English - Liverpool John Moores University

2018 entry

BA (Hons) English Literature

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £13,250 per annum*
Full-time industrial placement year fee: £1,850 per annum*

*The Department for Education (DFE) have recently announced that they intend to freeze tuition fees for the 2018/19 year. This is still subject to parliamentary approval. Once confirmed we will update our web pages accordingly.

Course type

BA (Hons)

UCAS info

Points required: 120

UCAS code: Q300

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

About your course

The BA (Hons) English Literature 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 Literature degree courses in the UK in the National Student Survey (NSS) – in the 2017 NSS 92% of our students registered overall satisfaction with their course, and they voted us LJMU ‘Amazing Course Team’ winners in 2017
  • 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
  • You can see lots of examples of our students’ work on the course blog: ljmuenglish.com

The teaching is phenomenal and so much of the material you study is challenging and yet incredibly rewarding.

Rupert French, graduate

Studying English Literature at LJMU was the best decision I ever made. The wide range of module options means you can tailor your experience to suit you, and never get bored! The department is supportive and always happy to help.

Lynne Wainwright, graduate

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.

English Literature at LJMU 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.

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 Literature 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, African-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.

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 the 19th 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 Literature 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.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

120

Application and selection

​All applicants should possess a real enthusiasm for literature and for finding out about the societies and ideas that produce and infuse it. We’ll be looking for evidence that you’ve read widely outside your set-texts, and are interested in writing from a range of different eras and cultures. You’ll have the ability to express your own ideas and opinions in a clear and lively way, as well as the desire to listen to and learn from other peoples’ views, which may be very different from your own. We’ll also expect confident research and IT skills, so that your work is well-informed and well-presented.

GCSE and equivalents

  • Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below: • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Subject specific requirements: Grade B in English Literature, English Language, or English Language & Literature
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Average A Level offer: A typical A Level offer is BBB
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma subjects / grades required: Accepted in combination with A2 English Literature, English Language or English Language & Literature Grade B
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: Accepted in combination with A2 English Literature, English Language or English Language & Literature Grade B

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: At least 24 Distinctions and 21 Merits, including English at Level 3, or any other combination that equates to 120 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points, to include studies in language and literature at Higher Level (HL)

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 120 UCAS points to include English at Grade B at Higher Level, and a maximum of 20 UCAS Tariff points at Ordinary Level

Additional entry requirement information

​Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants may be required to submit an essay and/or attend an interview, and should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience.
 
International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.

Will I be interviewed?

Mature and non-standard applicants may be invited to attend interview

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. Scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. The annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees

In 2018 LJMU will charge Home and EU students a tuition fee of £9,250* for the majority of its full time undergraduate programmes and £6,935* per year for part time courses. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

*Subject to parliamentary approval.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.

You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £21,000.** Please note that the Department for Education who govern student support for students from England have recently announced it intends to increase this threshold to £25,000. This remains subject to parliamentary approval and we will update our website once further information is confirmed.

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover your living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

The government has stated that it intends to introduce a pro rata maintenance loan for part time students from England from the 2018/19 academic year.

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

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £21,000* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £21,000).* Please note that the Department for Education who govern student support for students from England have recently announced it intends to increase this threshold to £25,000.  This remains subject to parliamentary approval and we will update our website once further information is released.

*Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Career prospects

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

Our English Literature 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 Literature 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.

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.

LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.

For details on application processes and eligibility criteria, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/scholarships

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, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.

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 or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fee deposits

International students are liable to pay a minimum deposit of 50% of their tuition fees before their CAS can be issued. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of the given 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. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.

We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.

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 for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.

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.

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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