English - Liverpool John Moores University

2017 entry

BA (Hons) English

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £11,630 per annum
Full-time industrial placement year fee: £1007 per annum*

*Subject to yearly increases

Course type

BA (Hons)

UCAS info

UCAS code: Q300

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

 This course is available in Clearing 2017

Call our hotline on 0808 5 564 565 to ask about vacancies on courses starting in September.

Minimum UCAS points required: 80

GCSE EQUIVALENTS ACCEPTED. Applicants required to obtain Grade C in A2 English

About your course

The BA (Hons) English at Liverpool John Moores University is a diverse and dynamic subject. We celebrate this with a wide range of modules that are informed by the latest thinking in relation to literature and culture. Ours is an innovative programme designed by academics who are both cutting-edge scholars and dedicated teachers. The degree’s broad definition of literature, and a choice of fascinating optional modules, mean that you can tailor your studies to your own literary interests, whilst gaining thorough knowledge of literary history, theory and criticism. The programme also offers you exciting work-based and work-related opportunities to gain professional experience relevant to your degree.

  • Ranked as one of the top English degree courses in the UK in the National Student Survey – in NSS 2015 our students registered 95% satisfaction with 'The Teaching on My Course'
  • Teaching from leading scholars who have published books on many topics, from Sherlock Holmes to Irish rock music
  • Extensive range of literary texts studied, from Milton, Woolf and Shakespeare to Fight Club and Malcolm X
  • Work placement opportunities in teaching, international development, charities, tourism, the media, creative and heritage industries

From studying a diverse range of literature, to internships and study trips to the USA, the brilliant staff of LJMU English have provided more than I ever imagined a degree could offer me.

Katie Taylor, Level 6 student

I've loved being introduced to a wide range of writing and being encouraged to step out of my comfort zone to read and analyse books with subject matter that I wouldn't usually go for.

Cassie Walker, Level 6 student

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.

This course offers work experience options to help you further develop your professional and transferable skills. You will have the opportunity to spend at least one month on a work placement in the United States after undertaking a specially designed module to help you prepare for it. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get invaluable work experience in a different culture, and could even lead to employment once you graduate. Past students have worked for the editor of Vogue, an advertising agency in New York, a National Park in the Appalachian Mountains, an architect’s office in California, and theme parks in Florida.

Alternatively, you could opt for work experience closer to home. We can support you in finding exciting placements in areas like teaching, the media and creative industries, international development and aid organisations, the tourism and heritage industries and the charity sector.

Gaining credit for your work experience will give you the chance to try out different career options, enhance your CV and develop your skills so that by the time you graduate, you will be well-equipped to negotiate your way around the competitive job market.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

If you study English at LJMU, you will join a friendly and stimulating environment in which you will be encouraged to achieve your full potential in both your academic work and your future career. We pride ourselves on our informal and supportive relationship with our students.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will be responsible for your academic and personal progress throughout the course. Along with this scheduled one-to-one support, you will receive regular feedback and guidance from your module tutors on your research, writing and study skills.

Course details

Studying English at LJMU is not just an opportunity to read some great writing. It is a chance to think about how the written word can help us to make sense of life, history, culture, society and what it means to be human.

We believe that literature is, to quote the novelist Milan Kundera, a "fascinating imaginative realm where no one owns the truth and everyone has the right to be understood". Studying it allows us to learn to live with ambiguity, to relate to others while still appreciating their otherness, and to give our lives an enduring meaning.

English at LJMU is defined by its eclectic choice of texts, from the classics to popular fiction. We are interested in traditional authors such as William Blake, Charles Dickens and Virginia Woolf and in contemporary writers such as Margaret Atwood, Kazuo Ishiguro and Arundhati Roy.

Alongside British literature we study American literature and culture and Irish, postcolonial and world writing. We introduce you to many different types of text such as detective novels, children's fiction, fairy tales, ballads, prison testimonies, Afro-American slave narratives, travel writing, protest literature, diaries and letters. Our diverse portfolio of options lets you explore new topics and choose your own pathway through the degree as your interests develop.Some modules address a period, such as the Victorian era, the 1950s or the 21st century. Others study particular genres such as poetry, short writing or Gothic literature. We offer modules that allow you to explore themes like madness, masculinity, adolescence, place and belonging, race in America or the crisis of contemporary capitalism. Some modules ask you to engage in collaborative blogging, contributing to online archives and improving your digital skills.

English at LJMU also offers work experience options to help you further hone your professional skills, enhance your CV and equip you for a competitive job market. For instance, if you choose the Working in the USA module, you will have the opportunity to spend a month or more in the United States at the end of your second year. Past students have worked for the editor of Vogue, an advertising agency in New York, a National Park in the Appalachian Mountains, an architect's office in California and theme parks in Florida.

The English Work Experience module offers similar opportunities around Merseyside, including preparation for graduate teacher training, experience in journalism and publishing, local community work and involvement in the unique Shakespeare North project, led by Professor Elspeth Graham, to build a replica Elizabethan theatre in Prescot along with accompanying outreach activities. We can also support you in finding individual placements in areas like the media, international development, the tourism and heritage industries and the charity sector.

