BA single honours or in combination with another subject English Literature 2016/17

English Literature at degree level is a subject that develops your communication skills and fosters independent critical thinking. Anybody who likes to read, who feels curious about the questions that reading raises, and who values the opportunity to share with others the discoveries to which such questions lead, will find that the subject brings benefits and rewards extending far beyond graduation.

All our lecturers are passionate about their specialisms and committed to supporting their students. The modules on offer travel down the ages, from the Anglo-Saxon era to contemporary writing, and look at what makes the literature of each period distinctive. Whatever options you choose, you will find yourself reading and responding to a range of absorbing and intriguing literary texts. The process of studying these will stimulate the exercise of informed critical judgement, the analysis and evaluation of evidence, and the practice of thinking, writing, and arguing with clarity, cogency, and precision.

Students on this programme are also eligible to apply to study for a year in North America as part of their degree.

Our Single Honours programme provides a comprehensive study of the subject. After a grounding in literary history and key theoretical approaches in Year 1, you will have the freedom to shape your programme from a range of options. This variety means that you may either specialise in particular periods of literature or diversify into fresh areas of study. In the third year, your work is further deepened and developed through an extended study of a particular author or topic, written with one-to-one supervision.

The same core and optional modules are offered to our Combined Honours students, who experience the intellectual challenges of our subject, while enjoying the opportunity to venture more broadly in another discipline.

Our teaching methods are characterised by variety and flexibility, mixing interactive seminars with formal lectures and individual tutorials, and making use of the latest learning technologies.

The analytical and communication abilities that an English Literature degree provides are called ‘transferable skills’ and are desirable in almost any occupation. When you are looking for a job, they are often the most valuable skills to have.

Because of this flexibility, an English Literature degree lets you choose from many different employment sectors and occupations. Teaching and social work are common career destinations. A large number of graduates choose to work in a creative field, like journalism, advertising, PR or marketing. There are also lots of opportunities for further academic study.

Transferable skills gained on your course:

  • Independent working
  • Time management and organisation
  • Planning and researching written work
  • Articulating knowledge and understanding of texts, concepts and theories
  • Leading and participating in discussions
  • Negotiation and team working to present ideas and information
  • Effectively conveying arguments and opinions and thinking creatively
  • Using your judgement to weigh up alternative perspectives
  • Critical reasoning and analysis
  • Using IT

Download a fact sheet with more information about your career options with English Literature

First Year Modules

There are three core modules, taken by all students:

  • The Art of Criticism: Writing About Literature
  • Texts and Contexts I: Medieval to 18th Century
  • Texts and Contexts II: Romanticism to the Present

In addition, Single Honours students take these three modules:

  • Critical Approaches to English Literature
  • English Language: Present, Past and Future
  • The Invention of America: Texts & Contexts 1607-present

Second Year Modules

Single Honours students take six of these modules. Combined Honours students can take either two, three or four (and make up the total with modules in their second subject). The precise list of options may vary, but we aim to offer nine modules per year.

  • American Modernism 1880-1960
  • British Romanticism 1785-1831
  • Banned Books: a Literary History of the United States
  • Eighteenth-Century Fiction: Bunyan to Smollett
  • Literature Between the Wars 1918-39
  • Seventeenth-Century Literature and Society
  • The Canterbury Tales
  • Old English Language and Literature
  • Victorian Literature: From the Brontës to the Nineties
  • Shakespeare and his Contemporaries

Final Year Modules

The precise list of options may vary, but we aim to offer nine modules per year.

Single Honours students also write a Final Year Individual Study.

  • Lovers and Fighters in Medieval English Literature
  • Satire 1693-1759
  • Topics in Renaissance Literature and Culture
  • Topics in Shakespeare and Shakespeare’s Background
  • Contemporary American Literature and Culture
  • Creative Writing
  • New Voices in Ethnic American Literature
  • Topics in British Romanticism
  • Topics in Contemporary Literature
  • Topics in Victorian Literature


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:







Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

Overseas full-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact fees@canterbury.ac.uk or the International Office: ipo@canterbury.ac.uk.

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Teaching is primarily conducted via seminars, in which tutors and students debate and discuss key texts. In Year 1, there is also a series of formal lectures. Students are offered one-to-one tutorials in which to discuss assignments. Tutors also guide students in self-directed learning, where wide reading and the writing of assignments develop skills in research, analysis and academic writing. All assignments are returned with written feedback designed to further direct students’ intellectual and critical development.

Assessment is by a combination of coursework assignments and end-of-year exams. The former range from 500-word critical skills assignments to longer academic essays and, in the final year, an individual study based on each student’s research interests. Some module options are coursework-only (i.e. no exam), some involve a ‘takeaway’ exam, and others involve assessment via work on online discussion boards. This wide variety of assessment methods is designed to help students extend their knowledge, deepen their understanding, and develop their skills in research, analysis, debate and writing.

We encourage students to spend time abroad because we understand the importance of personal and academic growth during your university career. As part of this programme you can apply to our internal competition to study at one of our exchange partners in the USA or Canada as part of your degree. Find out more by visiting our study in North America web page.

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UCAS code

  • Q300 English Literature


  • 3 years full-time

Entry requirements

  • A typical offer would be 280 UCAS Tariff points.
    An English A2 Level at grade B is required for single honours. An English A2 Level at grade C is required if combined with another subject. More entry requirement details.



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