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About the course

Do you love literature? Do you want to write for a living, or inspire others by teaching? Solent University’s BA (Hons) English programme can help to focus your talents and turn them into marketable skills.

Solent University’s English and Creative Writing subject area was ranked 16th in the Guardian University League Tables 2019.

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.

Students also have the option to undertake a sandwich year and study abroad at one of our partner institutions. 

You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
If you apply for this course with a sandwich year, you have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry between your second and third years.
Sandwich year

Students explore a range of literary texts, discussing the current and historical relevance of literature in our society today.

What does this course lead to?

On graduating you can seek a wide range of communication and media-based industries including media production, journalism, programme research, sales and copywriting. You'll also be able to take your skills to an even higher level through postgraduate study.

Who is this course for?

This undergraduate English programme is the perfect for students who want to improve their understanding of the English language and prepare for careers in teaching, copywriting, marketing, media or PR.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 4 Years Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year Q3P5
  • 3 Years Standard Entry Q300


  • 4 Years Standard Entry Q301
  • 5 Years Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year Q35P
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year are
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,875 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island sandwich year fees: £1,385
International sandwich year fees: £1,750

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2019/20 other costs are not yet available. For guidance the 2018/19 costs were:

Optional costs:
Study or theatre trips: £750 per year

Bursaries and scholarships

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

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Key entry requirements

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DM or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • 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.
  • Alternative entry is available through our Foundation Year in Journalism, Advertising and Marketing.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

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
  • 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.


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Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

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 15 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 the end of June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years Apply
Sandwich year 4 years Apply

Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time 4 years Apply
Sandwich year 5 years Apply
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What you'll study

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
  • The Business of Independent Publishing


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

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

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


  • Criminal Texts
  • World Theatre in English
  • Comedy
  • Minority Experiences in American Literature
  • On the Road: An Introduction to Travel Narrative 
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Creative Entrepreneurial
  • Creative Business Start-up

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

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Assessment by coursework


Practical exams

Meet the course team

Devon Campbell-Hall academic profile Devon Campbell-Hall Course Leader View profile
Carolyn Cummings-Osmond academic profile Carolyn Cummings-Osmond Senior Lecturer View profile
Seamus Finnegan academic profile Seamus Finnegan Senior Lecturer View profile
Eden Sharp academic profile Eden Sharp Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

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.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Teaching
  • Arts administration
  • Media
  • Copyediting and Publishing
  • Freelance writing
  • Marketing Communications
  • Postgraduate study


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Industry links

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.


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.

Further study

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