Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code Q304
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects English Language and Linguistics English Literature

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Undergraduate admissions team
School of English
Telephone +44 (0) 114 222 0236
Email english.admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/english/undergraduate

School of English

1st for research environment
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Course description

This degree is a uniquely integrated single honours programme which focuses on the interface between language and literature. You'll have the opportunity to study language, literature and their interaction in a department dedicated to high-quality teaching, world-leading research, and innovative public engagement.

You'll be uniquely positioned to explore the interface between language and literary study. Our combination of core and optional modules in language, literature, linguistics, theatre, film and creative writing means that you have the opportunity to tailor your degree to suit your tastes and interests.

As well as having access to the range of modules available across the School of English, you'll study dedicated modules that explicitly explore the relationship between literature and language.

For example, you'll use linguistic techniques to analyse literary language, think about why audiences find some styles of writing particularly persuasive, and examine the techniques authors use to make their works feel 'realistic'. We have the largest group of researchers in the UK working in this area and their research will inform the content of the modules you will study.

Our core module in the first year is Practical Stylistics, the starting point for the integrated study of language and literature which is central to our Sheffield degree. You'll find out how to use a range of linguistic models to investigate different textual effects in prose fiction, dramatic texts, poetic texts, newspapers and political writing from a range of genres and periods. In your first year, you also take core modules in both language and literature, and are able to choose from a wide selection of optional modules across the School of English.

In your second year, your core modules continue the work that you began in Practical Stylistics, exploring the language of literary and non-literary texts and the creation of effects such as realism and persuasiveness. You're also able to select from language and literature modules across the School of English.

In your final year, you take at least two specialist modules, working with staff on an area that is closely related to their own research and that continues to bring language and literature together. You'll also have the opportunity to conduct your own research project, either through certain optional modules or by undertaking a dissertation.

Studying both language and literature allows you to explore the full range of teaching offered in the School of English and ensures that you are prepared for a wide range of careers when you graduate.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels AAB typically including an Arts and Humanities subject
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification ABB typically including an Arts and Humanities subject + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 34, typically with 6 in a Higher Level Arts and Humanities subject
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2 typically including an Arts and Humanities subject
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAABB + A typically including an Arts and Humanities subject
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AA typically including an Arts and Humanities subject
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • Applicants not presenting English Language, English Literature or English Language & Literature may still be considered where relevant interest and experience in the literary arts (including film or media) can be demonstrated
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

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The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

School of English

Jessop West

We're one of the largest and most successful English departments in the UK. Our interdisciplinary approach brings together the study of literature, language, linguistics, film, theatre and creative writing to form a community that is unique in its breadth and depth of study of the English language.

Our world-leading research, active student community and civic ethos makes Sheffield one of the world's most exciting places to study English. Our academic staff are experts in their field and use their cutting-edge research to inform their teaching and the content of the modules that you'll study. They're also passionate, dedicated teachers who work tirelessly to ensure their students are inspired.

As a student here, you can can specialise in your chosen subject, while also forging interdisciplinary connections by taking modules from different degree programmes. We keep seminar groups small because we believe that's the best way to stimulate discussion and debate. Our modules use a range of innovative assessments and can include designing websites, writing blog posts, and working with publishing software, in addition to writing essays and delivering presentations.

We're committed to providing you with the pastoral support you need in order to thrive in your degree. You'll be assigned a personal tutor with whom you'll have regular meetings. You're welcome to see any of the academic staff in our regular office hours, if there's anything you want to ask.

School of English website

What our graduates do

The academic aptitude and personal skills that you develop on your degree will make you highly prized by employers, whatever your chosen career path after university:

- Excellent oral and written communication
- Independent working
- Time management and organisation
- Planning and researching written work
- Articulating knowledge and understanding of texts, concepts and theories
- Leading and participating in discussions
- Negotiation and teamwork
- Effectively conveying arguments and opinions and thinking creatively
- Critical reasoning and analysis

Our graduates are confident and articulate. They have highly developed communication skills, equipping them for a wide range of careers in journalism, the charity sector, marketing and communications, theatre and television production, PR, copywriting, publishing, teaching, web development, accountancy, and speech and language therapy, among other fields.

Many of our students go on to postgraduate study, research, and an academic career.

Student profile


English

"The academics in the department are friendly and supportive, going above and beyond whenever I have needed assistance. Every single module I have taken has been engaging and intellectually stimulating. Under their excellent teaching, I feel that I have grown into an independent researcher and critical thinker."

Scott Moore ,
BA student in the School of English

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