The first year gives you a comprehensive foundation in English Literature. In your second and third years you will build your theoretical and historical knowledge of literature whilst also choosing from one of the widest and most innovative range of modules anywhere in the country. Whether your interests are classical, contemporary, or somewhere in between, you’ll have the freedom to create a degree that reflects what motivates you.
Literature and History are vitally intertwined. On this course you'll think about, question, and blur the line between them: how history always involves modes of representation that are themselves literary, and how literature has imagined and influenced the political and social contours of history. In addition to modules from both departments, you’ll study some modules which have been written exclusively for English and History students.
On the joint degree in English and Theatre Studies you'll be taught by experts from two departments – the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies and the School of Theatre Studies. This provides a wide range of insight, teaching methods and approaches to literary analysis of texts and understanding plays and performance. In addition to modules from both departments, you’ll study some modules which have been written exclusively for English and Theatre students.
Yes! You will have the opportunity to spend your third year at one of our partner institutions in Europe, China or the USA. You will then return to Warwick to complete the fourth and final year of your degree. You will be able to apply to transfer to the four-year course when you are in your second year at Warwick, subject to availability of places from the University's International Office.
Teaching and assessment
To match teaching innovation, we've developed creative forms of assessment: at Warwick, you'll learn to write research-informed academic essays, but you'll also be given the option of keeping commonplace books, making short films, constructing installations that respond to your reading, writing scenes a playwright 'forgot'. In our department, you'll be helped to discover and launch your own intellectual project. Most importantly, you'll be treated as a collaborator and work closely with your academic tutors.
Most core modules are taught by means of one lecture and one seminar per week in terms one and two. Optional modules are normally taught by means of one seminar per week (1.5 hours duration). This adds up to guided learning of typically eight contact hours per week, though this will depend on module choices. Each tutor also holds at least two office hours per week for one-to-one tutorials.
Please refer to the entry requirements page for typical offers of places on our English degrees. Also, be sure to check the University Prospectus for entry requirements and typical offers. Offers normally exclude General Studies at A or AS level. The University welcomes Key Skills qualifications, but they will not be included in the offer.
We do interview selected candidates before making an offer. The majority of our offers for Q300 (English Literature) & VQ32 (English and History) will be made without interviews. QW34 (English and Theatre Studies) will continue to selected by interview in person. In the case where an interview is offered, it is tailored to each candidate and designed to explore their individual suitability for studying at Warwick.
If being interviewed in person, we will normally interview candidates in January and February in the year of entry. If being interviewed on-line, this can take place from November to February.
On a professional level, it’s a widening participation programme wherein tutor teams go into local secondary schools and provide after school tutorials on either Dystopian or Gothic fiction. It’s a twelve week programme where you have the opportunity to plan and deliver your own lessons to high achieving pupils under the guidance of our wonderful WP Officer Charlotte and the experienced Transformations student exec. On a personal level, it’s a way to gain experience, gain confidence and both work and socialise with new people.
No! But you will need to get a DBS check (don’t worry, the department will help you). You don’t need any previous teaching experience, just an interest in working with secondary school students and making university seem more accessible to them.
Once a week you will go out to schools and provide an hour long, seminar-style lesson on a topic of your choosing. You will be placed in tutor teams ranging from three to five people, so you’re not going into it alone. There will also always be a contact teacher in the room, in case you need any assistance. The theme of your lessons will be either Dystopian or Gothic fiction, but within that theme, there is lots of flexibility..