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Q300 BA English (3 yrs)

Introducing your degree


English at Southampton is all about student choice. We offer flexible and imaginative English courses that allow you to make your own pathways, to develop your potential by exploring literature and ideas with specialist scholars and writers, researchers with international reputations and a passion for their subject.

It allows you to ‘think outside the books’ – to explore poetry, film, novels and drama in their real-life cultures, through their relations to history, pop-culture, science, economics, gender and sexuality. An intense and fulfilling experience of personal development, from which you will emerge with an internationally recognized English degree from a top Russell Group university, it also maximizes your employment choices for the future.



Programme Overview

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Programme Structure

• In your first year, you will take core modules on the form and material context of different literary narratives; the relationship between drama and cinema; and concepts and debates in critical theory. You will also have the opportunity to study Poetic Language, medieval English, or a foreign language.

• In your second year you will choose from a wide range of literary and cultural topics from the medieval period to the early twenty-first century.

• In your final year you will consolidate your knowledge and skills as an independent researcher in literary studies by completing a dissertation on a literary topic of your choice.

In all three years you have the option to take 25% of your programme in another subject.

For further details, see the full course map under ‘Modules’.

View the programme specification document for this course

Key Facts

  • 90% of our research was judged of international importance in the 2008 RAE
  • 96% of BA English students at Southampton commended the teaching quality of this course according to the recent National Student Survey 2014.
  • Worldwide study opportunities in Europe, Asia and the Americas
  • A close association with Chawton House Library and Study Centre – housing an extensive collection of women’s writing


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Did you know?

You can take this programme with a year abroad at one of our 173 partner institutions in over 24 countries – use code Q301 when you apply through UCAS.

Education driven by research
Education driven by research

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
GCE A-level

AAB to ABB including an A Grade in English Literature, English Language and Literature, or English Language*.

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on an A grade in the EPQ.

*Whilst an A in English at A Level is usual, we also seriously consider candidates who perform strongly in other essay-based Humanities subjects. We may interview students without a Literature component in their A levels, due to the literary emphasis of our degree programmes. 

We accept all A levels except General Studies.

International Baccalaureate34 points, 17 at higher level, including 6 in higher level English*
International applications

We welcome applications from international students. Helpful information on applying, meeting a University representative in your country, or improving your English language levels can be found on the International Office website. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in Reading and Writing, 6.5 in Listening and Speaking.

Alternative qualifications

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard to an A level applicant. Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here

Contextual Offers

Humanities supports contextual admission.  A typical offer for an applicant qualifying as contextual is BBB from 3 A levels including English* or the equivalent from alternative qualifications.

Selection process:
Average applications per place:

Selection is normally based on actual or predicted grades plus the reference and personal statement on your UCAS application. Exceptionally we may ask you to come for an interview before making an offer.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content


Innovation modules outside of your subject area

Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside of your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability".

View the Curriculum Innovation modules for this course

Learn a language

Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

View the language modules on offer for this course

Year 1

Students may opt to replace Multimedia Old English (semester 1) and Literary Transformations (Semester 2) with a foreign language. Alternatively, students may opt to replace Poetic Language (semester 1) and / or Literary Transformations (semester 2) with options in other subjects elsewhere in the University

Semester Two
Critical Theory
Stage and Screen: An Introduction
Literary Transformations

Year 2

Students may opt to take one single module in semester 1 and one single module in semester 2 in a discipline other than English.

Year 3

Students may also opt to take one double and one single English module plus a single module in another discipline in semester 1, and the Dissertation as an extended independent project, plus a single English module and a module in another discipline in semester 2.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Career Opportunities

Undergraduate students developing teaching skills
Students developing teaching skills

Studying English at Southampton will help you acquire high-level critical thinking and communication skills that are essential to navigate your career. Our English graduates have progressed to high-flying careers in journalism, publishing, management and administration, teaching, the media, creative writing, and many other areas.

You will be developing and practising the skills required for a successful career from day one of the course. Over three years you will learn to

• write in different ways and for different formats
• argue your case
• make interesting and confident presentations
• work effectively both on your own and in groups
• identify and research areas that you think are important

These are all skills that are valued not just by us but by employers. As a student rep you might also take an active role in the governance of the department, of a student society, or of the Students' Union. English also offers some opportunities for direct work experience.

• Find out more on our Careers and Employability pages

• Learn about the experience gained by our graduates during their time with us on our Alumni: Where are the now? page

• Read interesting employability facts about our English degrees on our Employability Facts and Figures page

Jason Cowley, a graduate of English and Philosophy at Southampton, went on to become Editor of the New Statesman. “Studying English and Philosophy was a rewarding experience,” he said. “You are taught to argue and reason rationally and never quite forget what you read and what you thought back then.”

Learning & Assessment

Combine pleasure with learning
Combine pleasure with learning

An English degree at Southampton provides you with an excellent education in literature, theory and visual culture. There are opportunities for creative writing, study abroad, as well as work experience in local schools. We are committed to providing a rich, rigorous, and above all enjoyable experience ensuring that you graduate as a confident, curious and independent self-starter equipped with the skills for a successful career.

• Research-led teaching by English academics who are passionate about their subject

• Talks by visiting speakers from international universities and by successful professionals

• Specialist online learning resources for every module

• An exciting range of assessment methods including presentations, group projects, portfolios, and dissertations, as well as essays and exams

• An academic advisor to provide regular and supportive advice, guidance and feedback on your progress

• Opportunities to visit Chawton House Library and the former home of Jane Austen, as well as visits to galleries, museums, and theatres

• Internships and writing workshops at the nationally-renowned Nuffield Theatre

• Opportunities to spend a semester, a year or a summer at one of our international partner universities in Asia, Europe, and the Americas to experience a new culture

• Placements in schools and colleges as part of your degree such as international writing in schools, and the student associates scheme


Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.).
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentIT - Computer discs or USB drives: Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device. Software Licenses: All software is provided. Hardware: It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.
Printing and copyingWhere possible, coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour) Please note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account. You will be given a printing allowance of £1 per 7.5 ECTS ENGL towards the costs of printing lecture handouts and/or practical scripts. The University Print Centre also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found here: They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters. Details of current costs can be found here:
PlacementsStudents on placement programmes can expect to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses, travel costs and visa costs. This will vary depending on which country you are travelling to. Specific details on what additional costs there will be are detailed in the individual module profiles which can be found under the modules tab of the programme details of your programme.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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