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Course summary

This dynamic and diverse course provides a thorough exploration of English Literature, where you can plot your own pathways through a range of themed strands and in-depth module topics, all regularly taught by dedicated, enthusiastic and research-active tutors. We offer a supportive learning environment where you can feel safe and empowered to explore new ideas, develop your love of literature and learn vital life skills for your future career. At the centre of our newly updated programme is diversity and relevance. This means we study texts representing a range of voices and identities, embracing the latest cultural debates and searching out literary expressions from revolutionaries or the marginalised, but also looking deeply into the rich heritage and history of the literary arts across the ages and through the full range of literary genre. We care deeply about what literature can show us of the world in all its complexity, and the programme taps into this passion for hearing all voices and witnessing the history and breadth of literary expression. 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 (
  • 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.
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  • 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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STAGE 1 • Reading and Writing our World (compulsory) • Identity Under Construction (designated) • Contemporary Shakespeares (designated) • Digital Culture and Print Media (designated) • Decolonising the Bookshelf (designated) • Writing the Wild (designated) • American Dreams, American Nightmares: Race, Class and Gender (designated). STAGE 2 • Literature and the Real World: Critical Concepts (compulsory) • Victorian Visions (designated) • Literary Extremes and The American Mainstream (designated) • From Fairy Tale to Fantasy: Children’s and Young Adult Literature (designated) • Centre & Margins: Postmodernity & After (designated) • Writing in the World (designated) • Representing Class: Stories and Conflicts (designated) OPTIONAL PLACEMENT YEAR

  • The Placement Year Experience: Organisations in Context (Designated)
STAGE 3 • English Dissertation (compulsory) • Good Society and Bad Society: Shakespeare to Behn (designated) • Literature and Revolution (designated) • Bodies and Performances: Thinking Sex and Gender (designated) • Publicity & Privacy: American Authors and Celebrity (designated) • Texts in Transition: Adaptation (designated) • Gothic Worlds (designated). Module information is quoted for 22/23 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

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

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Unistats information

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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