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What makes English Literature at Worcester special?

At Worcester you can study diverse literatures from the 16th through to the 21st centuries, and 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.

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Key features

  • Excellent industry links including partnerships with Worcester Cathedral, Ledbury International Poetry Festival and the Wychwood 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

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:

280 UCAS tariff points (single honours) or 260 UCAS tariff points (joint honours), including a minimum grade C at A2 English
Accredited Access and Foundation Courses
Mature Entry Route

From 2017 there will be a change in the UCAS point system. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

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.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ. Visit our Academic Quality Unit pages for full programme specifications for each course.

Year 1


  • English Literature Across the Centuries
  • What is Literature?


  • English Renaissance Texts and Contexts
  • Improving English usage and style in academic writing
  • Introduction to American Writing
  • Introduction to Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
  • Power, Sex and Identity in Restoration Literature
  • Science Fiction: Alternative Worlds
  • Creativity in Women’s Writing: Difference in View

Year 2


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


  • Shakespearean Comedy       
  • Culture and Politics in Victorian Fiction
  • The Pre-Raphaelites: Word and Image
  • Children’s Literature
  • Intertextualities
  • Writing the Modern Self in Eighteenth-Century Literature
  • Gender and Popular Fiction
  • Gothic Literature
  • Literary England and the Great War, 1900 - 1930
  • Writing for Children
  • The American Short Story

Year 3


  • American Writing and the Wilderness
  • Cities and Fiction
  • Extended Independent Research Project
  • Fantasy and the 1980s
  • Independent Research Project
  • Irish Writing since 1900
  • Justice and Revenge in English Renaissance Drama
  • Key Concepts and Principles in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Methodology
  • Literature in Film Adaptation
  • Love, Religion and Politics in English Renaissance Poetry
  • Postcolonial Literature
  • What Happens Now: Twenty-First Century Poetry Plus
  • Work Project Module
  • E-editing Early Modern Texts


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. The reading, critical thinking, writing, oral, discursive and rhetorical skills that you will develop are an excellent preparation for a variety of careers - from teaching to marketing for example - and, 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

Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:

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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.

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?

You will learn how to:

  • Integrate, within the detailed study of literary texts, study of the contexts and intertexts on which writers draw.
  • Engage critically and creatively with a range of genres, forms and kinds of writing characteristic of English literature.
  • Use your knowledge of your subject to write in an academic register with fluency, and to structure analysis and argument appropriately and reflectively.
  • Prepare yourself for life as an English Literary Studies graduate through CV building, career mapping, group activities that develop your capacity for productive working relationships, and the acquisition of specialist skills.
  • Make the most of your ability to research your subject independently and to read critically for pleasure.

Staff expertise

All lecturers in the subject have obtained their PhDs in a relevant area of expertise and members of the teaching team are all involved in research activity. Collectively, their subject knowledge and research ranges widely, with particular emphasis on the following:

  • Renaissance and Restoration drama and poetry
  • Eighteenth-, nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature
  • English and American contemporary poetry
  • Children's literature
  • Contemporary American fiction
  • Ecocriticism and Ecopoetics

Teaching approach

  • Teaching involves large and small group sessions as well as lectures, one-to-one tutorials, supervised independent research projects, resource-based learning and e-learning.
  • Seminars are a mix of tutor- and student-led and small group discussions.
  • Guest speakers, including writers, are integral to your learning process.
  • Assessment is also integrated within learning: we place strong emphasis on learning through assessment, with students given many opportunities for feedback during modules in addition to the process of formal (‘summative’) assessment.

Teaching and learning

Teaching methods in all modules include lectures, discussions, seminars and individual tutorials. The English team's approach is strongly student-centred with classes characterised by emphasis on guided, small group discussion within a seminar environment, in which students develop their confidence in communicating ideas. Throughout the degree, through directed activities, students are encouraged to focus on their transferable skills with a view to encouraging confidence in their abilities and supporting their successful progression to further study or employment. There is a continuous emphasis on preparation for employment and students are encouraged to take up opportunities for volunteering and internships as well as to take advantage of assessed work project modules.


There are no unseen examinations and a wide variety of assessment methods are used; whilst the essay is the dominant mode in the subject, throughout the course students also have opportunities for assessment by means of oral presentations, group work, portfolios, reflective journals, creative writing, project reports and extended research projects. In all modules students produce 'formative' pieces of work - some informally assessed, some not - so that they may receive early feedback to support their progress in achieving their final, 'summative' work for formal assessment.

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 annual fee for full-time UK and EU students enrolling in 2016 is £9,000 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard annual fee for full-time international (non-EU) students enrolling in 2016 is £11,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fees for part-time UK and EU students enrolling on this course in 2016 are £1,180 per 15-credit module, £1,575 per 20 credit module and £2,360 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.

Visit our Money Advice pages for information on how much you should budget for your course.

Financial support

£1,000 ABB or equivalent scholarships

The University of Worcester offers a £1,000 first-year scholarship to all new undergraduate students to the University who achieve at least ABB at A Level, or the equivalent qualification (such as distinction, distinction, merit at BTEC), and who are responsible for paying their own tuition fees.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.

£1,000 academic achievement scholarships

Based solely on academic performance, the University awards up to 100 scholarships of £1,000 each to eligible high-achieving undergraduate students after completion of their first and second year of a degree course, or first year of a foundation degree or HND.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.


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, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £89 per week to the £145 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours:
English Literary Studies BA - Q300


Joint Honours:
Art & Design and English Literature BA - WQ93
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 Fine Art BA - QW31
English Literature and History BA - QV31
English Literature and Journalism BA - QP35
English Literature and Media & Culture BA - QP33
English Literature and Psychology - 5QP7
English Literature and Sports Studies BA - QC36


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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

Angelina Zavada
01905 54 2417