BA (Hons) English Literature

English Literature at Winchester  pushes the boundaries of the discipline, giving students opportunities to enjoy a thought-provoking mix of traditional and non-traditional materials. Study engages with the ideas of the most exciting critical thinkers in contemporary cultural debate, using innovative learning and teaching methods.

BA (Hons) English Literature at University of Winchester

UCAS code: Q300

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer:

2017 Entry: 104-120 points 

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

An A level A*-C pass is required in an English subject. This can be in English Literature, English Language, English Language and Literature, or Creative Writing

A GCSE A*- C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

Degree duration:

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate:

26 points including 5 points at Higher Level

If English is not your first language:

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 (including 6.0 in writing) or equivalent

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2017 Entry Full-time £9,250** p/a
Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,939.
Total Cost: £27,750** (3 years)

International Students

2017 Entry Full-time £11,600** p/a
Total Cost: £34,800** (3 years) 

For further details click here

Additional Costs:


  • Core texts: Multiple copies of core text are held within the library and e-books are identified where possible, however due the nature of the course students are recommended to purchase a copy for their own use. It is also possible for students purchase second hand copies. Cost £50-200 per academic year.
  • Field trip: Third year students have the option to go on a day trip to London with the chance to visit an exhibition. The cost of this trip will depend on the entry price of any exhibitions visited. Cost £48 - £63.
  • Printing and binding: Students are required to pay for the costs of dissertation printing and binding. Cost £2.50. 

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as text books and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

Study abroad (optional):

USA; Europe (Czech Republic, Germany or Poland) via Erasmus; Asia (Japan)


Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World


Students have the chance to attend the University of Winchester Writers' Festival and Winchester Reading Series - an opportunity to meet authors, publishers and agents.


The Japan Exchange involves teaching English and gaining a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Student satisfaction:

93% of students are satisfied with the quality of the course (

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Terms and Conditions 

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.

**If you are starting your degree in September 2017, the first year will cost you £9,250. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 (Home and EU), £34,800 (International). However, please be aware that this may change. Our fees will be reviewed annually before the academic year begins and in-line with Parliament's approval of inflationary increases or decreases to fees for institutions with high quality teaching. 

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here.

If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

Study is wide-ranging including modern and traditional literature, cultural study and critical  analysis, Shakespeare and rap poetry. Single Honours students can add to their study of literary texts in English with modules in English Language, Creative Writing and/or American Studies.

Year 1 provides an awareness of the range of different  approaches to understanding texts and develops skills of critical analysis, research and writing. This is achieved through the study of an assortment of texts from various periods in history  across the genres of prose fiction, poetry and drama.

After the first year, the majority  of modules are optional, allowing students to engage with the material they are most enthusiastic about. The range of modules changes regularly to keep up with developments in literature and literary study.

In Year 2, most modules involve study of a group of texts representative of a period of history, a particular genre or a particular area of the world. The programme has a comprehensive range of modules ranging from Anglo-Saxon to the contemporary. All the major literary figures and movements from Chaucer to the present day are available, including  Shakespeare, Romantic poets, Victorian novelists and modern writers. Modules examining American literature, postcolonial literature and adaptation of literature in film are also available.

In Year 3, a specific collection  of writing, a particular theme or critical theory is considered in detail and a wide variety of topics exist. Modules here tend to be closely related to the research interests of teaching staff and engage with cutting-edge developments in the discipline.

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Critical Reading 1
  • Critical Reading 2
  • Introduction to English Studies
  • Early English Texts and Contexts

Optional modules:

  • Introduction to Poetry
  • Transatlantic Narratives
  • America and Americanisation 
  • The Literatures and Cultures of the Black Atlantic
  • American Genres
  • Fictional Writing
  • Scriptwriting
  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • Poetry and Poetic Expression
  • Approaches to Language Study
  • Understanding Language 1: Syntax and Morphology
  • Understanding Language 2: Semantics, Phonetics and Phonology
  • Understanding Language 3: Semantics and Pragmatics
  • History of the English Language

