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English Literature

BA Honours

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English Literature

BA Honours



    Year of entry: Sept 2020 
  • Course Type:  Full time (3 years)
    Foundation (4 years)
  • Tariff Points: 104
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Course Overview

Do you want to learn how you can use literature to explore the world and your potential role in it?

The English Literature programme at Leeds Trinity will give you the opportunity to read and enjoy a wide range of literary texts, including Shakespearean drama, children's literature and postmodern fiction.

Why study with us?

• Indulge your passions. Study English Literature from Beowulf through to contemporary literature.

• It's all about you. We focus on student-led inquiry in our teaching, which means you'll develop the skills to become an expert in an area or aspect of literature that fascinates you.

• Learn from the experts. You'll work with research-active staff who are passionate about the study of English Literature.

• Enhance your CV. You'll complete two professional work placements as part of your degree.

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Course Information

About this course >

You'll learn how to read and analyse poetry and short stories, as well as gain an understanding of how to compare past and contemporary texts in the same genres.

You'll have the opportunity to explore literature from the Medieval period to the present day, and you'll look at contemporary styles and topics such as constructions of gender and magical realism in world fiction.

We'll teach you the skills and techniques of professional scholarship and literary research, developing your confidence in sharing your knowledge and communicating your ideas.

We'll encourage you to be creative in responding to texts, giving you the chance to communicate your own particular passion for literature. You'll also have opportunities to create your own literature, with optional creative writing workshops in each year of your degree.

Professional experience is crucial, so you'll complete two professional work placements and we'll encourage you to think about how you can use your skills, knowledge and interests in a future career.

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Further Study

​Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA Creative Writing, MA Marketing and MA Journalism, which we provide here at Leeds Trinity. You will also be eligible to apply to one of the postgraduate teacher training qualifications (Primary or Secondary English) which we offer at Leeds Trinity.

Modules >

Year 1

Our first year course is designed to set you up with the skills and confidence you need to get the most from your English Literature degree. You’ll gain confidence in reading and analysing poetry and short stories through our Reading Literature module. In our Literary History and Mapping Genres modules you will explore some great texts from the past and learn to compare them to popular modern texts in the same genres. Our Research and Essay-Writing module will introduce you to the fantastic range of resources, online and in our library, available to help you research authors, texts and contexts. You can take a Creative Writing Workshop if you want to. And at the end of the year you will complete a pra​​ctical project and go on a professional placement to help you develop your future employability and relate your studies to the world of work.

Year 2

During your second year you will extend your knowledge of literature in English, sharing in staff research interests and developing your own. To develop research and essay-writing skills, all students make a special study of a topic, such as Comedy or Gothic, focused on Victorian Literature. Beyond that, you choose the modules that most interest you. You can study Shakespearean drama, or 20th Century Literature, or find out more about the roots of modern literature in the Bible and classical mythology in Roots of Stories. You can explore contemporary issues and styles through modules such as Constructions of Gender and Magical Realism in World Fiction. You can continue to develop your own creative side through taking Creative Writing Workshop 2 – or you can take Spanish: Language and Culture to learn a new language. Again at the end of the year you will go on a professional placement to gain valuable skills and experience to take forward to your future career.

Year 3

In your final year the research and essaywriting skills that you have developed through your programme will go into producing an 8000-word Dissertation on a topic of your choice. The emphasis in this year is on following up the interests you have already developed and exploring topics in more depth, using all the skills and expertise you have already gained. So whether it was Victorian Cultures you most enjoyed, or Shakespearean Early Modern Cultures, or Modernisms, you can work on this with one of our staff who has specialist research expertise in the area. There are also opportunities to explore new topics such as Children’s Literature, and Science Fiction and Postmodern Fiction. You can also continue your development as a creative writer through taking Creative Writing Workshop 3: Experimental Writing, and there is an option to do a third professional placement on a part-time basis through the year.

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

  • ENG4122 - Beasts, Buttresses and Battlements: Medieval Literature
  • ENG4412 - Staging Identity: Researching Plays about Self and Society
  • ENG4562 - Reading Literature: Prose and Poetry
  • ENG4612 - History of English 1: The Origins of English
  • ENG4742 - Finding and Freeing Your Voices: Creative Writing 1
  • ENG4842 - Writing, Performance and Persuasion
  • ENG4882 - Vampires and Detectives: Reading Popular Genres
  • ENG4992 - Ethics, Society and Employability
  • MFC4022 - Analysing Media and Culture
  • MFC4362 - Online Storytelling

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 - The Scandalous Victorians: Literature of the Industrial Revolution
  • ENG5152 - Writing America
  • ENG5412 - Twentieth-Century Writing: Experiments in Literature and Society
  • ENG5542 - Blood, Magic and Travel: Shakespearean Drama
  • ENG5612 - History of English 2: From Shakespeare's English to Global Englishes
  • ENG5732 - Constructions of Gender
  • ENG5742 - Childhood, Loss, Love and Myth: Creative Writing 2
  • ENG5822 - Magical Realism in World Fiction
  • HUM5902 - Spanish Language and Culture
  • MFC5022 - Media, Power and Culture
  • MFC5572 - Digital Narratives

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

  • ENG6222 - Writing the New: Modernisms
  • ENG6302 - Authors in Depth
  • ENG6532 - From The Tatler to Frankenstein: Reading Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Texts
  • ENG6552 - Dreaming the Middle Ages
  • ENG6714 - Dissertation
  • ENG6742 - Breaking the Rules: Creative Writing 3
  • ENG6772 - Down the Rabbit Hole: Children's Literature
  • ENG6912 - Labyrinths and Quests: Postmodern Fiction
  • ENG6952 - Negotiated Study
  • HUM6002 - Sexuality and Ethics
  • HUM6012 - Great Thinkers: Applying Political Ideas
  • HUM6252 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • MFC6092 - Contemporary Cultural Issues
  • MFC6162 - Film and Television Adaptation
  • 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. #expand#
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.

Entry Requirements >

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 104 UCAS tariff points.

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.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. 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

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2019/20. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2019-20. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student VisaFind out more

Additional Costs

​​​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.

Placement Opportunities

​We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You'll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months' professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out.

Your professional work placements will give you the chance to experience the careers that an English Literature degree can lead to. Our students have completed their placements at a wide range of organisations – from film production companies and recording studios, to local newspapers and MPs' offices. If you're interested in teaching, you could also experience working in a primary or secondary school.

Graduate Opportunities

You'll be well-prepared for a wide range of graduate careers in teaching and education, the media, the public sector, journalism, marketing, PR and communications.

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