• Course
    Overview
  • Units and
    Structure
  • Entry
    Requirements
  • Tutors and
    Support

Course Overview

Most areas of professional and personal life depend on an insightful, analytical and persuasive use of language. The soft skills of communication, collaboration and critical thinking are now some of the most sought-after by employers, and the study of literature develops critical and creative faculties of communication and reasoning that enable full participation in social, cultural and working life.

The programme provides a broad and balanced study of literature in English from the late Medieval period to the present, developing knowledge and critical understanding of literary history, theory, genres and contexts. The programme has a distinct employability strand which builds critical digital literacies and soft skills, offering opportunities for reflective work-related learning and culminates in the development of a graduate identity that brings together all of the critical, reflective and evaluative skills evolved from the study of English with practical real-world skills and experience.

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Units and Structure

YEAR ONE (LEVEL 4)

  • Readers and Texts
  • Language and Representation
  • Intermedialities
  • Form and Meaning
  • Drama and Film
  • Academic and Professional Development

YEAR TWO (LEVEL 5)

  • Early Modern Literature
  • Modernism
  • Romanticism and Beyond
  • Texts and Contexts
  • Academic and Professional Practice

YEAR THREE (LEVEL 6)

At Level 6 you may write a dissertation and will study the following modules:

  • Dissertation
  • Studies in Short Fiction
  • Modern Drama
  • Writing the Future
  • Academic and Professional Progression

Entry Requirements

You'll need to have:

One of the following:

  • 80 Ucas tariff points
  • Access to HE Diploma in a related programme with at least 45 credits at Level 3
  • Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from people of any age who might not meet the standard entry criteria, but we would expect to see evidence of continuing academic and/or professional development and a capacity to pursue the course successfully.


For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.

Tutors and Student Support

Simon Stevenson

Simon Stevenson

After finishing the M.A in Continental Philosophy and Literature at the University of Warwick, I continued to pursue my interest in theoretical approaches to contemporary literature by studying for a D.Phil. at the University of Sussex. After completing my research, I took the post of Assistant Professor of English Literature at National Dong Hwa University in Taiwan, where I taught for four years. I returned to the U.K and joined the staff of the English Department at University Centre Doncaster in 2009.

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Joanna Kazik

Joanna Kazik

I hold two master’s degrees (Lodz, Poland and Glasgow, UK) and I obtained Ph.D. from the University of Lodz, Poland. My main research focus lies in late Middle English and Renaissance literature, and in particular on representations of gender in drama and poetry. I am also interested in the interplay between literature and culture of the pre-modern and early modern period. My other research interests include contemporary theatre and performance practice. I have worked as a higher-education lecturer since the early 1990s and held positions at the Universities of Glasgow, Belfast and Lodz.

Heather Thaxter

Heather Thaxter

I hold a BA (Hons) English (1st class) from the University of Hull, a PGCE PCET Literacy specialism from Sheffield Hallam University and an MA in Literature and Digital Culture. My research interests include connectivism and postcolonial studies. I have presented conference papers on connectivism (UK Digital Pedagogy Conference 2015 and AoC Annual Research Conference 2016) and have published for open educational resources. I am currently working on a forthcoming chapter in the Bloomsbury Companion to Octavia Butler.

My teaching experience is diverse and extensive, in terms of levels and programmes, having taught both FE and HE, and I am particularly interested in supporting widening participation and inclusion. My personal creative interests include writing poetry and short stories, script writing and amateur dramatics.


Student Support and Facilities

As a student, you’ll have access to a wide range of facilities, services and support, including:

  • Step outside the classroom  and access our state of the art facilities as well as 3 huge Learning Resource Centres with thousands of resources to use
  • With hands-on experience you’ll be prepared for employment with a competitive edge.
  • A dedicated impartial careers advice team to help you on your future path
  • Our wide range of courses means that we can offer the right paths to get you where you need to be
  • Our Hub campus is right in the heart of the town centre meaning you can find your way to us easily
  • Outstanding student support throughout your studies with us.

Student Comment

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I am due to graduate this year from University Centre Doncaster where I have been studying BA (Hons) English.  Despite my initial reservations, here I am, a mature student. University Centre Doncaster has so many great positives: its location is ideal, especially for those of us with children and family commitments, the learning environment is relaxed, helped by the small class sizes and, contrary to popular belief, there is so much you can do with your degree apart from just teach.

My dissertation is examining the connection between the politics of Black (afro) hair within Doncaster and various Children’s Literature from the 1940s, 50s and 60s. It is something which interests me a great deal.

The course has allowed me to go on to apply for a Masters in Race and Resistance. Hopefully then I may be able to bring it back to Doncaster and use it to advocate for more Black and other Ethnic Minorities to join Higher Education at University Centre Doncaster – a subject which I feel extremely passionate about.

Naomi BA (Hons) English

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I graduated from University Centre Doncaster in 2011 with a 2:1 BA (Hons) in English. Choosing Doncaster allowed me to stay at home, continue to work and maintain an income whilst completing my studies. My initial aim was to become a teacher however due to financial factors I was able to use the transferable skills that my degree gave me and pursued a similar career within BT. I am currently working for BT as an Apprentice Development Coach for South Yorkshire, working with Openreach and Plusnet apprentices. Employers regard written and verbal communication skills highly on their list and these are some of the many skills I gained whilst doing my degree in Doncaster. The smaller class sizes mean that the lecturers know your name and care about you as a person and can help you work to your full potential. One of the many bonuses of choosing Doncaster means that you can stay local and learn whilst going about your normal day to day life. Zara Harvey

Zara BA (Hons) English

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Essential Qualifications Revision Programmes

Revision programmes are available for undergraduates and graduates who require GCSE equivalency qualifications in Maths, English and Science or who need to refresh their current knowledge in order to pass Key Skills Tests for entry onto Initial Teacher Training programmes.

Postgraduate Places

Successful graduates on this course will be offered an automatic place on either our Masters or PGCE programmes, subject to meeting the appropriate entry requirements and academic references

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Want to apply for this course?

You'll need to have:

One of the following:

  • 80 Ucas tariff points
  • Access to HE Diploma in a related programme with at least 45 credits at Level 3
  • Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from people of any age who might not meet the standard entry criteria, but we would expect to see evidence of continuing academic and/or professional development and a capacity to pursue the course successfully.


For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.


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Application & Enrolment

To apply for this course full-time, you need to do so via Ucas. To apply for it part-time, you need to fill in an application form.

Ucas Code:

Provider Name: DN Colleges Group

Institution Code: N64

Campus Code: D

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