Year 2

Optional modules:

  • Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama
  • Seventeenth-Century Literature and Revolution
  • Nineteenth-Century Romanticism
  • The Modern Age
  • Chaucer and His World
  • Shakespeare and Seventeenth-Century Drama
  • Eighteenth-Century Romanticism
  • Victorian Fictions
  • Sex and Sensibility in Eighteenth Century Print Culture
  • Eighteenth Century Performance and Censorship
  • Gothic and Romantic Fiction
  • Postcolonial Fictions
  • The Postmodern Age
  • Individual Project
  • Literary Adaptations for Film and Television or Literature and Film
  • Contemporary Children's Literature
  • Volunteering for BA English
  • American Gothic
  • American Science Fiction
  • Writing America
  • Work and Money in American Literature
  • Middle English Texts in Context
  • Old English 1
  • Textual Editing in Theory and Practice
  • Children's Literature and Young Adult Fiction

Students may also choose one Creative Writing module and one English Language module.

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Dissertation
  • Creative and Critical Extended Study

Optional modules:

  • The Shakespeare Phenomenon
  • African America
  • Crime and Englishness
  • Women's Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century
  • Biography and the Body
  • William Blake: Poet of Jerusalem
  • Twentieth Century Dramatic Texts: Brecht and Beckett
  • Consumer Culture
  • Jewish Identities
  • Keywords
  • Literature, Sexuality and Morality
  • The City in American Literature 1868-1925
  • Renaissance Poetry at the Court of Elizabeth I
  • Romantic Celebrity Culture
  • Globalisation and Contemporary Fiction
  • Literature and Psychoanalysis
  • Contemporary Young Adult Fiction
  • The Figure of the Law in Literature
  • Post-Structuralism: Theory, Text, Culture
  • African American Literatures and Cultures
  • The Contemporary American Novel
  • American Crime Fiction
  • Sex and the City and Beyond
  • Chick Lit/Womens Writing before Sex and the City
  • Old English 2
  • Utopian and Dystopian Fiction
  • The Victorian Art of Murder

Students may also choose one Creative Writing module and one English Language module.

For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right hand side).

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above. 

The University aims to develop students as 'confident learners' by enabling them to acquire the knowledge and skills to excel in their studies here and to be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of learning resources available to them.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time (i.e. lectures, seminars etc), students are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, personal tutors and the wide range of services to students within the University.

Programme Leader

Dr Dan Varndell - contemporary literature, popular culture and film studies

Teaching team

Dr Amanda Boulter - creative writing, twentieth-century literature and gender studies

Professor Jude Davies - American literature, film studies, cultural studies and gender studies

Dr Carolin Esser - English language, Anglo-Saxon and medieval literature

Dr Gary Farnell - romantics and critical theory

Dr Ruth Gilbert - early modern and seventeenth-century literature, gender studies and Jewishness in literature

Dr Mick Jardine - early modern and modern literature, critical theory and postcolonialism

Dr Nick Joseph - creative writing and drama

Professor Neil McCaw - nineteenth-century and twentieth-century literature  and culture (especially Victorian), Irish studies and crime fiction
Professor Andrew Melrose - contemporary literature, nineteenth-century literature and creative writing

Professor Chris Mounsey - eighteenth-century Literature, sexuality in literature, biography and disability studies

Dr Nick Rowe - medieval and early modern literature

Mark Rutter - creative writing and poetry

Carol Smith - American literature, film and popular culture

Dr Julian Stannard - creative writing and poetry.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library

The University is committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to students on their academic progress and achievement, enabling them to reflect on their progress and plan their academic and skills development effectively. Students are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from their course tutors and lecturers.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Graduates have gone on to become teachers, lecturers, journalists, writers, actors, publishers and producers.

For more information about graduate employment visit From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.


As you will see, many of our graduates choose to go on to further study. Graduates have gone on to succeed in a wide variety of careers, for instance as teachers, head teachers, lecturers, librarians, writers, journalists, television presenters, civil servants, accountants, theatrical producers, actors.

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

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