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BA (Hons) English Literature

We are enthusiastic about literature and passionate about helping you achieve your full potential.

This degree offers you an excellent grounding in a comprehensive range of texts and allows you to follow your enthusiasms, particularly when you choose your own topic for your dissertation.

We also offer a distinctive experience of working alongside academic critics, literary theorists and practising writers.

This ensures that you’ll gain a breadth of insight into literature, language and your own academic writing.

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Codes:

College C58

UCAS Q310

Course Length:

3 Years Full Time

Entry requirements 2018

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels (or combination with AS / E.P. / BTEC): 96 to 120 UCAS Tariff Points including English Literature, English Language, English Language and Literature, Creative Writing or Drama at grade B or C.

Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 12 level 3 credits worth of English units at Merit

International Baccalaureate: 28 points with English Higher at 4.

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Postgraduate Pathways

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include PGCE and Masters. 

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Student view

Rosie Mussen
Emglish and Creative Writing
Being at a smaller university is something I love, my favourite thing about studying here is how individually recognised you are by the English lecturers. It's always easy to organise a meeting with them and have a quick chat about how you're doing on the course.

Course content

In the first year you will study Victorian, Modern and Contemporary Literatures. You will also be introduced to the fascinating and fast-changing world of Literary Theory.

You will also have the option of studying Creative Writing, Drama or Language. In your second year, you will study a core of Literary History, this time taking you from the Renaissance to the Romantics.

In addition to this, you will extend your understanding of key issues in contemporary literature and theory by studying Women’s Writing and Post-Colonialist Writing.

By the time you reach your third year, we believe you will be able to decide where your interests and strengths lie. In addition to writing a Dissertation on a topic, author or theme of your own choosing, you will be able to select from a range of special subjects offered by staff in their own research specialisms. These include:

  • Contemporary British Fiction
  • Psychoanalysis and Culture
  • Fantasy Literature
  • Literature for Children
  • Victorian Women’s Writing
  • Literature and Environment
  • Women’s Writing of the Romantic Era
  • Shakespeare: Text and Theory
  • Renaissance Drama: Text and Context

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.



At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.



The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment.  It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.



The Bishop Otter LRC also offers:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media loans counter
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Where this can take you

We want you to become an independent, self-motivated writer, critic and thinker. We will help you to understand the relationship between literature and the period in which it is written, to examine the form and style of literary works, to interrogate how language is used in politics, the media and the internet, and to engage with literary theorists who have opened up important philosophical and political questions. We’ll teach you how to get to grips with complex volumes of information in short timeframes – in the process you will definitely improve your IT and word processing skills as well!



English Literature is a sought-after and well recognized degree in the job market. Our graduates go on to a wide variety of careers including:

  • Teaching
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Personnel Work
  • Publishing
  • Gallery Work
  • Charity Management
  • Event Management
  • Tourism
  • Librarianship,
  • Social Work
  • Local Authority Employment
  • IT

Some also study further in such areas as English Literature, Archival Studies and Law. Graduates from Chichester have improved communication skills, confidence and cultural knowledge that make them attractive to prospective employers.

Work placements

We encourage our students to get culturally involved and gain experience, whether it is as a student blogger, with student societies, with local heritage projects or with our own vibrant research culture.



The Work Placement module allows you to work as, for example, a journalist or within a publishing environment, then to reflect critically upon the experience. Our Professional Writing module equips you with the skills needed to write in a whole range of professional modes. We also hope you’ll take advantage of careers advice available in the University, which is the home of ‘Graduate On’, designed to make the transition to graduate employment easier.

Indicative modules

Year One:

  • Language: Form and Function
  • Activating the Imagination: Poetry
  • Victorian Literature
  • Strategies for Reading
  • Language: Variety and Change
  • Activating the Imagination: Prose
  • Modernism to the Present
  • Critical Perspectives

Year Two:

  • Language and Authority
  • Reading Women's Writings
  • Renaissance to Restoration
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Language into Literature
  • Postcolonial Readings
  • The Restoration to the Romantics
  • Genre: Prose Fiction

Year Three:

  • Dissertation (spread over 2 semesters)

Teaching and assessment

The key to an English or Creative Writing degree is communication, and at Chichester we focus on your abilities in written and spoken expression through: group work and group presentations opportunities to develop your self-managed research projects developing your skills in critical analysis.

The range of assessments includes: essay; textual analysis; seminar presentation (group or individual); commentary; collaborative project work; portfolio; dissertation and manuscript.

Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress. Your academic advisor and lecturers are available for advice throughout your degree.

 

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