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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • English Literature achieved 100% overall satisfaction as rated by final-year undergraduate students in the 2019 National Student Survey
  • Join a community passionate about the study of literature and the broad subject of English
  • Tailor a programme to your interests from a diverse range of writers and movements
  • Attend the University of Winchester Writers' Festival and Winchester Reading Series — an opportunity to meet authors, publishers and agents
  • Add an extra string to your bow by teaching on the Japan Exchange and gaining a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

English Literature at Winchester pushes the boundaries of the discipline, giving you the opportunities to enjoy a thought-provoking mix of traditional and modern materials.

From Chaucer to rap poetry, you can choose from almost 800 years of the best writing in English on a course that fires your imagination, sharpens your own written and communication skills and allows you to think critically and creatively about literature and much more beside.

Guided by our supportive teaching staff, who are all part of the university’s thriving literary research culture, you study the ideas of the most exciting critical thinkers in contemporary cultural debate, using innovative learning and teaching methods. And there’s the flexibility to add to your study of literary texts with modules in English Language, Creative Writing and/or American Studies.

Year 1 provides the foundations for your studies of literature with modules designed to develop your skills of critical analysis, research, and writing. This is achieved through the study of a wide range of fiction, poetry, and drama from across the historical periods. You will study early literature in its context, explore the boundaries between literature and other types of texts like films, and have modules on poetry and world literature.

After the first year, the majority of modules are optional, allowing you to engage with the writers and movements that most inspire you.

In Year 2, you can choose from all the major literary figures and movements, from Chaucer to modern fiction. Modules examining American literature, Postcolonial Fictions and Literary Adaptations for Film and TV 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. These include Literature and Psychoanalysis, African American Literatures and Cultures, and Utopian and Dystopian Fiction. Modules here tend to be closely related to the research interests of teaching staff and engage with cutting-edge developments in the discipline. In your final year you will also be guided through personal tutorials to complete a dissertation in a subject area of your choice.

A degree in English Literature opens many doors. A range of highly transferable qualities, including analytical thinking, evaluative and research skills, self-discipline, and effective written and spoken communication, enables you to excel in a variety of fields not just confined to the arts. Graduates have gone on to become teachers, lecturers, journalists, writers, actors, publishers and producers.

Careers

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

94% of our 2016/17 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degree with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Work placements

There is the chance to join The Japan Exchange, which involves teaching English and gaining a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Study abroad

Our BA (Hons) English Literature course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the United States of America (USA), Japan and Europe via Erasmus.

For more information see our Study Abroad section.

Learning and teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 216 hours
Independent learning: 984 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
Independent learning: 936 hours
Placement hours: 12 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours
Independent learning: 948 hours
Placement hours: 12 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.

Teaching hours

All class based teaching takes places between 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday during term time. Wednesday afternoons are kept free from timetabled teaching for personal study time and for sports clubs and societies to train, meet and play matches. There may be some occasional learning opportunities (for example, an evening guest lecturer or performance) that take places outside of these hours for which you will be given forewarning.

The University library is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Assessment

Our validated courses 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.

We ensure 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 on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

88% coursework
8% written exams
4% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

93% coursework
5% written exams
2% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

94% coursework
0% written exams
6% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

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

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2020 Entry: 104-120 points

104-120 to include an A level or equivalent level 3 pass in English, or in a related subject in the areas of arts, humanities or social sciences, including drama, theatre, communications, history, theology or philosophy.

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

International Baccalaureate: 104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 Higher level IB certificates at grade 4 or above, including a pass in English, or in a related subject in the areas of arts, humanities or social sciences, including drama, theatre, communications, history, theology or philosophy.

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
Send us a message

International students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

 

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Studying English Literature 30
Introduction to Poetry 15

This module will be based on a specially compiled anthology incorporated into the module handbook, with a wide sampling of short texts ranging from Elizabethan sonnets to contemporary pieces.  There will be three main sections, each of three to four weeks. First, a concentration on close reading skills and an understanding of the uses of poetic form and language, based on material traditionally considered canonical. Secondly, the issue of the canon to be raised and questioned in an explicit way, exemplified by material that raises issues of class, gender, ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture, and postcolonial challenges. Thirdly, a focus on the contributions of context to understanding poetry operating through case studies of particular texts such as a sample of Cavalier verse or Romantic odes.

Literature in Context 15

This module is designed to introduce students to a range of literary texts and genres from the medieval period up to the eighteenth century, opening consideration of the advantages and disadvantages of understanding these texts in relation to their historical contexts. This will include consideration of the following: the changing practices of publication and composition of audience; the historical, political and cultural contexts; contemporary conceptualisations of genre, gender roles and sexual identity; treatment of issues of colonialism, national identity, ethnic difference and religious affiliation. Comparisons and contrasts in relation to historical change will be highlighted by tracing these topics across texts from different periods. Students will be encouraged to draw from the theoretical materials and methods learned on Studying English Literature alongside the complementary World Literature module to develop and build core interpretative skills. The use of texts that have already received considerable critical attention will enable students to engage with existing critical discussion.

