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English Literature

University of Roehampton

  • September, 2020 Start Date

  • 3 years Duration

  • Full Time Study Mode

  • £9250.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

This engaging BA English Literature degree is for people with a passion for literature.  

Explore topics as varied as children’s literature, literature and media, Shakespeare on screen and Victorian novels. You’ll also study classic and modern writing from around the world, including the work of Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, Zadie Smith and Neil Gaiman. 

You’ll be taught by world-class researchers and writers, and be part of a department that’s ranked 15th in the country* on the strength of its research. We also run extra lectures and masterclasses with renowned authors, such as our Chancellor, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Kazuo Ishiguro, Anthony Horowitz and Emma Donoghue. 

Develop a range of skills you’ll need in the workplace, including clarity of expression in written work and oral presentation, research skills, and the ability to analyse arguments and ideas. You will be supported to realise your potential through individual tutorials, small group work and lectures. 

Roehampton has thriving partnerships with leading literature festivals and cultural organisations, including Battersea Arts Centre, Wimbledon Bookfest and Barnes Children's Literature Festival. You can volunteer or undertake paid work placements. We also have our own press, Fincham Press, so there’s the chance to have your own work published. 

You can expect to make full use of London's extraordinary range of libraries, museums, galleries and theatre spaces. Built into our modules are guided trips to the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Maritime Museum and Shakespeare's Globe, to name just a few. 

According to the latest official survey, 92% of English Literature graduates are working or in further study six months after finishing this course (Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education Survey, 2018 results) and our graduates earn more on average than those from any other modern university in London (Longitudinal Education Outcomes 2017 results, earnings one, three and five years after graduation). This means you'll leave us, not only with a deeper appreciation of literature, but also highly-equipped to succeed in whichever career you wish to pursue.  

This engaging BA English Literature degree is for people with a passion for literature.   Explore topics as varied as children’s literature, literature and media, Shakespeare on screen and Victorian novels. You’ll also study classic and modern writing from around the world, including the work of Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain,...

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Course Content

First year

  • Immerse yourself in a wider range of literature, building your knowledge of modern and classic books.
  • Learn to present your work effectively and confidently, and gain experience of evaluating and using critical material.
  • Our current students are studying texts such as Shakespeare's King Lear and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and exploring the representation of London in the work of Arthur Conan Doyle and Neil Gaiman.

Second year

  • Focus in on particular historical periods. This could include Victorian Literature, which gave us Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights and Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest; American Literature: 1865-1915, which spans from Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn to Willa Cather's My Antonia, or Modernist and Post-War Literature, which includes works by Don DeLillo and J. G. Ballard.

Final year

  • Shape your course in areas that interest you by choosing from our rich and varied modules. Literature on Screen, for example, looks at how the works of Shakespeare and Beckett have been adapted for film; Diaspora Voices invites you to study authors such as Zadie Smith; and Perspectives on Children's Literature includes the work of writers such as Melvin Burgess and Mark Haddon.
  • As a single honours student, you will write a dissertation on a topic of your choice, building the independent research and critical analysis skills that employers value.

First year Immerse yourself in a wider range of literature, building your knowledge of modern and classic books. Learn to present your work effectively and confidently, and gain experience of evaluating and using critical material. Our current students are studying texts such as Shakespeare's King Lear and Mary Shelley's...

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Available Dates

Location Start Date Price  

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Grove House Roehampton

Full Time, 3 years

September, 2020

£9250.00

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Entry Requirements

The University uses the UCAS Tariff to compare applicants with different qualifications. This also allows us to consider applicants who themselves have taken a range of different qualifications. Many programmes have specific entry requirements, so it is advisable to check on our website before you apply.

All offers are subject to the University's general entrance requirements. For undergraduate courses, these are as follows:

  • passes in two distinct subjects at GCE Advanced Level;
  • a pass in one subject at GCE Advanced Level plus (a) passes in two distinct subjects at GCE Advanced Subsidiary Level, or (b) a Vocational A-Level Single Award, or (c) two Vocational A-Level part Awards;
  • a Vocational A-Level Double Award; or
  • a Vocational A-Level Single Award plus (a) two Vocational A-Level part Awards, or (b) passes in two distinct subjects at GCE Advanced Subsidiary Level; or
  • a BTEC National Certificate or Diploma; or
  • a Scottish Certificate of Education with (a) passes in five subjects, including at least three at Higher grade, or (b) passes in four subjects all at Higher grade or New Higher grade; or
  • the full Diploma of the International Baccalaureate; or
  • an Irish Leaving Certificate with passes in four subjects at Grade C at the Higher level.

For some courses we require applicants to achieve a GCSE Grade C or above in specific subjects, or an equivalent qualification. The information below lists the equivalent qualifications we can accept.

If you require any further advice on our entry requirements, please contact the Enquiries Office at undergraduate@roehampton.ac.uk, or by calling 020 8392 3232.

If you are applying from overseas and require specific advice about your qualifications, you can visit the country pages or contact our international team on international@roehampton.ac.uk or by calling 0208 392 3192.

Acceptable English Qualifications (UK students)

  • GCSE at Grade C or above
  • Equivalent Access course modules at Level 2 or above
  • Functional Skills Level 2 English with a pass grade (Not acceptable for BA Primary Education)
  • Key Skills Level 2 English with a pass grade (Not acceptable for BA Primary Education)

The University of Roehampton also recognises the test offered by the organisation Equivalency Testing, which sets and operates GCSE Equivalency Testing in English, Mathematics and Science. Please contact them on +44 (0)1277 203336 for further information or visit their website, www.equivalencytesting.com

Submission of Your Results:

You should send a copy of your results to: admissions@roehampton.ac.uk.

BA Primary Education and PGCE students must submit their original certificates.

If you are applying as an EU or International student you will find a list of acceptable English qualifications on our international webpages.

Acceptable Mathematics Qualifications

  • GCSE at Grade C or above
  • Equivalent Access course modules at Level 2 or above
  • Functional Skills Level 2 Maths with a pass grade (Not acceptable for BA Primary Education)
  • Key Skills Level 2 Adult Numeracy or Application of Number (Not acceptable for BA Primary Education)

The University uses the UCAS Tariff to compare applicants with different qualifications. This also allows us to consider applicants who themselves have taken a range of different qualifications. Many programmes have specific entry requirements, so it is advisable to check on our website before you apply. All offers are subject to the University's general...

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Student Satisfaction

Source: NSS

Overall student satisfaction
86%
of students were satisfied overall
The teaching on my course
95% of students strongly agree that staff are good explaining things
90% of students strongly agree that staff have made the subject interesting
90% of students strongly agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
76% of students strongly agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work
Learning opportunities
90% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
71% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
76% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt
Assessment and feedback
71% of students strongly agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
71% of students strongly agree that the marking and assessment has been fair
62% of students strongly agree that the teedback on their work has been timely
81% of students strongly agree that they have received helpful comments on my work
Academic support
86% of students strongly agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
76% of students strongly agree that they have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course
79% of students strongly agree that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course
Organisation and management
86% of students strongly agree that the course is well organised and running smoothly
81% of students strongly agree that the timetable works efficiently for them
85% of students strongly agree that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
Learning resources
86% of students strongly agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well
71% of students strongly agree that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well
86% of students strongly agree that they have been able to 3ess course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when they needed to
Learning community
48% of students strongly agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
86% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course
Student voice
86% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course
76% of students strongly agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
63% of students strongly agree that it is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
63% of students strongly agree that the students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests

University TEF Outcome

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Statistics

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS Points48

  • Employment Rate90%

  • Average Graduate Salary£18000

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