Why choose English Literature?

This course invites you to explore human experience and to discover different worlds through engaging with a wide range of literature: novels, short stories, poetry and drama. As part of the course, you will learn about the lives of writers, the historical and social contexts that affected their writing, and consider critical reactions to the texts whilst forming your own opinions. You will also develop skills in written and oral communication, interpretation and analysis.

Teaching and Learning Styles

A key approach will be learning through group work and discussion but there will also be a wide range of other strategies, including: essay writing workshops; individual and group student presentations; multimedia resources; individual student/teacher consultations, and joint activities with the Learning Resources Centre.

Extra-curricular Activities

  • Theatre visits
  • Lecture days
  • Visiting speakers
  • Workshops focusing on set texts and theatre productions


The first year focuses on your study of two novels (Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day) and the second focuses on poetry and drama (Ted Hughes and Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire). The second year will include study of, among others, Shakespeare, Milton, and Sylvia Plath.

Progression Opportunities

You may choose to go on to study English Literature as a single honours subject or in combination with a related subject such as Media, Journalism or Theatre Studies. Even if this is not the case, you will find that the English Literature course equips you with interpersonal and communication skills that are highly valued by other university courses and career paths.

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Molly Hadley

English Lit - Nunnery Wood High School
I really enjoyed English at high school, and chose to study it at WSFC as I knew that the skills acquired from it, such as analysis and organisation, would aid me in whatever subject I chose to read at university. The support and flexibility of the English department is fantastic and I would highly recommend the subject to anyone who loves to delve into a good story or discuss important topics such as gender constructs, hierarchies and authority. I plan to read Biology at a Russell Group university.

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification NameMaths GCSE Req.English GCSE Req.Other Req.Desirable QualificationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance on Costs or Commitments
English Literature4GCSE English Literature at grade 4 or above. Refer to department if not taken.GCSE English at grade 5 or above.Commitment to read and research widely. Willingness to participate in group discussions.Theatre visits optional but highly recommended. Optional purchase of set texts (approx. £30 per year).

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