University of Northampton

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The University of Northampton


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Course summary

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Our English degree will give you a thorough understanding of English literature from the Early Middle Ages to present day. With a wide choice of optional modules ranging from 'Sex, Sexuality and Twentieth-Century Fiction' to 'From Fairy Tale to the Contemporary Child Hero' you’ll be able to develop your own research interests. By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:

  • You will experience student life at the University’s £330 million Waterside Campus. Come along to an Open Day and find out more.
  • Students enrolling on this course at Northampton will be provided with their own brand new laptop* to keep at no additional cost. All sports clubs and societies are free to join at Northampton and every essential course text book is available via the library, meaning you won’t have to purchase copies. For more information on this visit our website (
  • Based on the evidence available, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Panel judged that the University of Northampton delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.
  • Our expert academics teach in small groups supported with one to one assistance. Our academics and students form a tight bond, providing individualised support and guidance whilst challenging students academically.
  • We invest more money into your education than 90% of Universities in the UK**
  • Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd.
The Northampton Employment Promise
  • In fact, we’re so confident in our careers and employability support that if you achieve at least a 2:2 degree and complete either our Employability Plus Gold programme or achieve a Changemaker Gold Certificate during your time studying with us, but still haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating, we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you or support you into postgraduate study.
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Course details


STAGE 1 • Reading Literary Genres (compulsory) • Identity Under Construction: Late Twentieth-Century Literature (compulsory) • Creative Reading and Writing (compulsory) • Life, Liberty and Happiness: Introduction to American Literature (compulsory) • Language and Creativity (compulsory) • Contemporary Shakespeares (compulsory) STAGE 2 • Experimental Literature (compulsory) • Thinking English: Reflections, Concepts, Perspectives (compulsory) • Victorian Visions (compulsory) • Creative Nonfiction (designated) • Contemporary American Fictions: Slavery, Sci-Fi and Serial Killers (designated) • From Blade to Book: Early English Literature (designated) • Sex, Sexuality and Twentieth-Century Fiction (designated) • From Fairy Tale to the Contemporary Child Hero (designated) • Literature and the City (designated) • Professional Writing Project: Northamptonshire (designated) STAGE 3 • Media English and Culture Dissertation (compulsory) • Early Modern Literature: Page, Stage and Screen (compulsory) • Satire and Revolution: Re-Reading Eighteenth Century Literature (compulsory) • Contemporary Women’s Literature (designated) • Celebrity, Publicity and American Literature (designated) • Adaptation (designated) • Gothic Worlds 1750-1900 (designated) Module information is quoted for 19/20 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

Assessment method

English modules are assessed through a variety of methods, including essays, individual and group presentations, time-constrained essays, blogs, participation in online discussion groups, creative writing and formal examinations.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeQ300
Institution code N38
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 112 points
A level BCC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma M: 30 credits
Scottish Higher BBBB
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD Accepted at DM with an BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma at Merit, or with an A-level at C.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 25 points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal M2, M3, M3

Applicants are normally expected to hold an English Literature or English Language A-level or an equivalent qualification

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
English at University of Northampton - UCAS