Intertextuality 15

A literary text does not have meaning in and of itself, its meaning is always a product of its relation to other texts, both literary and non-literary. This module will examine a range of ways that texts have been analysed through their relationship with other texts. It will begin with the well-established concepts of source, genre, and allusion, examining specific texts and tracing these relationships. It will then look at theoretical expansions of the concept of intertextuality and consider these in relation to an extended study of a pair of related literary texts. Finally, it will consider adaptation of literary texts such as a fairy tale into other media such as film, television and the visual arts, considering how identification of a text as an adaptation of a preceding one impacts upon the interpretation of both.

World Literature 15

While Goethe introduced the phrase Weltliteratur in 1827 and called on us to hasten its approach, ‘World Literature’ remains, in David Damrosch’s view, an ‘elusive’ thing (‘Which literature? Whose world?’) Drawing on critical methodologies established in Studying English Literature, and complementing Literature in Context, this module will focus on how the study of ‘English’ as a discipline is affected by globalization and so-called ‘identity politics’. It will explore a range of texts both modern and foundational to illustrate a variety of concepts and critical issues, including: diaspora and migration, nationalism and multiculturalism, non-British English and reading in translation, and the effect of globalization on contemporary politics. It also invites students to consider the heterogeneity of the term ‘World Literature’ as both a hindrance and a benefit when tackling concepts like, for example, gender as a social and, increasingly, international construct.

Optional Modules

The Black Atlantic - 15 Credits

Digital America - 15 Credits

Creative Non-Fiction - 15 Credits

Poetry Now! - 15 Credits

Phonetics and Phonology - 15 Credits

Semantics and Pragmatics - 15 Credits

Optional Credits

Studying English Literature 30
Introduction to Poetry 15

This module will be based on a specially compiled anthology incorporated into the module handbook, with a wide sampling of short texts ranging from Elizabethan sonnets to contemporary pieces.  There will be three main sections, each of three to four weeks. First, a concentration on close reading skills and an understanding of the uses of poetic form and language, based on material traditionally considered canonical. Secondly, the issue of the canon to be raised and questioned in an explicit way, exemplified by material that raises issues of class, gender, ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture, and postcolonial challenges. Thirdly, a focus on the contributions of context to understanding poetry operating through case studies of particular texts such as a sample of Cavalier verse or Romantic odes.

Literature in Context 15

This module is designed to introduce students to a range of literary texts and genres from the medieval period up to the eighteenth century, opening consideration of the advantages and disadvantages of understanding these texts in relation to their historical contexts. This will include consideration of the following: the changing practices of publication and composition of audience; the historical, political and cultural contexts; contemporary conceptualisations of genre, gender roles and sexual identity; treatment of issues of colonialism, national identity, ethnic difference and religious affiliation. Comparisons and contrasts in relation to historical change will be highlighted by tracing these topics across texts from different periods. Students will be encouraged to draw from the theoretical materials and methods learned on Studying English Literature alongside the complementary World Literature module to develop and build core interpretative skills. The use of texts that have already received considerable critical attention will enable students to engage with existing critical discussion.

Intertextuality 15

A literary text does not have meaning in and of itself, its meaning is always a product of its relation to other texts, both literary and non-literary. This module will examine a range of ways that texts have been analysed through their relationship with other texts. It will begin with the well-established concepts of source, genre, and allusion, examining specific texts and tracing these relationships. It will then look at theoretical expansions of the concept of intertextuality and consider these in relation to an extended study of a pair of related literary texts. Finally, it will consider adaptation of literary texts such as a fairy tale into other media such as film, television and the visual arts, considering how identification of a text as an adaptation of a preceding one impacts upon the interpretation of both.

World Literature 15

While Goethe introduced the phrase Weltliteratur in 1827 and called on us to hasten its approach, ‘World Literature’ remains, in David Damrosch’s view, an ‘elusive’ thing (‘Which literature? Whose world?’) Drawing on critical methodologies established in Studying English Literature, and complementing Literature in Context, this module will focus on how the study of ‘English’ as a discipline is affected by globalization and so-called ‘identity politics’. It will explore a range of texts both modern and foundational to illustrate a variety of concepts and critical issues, including: diaspora and migration, nationalism and multiculturalism, non-British English and reading in translation, and the effect of globalization on contemporary politics. It also invites students to consider the heterogeneity of the term ‘World Literature’ as both a hindrance and a benefit when tackling concepts like, for example, gender as a social and, increasingly, international construct.

