Students were 100% satisfied with their course (NSS, 2015)
Benefit from dynamic teaching and assessment that incorporates both innovative and traditional approaches to the study of Literature and Language
Gain valuable skills and knowledge which open up careers in areas such as teaching, media, publishing, marketing, administration and the civil service
The study of literature and language opens up the world of human expression and communication, from the language of poetry to that of social media. On this course you will not only build a detailed knowledge and understanding of literature and language, you will gain insights into the social and cultural issues that affect our lives. You will have the opportunity to explore the relationship between literature, language and society.
You will learn to research and analyse texts from literary and linguistic perspectives and will have the chance to study a wide range of topics including romanticism, modernism, children’s literature, 21st century literature, medieval prose and poetry, Shakespeare, modern Irish literature, the history of the English language, varieties of English, corpus analysis, attitudes to language, and many more.
English literature is valued by employers who recognise that graduates are very well equipped for a range of career paths requiring good communication, clear presentation of arguments and ideas, and the ability to understand and evaluate complex information. After graduation, students can go into teaching, publishing, journalism, advertising, PR, or events management, as well as a wide range of other graduate-level jobs. The course also provides an ideal platform for postgraduate study.
"As a foreign student, the decision to move country can be a daunting one, and the choice of university difficult. Looking back on my experience, I can safely say that my decision to study at Salford was the right one. The support from the faculty staff has been nothing short of phenomenal. If you are passionate about language and literature, and motivated to make the most of your time at university, then I can definitely recommend coming to the University of Salford."
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This programme integrates the study of English Literature (60%) and English Language (40%) into one degree. You will have the opportunity to study English literature across a wide range of periods and genres, including Shakespeare’s plays and the poetry of Salford’s current Chancellor, Jackie Kay MBE FRSE.
In your English Literature modules you will learn to analyse and criticise various forms of writing, from narrative fiction to modern drama. In your English Language modules you will gain a firm understanding of the fundamental components of language study, including the structure, origins and pronunciation of English. Core Literature modules cover key literary periods including Victorian Literature and Modernism, while optional modules allow you to explore your own areas of interest further by focusing on subjects including Children’s Literature and Twenty-first Century Innovative Poetry. Core Language modules cover the grammar, pronunciation and stylistics of English, while optional modules invite you to explore further topics including TESOL, Language Acquisition and the History of English.
In addition to these options, you can choose modules in related fields such as Drama Adaptation and Creative Writing. You can also study another language such as French, Spanish or Mandarin through the University Wide Language Programme. Salford’s lecturers in English Literature and English Language are active researchers who regularly publish on a wide range of topics including Irish Fiction, Postcolonial Literature, Biography, Poetry, Semantics, Phonology, Lexicography, Slang and Psycholinguistics. Their teaching gives you the skills you need for an essential foundation in literary and linguistic study and also encourages you to consider social and cultural issues relevant to the materials you will examine as a twenty-first century student.
Our year 1 modules provide a thorough grounding in key ideas and approaches to literary and linguistic study at University level.
In year 2 you will study two core literature modules, one core and one optional language module and two further option modules. The core modules focus on Romantic and Victorian literature and the History and Diversity of the English Language, and your option modules offer choices in literature and language. Your options can also include a foreign language module, through the University-Wide Language Programme. You will have the opportunity to work more independently and develop your understanding of the relationship between theory and text.
Optional modules may include:
In year 3 you will study two core Literature modules, two optional Literature modules, and two optional Language modules. At this level, we encourage you to develop independence of mind in critically assessing secondary and theoretical sources, and expect a high level of analytic skill in discussing literature and language.
