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English Literature (Full-Time, 2018 Entry)

What will I learn?

This flexible course offers a firm grounding in English Literature, from the Middle Ages to the present, while our unique pathway structure enables you to pursue specialist areas of literary studies to suit your academic interests.

You will be taught by a diverse and international cohort of renowned scholars and will benefit from innovative teaching and assessment methods, with many opportunities for practical workshops and creative projects. Our graduates leave with the ability to understand and critically analyse a wide range of texts, and to present persuasive and coherent written and oral arguments. You will also develop a strong capacity for independent thought, judgement and creativity, giving you a distinct advantage in the workplace.

How will I learn?

You will experience small-group teaching – the traditional weekly seminar – and central lectures on core modules. You will also encounter Warwick’s uniquely developed ‘open space learning’, which uses performance-based and creative techniques to transform your learning experience.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment combines the traditional (essays and written examinations) with the innovative (creative projects, portfolios and performance). For example, in our Shakespeare and Selected Dramatists of His Time module, student creative work has recently included film and radio adaptations, musical compositions, painting, sculpture and photography inspired by Shakespeare’s texts.

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

We support student mobility through study abroad programmes and all students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities. The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.

  • Entry Requirements

    A level AAA / A*AB, to include grade A at A level in English Literature or combined English Language and Literature.

    International Baccalaureate 38 points, including 6 in Higher Level English.

    Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.

    General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

    Essential Subjects

    Advanced or Higher level qualifications in English Literature. A level English Language is acceptable in addition to English Literature, but is not normally acceptable as a substitute. Combined A level English Language/Literature is acceptable, provided that you show evidence of wider reading in literature in your personal statement.

    Further Information

    Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed, but competition is likely to be intense.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.

    Open Days All applicants who receive an offer are invited to a Departmental Open Day, held during the spring term. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

What modules can I study?

In your first year you will study modern literature and literary theory in Modes of Reading; Chaucer, Medieval romance and drama, Sidney, Spenser and Shakespeare in Medieval to Renaissance Literature; traditional epics and novels from different cultures in Epic into Novel; and literature from 1790 to the present in Modern World Literature. Pathways in the second and third years provide you with flexible but coherent learning, focusing on English Literature, North American Literature, World and Comparative Literature or Literary and Cultural Theory. Modules offered include: Shakespeare and Selected Contemporary Dramatists, Romantic and Victorian Poetry, Nineteenth- and Twentieth century American Literature, European Novel, European Theatre, Postcolonial Literature and modules on women’s writing, contemporary literature, and literary and cultural theory. You are encouraged to take up a language and to study modules in other departments. The many options within these four pathways reflect our staff’s research expertise and allow you to focus on topics that are intellectully stimulating and play to your strengths.

Find out more about the degree structure and module information.

*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

What careers can an English degree from Warwick lead to?

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: British Council, Institute of Economic Affairs, Alzheimer's Society, Oxford University Press. Job roles include: Student and Community Engagement Campaigner, Commission Assistant, Equality and Diversity Policy Manager.

Essential information

Entry Requirements
A level:
AAA to include A at A level in English Literature or combined English Language and Literature.
IB: 38 points including 6 in Higher Level English.


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

Department website
Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies

Student blogs

Sophie Miller - English Literature and Creative Writing

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Other course costs

There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.

For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.

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This information is applicable for 2018 entry.