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Philosophy and Literature Taster

Pre University Philosophy and Literature Taster
Taught by Warwick staff, our Philosophy and Literature tasters are two days long and packed with teaching activities designed to enhance your skills as a critical and imaginative thinker.

There will also be plenty of opportunities to work alongside your peers and to network and socialise in an informal environment. Courses will introduce you to exciting concepts in your chosen discipline, opening your mind to new ideas and will reflect the highest standards of Warwick learning.

lecture_talk.jpgOne of the interesting things about people is that they have a long history of trying to understand their lives. We do not seem to be content simply to live; we want to understand how we fit into reality and how we can live good lives.

Philosophy and literature are central to this long history: they are traditions that offer importantly different routes into understanding who we are and what can make life worth living. They have distinctive ways of helping us to question things we can take for granted – that our five senses are reliable sources of evidence, that time flows from past to present to future, that we can know how others think and feel, that we are moved most powerfully by self-interest, that people are more ethically significant than animals. And so on – philosophy and literature do not run out of hard questions.

This taster course will introduce you to substantial questions addressed by philosophical and literary works and to some methods of inquiry central to these fields. What capacities and qualities are important – emotion, reason, imagination, clarity, ambiguity, creativity, universality? Our discussions will include some questioning of how well these two traditions ‘get along’. Do they really cooperate in the quest for understanding? Do they pull against each other? Why, as it seems, do we need them both?

The course will give you an opportunity to see what it is like to study philosophy and literature at University-level. This will be relevant to university study of the two subjects independently as well, but our focus will be on linking the subjects.

Programme content

Over the two days, you will enjoy:

  • An opportunity to experience what it is like to study Philosophy and Literature at University-level
  • Analysis and reflection on fundamental questions arising from philosophical and literary texts
  • Activities designed to advance your skills as a critical and imaginative thinker
  • Hands-on instruction from Warwick University faculty
  • Readings and study materials provided for the course
  • A session on university applications
  • Lunches and refreshments
  • A certificate of attendance

Entry criteria

We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic individuals who are looking to apply for University or have already applied. You must be at least 16 years old in order to apply and be undertaking or have previously completed A levels or equivalent (key stage 5).

There are no subject specific criteria apart from curiosity about philosophy and literature and a desire to learn and contribute to study and discussion in this area. This course may be of interest to students considering single-Honours study of English Literature, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, as well as joint-Honours in any of these subjects.

English Language Requirements

The Pre University Tasters will be taught in English, so students must be able to demonstrate a good level of proficiency in English language and comprehension. We assess student's English ability through their application form, any English language qualifications and correspondence.

100% of Pre University Philosophy and Literature students rated the taster as excellent.

100% of Pre University Philosophy and Literature students would recommend the taster to others.

Course dates

The next available dates are:

Admissions and location

Discounts and offers

We offer a fantastic early bird booking discount. If you book more than one week before the taster courses, you will pay a reduced fee of £200.

We also offer a £200 fee per person for groups of 5 or more from one school regardless of when you book.


The full fee for the Philosophy and Literature Warwick Pre-University Taster is £330, and this is a fully inclusive cost and includes all tuition and hospitality.


We offer a number of bursary places. More information.


Course Teacher:

Dr Eileen John

Course Teacher:

Dr Karen Simecek

Course Teacher:

Dr David Woods

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