Optional modules may include:
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
|GCSE||4 in appropriate subjects; English and Maths GCSE grade C|
|UCAS tariff points||104-120 points|
|GCE A level||A2 to include either English language, English literature, English language/ literature. General studies accepted|
|BTEC National Diploma||DMM|
|BTEC Higher National Diploma||Applicants will be considered for entry into year 2|
|Foundation Degree||Applicants may be considered for entry into year 2 or 3. Applicants are normally invited to bring a portfolio of work to an interview.|
|Scottish Highers||104-120 points, preferably with a grade B in English|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||120 points, preferably with a grade B or above in English Language/Literature or English Language|
|International Baccalaureate||26 points|
|Access to HE||QAA Approved- Merit in majority of components at Level 3. (English Language, English Literature, English Langauge/Literature.|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
The English language requirement for this course is an IELTS average score of 6 or above, and for each component, 5 or above.
We are looking for highly motivated students who are genuinely interested in the study of literature and language. You should be someone who enjoys reading widely and has an active analytical mind. You should be able to demonstrate concise and accurate written English and a good knowledge of grammar; you should be able to work and research independently and have excellent organisational skills
Teaching on the course takes place in:
BA (Hons) English Literature student Rhian Nicholas on her final project and her experience of studying English Literature at Salford.
You will be assessed through a combination of exams and coursework such as essays, presentations and portfolios. Most modules incorporate some form of assessment at a relatively early stage of the course in order to allow you to identify your strengths and weaknesses prior to undertaking your final exam/essay/project.
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After graduation, students can go into teaching, publishing, journalism, advertising, PR, or events as well as a wide range of graduate jobs. This course would also provide an ideal platform for postgraduate study.
English literature is valued by employers who recognise that graduates are very well equipped for a range of career paths requiring good communication, clear presentation of arguments and ideas, and the ability to understand and evaluate complex information. With a strong set of transferable skills, you will be extremely well prepared for a professional career in a wide range of working environments. The degree is also excellent preparation for further study at MA level, including the MA in Literature, Culture and Modernity at Salford.
Our graduates have also gone on to pursue careers with arts and culture organisations (including the Museum of Science and Industry); publishing; local government and the Civil Service (including the Department for Work and Pensions); Teaching (primary, secondary, further and higher education); management in the commercial and business sector (including the TSB, the AA, WH Smith and Nationwide); administration (including the NHS); teaching English overseas; journalism; broadcasting (including ITV Yorkshire) and the law (including the Citizens’ Advice Bureau).
'My experience as a student on this course was both stimulating and challenging thanks to the variety of modules on offer and the opportunity to expand my knowledge and understanding of English Language while still being able to dedicate myself to my passion for English Literature. My degree has enabled me to diversify my CV since I am now able to teach not only within the field of English literature but also on English language, an asset which is reassuring and valuable particularly in the current job climate.’
Nadine Muller, Lecturer in English Literature and Cultural History, Liverpool John Moores University.
After gaining her BA (Hons) in English Literature with English Language from the University of Salford in 2008, she moved on to begin a PhD in English Literature at the University of Hull the same year, funded by an institutional 80th Anniversary Doctoral Scholarship. She was officially awarded her doctorate in February 2012 and took up her post at LJMU six months later. Her research covers Victorian and neo-Victorian literature and culture, contemporary women’s fiction, and cultural histories of women, gender, and feminism from the nineteenth century through to the present day.
This course responds to the needs of industry in developing subject expertise and transferable skills appropriate to a wide range of careers. We have close associations with industry and professional bodies such as:
This provides you with a number of benefits such as theatre visits, networking opportunities, guest speakers, and work experience opportunities. For students interested in working in the creative industries or in literary research in particular, this is invaluable.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||£9250 per year|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to Home/EU and International students.
Further information is available at:
The Gateway is a stunning new building currently under construction on our main Peel Park campus. Once finished, it will be the home of the School of Arts & Media and will contain state of the art facilities including a theatre, performance and rehearsal spaces, photography and recording studios, cafe areas, computer suites and a roof terrace. The project is well under way and the building is due to open in early 2016.
Start Dates: September
Three years full-time