School of English

Teaching and learning

Courses in the School of English are taught using a diverse range of methods which allow students to pursue both the creative and the critical aspects of their chosen subjects.

English Literature and English Language students begin their first year with core modules taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. As your degree progresses, more choice is offered, allowing you to shape your degree according to your particular interests.

In Drama, theory and practice are taught in complementary seminars and practical workshops. The course culminates in major performance projects and a performance festival in the University's new Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCA) and other campus venues.

The School deploys a wide-range of assessment modes to assess your learning, including presentations, essays, exams, portfolios and performances.

The academic year at Sussex is divided into two 12-week teaching terms, each followed by an assessment period.

Study resources

There are over 50 faculty in the School. They are available during the week for individual consultation or just informal conversations about your studies through their scheduled office hours. The School's administrative staff are there to support your general enquiries about modules, handbooks and assessment. In addition to your scheduled timetable, we offer writing support and one-to-one and group sessions of study skills for all students.

The Library is everything you would expect of an internationally leading university. Open 24 hours a day, the library houses close to a million published resources and can provide students with access to a wealth of electronic scholarly collections. The Mass Observation Archive is available at The Keep which also contains rich holdings of literary and historical documents, including those of Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury group. These archives are regularly used in teaching across our degrees, including recent modules on Woolf, Late Modernist Poetics, Language and Gender, and the Final Year Performance Project.