The course team is very engaged and committed to their students. Teaching quality is extremely high and there is a high proportion of seminar time, which is vital to being able to express and discuss ideas.



If you have a passion for reading books, and thinking about the ideas and debates they reflect and inspire, then you’ll enjoy studying English Literature with us.

You’ll explore the way that literature helps us to imagine what it is like to walk in other people’s shoes, and how it can take us on journeys of self-discovery.

You’ll engage in topical discussions about how books empower people to tell their own stories, and how they help us redefine notions of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class and other markers of identity. Booklovers will feel right at home here.

Why Study English Literature?

If you like to read, are curious about the questions that reading raises, and value the opportunity to share your discoveries with others, you'll find that our course can bring benefits and rewards extending far beyond graduation.

You'll have the opportunity to study modules that span right across literature in English and you'll find yourself responding to a range of absorbing and thought-provoking literary texts.


Entry requirements

A typical offer would be 88-112 UCAS Tariff points.

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

More information about entry requirements.

UCAS Points

All about the course

You'll expand your toolkit for critical reading and writing, learn about the development of literary writing from the medieval period to the modern day, and investigate different critical approaches to literature.  You’ll also begin to develop your identity as a literary critic, exploring how literature is (or might be) engaged with in the digital age and how it reflects our relationship with our environments, whether cultural, political, or natural. 

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. 

In Year One combined honours students will take three core modules. These modules differ depending on the combining subject. They have been set to meet the learning needs of the combined honours subject and align with the specific combination. You can see the list of core modules for each combination here.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You will typically be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical workshops and one-to-one tutorials.

Lectures will introduce you to periods, themes, and important ideas, often in larger groups whereas seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures and independent study. During workshops, you'll focus on the practicalities of textual analysis and writing.

You'll be fully supported throughout the course whilst also being encouraged to become an independent learner and thinker. In individual tutorials you'll be able to talk through your ideas, discuss plans for your assignments and receive feedback on your work.

You will typically have 9 teaching hours per week, though this will depend on the modules you select.

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

Throughout the course, you'll develop skills in independent reading, research, analysis, and writing and when you are not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or tutorials, you'll continue to learn through independent study. Typically, this will involve reading primary texts, and critical and contextual books and journal articles. You'll undertake research in the library and online, preparing for seminars and other study opportunities, and for assignments and examinations.

Your module tutors will give you reading and other tasks to complete in preparation for time spent in class.

If you are taking the ‘Dissertation Foundation’ and ‘Dissertation’ modules in your third year, (these are compulsory for single honours students), you will undertake independent research on an author or topic of your choice. This project will be supervised by a member of the teaching team, who will meet with you regularly to help develop and guide your research. 

Each week during semester time your overall workload will typically consist of 9 teaching hours, 3 hours of directed study and 18 hours of independent learning/assessment activity.

The teaching team consists of academics who hold doctorates and have research and publishing expertise in their areas of specialism.  Our staff are research-active scholars with experience in research-informed teaching.  You can find out more about the current teaching team on our Meet the Team webpage.  You should note, however, that members of the teaching team may change and also that postgraduates and associate colleagues sometimes assist in the delivery and assessment of some modules.

We aim to nurture your passion for literature, enrich and extend your reading skills, and support your individual academic journey every step of the way.

Susan CivaleEnglish Literature Programme Director

How you’ll be assessed

Assessment is by a combination of coursework assignments and end of-module exams. The former range from short critical skills assignments to longer academic essays and, in the final year, an opportunity for individual study based on your 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 you extend your knowledge, deepen your understanding, and develop your skills in research, analysis, debate and writing.

The balance of assessment by coursework and examination will always depend on the combination of optional modules you choose. For example, the approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework in a typical year is as follows: 

90% Written assignments
10% Unseen exams

Your future career

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. Graduates often go into careers such as media, publishing, advertising, PR, human resources, journalism, social work, teaching, and management roles in both the private and public sector. There are also lots of opportunities for further academic study, and many of our students go on to pursue postgraduate work in English Literature and other related fields.

Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18

of our English Literature students were in jobs or further study 15 months after finishing their course.

Combination courses

Combined UCAS Codes

We constantly assess our curriculum to ensure students have the best possible study experience and this means our course combinations are subject to change. If you are interested in a particular combination please contact our friendly course enquiry team to discuss your choice.

Course UCAS Code Placement Year
American Studies TQ73 -
Business Management QN31 -
Creative & Professional Writing WQ84 -
Film, Radio and Television QW36 -
History VQ13 -
Psychology CQ83 -
Religion, Philosophy and Ethics QV36 -
Sociology LQ33 -
Sport and Exercise Science CQ63 -
Theology VQ63 -
Advertising NN60  

Combined Honours explained.



The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK** Overseas***
Full-time £9,250 £14,500
Part-time £4,625 £7,250

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

Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

**Home (UK) Fees

The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here:

Regulated by the Office for Students

The Office for Students (OfS) regulates Canterbury Christ Church University. The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. It aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. Further details about its work are available on the OfS website.

Apply now


3 years

UCAS code:



Apply via UCAS

Find out more

Sign up to hear the latest from the University, including upcoming events, useful updates, student life and more!