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BA (Hons) English Literature and Language

This course invites students to study some of the best texts ever written in the English language, from medieval through to contemporary, and to consider not just their authors and the social and cultural contexts of their work, but also the language they are made of.

In addition, students study non-literary texts and learn how language is used in social, political and institutional contexts in order to shape knowledge, control public opinion, build community or distribute power.

Another component of this course concentrates on the history of English, where students learn how the language has evolved from its Anglo-Saxon origins to the present.

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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

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include PGCE and Masters. 

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Student view

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

Course content

In your first year, you will take two modules on Victorian and Modernist literature, an introduction to the phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics of English, and a course in the history of English and its current social variation.

In your second year, your Literary History modules will take you to the periods from the Renaissance to the Romantic Era; a module in discourse analysis will explore how language is used in the public domain; and a module in stylistics will look at creativity in literary texts.

In year 3, you will work on your dissertation on a one-to-one basis with an expert tutor. You will also be able to select from a range of modules based on staff research expertise, including one which looks at the psychological aspects of language and communication, and another which includes the theory and practice of writing, from Aristotelian rhetoric to contemporary visual rhetorics and digital communication.

Module list:

Year 1:

  • ENL100 Language: Form and Function
  • ENL105 Language: Variety and Change
  • ENL102 Victorian Literature
  • ENL117 From Modernism to the Present

Year 2:

  • ENL200 Language and Authority
  • ENL207 Language into Literature
  • ENL203 Renaissance to Restoration
  • ENL210 Restoration to the Romantics

Year 3:

  • ENL345 Professional Writing
  • ENL346 Language and Mind

Plus options in all years from Literary Theory, Drama or Creative Writing.

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 and Language 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 study further in such areas as English Literature (MA and PhD), Teaching English as a Second Language, and Speech and Language Therapy. 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.

Our optional TESOL module prepares you for the Trinity Certificate, a professional qualification in teaching English, recognised worldwide.  We also hope you will 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

  1. Language: Form and Function: you will explore the structure of English and learn to appreciate the importance of language not only as a means of communication but also as an essential part of creative practice and literary composition.
  2. Language: Variety and Change: you will look at the evolution and development of English, from the Anglo-Saxon period through to present-day international English, and via some the most representative texts and authors of its long history.
  3. Language and Authority: you will look at political rhetoric, the language of advertising and propaganda, and the discourses of various institutions including academia, law, prison, media, medicine and the military, with the aim to understand the empowering and manipulative nature of language.
  4. Language into Literature: you are invited to challenge the notion of ‘literary’ and ‘poetic’ language and examine what Linguistics has to contribute to our understanding of prose, poetry and drama.
  5. Language and Mind: you will examine child language acquisition, bilingualism, speech, language and communication disorders and look at recent progress in our understanding of the relationship between language, culture, mind and brain.
  6. Professional Writing: you will apply the theories and methods of Rhetoric and Multimodal Discourse Analysis to create writing portfolios relevant to various professional contexts.

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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