Optional Modules

The Black Atlantic - 15 Credits

Digital America - 15 Credits

Creative Non-Fiction - 15 Credits

Poetry Now! - 15 Credits

Phonetics and Phonology - 15 Credits

Semantics and Pragmatics - 15 Credits

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Critical Theory 15

Critical Theory has unarguably transformed the discipline of English Literature, but its significance in the 21st century has been increasingly subject to debate.  This module responds to proclamations of the ‘Death of Theory’ and the rush to declare us ‘post-Theory’ (post-gender, post-race, post-truth, etc.)  It examines the development of Critical Theory through the 20th century, as well as foundational texts from philosophy, to confront the historical and intellectual impact of ‘theory’ on the discipline. The module will explore works by difficult thinkers (from Barthes to Žižek), as well as the philosophers who influenced them (Plato, Heidegger, etc.) in order to experience theory first-hand, learning to tackle the more difficult critical material in the discipline in order to both assess its usefulness and application for different texts, contexts and periods. The focus on Critical Theory and philosophy will also enable students to engage with several of the UN sustainable development goals, including: 4 (Quality Education), 5 (Gender Equality), 10 (Reduced Inequalities) and those focused on ecological sustainability.

Preparation for Research and Professional Development 15

This is a preparatory module for two mandatory third year modules—the ‘Dissertation’ and the ‘Vocational Study’ module—and is taught in two parts.

(1) The ‘Preparation for Research’ part tackles various aspects of research, such as: discriminating between different methodologies to frame an individual project; making research creative and exciting; developing and planning an undergraduate dissertation; undertaking a preparatory literature review; writing research proposals.

(2) The ‘professional writing’ part of the module focuses on the transferable skills attained throughout the degree and prepares for life as an English Literature graduate. It looks at: project and time management; interviewing and presentation; and writing an effective C.V. The module will also give students a sense of academia as a profession and what it means to be a life-long learner (with reference to the UN Sustainability Goals).

Optional Modules

Chaucer and His World - 15 Credits

Children’s Literature and Young Adult Fiction - 15 Credits

Eighteenth-century Romanticism - 15 Credits

Gothic and Romantic Fiction - 15 Credits

Individual Project - 15 Credits

Modernism - 15 Credits

Nineteenth-century Romanticism - 15 Credits

Postmodernism - 15 Credits

Revolution and Restoration: Literature 1625-1688 - 15 Credits

Shakespeare and Early Modern Comedy - 15 Credits

Shakespeare and Early Modern Tragedy - 15 Credits

Scholarly Editing in Theory and Practice - 15 Credits

The Rise of the Novel 1660-1770 - 15 Credits

Victorian Literatures - 15 Credits

Volunteering for BA English Literature - 15 Credits

Optional Credits

Critical Theory 15

Critical Theory has unarguably transformed the discipline of English Literature, but its significance in the 21st century has been increasingly subject to debate.  This module responds to proclamations of the ‘Death of Theory’ and the rush to declare us ‘post-Theory’ (post-gender, post-race, post-truth, etc.)  It examines the development of Critical Theory through the 20th century, as well as foundational texts from philosophy, to confront the historical and intellectual impact of ‘theory’ on the discipline. The module will explore works by difficult thinkers (from Barthes to Žižek), as well as the philosophers who influenced them (Plato, Heidegger, etc.) in order to experience theory first-hand, learning to tackle the more difficult critical material in the discipline in order to both assess its usefulness and application for different texts, contexts and periods. The focus on Critical Theory and philosophy will also enable students to engage with several of the UN sustainable development goals, including: 4 (Quality Education), 5 (Gender Equality), 10 (Reduced Inequalities) and those focused on ecological sustainability.

Preparation for Research and Professional Development 15

This is a preparatory module for two mandatory third year modules—the ‘Dissertation’ and the ‘Vocational Study’ module—and is taught in two parts.

(1) The ‘Preparation for Research’ part tackles various aspects of research, such as: discriminating between different methodologies to frame an individual project; making research creative and exciting; developing and planning an undergraduate dissertation; undertaking a preparatory literature review; writing research proposals.

(2) The ‘professional writing’ part of the module focuses on the transferable skills attained throughout the degree and prepares for life as an English Literature graduate. It looks at: project and time management; interviewing and presentation; and writing an effective C.V. The module will also give students a sense of academia as a profession and what it means to be a life-long learner (with reference to the UN Sustainability Goals).

