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What makes English Literature at Worcester special?

Our English Literature BA is a diverse and stimulating degree in which you will encounter a range of different kinds of writing, from the Early Modern period to the present day.

We emphasise an ethical approach to the subject, relating the study of literature to significant contemporary themes such as environmentalism, social justice, gender equality and disability inclusion.

 

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Available as a Single Honours degree or as part of a Joint Honours degree with subjects including Creative Writing, English Language, Media & Cultural Studies, and History
  • Guest lectures from literary figures such as Owen Sheers, Carol Ann Duffy and Patience Agbabi
  • Develop expertise suited to a range of careers, from teaching to marketing. You will also be well prepared for postgraduate study
  • Through our work project module and numerous internship opportunities, you can enhance your employability whilst you study
  • Excellent industry links, including partnerships with Worcester Cathedral and Hay Festival

 

"Throughout my studies I always felt supported by academic staff who were encouraging, responsive and passionate about their subjects."

Toni Brookes, Graduate

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

112
UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

Applicants who are offered a place on the BA (Hons) in English Literature most commonly satisfy one of the following requirements:

  • 112 UCAS tariff points (single and joint honours), including a minimum grade C at A2 English
  • Accredited Access and Foundation Courses
  • Mature Entry Route

Other information

We consider applications on an individual basis, so please contact the Admissions Tutor for English Literature, Dr Sharon Young (s.young@worc.ac.uk), if you are unsure about your qualifications.

If you are an international student who does not have the relevant entry requirements for direct entry onto this course, our pathway courses at University of Worcester International College could be the right option for you and enable you to still graduate with this degree. To find out more visit the Art and Design & Creative Media pathway page.

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Course content

What will you study?

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Literary Forms and Genres
  • Exploring the Canon
  • Ways of Reading, Ways of Writing

Optional

  • Places and Spaces
  • Bodies and Beings
  • Writing Worcester Past and Present

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Exploring the Canon: Theory and Practice
  • Movement and Migration

Optional

  • Politics, Sex and Identity in the Early Modern World
  • Shakespeare: Stage, Page and Screen
  • Gothic and Romantic Literature
  • Spaces of Modernity
  • Children's Literature
  • Work Project 

 

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Independent Research Project (Single Honours)

Optional

  • Justice and Revenge: from Tragedy to the Western
  • Postcolonial Encounters
  • Writing and the Environment
  • War and Conflict
  • Gendering Voices
  • Partnerships and Rivalries
  • Literatures and Cultures: International Explorations
  • Queer Bodies, Queer Texts

Year 1 provides a foundation for your degree, consolidating your understanding of literary forms and genres, providing practice in the important skills of critical reading and writing, and introducing you to some key themes.

In Year 2 you will deepen your understanding of literary movements and contexts, and develop your critical skills by applying literary theories. You will also have the chance to broaden your experience of literary studies, by taking specialist modules or studying abroad. A Work Project module is also available.

By Year 3 you will be ready to undertake your individual research project, supported by a specialist tutor, and pursue your own interests in Literature through a range of themed, optional modules.

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Dr David Arnold

David Arnold trained as a Classicist before moving on to doctoral work on twentieth-century American poetry. His research and teaching interests lie in poetry, American literature, ecocriticism and narrative criticism. He has published articles on the literary improvisations of William Carlos Williams and a book on American poetry: Poetry and Language Writing: Objective and Surreal (Liverpool University Press, 2007). His recent work focuses on ecophenomenological readings of modernist writing, and Buddhist American Poetry.

David teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and has responsibility for modules in Literary Theory and American Writing. He also supervises doctoral research and is currently Director of Studies for a PhD on the poetry of Edward Thomas and Robert Frost. David is a member of both the British Association of American Studies and the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. He is also a member of the Green Voices Research Group.

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Dr Nicoleta Cinpoes

Nicoleta Cinpoes joined the University of Worcester in 2007. She teaches Renaissance Literature, is Course Leader for English Literary Studies and co-director of Worcesters Early Modern Research Group.

Nicoleta is the author of Shakespeares Hamlet in Romania 1778-2008: A Study in Translation, Performance and Cultural Appropriation (Mellen, 2010) and of the open-access website: The Jacobethans. Her work has appeared in Theatrical Blends, Shakespeare Bulletin, Studia Dramatica and Shakespeare in Europe: History and Memory. In the theatre, she has worked in several capacities from that of dramaturge to assistant director and translator. Currently, she is editing Doing Kyd: A Collection of Critical Essays on The Spanish Tragedy (forthcoming, MUP) and collaborating on a new Romanian translation of Shakespeare's Complete Works, writing introductions to: Hamlet (2010), Titus Andronicus, Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, and The Comedy of Errors.

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Dr Tricia Connell

Tricia Connell's academic background is in English literature and language, and education. Her doctoral research was on the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy. Her current research interests are in twentieth-century and contemporary poetry, gender and feminism and in intersections between critical and creative writing.

Tricia teaches a variety of modules that address: creativity in women's writing (Margaret Atwood, Angela Carter, Carol Ann Duffy, Caryl Churchill, Sarah Daniels, Jackie Kay, Virginia Woolf); poetry in and as performance (Patience Agbabe, Malika Booker and Jean Binta Breeze); women poets uses of the lyric and dramatic monologue (Carol Ann Duffy, U.A. Fanthorpe, Gillian Hanscombe, Kathleen Jamie, Jackie Kay, Suniti Namjoshi, Grace Nichols and Sylvia Plath); postcolonial literature (Chinua Achebe, Ama Ata Aidoo, Buchi Emecheta, Bessie Head, Grace Nichols, Flora Nwapa, Monique Roffey, Arundhati Roy, Salman Rushdie, Sam Selvon, Wole Soyinka); and identity, narrative geographies and historical fictions in the contemporary novel (Pat Barker, Andrew Hollinghurst, Hanif Kureishi, Hilary Mantel, Ian McEwan and Sarah Waters).

