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BA (Hons) English Literature and Theology

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College C58


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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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​

Course content

We will teach you critical thinking, selfreflection, how to read important texts in detail, and respect for different viewpoints and opinions.

In year one you’ll take two modules in Literary History entitled Victorian Literature and Modernism to the Present, as well as studying approaches to theology and religion.

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 have the opportunity to explore Christian theology and the Bible in-depth, examine a range of religious traditions such as Islam and Buddhism and discuss major ethical and philosophical questions.

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

The outstanding feature of the course is our small group work. As soon as you arrive at Chichester you are placed in a small group of 5-6 students. You will then meet twice a week with a tutor to discuss the main features of the course. You can ask about lectures, about essays and reading, and discuss in a small group the most important ideas and issues.


Our facilities

You will study this course at our Bishop Otter campus.

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!

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
  • Media
  • Police Service
  • Caring professions
  • Civil Service and Local Government
  • Law
  • Personnel Management and Human Resources
  • Health Care work
  • Community work

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

Modules you be able to choose from:

Year One:

  • Activating the Imagination: Poetry
  • Victorian Literature
  • Strategies for Reading
  • Activating the Imagination: Prose
  • Modernism to the Present
  • Critical Perspectives
  • Religion and Contemporary Culture (I)
  • The Many Faces of Jesus
  • The New Atheists
  • Exploring Religious Identities
  • Living the Good Life
  • Religion and Contemporary Culture (II)
  • Religions and Conflict
  • Living Theology

Year Two:

  • Reading Women's Writings
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Postcolonial Readings
  • The Restoration to the Romantics
  • Genre: Prose Fiction
  • Islam and the Modern World
  • Prophecy and Fulfilment
  • Great Christian Thinkers
  • Major Ethical Thinkers
  • A History of Ideas: Greeks to the Modern DayHistory and the Postmodern
  • Living Judaism
  • Contextual Theologies
  • The Teachings of the Buddha
  • The Holocaust and the Problem of Evil

Year Three:

  • Dissertation (spread over 2 semesters)

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment

The key to a 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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