English Literature

English Literature BA (Hons)

Join us to share your enthusiasm for English Literature. Our innovative course includes the study of traditional figures such as Shakespeare and Dickens alongside options in American literature and culture, gothic, graphic novels, drama, theatre, film, children’s literature and the fairy tale. You’ll learn about the relationship between literature and culture, understanding the vital role played by literary productions in interpreting the world around us. You’ll also learn to communicate with clarity and precision in oral and written forms, appreciating the value of aesthetic qualities in all modes of human interaction. You can participate in a Live Literature project – our students have organised creative writing events, worked with literary festivals and book awards, as well as organising a major ‘Comicon’ event – leading to 100% student satisfaction with the course.

Throughout your studies, you’ll explore literature as part of society and culture, so we look at different periods and places. Each year, you will focus on a specific period or periods (Renaissance, Restoration and eighteenth century, Romantics and nineteenth century, Modernists and contemporary writing), developing a wider understanding of the crucial role played by literature in understanding society, history and culture. You’ll also study literature from across the world and engage with influential theories that enhance your reading and intensify your cultural and social knowledge and understanding. In each of your years of study you’ll be involved in practical projects that will enable you to plan for your future on graduation, helping you to understand your career goals and how to tailor your studies towards those goals.

In the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS) English at UCLan ranked 1st in the North West for learning resources and access to IT resources and specialist facilities.

English Literature at UCLan has been recognised nationally for its focus on career planning in the curriculum. We have two National Teaching Fellows on our team, appointed by the Higher Education Academy, and we were part of the team that developed UCLan’s Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning which was awarded a grant of £4.5 million by Central Government to promote employability.

Your English degree at UCLan offers:

  • A creative mix of tradition and innovation in topic and delivery.
  • Modules in popular culture and contemporary literature as well as studies in classical literature.
  • The study of traditional literature from the sixteenth century to the contemporary era, including William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens, as well as ‘new’ fictions, for example, in American literature and culture, gothic fictions, film adaptation and children’s literature.

  • An opportunity to participate in projects internationally, through our Worldwise Centre.
  • Learning with research-active tutors, who are specialists in their fields.
  • A chance to gain valuable work experience relating to your studies. Through the Worldwise Centre based in the school you will get the opportunity to gain further practical experience through five day placements and short-term internships.
  • Field trips to museums, archival resources, readings and the theatre, such as RSC in Stratford to view a Shakespeare play and Dove Cottage Literary Sites in the Lake District.
  • An opportunity to meet writers and literary critics.
  • Support by the Worldwise Learning Centre where you can access the latest language learning and digital technologies including Rosetta Stone.


Teaching support outside of the seminars has been as consistently good as it is inside. Lecturers are always happy to provide extra feedback or act as a sounding board for your ideas.


Helen Day
National Teaching Fellow 2013
Current research interests: lying and unreliable narration in young adult and children's literature.
Most recent publication on The Hunger Games 
Currently working on projects in Employability and Work-related Learning in English publications

Robert Duggan
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Most recent publication The Grotesque in Contemporary British Fiction (Manchester University Press, 2013)
Conference Organiser: ‘Literature, Terrorism and 9/11’, University of Chichester, May 2010
Current research: spatiality in recent writing

Will Kaufman
School’s Director of Research
Fellow, Royal Society of Arts
Fellow, Higher Education Academy
British Association for American Studies (Development Chair, 2005-11)
Most recent publication: Woody Guthrie, American Radical (Illinois UP, 2011)
Current research: American protest music

Robin Purves
Contributing editor to the online poetry journal, Blackbox Manifold, edited by Adam Piette and Alex Houen of Sheffield University.
Discussion forum, UKPoetry
Participant in AHRC-funded project: Against Value in the Arts
Research: Modern and contemporary poetry from the UK, Europe and the U.S.A., philosophy from the 20th- and 21st-centuries and popular music and visual art

Yvonne Reddick
Research Fellow in Modern English and World Literatures
Current projects:
Monograph on Ted Hughes’ environmental writing; research on Africa’s rivers as sites of environmental conflict
Co-founder, EPSRC and IAS-funded Environmental Studies Research Network
Founder member and on advisory board of the Ted Hughes Society Journal
Member of the Société des anglicistes de l’enseignement supérieur

Alan Rice
National Teaching Fellowship (2007)
Latest publication: Creating Memorials, Building Identities: The Politics of Memory in the Black Atlantic (Liverpool UP, 2010)
Curator of Trade and Empire: Remembering Slavery exhibition at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester
Advisor and talking head on Choc’late Soldiers from the USA (2009)

Theresa Saxon
Fellow, Higher Education Academy
Fellow, Royal Society of Arts
British Association for American Studies Treasurer (2008-2012)
Associate Editorial ‘American Literature to 1900’ Year’s Work in English Studies (OUP)
Most recent publication: American Theatre: History, Context, Form (EUP 2011)
Current project: Transatlantic and international theatre and a study of Charles Dickens as a dramatist and performer

Janice Wardle
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Chair of local school Governors
Latest Project working on representation of the author in contemporary film and fiction
Quality Assurance Agency Institutional Reviewer

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: three years. Part-time: five years.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction. English or related subject at A2 required.
Pass Access Course: 106 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no bscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent.

Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

Course Overview

Year 1

Modules provide you with a good overview of Literature which will support your learning throughout your degree – you also have the opportunity to take an elective in another subject.

  • History of English Literature (20 credits)
  • Reading Texts: Literary Theory (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Renaissance Literature (20 credits)
  • Literature, Criticism and the War Against Cliché (20 credits)

You can also take an option in either American Literature or Creative Writing and an elective from a variety of subjects.

Year 2

You will have four compulsory modules – and can select from options in Literature and Creative Writing, and an elective from another subject. In this year you will also participate in a project-based module, to develop and enhance your employability skills:

  • A World of Difference: Literature and Globalisation (20 Credits)
  • Live Literature Project (20 Credits)
  • Restoration to Revolution: Literary Culture 1660-1789 (20 Credits)
  • From Romantics to Decadents: Literary Culture 1789-1900 (20 Credits)

You’ll also take an additional module from our suite of options:

  • The Fairy Tale
  • Drama
  • The Graphic Novel
  • Reading and Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • An elective in a variety of subjects

Year 3

In your final year, there is greater flexibility for you to select options, in addition to the compulsory modules which you need to complete the single honours programme.

Compulsory modules

  • English Literature Dissertation (40 Credits)
  • The Shock of the New: Modern and Contemporary Literature (20 Credits)

And you also take an additional 60 credits (generally three modules of 20 credits each) from our suite of options:

  • American Literature
  • American Drama
  • Black Atlantic Writing
  • British Children’s Literature
  • 19th Century Gothic Fiction
  • Literature and Film

Industry Links

Members of our team work with the media, including the BBC, both television and radio, as well as PBS America and have acted as consultants with a range of businesses, such as Lancaster Theatre Productions and The Lancaster Literature Festival. We are also involved with events at the Whitworth Gallery, The Harris Museum and Library and International Slavery Museum, Liverpool.

We have links with a network of regional schools, for those interested in pursuing careers in teaching and education; students who wish to teach are able to go on to gain a PGCE in primary or secondary education, or certificates in TESOL.

Professional Accreditation

We have affiliations with a number of professional academic bodies, such as the British Association for American Studies, European Association for American Studies, Transatlantic Studies Association, Collegium for African American Research, the National Black Arts Association, Multi-Ethnic Studies Europe and America (MESEA) and Centre for the Study of International Slavery at the International Slavery Museum.

Learning Environment

You’ll spend your taught sessions in lectures, seminars or workshops. Lectures focus on providing necessary background for your studies and seminars will follow up with a more in depth discussion of key literary and cultural debates – so the emphasis here is on your ideas. Workshops also provide an opportunity for you to participate in group discussions, so that you enhance your understanding of the texts and their importance to academic study. Our library is updated regularly with material you need to your studies and we make use of extensive online resources – we use a Blackboard system for online learning to support you throughout your degree programme. You will carry out a work-related project for a real client. This individual or collaborative project could include planning for a conference, literature festival, writing competition, or exhibition. Modules are assessed by a wide variety of coursework assignments, including essays and critical commentaries. We also assess though student presentation and group-work activities, such as a literary blog.


On this degree programme, you’ll acquire key recognised and valued in teaching, publishing, travel and tourism, advertising, journalism and the cultural/creative industries. Our graduates also pursue careers in management, commerce and public service. Further study is also available at Master’s or PhD level. We have alumni working for the BBC on Woman’s Hour, writing for the Guardian and Independent newspapers, in government advisory positions and in digital media in the UK and overseas.

Our team consists of major researchers and we have recently launched an internationally recognised centre, the Institute for Black Atlantic Research. The team invites distinguished writers and guest speakers such as author and playwright Caryl Phillips, Jackie Kay and Jacqueline Wilson.

We visit Stratford every year, to watch a performance of a Shakespeare play. You can participate in our ‘literary tours’ project, an exploration of major literary centres (for example Paris) and the relationship between literature and place.

You’ll have access to our International Travel Bursary Scheme, which enables you to spend some time overseas on a project related to your studies. If you wish to study abroad as part of your course, UCLan offers a scheme for a semester/year abroad as we have exchange agreements with overseas universities.

Teaching is informed by UCLan’s Institute for Black Atlantic Research (IBAR), directed by Professor Alan Rice, which fosters partnerships with museums, galleries, broadcasters and community organisations.

Postgraduate opportunities: We offer a wide range of postgraduate research master’s, in International Literature, Playwriting, Writing for Children. For more information, please visit Research.


Important Information

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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.