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This degree invites you to explore this rich language and its literary heritage through prose, poetry and drama.

English Literature at Leeds Trinity University is a vibrant degree programme enabling you to become someone who can understand, communicate and even create literature to a high level. We want you to participate in the imaginative and creative world of literature. This goes beyond passive knowledge; it is about putting that knowledge to use and learning how to make it work for you. 


Course Benefits

  • ​​A course that provides a study of English Literature from Beowulf through to contemporary literature. 
  • A course that foregrounds student-led inquiry so you develop the skills to become an expert in an area or aspect of literature that fascinates you. 
  • Work with research-active staff, who are passionate about the study of English Literature.

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Course Information

We equip you with the skills and techniques of professional scholarship and research, but then encourage you to be creative in producing critical or original work that develops and communicates your own particular passion for literature.

​The result is a degree programme that helps you use literature actively to explore the world and your potential role in it. Year-on-year in national surveys our students have polled well above the national average in satisfaction with this subject area.

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​On this course the modules are designed to help you develop your skills across your three years of study in the following areas: 
  • literary history
  • critical analysis
  • the study of thematic topics such as gender in literature and children’s literature
  • and independent research

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • ENG4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • ENG4122 - Literary History: From Beowulf to Chaucer
  • ENG4332 - Professional Development and Placement
  • ENG4412 - Research and Essay Writing: Focus on Plays
  • ENG4562 - Reading Literature: Prose and Poetry
  • ENG4742 - Creative Writing Workshop 1
  • ENG4882 - Mapping Genres
  • HUM4992 - Ethics and Society

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • ENG5012 - Professional Development and Placement
  • ENG5112 - Professional Development and Placement Module (Volunteering)
  • ENG5122 - Research and Essay Writing 2: Victorian Literature
  • ENG5132 - Roots of Stories
  • ENG5152 - Writing America
  • ENG5412 - Literary Period: Twentieth Century Literature
  • ENG5542 - Literary Period: the Renaissance
  • ENG5732 - Constructions of Gender
  • ENG5742 - Writing Practices II: Innocence and Experience
  • ENG5822 - Magical Realism in World Fiction
  • ENG5852 - Literature in Contemporary Culture
  • HUM5902 - Spanish: Language and Culture

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • ENG6174 - Dissertation
  • ENG6202 - When Elizabeth Bennet met Bridget Jones
  • ENG6212 - Gothic
  • ENG6222 - Modernisms
  • ENG6302 - Authors in Depth
  • ENG6532 - Literary Period: Classicism and Romanticism
  • ENG6552 - The Continuing Middle Ages
  • ENG6742 - Writing Practices 3: Experimental Writing
  • ENG6772 - The Child and the Book
  • ENG6912 - Postmodern Fiction
  • HUM6252 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • HUM6272 - Victorian Cultures
  • HUM6282 - Early Modern Cultures
  • MFC6182 - Science Fiction

Learning and Teaching

​At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.  
The modules on the programme are delivered through a mix of workshops, seminars, and tutorials (group and individual). There are 5 key themes to the programme: the critical analysis of texts; the study of literary history; the study of contemporary literature; literature as a way of exploring social themes, and creative writing. These themes are designed to support and complement each other.

The programme has a structured approach to developing your abilities in these 5 key themes.

In the first year we provide the tools and foundational knowledge required for literary analysis; academic research, and creative writing. Here, the work focuses on specific techniques and you are guided and supported through workshop activities that help you become competent and confident. There are lots of practical exercises and formative feedback all the way through.

In the second year the emphasis shifts to applying your techniques and skills to complex topics where you will have plenty of scope to explore and debate your ideas (the study of Renaissance and Victorian literature; the study of gender relations; children and books; biography and autobiography, and the nature of story). Here, the workshops support you in the academic research needed to create and develop your ideas and in a range of techniques to help you present them to different audiences.

In the final year your skills will have been trained and tested and now it is time to trust them in your own independent research. There is plenty of scope to explore your own interests and to manage complex research projects that demonstrate the range and depth of your ability. A range of option modules allows you to expand your interests by connecting them with work in film, history, or even by applying your skills within a range of professional contexts.

In addition, you will be required to complete at least two placements on your programme.

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme. 

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class. 

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.
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Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language.​ ​In addition, applicants usually have an A Level (or equivalent) in an English-related subject but this is not essential.

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses.  We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates before a final decision is made. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions team on 0113 283 7123 or email

UK & EU Students:

​​Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2017-18. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years. Find out more

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student VisaFind out more

​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University 
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online

Martyn Bedford

​​​I’ve been a published writer for more than 20 years and have written five novels for adults and three for young adults, as well as numerous short stories. My books have won several awards and been translated into fifteen languages. 

I've been a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity since 2009 and teach on the creative-writing modules across all the English courses.

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What I love about the English programme at Leeds Trinity, is the way it combines creative and critical approaches to bring literature and language alive for our students.

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We place high expectations on undergraduate placements, which our placement student met across all aspects.

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​This course will prepare you for a range of graduate careers including teaching, the media, public sector work, journalism, marketing, PR, and communications.
Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA Creative WritingMA Journalism and MA Marketing, which we provide here at Leeds Trinity. 

Our Campus

We can't help but brag – our campus has everything you need for an amazing student life. There is food, drink and entertainment for you and your friends to enjoy, day and night. You'll have access to our £2.2 million sports and fitness centre and find peace and quiet in the Chapel. 
Sleep through your alarm? You can wake up in one of our seven halls of residence, grab your breakfast and head to a lecture all within 15 minutes.  

Our Students’ Union (LTSU) is run by students, for the students so you'll be sure to get the most out of your university life with a range of social activities, clubs and societies whether on campus or in Leeds.

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of our English and Writing students are satisfied with their course (NSS 2017).


of our English students received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course (NSS 2017).

​​Top 20 in the UK

English studies courses at Leeds Trinity University are ranked 19th out of all UK universities for overall student satisfaction (NSS 2017).


of Leeds Trinity University students are satisfied with their course (NSS 2017).

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