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3-6 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
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About this program

BA English

An English degree from the University of Bristol gives you the opportunity to study the full breadth and range of literature written in English.

Year one lays strong foundations, providing training in close reading, critical and theoretical approaches and in the skills and conventions of academic writing, alongside the study of poetry, narrative writing and drama from the medieval period to the mid-18th century. You may also choose an optional unit or a unit from another department in the University.

In year two you will continue to study successive periods of English literature, from the mid-18th century to the present day, complemented by work on individual authors and topics chosen from a list of research-led special subject units. These include creative writing, as well as options related to earlier literature. You may choose to study abroad for one teaching block of your second year.

In the third year you will choose options in later literature, in trans-historical topics and in special subjects, and have the opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic of your own choosing.

Admission requirements

Applicants must meet one of the following

A-level Standard offer

AAAincluding English Literature or combined English Literature and Language

A-level Contextual offer

ABBincluding A in English Literature or combined English Literature and Language

International Baccalaureate Diploma Standard offer

36points overall with 18 at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in English A Literature or combined English A Literature and Language

International Baccalaureate Diploma Contextual offer

32points overall with 16 at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in English A Literature or combined English A Literature and Language

Cambridge Pre-U offer

Requirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/ D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/ M2 is B, and M3 is C.

Access to HE Diploma offer

Access to HE Diploma in Humanities, Humanities and Social Sciences, or Literary Studies. The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit or above. Distinctions may be required in specified units; please contact the Enquiries team for details.

BTEC offer

DDDplus A in A-level English Literature or combined English Literature and Language

Scottish Qualifications Authority offer

Advanced Higher: AA including English, and Standard Higher: AAAAB

Welsh Baccalaureate offer

Requirements are as for A-levels, where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.

European Baccalaureate offer

85% overall, with 8.5 in English

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Program content

Year 1


  • Literature 1150-1550
  • Critical Issues
  • Approaches to Poetry
  • Literature 1550-1740


  • Transformations
  • Introduction to Early-Modern Art
  • Living Religions East
  • Representations: (Re)-Making the World

Year 2


  • Literature 1740-1900


  • African American Literature
  • American Literature: 1945 to Present
  • Creative Writing, Prose Fiction: Representing the World
  • Eighteenth-Century Women's Writing
  • Literature and Science: Newton to Darwin
  • Poetry of the 1960s
  • Revenge Tragedy
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • Performance Histories
  • Melodrama
  • Politics of Performance

Year 3


  • American Revolutions
  • Decolonising Literature and Literary Studies Hero or traitor? Outlaws in Literature
  • Kings, Queens, and Sycophants
  • Literature and Medicine
  • Literature's Children
  • Shakespearean Tragedy: Textual and Literary Criticism
  • The History of the Language of English Literature
  • Writing for Art
  • Writing the Anthropocene 1945-Present
  • Writing the Self: Literature and Autobiography

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

  • Full time: UCAS
  • Part time: Apply direct to the University

Part-time study over six years with daytime, weekday teaching


  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £20,100 per year
  • International students: £20,100 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year

About this institute

University of Bristol

Bristol is a successful and ambitious university where we offer you the chance to learn from, and with, some of the leading scholars in the world. Here, you will enjoy the benefits of studying in a research-rich environment where we combine a rigorous approach to...

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Contact info

University of Bristol

Tyndall Avenue
BS8 1TH Bristol


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