Optional Modules

Chaucer and His World - 15 Credits

Children’s Literature and Young Adult Fiction - 15 Credits

Eighteenth-century Romanticism - 15 Credits

Gothic and Romantic Fiction - 15 Credits

Individual Project - 15 Credits

Modernism - 15 Credits

Nineteenth-century Romanticism - 15 Credits

Postmodernism - 15 Credits

Revolution and Restoration: Literature 1625-1688 - 15 Credits

Shakespeare and Early Modern Comedy - 15 Credits

Shakespeare and Early Modern Tragedy - 15 Credits

Scholarly Editing in Theory and Practice - 15 Credits

The Rise of the Novel 1660-1770 - 15 Credits

Victorian Literatures - 15 Credits

Volunteering for BA English Literature - 15 Credits

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Dissertation 30

The dissertation is an extended treatment of between 8,000 and 10,000 words on a subject of the student’s choice (subject to approval). Study is primarily student-directed, with supervision supplied by tutors teaching/researching in the subject area. Students will draw on the Preparation for Research and Professional Writing module in addition to a small number of general lectures to further provide guidance through the process, but this is primarily a self-directed, independent study. A viva voce exam might be requested of students in order to clarify assessment decisions.

English, Etc. 15
Optional Modules

Creative and Critical Extended Study - 30 Credits

Creativity for Wellbeing: Learning to Lead Groups - 15 Credits

Teaching and Communicating English - 15 Credits

Publishing Practice - 15 Credits

Professional Writing III: copy-editing - 15 Credits

Consumer Culture - 15 Credits

Globalization and Contemporary Fiction - 15 Credits

Jewish Identities - 15 Credits

Keywords in Literary Studies - 15 Credits

Literary Adaptations - 15 Credits

Literature and Psychoanalysis - 15 Credits

Literature and Social Justice - 15 Credits

Other Worlds and Fantasy Fiction - 15 Credits

Romantic Celebrity Culture - 15 Credits

Sexuality and Morality - 15 Credits

The Shakespeare Phenomenon - 15 Credits

The City in American Literature 1868-1930 - 15 Credits

The Figure of the Law in Literature - 15 Credits

The Victorian Art of Murder - 15 Credits

Utopian and Dystopian Fiction - 15 Credits

Women's Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century - 15 Credits

Women's Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century - 15 Credits

Optional Credits

Dissertation 30

The dissertation is an extended treatment of between 8,000 and 10,000 words on a subject of the student’s choice (subject to approval). Study is primarily student-directed, with supervision supplied by tutors teaching/researching in the subject area. Students will draw on the Preparation for Research and Professional Writing module in addition to a small number of general lectures to further provide guidance through the process, but this is primarily a self-directed, independent study. A viva voce exam might be requested of students in order to clarify assessment decisions.

English, Etc. 15
Optional Modules

Creative and Critical Extended Study - 30 Credits

Creativity for Wellbeing: Learning to Lead Groups - 15 Credits

Teaching and Communicating English - 15 Credits

Publishing Practice - 15 Credits

Professional Writing III: copy-editing - 15 Credits

Consumer Culture - 15 Credits

Globalization and Contemporary Fiction - 15 Credits

Jewish Identities - 15 Credits

Keywords in Literary Studies - 15 Credits

Literary Adaptations - 15 Credits

Literature and Psychoanalysis - 15 Credits

Literature and Social Justice - 15 Credits

Other Worlds and Fantasy Fiction - 15 Credits

Romantic Celebrity Culture - 15 Credits

Sexuality and Morality - 15 Credits

The Shakespeare Phenomenon - 15 Credits

The City in American Literature 1868-1930 - 15 Credits

The Figure of the Law in Literature - 15 Credits

The Victorian Art of Murder - 15 Credits

Utopian and Dystopian Fiction - 15 Credits

Women's Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century - 15 Credits

Women's Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century - 15 Credits

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 www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2020 Course Tuition Fees

 UK/EU

International

Year 1 £9,250 £13,500
Year 2 £9,250 £13,500
Year 3 £9,250 £13,500
Total £27,750 £40,500
Optional Sandwich Year £700 £700
Total with Sandwich Year £28,450 £41,200

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2020, 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 for UK and EU students.

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. 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.

UK/EU 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 £77.08 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 £6,935.

International 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 £112.50 and a 15 credit module is £1,687.

*The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. 

Additional costs

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Optional

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. Indicative cost is £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. Indicative cost is £48 - £63.

Printing and binding

We are proud to offer free printing for all students to ensure that printing costs are not a potential financial barrier to student success. The University of Winchester and Winchester Student Union are champions of sustainability and therefore ask that all students consider the environment and print fairly. Students may be required to pay for the costs of dissertation binding. Indicative cost is £1.50-£3.

Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards page. 

Key course details

UCAS code
Q300
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
104-120 points
Location
On campus, Winchester