clearing even if you don’t meet the entry requirements below.

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    • 96 – 112 UCAS tariff points, CCC – BBC  at A levels, MMM – DMM at BTEC or a Merit in your T-Level.

      If you are unsure whether we could make you an offer or you have any questions, just get in touch with our admissions team who will be able to advise you.

    • English Language or Literature and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

    • This course is available with an additional integrated foundation year. This four year option has lower entry requirements – see below – than the other study type/s available.

      Typical offers
      48 UCAS tariff points, DD at A levels, PPP at BTEC or a Pass in your T Level.

      Grade C/4 in English Language/Literature and Mathematics, or equivalent (e.g. Level 2 Functional Skills).

      To apply for the integrated foundation year degree, select the ‘With foundation year’ option from the study types listed at the top of this page before clicking ‘Apply’.

      See course overview for more information about the interated foundation year option.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

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Sep 2024 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham Q302 £9,250 £16,600
Sep 2025 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham Q302 TBC TBC
Sep 2026 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham Q302 TBC TBC

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UoG Career promise

At UoG we create a climate for bravery and growth. We instil confidence in all our students, so you can graduate career-ready and meet your ambitions.

95% of our graduates are in work or further study*, but if you’re not in a job 6 months after graduating we’ll guarantee you 6 months of free support, followed by the offer of a paid internship to kickstart your career – plus we’ll commit to lifetime career coaching. Eligibility conditions apply.

*Graduate Outcomes Survey published 2024 and based on 2021/22 leavers

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The University has links with the Cheltenham Literature Festival, the Cheltenham Poetry Festival, the Wilson Gallery, the Everyman Theatre, published authors and poets, and many other providers of cultural services.

You’ll have opportunities to undertake internships, creative projects and communication workshops to gain skills and build your CV. With these connections, skills, and experience you’ll graduate career-ready.

Graduates from this course can on to work in management and leadership, cultural industries, corporate and charity communications, lecturing and teaching (after completing teacher training), civil service, publishing, television & journalism and education.

Explore the role of literature in shaping the world around us

Gain insight into key issues such as gender, sexuality, class, race and climate change by studying the classic literary works that have shaped our society and transgressive contemporary literature which is trying to reshape it.

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Enjoy the culture of Cheltenham

Cheltenham is home to more than thirty festivals including the world-famous Literature Festival and Poetry Festival. Students have the opportunity to take part in festivals in many ways from attending inspirational talks to reading their own creative pieces or actually working for the festivals.

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Taught by acclaimed academics

All the staff who will teach you on the English Literature degree have PhDs and have published books, journal articles or book chapters with leading academic publishers. They bring the subject to life with inspiring examples and ideas that have emerged in their journey of research.

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Ranked in the top 20 in the UK

Our English courses are ranked in the top 20 in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2023.

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Ranked 11th in the UK for student satisfaction

Our English courses are ranked 11th in the UK for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2024.

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Ranked in the top 20 in the UK for student and teaching satisfaction

Our English courses are ranked in the top 20 for student satisfaction and teaching satisfaction by the Guardian University Guide 2023.

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Ranked in the top 20 in the UK for teaching quality

Our English courses are ranked in the top 20 for teaching quality by The Times Good University Guide 2023.

Trips and experiences

You’ll have chances to experience a great range of theatre and field trips in the UK and abroad. Discover more about the course by visiting our free online taster module.

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