Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code QW34
Duration 3 years
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Related subjects English Literature

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Course description

As an English and Theatre student, you take a compulsory module in both your degree subjects in each semester.

In the first year, your compulsory Theatre modules are Theatre Practice: Interpreting Texts and Theatre Practice: Making Texts; these modules explore dramatic texts, and alternative methods of performance-making such as devising, through a combination of practice, research and discussion.

Your English Literature modules are Studying Prose and Studying Poetry. These are designed to make you rethink the study of poetry, narrative and literary theory. There are optional modules in theatre, film studies, creative writing and critical contexts, or you can take modules in other subjects offered outside the School.

In the second and third years, you'll take core Theatre modules exploring performance in history, and contemporary performance practices; you'll also do at least one practice-based research project and present an original individual or group performance in your final year.

In English Literature, you'll study major periods and writers from the Renaissance to the Restoration, through the 18th century and Romanticism to Modernism and contemporary literature.

Optional modules to choose from may focus on a single author/practitioner, genre, movement, period or critical theme, for example: Radical Texts; Shakespeare on Film; Theatre in Social Contexts; Sex and Decadence on the Restoration Stage; America and the Avant-Garde.

There are chances to work with the local community through projects such as Storying Sheffield, which empowers local people to tell the stories of their lives; for modules such as Theatre in Social Contexts, students regularly work with school children, or in the city's museums. You could also apply to study abroad in your second year: we have exchange agreements with universities in the USA and Europe.

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-ABB typically including Drama, English Literature, English Language or English Language & Literature*
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification ABB typically including Drama, English Literature, English Language or English Language & Literature* + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject. Evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement required
International Baccalaureate 34, 6
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2 typically including Drama, English Literature, English Language or English Language & Literature*
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAABB + A typically including Drama, English Literature, English Language or English Language & Literature*
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AA typically including Drama, English Literature, English Language or English Language & Literature*
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • *Applicants without English Literature or English Language may be considered where relevant interest and experience in the subject can be demonstrated
  • General Studies is accepted
  • International students need overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or an equivalent 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

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on School of English website

First year

Core modules:

Studying Poetry
Studying Prose
Theatre Practice: Interpreting Texts
Theatre Practice: Making Texts

Optional modules:

Celtic Languages and Literatures: an Introduction
Critical Contexts: Interpreting Literature
Darwin, Marx, Freud
Early American Literature
Early Englishes
Foundations in Literary Study: Biblical and Classical Sources in English Literature
History of English
Hollywood Cinema
Introduction to Cinema
Introduction to Creative Writing
Practical Stylistics
Studying Theatre: A History of Dramatic Texts in Performance
Techniques of Performance

Second year

Core modules:

Contemporary Performance Practices
Performance in History

Optional modules:

Adaptation: Theory and Practice
America in the 1960s
Creative Writing Poetry 2
Criticism and Literary Theory
Good Books: Intertextual Approaches to Literature and the Bible
Introduction to Middle English
Introduction to Modern Irish
Introduction to Old English
Literary Mad Scientists: From Frankenstein to Einstein
Love and Death: The Films of Woody Allen
Modern American Fiction
Post-War British Realist Cinema
Radical Theory
Renaissance Literature
Representing the Holocaust
Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature
Secrets and Lies:Victorian Life-Writing
Shakespeare on Film
The History of Persuasion
The Postcolonial Bildungsroman
Writing the Real

Third year

Core modules:

Theatre Practice: Performance Essay
Theatre Practice: Research Project - Texts

Optional modules:

Afro-American Literature 1: Beginnings to the Harlem Renaissance
America and the Avant-Garde, 1950's-1990's
Byron and Shelley
Contemporary Literature
Creative Writing Poetry 3
Fin de siècle Gothic
Identity/ Crisis: Trauma, Narrative, Self
Modern Literature
No Animals were Harmed in the Making of this Module: Animals in Film
Other Theatres
Project Module
Romantic and Victorian Poetry
Romantic and Victorian Prose
Sappho's Granddaughters: Poetry by Women 1789-1901
Sex and Decadence in Restoration Theatre
The Idea of America
The Man Who Knew Too Much: Hitchcock's Films
Theatre and Performance Dissertation
War on Screen
Women Playwrights on the International Stage: 1880s-1930s
Writing Fiction

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.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 28%
Independent study 72%
Placement 0%

Exams/tests 17%
Coursework 56%
Practical 28%

School of English

Jessop West

Our staff are researchers, critics, writers and practitioners. They're also passionate, dedicated teachers who work tirelessly to ensure their students are inspired. Two members of the department, Professor Brendan Stone and Dr Duco van Oostrum, are National Teaching Fellows. Many others have received awards for their teaching, as well as for their research and creative practice.

We keep seminar groups small because we believe that's the best way to stimulate discussion and debate. You will have regular timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. But it doesn't stop there. We organise extra lectures, reading groups and study sessions. All our modules are supported by online resources - many of our students work on blogs and discussion boards each week.

We're famous for our pioneering work with communities and we encourage all our students to get involved. This could mean helping people find a voice through our Storying Sheffield project or working on Lyric, our annual city-wide festival of music and words.

School of English website

What our graduates do

Our graduates go into a wide range of careers. Teaching is a popular option for those who want to make direct use of their subject knowledge. Others apply the transferable skills they have acquired in many different sectors. Their job titles include Radio Presenter, Charity Administrator, Retail Management Trainee, Copywriter, Language Assistant, Marketing Officer, TV Researcher, Parliamentary Researcher, Press Assistant, Learning Disabilities Key Worker, Informatics Assistant, Recruitment Consultant, Assistant Brand Manager, Audit Associate, HR Assistant, Assistant Export Administrator, Public Relations Account Executive, and Pastoral Support Worker.

Some graduates stay on for postgraduate study. Approximately half of students taking a masters course choose to study aspects of English in greater depth. Other choices for further study include journalism, law conversion courses, human resources and other types of management.

Student profile

"I've always been pretty interested in language innovation and language use, and the degree can be related to the outside world. So we focus on, say, how texting and social media affect language."

Lewis Clarke

We have strong links with Sheffield's Crucible Theatre. Daniel Evans, the Crucible's Artistic Director, and Sir Anthony Sher both gave talks recently. Members of Forced Entertainment, Point Blank, Lone Twin, Vincent Dance, Wayne Sables Dance, Punchdrunk, the Wrestling School, and Third Angel have led workshops.

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