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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.

Level 4 Level 5 Level 6
3 years full-time
Awarding Body
University of Hull
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Course Fees
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Units and Structure


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


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


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  – Programme Lead

Heather Thaxter – Programme Lead

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 (Distinction) from the University of Hull.

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, short stories, and script writing.

Current modules taught

BA (Hons) English

  • Language and Representation
  • Intermedialities (the relationships between media)
  • Texts and Contexts (World literature)
  • Modernism (including Harlem Renaissance)
  • Academic and Professional Practice
  • Academic and Professional Progression
  • Dissertation supervision

Research/scholarly activity

My varied research interests include connectivism, postcolonial studies, speculative fiction, and Afrofuturism with a special focus on Octavia Butler.

I also maintain an active involvement in the scholarship of teaching and learning, regularly presenting at conferences and writing for open educational resources.

Recent Publications

  • 2020 ‘Broadcasting change: in empathic dialogue with Duffy and Jennings’s graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower in Octavia E Butler’s Afrofuturistic Visions (forthcoming)
  • 2020 ‘“I want to live forever and breed people!”: The Legacy of a Fantasy’ in The Bloomsbury Handbook to Octavia E Butler
  • 2015 ‘Plugged in or turned off: A critical reflection on the digital literacy of 21st century students in higher education’ EdConteXts International Network of Education

Recent Conference Papers

  • ‘Preventative Interventions for Mental Wellbeing’ at Collaborative Provision Conference, University of Hull, Hull. 24 October 2018
  • ‘Bye Bye Blackboard’ at Association of Colleges Research and Scholarship Conference, The Studio, Birmingham. 24th April 2018
  • ‘Connected Perspectives’ at Association of Colleges Research and Scholarship Conference, The Studio, Birmingham. 28th June 2016
  • ‘Connectivism: Plugged in or turned off? Does connectivity equal inclusivity?’ at Digital Pedagogies Conference, University Centre Doncaster, Doncaster. 3rd July 2015


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

Student Comment

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I just want to say a huge thank you to my tutors and the university centre. Being a level 6 student with two assignments left, this crisis has not come at a great time for my whole class.
Classes held online are of the same quality they have been for the last few years and our tutors are so flexible to our needs. The support is second to none. They’ve managed to inspire me to work from home.

Emma Kelsey - BA (Hons) English

Student Comment

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The tutors inspire you with their wealth of knowledge. The smaller groups enable a personal academic experience. The tutors want you to succeed and they go above and beyond to keep you interested and motivated. Embrace any criticism you get back from your work, it is positive feedback to motivate you further to meet that higher standard. I look forward to returning to campus in September to be part of a terrific team again for level 5.

I haven’t had a favourite subject this year. However, I found the APD module the most useful for the study skills. It is here your nagging doubts about your potential will be diminished. It is here where you will learn and be guided to everything you need to know to be successful with your academic work.

Level 4 saw me enter into a creative writing competition which was led by a level 5 English student. I came 1st for the creative writing short story and 2nd in the poem competition. This was certainly confidence-boosting. I attend the regular open mic night and socialise with fellow students, it is a wonderful atmosphere. Everyone is so welcoming. I personally have surprised myself at my level of achievement. The tutors at the University Centre have made me feel the sky’s the limit, as to what I can achieve.

Madeline Bird - 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: Q301

Provider Name: DN Colleges Group

Institution Code: N64

Campus Code: D

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