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BA (Hons) English

Immerse yourself in literature, from Beowulf to the Booker Prize

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Do you love literature? Do you want to write for a living, or inspire others by teaching? Ranked as one of the UK’s top 10 English courses for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2014, Southampton Solent University’s BA (Hons) English programme can help to focus your talents and turn them into marketable skills.

  • Students explore a range of literary texts, discussing the current and historical relevance of literature in our society today.
  • Our BA (Hons) English students ranked us in the top ten universities for overall student satisfaction – National Student Survey 2014.*
  • Past students have enjoyed a range of off-campus trips. These have included visits to areas of special literary interest and workplace tours.
  • Students are given the option to learn a foreign language and/or study abroad for a year.
  • Employability skills and practical work experience are an integral part of the course.
  • Students are given the opportunity to pitch for work with Solent’s in-house creative agencies. Solent Creatives and Solent Productions both work with real-world clients on paid creative projects.

*National Student Survey 2014. ‘English Studies’ JACS subject area, compared to 101 other universities. Students studying for first-time degrees.

The industry

Studying for a degree in English can open up opportunities in a wide range of industries. Teaching, creative writing, publishing, copyediting, copywriting, marketing, PR and journalism are just some outcomes available to English students. Southampton Solent’s English degree programme has a focus on employability skills and practical work experience, helping students to prepare for the workplace.

The programme

The lecturers on the BA (Hons) English programme are passionate about what they teach - all have published their own academic work, plays, novels and scripts. The student-led Solent Quill Society is the first philosophical and literary society of its kind at Solent. Guest speakers are a regular evening feature of the society and students are encouraged to come along and get involved. Theatre directors, poets and other English-industry related speakers have worked closely with Quill Society members to share insider knowledge about how to get ahead.

Throughout the course, students are encouraged to pitch for work at the University’s creative agencies. These agencies give students from all of Solent’s creative courses the chance to work with real business clients and create a CV-boosting portfolio of commercial work.

The course also features units that cover employability skills. These include writing with power: professional practice in English, toolbox, Solent Press (our in-house publisher) and work experience. Students benefit from a choice of optional units, allowing for specialisation into specific areas of literature.

For students who are planning to explore the possibility of doing postgraduate work, our team is well-placed to help. Some of our English graduates have been accepted at some of the top post-graduate courses including Birkbeck University of London; Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry: Queens University, Belfast; University of Auckland; CUNY (City University of New York); University of Oxford; Oxford Brookes; York University; and Trinity College, Dublin.

Next steps

Think English at Southampton Solent might be for you? Enquire online or visit an open day to find out more.

Have you got a question about applying?


UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry Q300


  • 4 Years Standard entry Q301

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
280 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
112 UCAS Tariff points

  Which Creative University Award 2014    

Year one:


Core units

  • Key Moments in the History of Literature: Beowulf to the Booker
  • Toolbox
  • Adapting the Novel
  • Writing and the Literary Industry
  • Making and Reading Poetry
  • Cultural Fragments: Introduction to Literary Theory
  • Writing with Power: Professional Practice in English.

Year two:


Core units

  • Shakespeare and his Contemporaries 
  • Playtexts in Context
  • Empire & Industry in 19th C Literature  
  • From the Salon to the Sewer: English Literature in the 18th Century
  • Solent Press


  • Children's Literature
  • World Poetry in English
  • Literature & Film of the 'New World'
  • Partition Literature
  • Gothic
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Model Your Business
  • Curriculum Plus

Year three:


Core units

  • Final-Year Project
  • Work Experience: English
  • Shock Value


  • Criminal Texts
  • World Theatre in English
  • Comedy
  • Radical Re-Readings
  • Storytelling
  • Writing about Writing
  • Shakespeare and the Performer
  • Minority Experiences in American Literature
  • On the Road: An Introduction to Travel Narrative 
  • Curriculum Plus
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Creative Entrepreneurial
  • Solent Press

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course is taught primarily through lectures, seminars, workshops and debates.

Work experience
Practical work experience is an integral part of the course and comprises a core unit in year three. You’ll also be encouraged and supported in finding your own work placement opportunities, or you can do work experience in-house at Solent Press, Solent Creatives or Solent Productions.

Previous students have found work experience at Hodder and Stoughton Publishing, Chawton House Library, Keats House, the British Library and assisting on Access to Higher Education courses.

The course is assessed through essays, presentations, timed assessments, chaired debates and coursework.

Study abroad

The four-year European placement variant of the course provides a chance to spend a year studying abroad at one of our partner universities, giving you a competitive edge as you enter an increasingly international employment market.

For more information, see

If you're a non-UK student studying at an EU university, the Erasmus programme gives you the chance to come to the UK and study English units at Solent for between three months and a full academic year.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading, discussion forums and other course information.

UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry Q300


  • 4 Years Standard entry Q301

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

You’ll learn the transferable practical skills needed to work in a number of exciting and varied communication and media-based industries.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Teaching
  • Arts administration
  • Media
  • Copyediting and Publishing
  • Freelance writing
  • Marketing Communications
  • Post-graduate study

Links with industry

Solent Creatives, our in-house creative agency, provides opportunities to develop links with employers and enhance your employability by working on real-life creative briefs.

We also host a programme of guest lectures by professionals in the creative industries. Recent guest speakers have included:

  • Paul Keenan, CEO of Bauer Media
  • Mike Goldsmith, editor–in-chief (digital editions) of Future Publishing
  • Farrah Storr, editor of Women’s Health
  • Simone Baird, Time Out
  • Fay Rusling, writer on Smack the Pony, Green Wing, Me and Mrs Jones
  • Jason Ford and Terry Edwards, writer/director and producer, New Town Films
  • Julian Unthank, writer, New Tricks.

Transferable skills

During the course you’ll develop skills in research, creative and critical thinking, presentation, debate, project management and teamwork.

Further study

MA Creative Advertising


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time, Sandwich

Entry requirements


UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

280 points (for 2016 entry) or 112 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • Direct entry into the second or third years may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.
We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £10,500 per year

UK and EU placement year fees: £1,350

International placement year fees: £1,500

Other costs

Optional study or theatre trips: £750 per year

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

For more details, please visit:

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply


Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.

UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry Q300


  • 4 Years Standard entry Q301


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