English Language and Literature

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 7.8 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 9.5 k / Year(s)  
StudyQA ranking:3557 Duration:36 months

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Optional modules allow you to enrich your study of English language and literature alongside like-minded students and within a creative and supportive environment. Options include ‘Introduction to Media Language’, ‘Language and Power’ and ‘Style in Science Fiction and Fantasy’.

Teaching at Sunderland is enhanced by staff research, some of which has been classed as ‘world-leading’ by the latest Research Assessment Exercise, and the English team is recognised as one of the top research teams in the University.

Throughout the course we encourage you to become culturally empowered and highly articulate. In the final year you will enhance transferable skills in research through writing a 6,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice.

English is taught within our Faculty of Education and Society and, according to the Student Experience Survey of 2010, 91% of the Faculty’s students would recommend the University to others.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 15th January/October Tuition fee
  • GBP 7800 Year (EEA)
  • GBP 9500 Year (International)
Start date September 2015 15th Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

Year 1 (national level 4)

  • Studying and Writing about Literature I (20 Credits)
  • Studying and Writing about Literature II (20 Credits)
  • The Language of Fiction (20 Credits)
  • Language and Culture (20 Credits)

Optional modules (choose at least one):

  • Language in Childhood I (20 Credits)
  • Introduction to Media Language (20 Credits)
  • Writing and Reading Narrative Fiction (20 Credits)
  • Introduction to Film Studies (20 Credits)
  • Introduction to Modern Drama (20 Credits)

Year 2 (national level 5)

  • Talking Pages: Drama Dialogue and Conversation (20 Credits)
  • Literature: History, Theory, Criticism (20 Credits)

Optional modules (choose two, one linguistics module and one literature module):

  • Corpus Linguistics, Literature and Computers (20 Credits)
  • Language in Childhood II (20 Credits)
  • Language and Power (20 Credits)
  • Writing Works (20 Credits)
  • English Literature 1700-1789 (20 Credits)
  • Renaissance Literature (20 Credits)

Final Year (national level 6)

  • Researching Language or Dissertation (20 Credits)
  • World Englishes in Fiction (20 Credits)

Optional modules (choose four, two linguistics modules and two literature modules):

  • Broadcast Talk (20 Credits)
  • English in the North East (20 Credits)
  • Language and Gender (20 Credits)
  • Style in Science Fiction and Fantasy (20 Credits)
  • Reading and Writing Children's Fictions (20 Credits)
  • Shakespeare (20 Credits)
  • The Novel from Realism to Modernism (20 Credits)
  • Late Medieval Literature (20 Credits)
  • Storytelling in Post-War American Fiction (20 Credits)
  • Women’s Autobiography (20 Credits)
  • Contemporary British Fiction (20 Credits)
  • Representations of Totalitarianism and the Holocaust (20 Credits)
  • The Living Stream: Contemporary Irish Poetry (20 Credits)
  • Practical Approaches to Shakespeare (20 Credits)
  • Modern Gothic (20 Credits)
  • Jane Austin, Text, Context and Adaptation (20 Credits)

Part-time study

If you study this course on a part-time basis you will typically complete 40-80 credits in a year, rather than the 120 credits of full-time students. All modules are taught during the day time and you will be studying alongside full-time students.


Our typical offer will be in the region of 260 points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (for example 1 x AVCE double award).

We accept a maximum of 20 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications.

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number.

Other acceptable qualifications

BTEC National: 260 points from a BTEC Certificate or Diploma.

Access Courses: We would require successful completion of an Access to Higher Education course that is accredited by the Quality Assurance Agency. We would also require a minimum of grade C in GCSE in Mathematics and English Language or the equivalent as part of your course.

Scottish Highers: Our typical offer is for 260 points.

Irish Leaving Certificate: Our typical offer is for 260 points.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Access Bursary

    Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

  • Alumni Bursary

    Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Sunderland.


Scholarships on offer include cash bursaries, reduced tuition fees, free accommodation and free public transport.

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