Key facts


Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 2 years full-time
UCAS code: Q320
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 14 June 2019
September 2019 – June 2020 (dates to be confirmed)


Our two-year accelerated English degree offers the chance to develop highly valued analytical, interpretation and communication skills over two years instead of three.

Our English degrees will help you to develop the analytic, interpretation and communication skills that today’s employers value. You will also develop solid critical and creative intelligence that will open you up to a wide range of professions.

On this course, you’ll learn to think critically about texts and their relationship to the societies in which they are written and read. The course is ideal for those who want a career in journalism, teaching, personnel management, social work or the media. In addition, we are one of the few universities to offer a two-year accelerated degree in English in the UK. The course is ideal if you have the commitment to study for a full Honours degree at an accelerated pace. Across all of our English courses you will be taught by a dedicated team comprising literary critics, writers and published authors.

We achieved 94% overall student satisfaction in the latest National Student Survey (2015/16).

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) English

Work placements

“The 'English in the Workplace' Module has been a positive experience. I have gained classroom experience and insight into teaching at KS4 and 5 and had the chance to work with lots of NQTs.” Holly Jukes, Class of 2016

Course content

Our English courses cover a wide choice of options such as: American, Victorian, Modernist and Shakespearean literature. By covering such a diverse range of texts, we allow you to choose and focus on your own areas of interest.

In your last semester, you’ll complete an extended piece of supervised personal research and critical writing. Throughout your studies, you’ll have the option to enhance your vocational skills on our English in the Workplace module. You can either draw from our partners in education, publishing and the arts, or arrange your own placement. You will be assessed via critical summaries, essays and presentations and ill have very few formal exams.

On our two-year accelerated degree, the modules in your first three semesters will guide you through major periods, genres and debates. In Year 2, you’ll explore literature in its cultural, historical and social contexts through readings of 19th and 20th Century English, American and Post-Colonial writing.


This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Please note - course content has not yet been confirmed for 2018/19. Full module details will published when available.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

"Staff always make time for me and help me out if I do not quite understand something or are having any problems. The texts we study are varied and enjoyable. Option modules are brilliant. Love Staffs!"

Feedback from National Student Survey 2015