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BA (Hons) English Literature and Philosophy & Ethics

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3 Years Full Time

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels (or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical): 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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Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.


Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • UCAS Tariff points: 104 - 120 (A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical)
  • A levels: BBB - BCC 
  • 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
  • IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5​


Student view

Emilie Underwood
My degree at Chichester is fascinating, challenging and thought-provoking. It really opens your mind and makes you think deeply about things that you had perhaps never thought about. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere on campus is great.

Course content

In year one you will examine the ways in which philosophical and ethical issues, topics and questions are presented in society today. You will undertake a core double module ‘Religion, Ethics and Contemporary Culture’, which examines important philosophical and ethical questions through the medium of film, TV, popular music and literature. You’ll take two modules in Literary History entitled Victorian Literature and Modernism to the Present, as well as studying contemporary approaches to literature; you’ll explore these subjects alongside others in the areas of Language, Drama and Creative Writing.

In your second year, you will study the literature of the Renaissance, the Civil War, the Restoration and the Romantic period, as well as engaging with a range of literary forms and techniques, contemporary texts and the latest debates on women’s writing and postcolonial literature. You will develop the expertise needed to make reasonable and intelligent philosophical and ethical judgments. This is the year for building on your prior knowledge and understanding, and then developing your expertise.

In year 3 you’ll develop your own research topic on a dissertation subject of your own choosing, working on a one-to-one basis with an expert tutor. A cross-curricular module enables you to study an issue or theme from a variety of different standpoints, including the philosophical and or ethical. 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.


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 pay an enormous amount of attention to your future career choices. In an ever increasing range of work contexts ethical, philosophical and religious knowledge is a highly prized asset. Ranging from HR departments which need to know about ethical diversity and equality to the media which must understand religious opinions and ethical commitments to the well-known shortage of RE teachers in schools there is a great demand for our graduates.

Our aim is to match your interests and skills to the right career. Our graduates go on to a variety of careers in: Teaching (primary and secondary); Youth Work; Publishing; Community work; Police service; Health care & nursing and Journalism.

The work and schools placement modules in year two help prepare you for the working world after university. One popular career choice for those with a degree in Philosophy and Ethics is teaching. We help those who want to pursue this career by: Offering an extended schools placement module which can be undertaken in a local primary or secondary school; Exploring the most important issues teachers face; Providing modules designed to make sure you have the knowledge you need for the classroom; Ensuring you get good advice from Chichester's PGCE tutor who is a member of our department and teaches a number of modules.

Work placements

We offer placement modules so that you can gain vital experience in the workplace.

There are two placement modules – the schools placement for those interested in a career in teaching and the work placement for those choosing other professions. Students find the placement modules stimulating and invaluable when it comes to finding high-quality employment after university.

Indicative modules

Modules you may choose from include:


The module will explore different ethical and methodological approaches in current debates relating to bio-ethics. Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the variety of approaches to bio-ethical questions. The student will become acquainted with the major problems in bio-ethics, especially those relating to the beginning and ending of life. There will be opportunity for the substantial discussion of particular topics and issues.

From Kant to Hegel

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Major Ethical Thinkers

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Philosophy of Religion: Its Issues and Methods

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A History of Ideas: From the Greeks to the Modern Period

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Masters of Suspicion: Marx, Nietzsche and Freud

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History and the Postmodern

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Language: Form and Function

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Activating the Imagination: Poetry

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Victorian Literature

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Strategies for Reading

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Language: Variety and Change

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Activating the Imagination: Prose

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Modernism to the Present

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Critical Perspectives

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International English Studies

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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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