About This Course
This course offers you the opportunity to study a broad range of English Literature in small groups, led by the research experts in the field, in an atmosphere of creative, scholarly enterprise in order to develop skills of critical analysis that are highly valued by employers.
This course is available as a 4-year ‘with Placement Year’ option. Please apply for English Literature with Placement Year BA 82HP. Find out more about 'with Placement Year' coures here.
The placement year provides you with a fantastic opportunity to broaden your horizons and develop valuable skills and contacts through working with a self-sourced organisation relevant to your degree subject. The Placement Year is undertaken at the end of the second year and students are away for the whole of the academic year. The minimum period in placement (at one or more locations) is seven calendar months; more usually you would spend 10-12 months with a placement provider. You would normally start sometime in the period June to September of your second year and finish between June and September the following year. Placements can be UK-based or overseas and you will work with staff to plan and finalise the placement arrangements.
You will be expected to find and arrange a suitable placement to complement your degree, and will be fully supported throughout by a dedicated member of staff at your academic School and the University’s Skills and Employability Services.
Why choose Bangor University for this course?
- We are committed to teaching in small groups as well as lectures, one-to-one supervision and providing individualised feedback.
- We offer a broad and flexible range of modules giving you the freedom to develop and explore your own interests. Modules combine the innovative – e.g. The Literature of Laughter, Transformative Writing and The Gothic in Literature and Film – with the more traditional – e.g. Beowulf to Malory, Victorian Literature and Contemporary Literature.
- Our research informs our teaching. The world-class quality of our research and writing was recognised in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), placing us in the UK Top 10 for research intensity.
- Our close links with Pontio, the University’s Arts and innovation Centre, local theatres, poetry groups and vibrant student societies – including our Bangor English Drama Society (BEDS) – there are lots of chances for you to get involved.
- Bangor is an inspiring location for creative writing or literary study.
You will have around 10 hours contact time per week. Some modules are taught by weekly seminars and lectures. Many modules are taught solely through weekly seminars or tutorials, with the emphasis on small-group teaching. The dissertation is taught through one-to-one supervisions and lectures. Several modules include theatre trips, film showings, gallery visits and the chance to hear visiting writers. Assessment is increasingly by coursework.
What will you study on this course?
You can study English Literature as a Joint Honours Degree with half your time spent in Creative Writing, Criminology and Criminal Justice, English Language, Film Studies, French (4 years), German (4 years), History, Italian (4 years), Linguistics, Media Studies, Music, Philosophy and Religion, Sociology, Spanish (4 years) or Welsh (see Single or Joint Honours for explanation).
You can combine the study of English Literature with a third of your time spent in English Language, Creative Writing, Journalism, Songwriting or Theatre and Performance.
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the English Literature Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
In English Literature, mandatory costs will be the purchase of books. The precise cost will vary according to the choice of modules, but the average cost would not normally exceed £50 per module in English Literature and/or Creative Writing.
Theatre and cultural visits - the cost of these will vary from year to year depending upon the organised programme of events.
General University Costs
Home (UK) students
- The cost of a full-time undergraduate course is £9,000 per year (2021/22 entry).
- More information on fees and finance for Home (UK) students.
International (including EU) students
There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:
- If you choose to study abroad or take the International Experience Year as part of your course.
- If you attend your Graduation Ceremony, there will be a cost for gown hire (£25-£75) and cost for additional guest tickets (c.£12 each).
Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:
- Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
- Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
- Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.
For 2021 entry:
Offers are tariff based, 96 - 112 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:
- A Levels A Levels (English Literature / English Language / English preferred but not required)
- International Baccalaureate Diploma (including H5 in English Literature or Language)
- BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: MMM - DMM
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical/Extended Diploma: considered on a case by case basis
- Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted.
International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements). More information here.
We also welcome applications from mature applicants.
*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com.
General University Requirements
To study for a degree, you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com.
We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.
All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.
As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.
We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more information about studying as a mature student, see our Studying at Bangor section of the website.
EU and International Students' Entry Requirements
For detailed guidance on the entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.
Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor University International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.
A degree from the School of English Literature provides our students with excellent transferrable skills valued by employers in a range of sectors. Our graduates have gone on to work in: teaching, publishing, advertising, journalism and the media, the law, social work, business, politics, accountancy, the performing arts, civil service, the police, human resources, and academia. Our degree will teach you the skills of critical analysis, imaginative problem solving, and presentation. Another option is postgraduate study, which offers the opportunity to further deepen your knowledge and expertise. There are great opportunities for this at Bangor.
In a recent Salaries and Vacancies Survey the Association of Graduate Recruiters lisited the top ten skill areas that employers seek right now:
- Motivation and enthusiasm
- Interpersonal skills
- Team working
- Oral communication
- Flexibility and adaptability
- Problem solving
- Planning and organisation
- Managing own development
- Written communication
All these skills are central to an English degree. Employers repeatedly say that they do not want ‘trained’ recruits. They want intelligent, rounded people who have a depth of understanding, can apply themselves, take responsibility and develop their role in the organisation, demonstrating the traditional high-level academic abilities of analysis, reflection, critique and synthesis. What they do not want is graduates trained for a job, not least because jobs change rapidly.
When graduates in English reflect on the skills they developed through their degree which they have found most useful in their new jobs, they speak of advanced literary and communication skills, writing for project-based work, independent thought and judgement, and good time-management.
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)
With the BEA, you can gain recognition for your extra-curricular activities (e.g. volunteering, clubs and societies, part-time work, etc.)
Bangor University runs a paid internship scheme within the university’s academic and service departments.
Volunteering widens your experience and improves your employability. Find out more about the volunteering on the Students’ Union’s website.