The 'International Experience' module allows you to gain credit for ambitious trips abroad, helping you to reflect upon the skills you develop a part of cross-cultural experience. If you choose not to travel, however, the course's inclusion of a wide range of literatures in English and translation from across the world, as well as opportunities to gain international perspectives on literature from visiting academics, will still broaden your horizons.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4

  • Reading English
  • American Classics
  • Digital Victorians: Investigating the Victorians in the 21st Century
  • Literary and Cultural Theory
  • Literature in Context: Britain in the 1950s
  • World, Time and Text
Level 5
  • Body, Mind & Soul:17th Century Literature and Culture
  • Poetry Matters

The following options are typically offered:

  • Adolescence and Writing
  • The Author
  • Cultures of Childhood
  • International Experience
  • International Perspectives on Literature
  • Further Perspectives on Theory
  • Modernism and Modernity
  • Postcolonial Writing: Power, Art and Protest
  • Relating Gender: Fiction from the19th Century to the Present
  • Romanticism: Revolution, Reaction & Representation
  • Short Cuts: Writing in Brief
  • Stage Worlds: Early Modern Drama and Culture
  • The Victorians: Realism and Sensation
  • American Spaces
  • Prison Voices: Narratives of Crime and Punishment in the 19th Century
  • Working in the USA
  • Imagined Maps: Space, Place, Land and Time in Irish and Scottish Cultural Imaginations
  • English Work Experience
  • English Independent Study

Level 6
  • Dissertation

The following options are typically offered:

  • Art & Writing
  • Contemporary Poetry
  • Feminist Fictions: Contemporary Women's Writing & the Politics of Feminism
  • Genres of Travel
  • Forgetting and Remembering: Slaves, Soldiers, Strikers
  • 1660s - 1680s: Cultural Intersections in Restoration England
  • Locating Madness
  • English Independent Study
  • Our House: Representing Domestic Space
  • Post-Millennial British Fiction
  • Race in America
  • Representing Masculinities
  • Shakespeare
  • Tales of the Market: Capitalism and Critique
  • Terrorism and Modern Literature
  • Vamps and Villains: Exploring Gothic Fiction
  • World Literature: Writing from the Periphery
  • Writing Lives: Collaborative Research Project on Working-Class Autobiography
  • Writing the Real: Contemporary Non-Fiction
  • Late Modernism
  • Neo-Victorianism: The Victorians in Contemporary Literature & Culture
  • Transitions: Identities in the Interwar Years

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources.

Teaching is delivered via lectures, seminars, workshops, audio-visual presentations and theatre and fieldwork trips (for example, visits to the Brontë parsonage at Haworth and exhibitions in London). Online discussion boards allow you to further debate, with your tutors and peers, ideas that arise in the classroom. Outside the classroom you will have 24-hour access to extensive electronic resources via the LJMU network and print resources via the nearby Aldham Robarts library.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

Your tutors write and publish widely and are committed to public engagement as part of LJMU's mission as a civic university.

The English staff includes Dr Alice Ferrebe, author of Good, Brave Causes: Literature of the 1950s; Professor Joe Moran, the Guardian and Financial Times writer and author of books on British everyday life; Dr Nadine Muller, BBC New Generation Thinker 2015; and Dr Gerry Smyth, author of The Novel and the Nation and Noisy Island: A Short History of Irish Popular Music.

We combine our scholarship-led teaching with a committed relationship to our students. In 2015 we scored a 95% student satisfaction rating for our teaching in the National Student Survey, which places LJMU among the top English degree programmes in the country.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose.

We believe that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. These include essays, analytical exercises, portfolios of written work, an optional dissertation, peer presentations and formal exams. In some final year modules, you can choose whether you want to be assessed by exam or written essay.

Throughout your course you will be given regular constructive feedback, which is particularly useful in helping you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities.

Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may be different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.

LJMU bursary

LJMU bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding.

The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.

Tuition fees

In line with most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 for most of our degrees.

If you opt to complete a foundation year as part of your degree, your first year tuition fee will be £7,700.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol.

Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning over the threshold. Currently the threshold is £21,000 for students resident in England.

As long as you have not been to University before and meet the residency rules both full and part-time students are eligible to apply for tuition fee loans.

For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
  • UK field trips
  • Educational visits
  • Student exchanges
  • Criminal Records Bureau checks
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership
  • Governing body awards

Living costs

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible students can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student.

The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning over the income threshold, currently £21,000 for those resident in England.

Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.

For more information on student loans, go to:www.gov.uk/student-finance

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Paying back your student loans

Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company.

The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.

Career prospects

In the last three years, 75% of our students have graduated with a 2:1 or first class degree.

Our English graduates' excellent analytic and communication skills have ensured them positions in a wide variety of careers including film-making, journalism, publishing, advertising, marketing, museums and arts administration. Others have found employment in careers as wide ranging as industrial, retail, leisure, charity management, educational administration, accountancy, the social and Civil Services.

Teaching is not the main occupation for English graduates but some use their degree to secure a place on PGDE / PGCE teacher-training courses, while others continue on to postgraduate study or research.

New for 2017 – CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

Each year, LJMU offers a range of prestigious international scholarships. Further details of the scholarships offered to applicants wishing to study at the University from September 2017 onwards will be available on this page in the coming months.

For the most up-to-date information about studying at Liverpool John Moores University, and the International Scholarship programme, please visit the International pages.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international  students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.

Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry Requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers (www.ljmuisc.com/) or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fees

International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKVI requires that students studying outside London must have £9,135 to pay for their living costs (or £1,015 per month).

LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £9,135. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £6,090.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (int-admissions@ljmu.ac.uk)for guidance.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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