Dip HE English Literature

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Course code Q301

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UCAS

Course code Q301

Key course details

Location Ambleside
Duration Full-time, 2 Years
Start date September 2020
Entry Requirements Programme specification (PDF)
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At the University of Cumbria’s beautiful Ambleside campus you will study English Literature surrounded by the iconic scenery which inspired some of Britain’s greatest writers – including Wordsworth, Ransome, Potter and Ruskin.

You’ll explore the development of English Literature from the Renaissance to the present in global and regional contexts, in a landscape which has been a source of inspiration to generations of poets and writers, and which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Our DipHE course is a gateway to a full BA (Hons) English Literature degree, so if you’re successful in your foundation year, you can transfer onto the full three-year programme if you wish.

This is not your average English Literature course – it’s much more. You will consider how literature helps us reflect on key contemporary concerns, including the current environmental crisis.

Why choose University of Cumbria

This is not your average English Literature course – it’s much more.

You’ll write essays, just as you would on any other English Literature degree, but in addition you’ll also develop the skills required for the contemporary workplace by scripting and recording a mock radio programme, designing a webpage, and even submitting a ‘job application’ assessed by academic and careers staff.

  • Unique opportunity to study a rich body of literary and non-literary texts within the geographical landscape which inspired them
  • Excellent working relationships with literary and cultural organisations such as Brantwood and the Wordsworth Trust
  • Your studies are enriched by field trips to places which inspired some of Britain's greatest writers
  • Taught by tutors who all research and publish in their specialist areas
  • Small class sizes enable us to guide and work closely with you throughout your studies
  • Opportunities to get involved with local literary festivals and Cumbria’s rich cultural scene
  • Boost your job prospects by developing contemporary communication skills

You’ll study at the University of Cumbria's Ambleside campus in the heart of the Lake District National Park. Here you will explore critical ideas about the relationship between the creative imagination and place, and about literature and the environment. You’ll have the opportunity to visit some of the specific locations which have inspired and which continue to inspire writers, as well as to engage with cultural heritage organisations.

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Course study options

This course is also available as a full bachelor's degree.

View the BA (Hons)

Graduate destinations

A DipHE in English Literature suits a range of careers demanding high-level analytical, interpretative, written and oral communication skills.  Most of the students enrolled on the DipHE programme progress onto and complete the full BA (Hons) English Literature degree. Recent graduates from the BA have gone into teaching, lecturing, the cultural heritage sector, and work with major national organisations and companies. 

Many English Literature graduates use their degree as the basis for further study and training in order to pursue high level ‘graduate’ work in a wide variety of fields. For the latest on what English graduates see the publication ‘What do graduates do?’.

How my Cumbria English degree helped land me my dream job

English Graduate Chandni Asher's story

After leaving, I went straight onto a Graduate Scheme with Network Rail entitled MSc Project and Programme Management. It is specially designed by Network Rail to prepare their candidates for entering the business after a year long Masters Course in a Project Management capacity. The Scheme is open to any graduate in any discipline from any UK university – they don’t usually take English graduates!

When looking at the job specification, I first identified the core skills from my time at university: time management, research, analysis and application. But it wasn’t just the skills I gained from the degree that helped me. The opportunities you have being a part of the department and the university are invaluable. Whilst with UoC, I took on extra responsibilities to gain experience. Being a cohort student rep, for example, can present you with unusual communication tasks that you may have never come across before since your role is to act as a go-between/buffer for students and tutors and, sometimes, university staff.

What’s important about this English degree is that it doesn’t just develop essential skills in for your work life. The tutors make the effort to push you (gently) out of your comfort zone to show you exactly how much you can do. That is why when doing modules such Literature in Media and English in the World is so important: it will challenge you and help you understand your own personal skill set. It was through the English in the World module that I found myself being good at project management!

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