As a student of English Language and Literature, you will discover the complex and fascinating relationships between literature, politics and history and study language analysis and language use across different contexts. This three-year degree opens up a range of exciting career possibilities by helping you to develop transferable skills which employers want.
The course covers how we acquire language, how language works, how societies communicate and over a thousand years of literature, from Beowulf to the present day. You will have the chance to study national and global literature, Renaissance literature, Gothic and genre fiction, 19th century literature, modernity and contemporary fiction, gender and culture, creative and professional writing.
You will have the option of taking the internationally recognised Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) during your second year, further improving your student experience and career prospects.
WHY ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND ENGLISH LITERATURE AT SWANSEA?
Based on our stunning Singleton Park campus, in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay on the edge of the Gower Peninsula, English Literature at Swansea is ranked:
- 2nd in the UK for graduate prospects (The Guardian Good University Guide 2016)
- Top-15 for graduate prospects (The Times and Sunday Times and Complete University Guide 2018)
English is ranked 7th in the UK for its research quality (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
You will learn from experienced, established writers whose work has been widely published, broadcast and performed and our academic staff are internationally recognised for their research.
In the second year, you will have the opportunity to take the highly respected CELTA qualification for teachers of English as a foreign language. You will also have the option of a semester in the USA, Canada, China, Hong Kong or Singapore.
Some of our students have been published in international journals and presented at international conferences.
YOUR ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND ENGLISH LITERATURE EXPERIENCE
We offer varied and flexible course content, so you can shape your course to your own interests, whether in national and global literature, Renaissance literature, Gothic and genre fiction, 19th century literature, modernity and contemporary fiction, gender and culture, creative and professional writing, language analysis, sociolinguistics, the study of dialects or teaching English as a foreign language.
Wales has a rich lyric tradition and Swansea is the birthplace of Dylan Thomas. You can get involved with projects with the Dylan Thomas Centre and the National Theatre Wales.
You will also have an academic mentor for any pastoral and academic support you need, and the English Student Society at Swansea organises a range of lively literary, social and cultural events.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND ENGLISH LITERATURE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Over 97% of our English Single and Joint Honours graduates are in work and/or further study six months after graduation (DLHE 2013/14).
Our graduates enter careers in a wide range of sectors including:
- social media
- project administration