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What makes English Literature at Worcester special?

At Worcester you can study a range of world literatures from the 16th through to the 21st centuries.  Through our work project module and numerous internship opportunities, you can also enhance your employability whilst you study.

We have a strong international focus, including lecturing staff from across the globe and a flourishing student exchange programme.

For updates and general information concerning events and activities in the English Subject Area see our official blog.

Key features

  • Excellent industry links including partnerships with Worcester Cathedral and Ledbury International Poetry Festival.
  • Guest lectures from leading literary figures such as Owen Sheers, Carol Ann Duffy and Patience Agbabi
  • Available as a Single Honours degree, or in a range of Joint Honours programmes with subjects including Creative & Professional Writing, Journalism, Drama & Performance or History
  • Develop expertise ideally suited to a range of careers in the information age, from teaching to marketing, as well as building a perfect base for postgraduate study
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


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 Tricia Connell (, 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?

Here is an overview of current modules validated for this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1


  • What is Literature?
  • English Literature Across the Centuries


  • English Renaissance Texts and Contexts
  • Creativity in Women’s Writing: Difference in View 
  • Introduction to American Writing
  • Power, Sex and Identity in Restoration Literature
  • Science Fiction: Alternative Worlds      
  • Improving English usage and style in academic writing
  • Optional modules offered by the Language Centre  

Year 2


  • Literary Criticism: Theory and Practice
  • Literature in English around the World


  • Shakespearean Comedy       
  • Culture and Politics in Victorian Fiction
  • Children’s Literature
  • Literary England and the Great War, 1900 - 1930
  • The American Short Story
  • Writing the Modern Self in Eighteenth-Century Literature
  • Gothic Literature
  • Writing for Children
  • Optional modules offered by the Language Centre 

Year 3


  • Independent Research Project     


  • Justice and Revenge in English Renaissance Drama
  • Love, Religion and Politics in English Renaissance Poetry
  • Cities and Fiction
  • American Writing and the Wilderness
  • Irish Writing since 1900
  • Literature in Film Adaptation
  • What Happens Now: Twenty-First Century Poetry Plus
  • Postcolonial Literature
  • Work Project Module
  • From Text to Edition: the Principles and Practice of Electronic Editing
  • Independent Research Project (mandatory for Single Honours)

At Worcester you will have the opportunity to study fiction, poetry and drama spanning the past 500 years and including the present day, generated in England and in other countries around the world. You will engage with a variety of approaches to studying and thinking about literature, focusing especially on the cultural and historical contexts of its publication.  You will develop skills in analysis and critical thinking, written and oral presentation, all of which are highly valued in a range of careers - from teaching to marketing for example.  For those interested to pursue further academic study, the course has a long track record of preparing students for Masters programmes and subsequent doctoral research. All of this will come from your reading, talking and writing about wonderful literature!

The core, mandatory, modules in years 1 and 2 bring students together to explore a variety of periods and writing genres in British and World literatures and to develop critical, theoretical and research skills and practices. In addition, you will be able to select from optional modules designed to offers students a degree of choice to follow their passions - from Shakespeare, to Science Fiction, to Literature on Film. In the third year, alongside studying further optional modules, you will undertake an extended research project that develops your own, specialist area interest; you will undertake your project with the one-to-one support of a lecturer with expertise in the topic. Assessment throughout the degree is by a variety of coursework and there are no exams.

Meet the team

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:

Eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth century literature 

English and American contemporary poetry

Children's literature       

Contemporary American fiction

Ecocriticism and Ecopoetics

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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.

    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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    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.

    David 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.

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    Prof Jean Webb

    Jean is Director of the International Forum for Research in Children’s 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.

  • Dr Nicoleta Cinpoes Senior Lecturer in English

    Dr Nicoleta Cinpoes

    Nicoleta is the author of Shakespeare’s 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. 

  • Dr Andreas Mueller Senior Lecturer in English

    Dr Andreas Mueller

    Andreas is a Co-Director of the Institute’s Early Modern Research Group. His teaching and research interests cover the early modern period, specifically the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. As well as teaching a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules. Andreas is responsible for specialist modules in Elizabethan and Jacobean poetry, Civil War and Restoration literature, and eighteenth-century fiction and verse. 

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?

Teaching and Learning

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.


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.

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


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


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.

I was able to develop as a person whilst my knowledge and skills were nurtured by lecturers who were always ready to go out of their way to support me during my studies.

Luke Oakes


Where could it take you?

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

Throughout the English Literary Studies degree there is a focus on developing employability which includes attractive opportunities for work experience, a credited work project module, and a career and professional development module. Students are also strongly encouraged to take up the opportunity to study abroad for a semester.


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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 2018/19 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 2018/19 will be £12,100 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 2018/19 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.


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 £98 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £159 per week.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours:
English Literature BA - Q300


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



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Get in touch

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

Admissions office

01905 855111

Admissions tutor

Dr Tricia Connell
01905 855293

Course Administrator

Joanne Henderson
01905 542417