Course details

A Levels AAB-ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code QW34
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects English Literature

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School of English
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School of English

1st for research environment
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Course description

This course allows you to study English literature in combination with theatre - this means that you explore the relationship between these two subjects, as well as learning how they complement and contrast with one another.

Each semester, you take two compulsory modules: one in English and one in Theatre. You choose a third module in either subject area, allowing you to balance the degree as you choose. Some optional modules (eg Performing Shakespeares, or Adaptation) are designed to overlap both subjects. The compulsory theatre modules are taught in our studio spaces and most are assessed through a combination of practical and written work.

Your degree will cover a wide range of approaches to theatre making and invites you to engage with traditional and experimental texts and practices.

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
International Baccalaureate 34-33 typically with 6 in Higher Level Drama, English Literature, English Language or English Language & Literature
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject with 16 units at Distinction
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 not presenting A Level English Literature, English Language & Literature or Drama may still be considered where relevant interest and experience in the literary arts (including film or media) and theatre can be demonstrated
  • International students need an overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 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

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.

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

We are a research intensive department with an international perspective on English studies across four distinct degree programmes. Students can specialise in their chosen degree, whilst also taking modules from different programmes, forging interdisciplinary connections about the ways in which humans use language.

Our staff are researchers, critics, and writers. They're also passionate, dedicated teachers who work tirelessly to ensure their students are inspired. We keep seminar groups small because we believe that's the best way to stimulate discussion and debate.

Our modules draw on 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 are committed to providing our students with the pastoral support they need in order to thrive in their degree.

All students are assigned a personal tutor with whom they have regular meetings. You are 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

Our graduates are confident and articulate. They have highly developed communication skills, preparing them for a wide range of career paths, from information technology, to media and public relations, to marketing and advertising. Many of our students go on to postgraduate study, research, and an academic career.

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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