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English BA (Hons)
English BA (Hons)

English BA (Hons)

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  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

English Requirements

  • ​IELTS with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 in each component 
  • PTE 56 with no less than 51 in each skill.

Course Information

English at Sunderland is a wide-ranging and innovative degree. In the first year, all students follow a common curriculum covering the three main branches of contemporary English studies: English Language, English Literature and Creative Writing. In the second and third year you will choose to specialise in one of these branches while taking modules from other areas.

Following your own pathway, you will graduate with one of three named degrees: BA (Hons) English: Language, BA (Hons) English: Literature, or BA (Hons) English: Creative Writing.

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Year 1 (national level 4):

Core modules:

  • The Fundamentals of English Language Study (20 credits)
  • Regional Writing: Language (20 credits)
  • Writing Short Fiction and Poetry (20 credits) 
  • Reading and Literature (20 credits) 
  • Business of Writing: Editing and Publishing (20 credits) 
  • Mini Project (20 credits) 

Year 2 (national level 5):

Core modules:

  • Language and Society (20 credits) 
  • Regional Writing: Literature (20 credits) 
  • Submitting Poetry and Prose (20 credits)
  • Texts and Contexts (20 credits) 
  • Business of Writing: Work Placement (20 credits) 

Optional modules (choose one):

  • Environmental Writing (20 credits) 

As well as options from across the Faculty, for example in journalism, radio or media production

Year 3 (national level 6):

Core modules:

  • Major Project (40 credits)
  • Gender: Theory and Representation (20 credits) 
  • Business of Writing: Adaptation (20 credits)
  • Literary History – From the 19th Century to the Present (20 credits)

Optional modules (choose one):

  • Digital Writing (20 credits) 

As well as options from across the Faculty, for example in journalism, radio or media production.

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Whether you want to succeed as a poet or novelist, social content editor or games narrative designer, or want to learn about what’s needed to be a book publicist or copy writer, this degree puts the creative and writing professions within your reach. The course introduces you to the skills necessary for the kinds of careers you will find across the creative industries in the 21st century, and helps you get in and get on in the career you want.

You'll be well placed to enter many areas within the creative industries, such as literary agencies, publishing houses, galleries, museums, theatres, and writing development organisations, as well as across the journalism, media, marketing, communications and PR industries. Potential jobs include: freelance writer, novelist, poet, games designer (narrative), publicist, publishing assistant, marketing, PR/communications, copywriter, advertising executive, digital writer, editor, content writer, content editor, proofreader, researcher, translator, journalist, reporter, scriptwriter, screenwriter, radio writer. Many of our graduates work as editors, journalists, writers, teachers and within publishing.

Our English graduates include Jessica Andrews, whose debut novel Saltwater won the Portico Prize 2020, and Will Mackie who project manages the Northern Writers’ Awards, the talent-development programme for writers in Northern England.

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Insurance-Single: 300 GBP/year

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