The University of Southampton
Humanities

Q301 BA English (with a Year Abroad) (4 years)

You read widely, have a feeling for words, and are not afraid of intellectual challenges. English at Southampton offers you the opportunity to think about literature and culture in new and exciting ways.

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Introducing your degree

A degree in English with a Year Abroad is another dimension to English at Southampton’s ‘thinking outside the books,’ of bringing the greatest literature in English into life and the larger world. It is a great opportunity to not only travel but live in another country, while continuing and developing your studies in English in exciting new ways, making new friends at one of Southampton's partner institutions.
This can be as part of the Erasmus exchange programme with universities in Barcelona, Prague, Frankfurt, and Lausanne or a ‘Year Abroad’ exchange programme with universities in the United States, Western Ontario or Seoul. It is ideal for those who wish to pursue international (and local) careers in journalism and media, teaching and education, writing and publishing.

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
  • 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

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level

AAB including a Grade A in English Literature or a related subject*.

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.

We accept all A levels except General Studies.

 

IB:
QualificationGrade
International Baccalaureate34 points, 17 at higher level, including 6 in higher level English Literature or a related subject*.

*A related subject includes History, English Language and Literature, English Language, or Drama and Theatre Studies. We may interview students without a Literature component in their A levels, due to the literary emphasis of our degree programmes.

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 in other qualifications approved by the University to an A level applicant. Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here

Contextual Offers

 

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who flagged in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

 A typical contextual offer is ABB from three A levels including a Grade A in English Literature or a related subject* or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Please see our contextual admission pages for more information.

Selection process:
Intake:
200
Average applications per place:
8

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.

Modules

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

The following is an indicative list of available optional modules, which are subject to change each academic year. Please note in some instances modules have limited spaces available.

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.

Year 2

The following is an indicative list of available optional modules, which are subject to change each academic year. Please note in some instances modules have limited spaces available.

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

Your third year will be spent at one our partner institutions.

More details can be found here

Year 4

The following is an indicative list of available optional modules, which are subject to change each academic year. Please note in some instances modules have limited spaces available.

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).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,250 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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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:

TypeDescription
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
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.
EquipmentLaboratory Equipment and Materials: All laboratory equipment and materials are provided. IT 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; 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 http://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing-for-students.page The University Print Centre also offer a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service.
PlacementsStudents on placement programmes can expect to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses; travel costs; 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 www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

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.

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

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

Study Locations

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