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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.

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.

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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 for this course for 2019/20 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2020/21 entrants

 

Typical entry requirements

For 2020 entry

View 2019 entry requirements

QualificationGrade
GCSE Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)
GCE A-Level AAB including English Literature or a related subject*
GCE A-Level with Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) If you are taking an EPQ in addition to 3 A levels, you will receive the following offer in addition to the standard A level offer: ABB including English Literature or a related subject* and grade A in the EPQ
GCE A-Level with Contextual offer We are committed to 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 allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme, as follows: ABB including English Literature or a related subject*
A-level additional information Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. *Related subject includes History, English Language and Literature, English Language or Drama and Theatre Studies.
Welsh Baccalaureate offer AAB from 3 A levels including English Literature or a related subject*
or
AA from 2 A levels including English Literature or a related subject* and B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate. Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
*Related subject includes History, English Language and Literature, English Language or Drama and Theatre Studies.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
offer
Pass, with 34 points overall with 17 points at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in English Literature or a related subject*. *Related subject includes History, English Language and Literature, English Language or Drama and Theatre Studies.
Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.
International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP)
offer
Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
Access to HE Diploma offer 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 39 must be at Distinction and 6 credits at Merit, to include 6 Distinctions in English Literature or a related subject*. *Related subject includes History, English Language and Literature, English Language or Drama and Theatre Studies.
Irish Leaving Certificate offer (first awarded 2017) H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 including English Literature or a related subject*
Irish Leaving Certificate offer (last awarded 2016) A2 A2 A2 B1 B1 B1 including English or a related subject*. *Related subject includes History, English Language and Literature, English Language or Drama and Theatre Studies.
Scottish Qualification offers Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
Cambridge Pre-U offer D3 D3 M2 in three principal subjects including English Literature or a related subject*.
*Related subject includes History, English Language and Literature, English Language or Drama and Theatre Studies.
Level 3 BTEC (QCF) offer (unreformed) Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Extended Diploma plus A in A level English Literature or a related subject*.
Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Diploma plus A in A level English Literature or a related subject*.
Distinction in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus A in A level English Literature or a related subject* and A in one further A level.
Level 3 BTEC (RQF) offer (reformed) Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC National Extended Diploma plus A in A level English Literature or a related subject*.
Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC National Diploma plus A in A level English Literature or a related subject*.
Distinction in the BTEC National Extended Certificate plus A in A level English Literature or a related subject* and A in one further A level. *Related subject includes History, English Language and Literature, English Language or Drama and Theatre Studies.
European Baccalaureate offer 80% overall including grade 8 in English Literature or a related subject*
International qualifications Find a list of accepted international qualifications listed by country. This is a list of the international qualifications that are recognised by the University of Southampton. If you are not sure that your qualifications meet the requirements of this course please contact our Admissions Teams.
English language requirements All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Applicants requiring a visa to study in the UK who do not offer GCSE English language (or GCSE English) at the required level will need to meet the following English language proficiency requirement. Find out more about the University’s English Language requirements. Band C IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components

For 2019 entry

QualificationGrade
 GCE A-level AAB including 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.
International Baccalaureate requirements 34 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 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.

Typical course content

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.

Year 1

Semester One
Optional
ENGL1004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL1085Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL1086Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL1089Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

FREEXX15 - Part 1 Elective module (15 credits)

LANGXX15 - Language module (15 credits)

UOSM2xxx - Any level NQF5 module in subject UOSM (15 credits)

Semester Two
Optional
ENGL1080Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL1087Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL1090Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL1091Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

FREEXX15 - Part 1 Elective module (15 credits)

LANGXX15 - Language module (15 credits)

UOSM2xxx - Any level NQF5 module in subject UOSM (15 credits)

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.

Semester One
Optional
ENGL2080Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
ENGL2106Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
ENGL2107Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
ENGL2027Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL2087Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL2096Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL2097Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL2101Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
FILM2028Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
GERM2006Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA2008Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL1019Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL2001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA2013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA2019Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

FREEXY15 - Part 2 Elective module (15 credits)

LANGXX15 - Language module (15 credits)

UOSM2xxx - Any level NQF5 module in subject UOSM (15 credits)

Semester Two
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
Optional
ENGL2075Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
ENGL2104Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
ENGL2105Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
ENGL2011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL2052Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL2078Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL2091Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL2092Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL2094Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL2099Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL2103Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
FILM1020Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
FILM2019Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA2019Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

FREEXY15 - Part 2 Elective module (15 credits)

LANGXX15 - Language module (15 credits)

UOSM2xxx - Any level NQF5 module in subject UOSM (15 credits)

Year 3

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

More details can be found on the Exchange partners page.

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.

Semester One
Compulsory
Optional
ENGL3004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
ENGL3041Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
ENGL3056Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
ENGL3098Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
ENGL3015Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL3058Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL3089Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL3099Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL3100Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
GERM3016Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA2013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA2019Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA3009Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

FREEXZ15 - Part 3 Elective module (15 credits)

LANGXX15 - Language module (15 credits)

UOSM2xxx - Any level NQF5 module in subject UOSM (15 credits)

Semester Two
Compulsory
ENGL3016Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
Optional
ENGL3007Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
ENGL3083Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
HUMA3011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
ENGL3049Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL3086Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL3091Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL3097Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
FILM3006Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
GERM3006Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
GERM3017Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA3018Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
HUMA2019Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

FREEXZ15 - Part 3 Elective module (15 credits)

LANGXX15 - Language module (15 credits)

UOSM2xxx - Any level NQF5 module in subject UOSM (15 credits)

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).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
NameAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
English (with a Year Abroad)BA2019Full-time£9,250£17,065
English (with a Year Abroad)BA2020Full-time£9,250£17,560
View the full list of course fees

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 https://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.

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

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Scheduled learning & teaching study16%16%0%11%
Independent study84%84%100%89%
Placement study0%0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Written exam assessment0%9%0%9%
Practical exam assessment6%0%0%0%
Coursework assessment94%91%100%91%

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