English Literature

Coventry University

Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course summary

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The BA (Hons) English Literature at Coventry University is a course for students who want to further explore the major literary periods that they will have studied in their pre-degree-level studies, but who also want to be introduced to new and diverse areas of the subject, which will allow them to specialise in a range of exciting, emerging areas of the subject. These typically include such areas as, regional studies and spatiality (including the literature of the English Midlands), fantasy and speculative fictions, African-American literature, Chicana/o and US Latina/o literature, anglophone world literatures, literatures of the American West, literatures of disability, and experimental literatures. Although providing extensive opportunities to study English Literature of earlier periods, the course arguably concentrates more on modern and contemporary literatures. The course will take as its motif an idea that has proved popular for English degrees in the Celtic nations and in the South West of England - a focus on regionality, place and spatiality - but which many other Literature courses in the UK outside of these areas have concentrated upon relatively little, and focuses on literatures which give an insight into relationships 'from the local to the global'. This will involve an emphasis on the literature of everything from the regional-specific literature of the English Midlands – a significant area of the subject in which no other provider is currently specialising - to the foci on the anglophone world literatures already alluded to. Key course benefits;

  • A chance to exhibit work in the annual Degree Shows.
  • Books and trips paid for, subject to eligibility, through the Flying Start scheme.
  • The chance to develop event management skills by taking part in a final-year public engagement event.
  • A chance to develop a dynamic online presence through creating an individual A Domain of One’s Own website, which allows graduates to present prospective employers with an online portfolio of their degree-level work.

Course details


Your main study themes are:

  • A focus on allowing students to continue exploring the major periods of English Literature with which they are familiar, at the same time as expanding their studies into genuinely new and different areas of the subject.
  • A particular focus throughout the degree on place, space and regionalism that is unusual in Literature degrees outside of the Celtic nations and the South West, a concentration on the relationship between the local and the global in literature, and a unique focus on the writers and literature of the English Midlands and their influence(s) and reception throughout the world.
  • Following on from the above, an optional international field-trip module is offered, which is dedicated to broadcasting students' understanding of the international influences upon English Literature, and of its own international reception and influence.
  • A focus on literary festivals, the practical business of the literary world and cognate professions / careers, manifested in a dedicated module devoted to these activities at each level of the course in which students will also have the chance to work with a dedicated Employment Personal Tutor.
  • A focus on student application of new and cutting-edge theories / approaches to text - including, though not limited to, posthumanism, critical disability studies and critical race theory - in order to generate new insights of their own rather than just learning about literary history and the interpretations of others.
  • A focus and on doing original digital research so that students can become researchers in their own right, as well as the chance to learn through digital pedagogies such as A Domain of One's Own.
  • Specialisms in attractive and expanding new areas of the subject where we can build a reputation for ourselves such as fantasy and speculative fictions, African American literatures, the literature of the American West, Chicana/o and US Latina/o literatures, literatures of disability, and experimental literatures.
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How to apply

Application deadlines

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15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level BBC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit. Plus GCSE English at grade 4 / C or above.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 31 points
GCSE/National 4/National 5 5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English.

All applications are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, experience, reference and your motivation to study the course. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate / BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 National Diploma / BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry onto degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that total the equivalent of three A2 Levels. This may include subject specific requirements where necessary. If you are successful in receiving an offer, you will be invited to attend an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and studying at Coventry University.

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

Additional fee information

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English Literature at Coventry University - UCAS