In recent years, Tricia has been responsible for poetry perfomances and readings at Worcester by poets Patience Agbabi, Malika Booker, U.A Fanthorpe, Gillian Hanscombe and Suniti Namjoshi, among many others. She is a committed teacher intent on bringing innovative approaches to her work with students; she is currently researching students use of learning journals, and undergraduate teaching and the use of critical reflection in student self-assessment.

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Prof Jean Webb

Jean Webb is Director of the International Forum for Research in Childrens Literature which provides a focus for literary, cultural and socio-historical scholarly enquiry into writing for children, internationally. She teaches a broad range of undergraduate modules on nineteenth and twentieth century literature, and is responsible for specialist modules in children's literature. She is also co-ordinator for postgraduate research students within the Institute of Humanities & Creative Arts and is an experienced PhD supervisor and examiner.

Dr Lucy Arnold

Dr Lucy Arnold is a specialist in Contemporary literature, with particular research interests in contemporary gothic, narratives of haunting, contemporary women’s writing and psychoanalytic criticism. Her teaching experience spans a wide range of periods and genres but focusses on twentieth and twenty-first century literature. Her published work to date has concerned the writing of Booker Prize winning novelist Hilary Mantel, with her monograph, Hilary Mantel: Haunted Decades forthcoming with Bloomsbury in 2019.

Dr Sharon Young

Sharon teaching interests include, Renaissance, Restoration and eighteenth-century literature, women's poetry, and literary theory. Her research focuses mainly on women's poetry of the early modern period, Renaissance revenge tragedy and women's manuscript culture.

Sharon has published on female poets and the critical debates of the early eighteenth century and Mary Leapor.

"I was impressed by the variety of genres and periods that I studied throughout the three years."

Claire Shipman

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, small and large group discussions, online forums and workshops.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

You have an opportunity to undertake a semester long placement in the third year of the course, supervised for agreed projects by a University tutor.

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners.

All lecturers in the subject have obtained their PhDs in a relevant area of expertise or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. Collectively, their subject knowledge and research ranges widely, with particular emphasis on the following:

  • Shakespeare in Performance
  • Romantic Poetry and Drama
  • English and American Contemporary Poetry
  • Contemporary Gothic Writing
  • Psychoanalytic Criticism
  • Children's Literature
  • Environmental Writing
  • Critical Disability Studies

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 12 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study.

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • 4 hours of (large and small group) lectures
  • 8 hours of seminars

Assessment

Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Some modules also provide opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments.

Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, exercises in critical reading, and portfolios. Some assessments provide opportunities to write creative pieces of work.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1
8 essays
2 portfolios
5 critical readings 
1 creative response

Year 2 
8 essays
4 portfolios 
1 reflective piece 
1 critical anthology 
4 critical readings

Year 3
1 extended research project 
6 essays
4 critical readings
2 portfolios

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Toni Brookes, Graduate

“Studying English at Worcester undoubtedly provided me with three of the most academically stimulating years I’ve had so far. I was given the opportunity to study literature from the 16th century through to the contemporary, with the chance to focus on specific research interests through the final year dissertation project. We covered a diverse range of periods and genres, with assessment including traditional academic essays, creative portfolios, reflective journals and group presentations. Throughout my studies I always felt supported, both personally and professionally, by academic staff who were encouraging, responsive and passionate about their subjects.

"Since graduating from the University of Worcester I have held professional roles in copywriting, marketing more generally, and currently, higher education. Having enjoyed my final year dissertation so much, I also decided to pursue postgraduate study and recently graduated with a Master’s degree in Contemporary Literature and Culture, obtaining a distinction classification. There is no doubt that the skills in critical thinking and analysis I developed throughout my degree were fundamental to successfully completing postgraduate work, and I often find myself thinking about the wonderfully transformative environment I was able to study in as an undergraduate.”

Careers

Where could it take you?

After our English Literature degree, many of our graduates take a fourth year postgraduate Certificate in Education before entering the teaching profession. Other students will take a certificate in TEFL and become teachers of English as a second language at home or abroad.

Throughout the course, there is a focus on developing employability for careers in English Literature. This includes work experience opportunities, a credited work project module, and a career and professional development module. Students also have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester.

Many students progress to careers requiring good communication skills such as Public Relations, or develop research careers with media or publishing companies. Those graduates who achieve particularly good results in their first degree may choose to progress to a Masters course. This then often leads to a career as a researcher or further study to PhD.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £12,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2019/20 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

We recommend budgeting an estimated £320 per year for course related books.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours:
English Literature BA (Hons)- Q300

Joint Honours:
Creative Writing and English Literature BA (Hons) - WQ82
Drama & Performance and English Literature BA (Hons) -WQ43
Education Studies and English Literature BA (Hons) –XQ33
English Language and English Literature BA (Hons) -QQ23
English Literature and Film Studies - QP3H
English Literature and History BA (Hons) -QV31
English Literature and Journalism BA (Hons) -QP35
English Literature and Media & Culture BA (Hons) -QP33

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS Code

Q300

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

 

 

Dr Sharon Young

Admissions tutor