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English Literature

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single or combined honours

Key facts

BA (Hons) English Literature
College of Liberal Arts
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: Q300 or Q301
Campus Code: A, BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A-level grades CCC with a minimum of Grade C in English or related subject.

View "typical offers" for more information.

Change the way you see the world by exploring new ideas about English Literature

  • Study a wide range of historical periods from Early Modern drama to Postmodern poetry.
  • Exciting and challenging modules that explore the ways writers experiment with philosophical and political ideas.
  • Explore new ways of reading and thinking about English Literature.

We offer varied modules that allow you to study in greater depth writers that you already love, and discover writers that you have yet to fall in love with.

Our passionate knowledge informs an incredibly wide range of modules. Choose from the worlds of Shakespeare’s London, Romantic and Victorian visions of science, radical innovators of literary form, the new digital worlds of electronic text, the darker worlds of crime and gothic writing, and the continuing engagement of writers with questions of history and social justice.

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“I chose Bath Spa University because it felt like the perfect university. Everyone is friendly, helpful, and loves what they do. It's a great atmosphere to grow academically and as a person.”

Santino Prinzi, English Literature and Creative Writing graduate

What you'll learn


You’ll study a broad and diverse range of intellectually stimulating modules. You’ll benefit from the fact that English modules reflect our tutors’ areas of research specialism.

Course structure

Each year has a core module, as well as a large selection of optional modules from which you can choose. These modules are organised around a number of key strands running through the programme – Transnational English Literature; Medical Humanities; and Digital Humanities – but you can choose to study any of the available modules and develop your own literary interests.

In your third year you can undertake independent study on a dissertation or project, focusing on an area of your own specific interest.

How will I be assessed?

Most modules use essays with other forms of coursework such as journals, portfolios and short critical pieces, projects and dissertations, or special assignments such as seminar presentations, collaborative magazines, and web-based essays. Some modules include seen and unseen exams. Second and final year grades contribute towards your final degree award.

How will I be taught?

English modules are taught via seminars, lectures, individual tutorials, and IT workshops.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Critical Reading 1
  • Critical Reading 2
  • Writing, Gender and Politics, 1500–1750
  • Scandal and Sobriety, 1750– 1890
  • Decadence to the Naughties, 1890–Now
  • Print, Book and Candle: making, selling, reading

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Critical Reading 3: Subject and Structure
  • Critical Reading 4: Equivocal Matter
  • Shakespeare and His Contemporaries
  • Literature and Digital Culture
  • Nature, Science and Self 
  • Revolutions in Realism: Nineteenth Century Literature
  • Gender and Fiction in the Long Eighteenth Century 
  • The Victorian Spectacular: producing the Modern
  • Modern and Contemporary Poetry
  • Crime Fiction
  • Literature, Ethnicity and Belonging
  • Gothic Origins and Innovations
  • Renaissance Worlds in Poetry and Prose
  • Professional Placement Year

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • English Project
  • Texts in the City: Print Culture and Early Modern London
  • Modernist Networks
  • Literature and Digital Culture
  • Writing and the Environmental Crisis
  • Crime and Gothic Fictions
  • Literature and Psychology
  • In Search of America
  • More than Muses: Literary Women, Work and the Arts
  • Literature and Evil
  • Nation and Race in Early Modernity
  • Staging Gender
  • Modern American Drama


Study abroad

All English students have the opportunity to apply for an Erasmus placement which allows them to study for one or more terms in their second or third year of study. We also have links with partner institutions in the USA and Australia.

Field trips

We are keen to bring literature to life, and the course features optional modules that include field trips to London, Oxford, Krakow and Auschwitz, and Berlin, among others. Our students have also won places on summer schools in Beijing and Monterrey.

Career preparation

In your second year you’ll benefit from our innovative and institutionally recognised programme of personal development. Employability skills are built into the curriculum and you’ll also have access to our distinctive digital facilities in publishing and broadcast media.

You’ll graduate with transferable skills to engage critically and creatively with a full range of possible careers. Our English Literature graduates are very popular with employers.


Many of our graduates pursue careers in publishing or teaching. Organisations including New Scientist, Trinity College Library, DigitalBox and Cengage Learning EMEA have employed our graduates. Graduate professions include:

  • Editorial Assistant
  • Publishing Outreach Executive
  • Content Writer
  • Campaigns Officer

Some graduates choose to progress onto postgraduate study.

Competitions and awards

There are annual prizes for the best overall performance in both core modules in Years 1 and 2, and a very special prize for the best final year English Project.

Professional placement year


This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.


Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The English Literature programme is taught at Newton Park campus, with most classes taking place in the state-of-the-art Commons building.

You'll have access to excellent facilities such as our:


We have a wide range of high-quality online resources to complement the books and journals you have access to in our library, as well as digital publishing facilities, printing presses, and industry-standard broadcast media facilities.


UK and EU students full time

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

International students full time

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,300
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We are looking for students who share our passion for literature in all its forms. You should be inquisitive and willing to challenge yourself, to question shared assumptions, and want to collaborate with others in exploring the ideas and worlds that the written word opens up to us.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - grade CCC accepted with a minimum of grade C in English or related subject
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) in a related subject accepted
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum score of 26 points required with grade 5 or above in English at Higher Level
  • Access to HE courses - typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher) accepted.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants
IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Get ahead

We recommend that you read as much literature as possible! It’s a good idea to read books from various historical periods and literary genres – and think about the differences you notice between them. You’ll find Studying English Literature (Continuum Press, 2010) by Ashley Chantler to be a good guide.

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Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Dr. Richard Stamp
Email: r.stamp@bathspa.ac.uk

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