English Literature [with Placement year] at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS

Course summary

Explore how literature has reflected and influenced different societies over the centuries and prepare for many careers – some you might not even have thought about yet – on our BA (Hons) English Literature degree in Cambridge. You’ll study a range of texts, including classic literary forms such as the novel, poetry, and plays, but also theatrical performances, films, essays, pamphlets, reviews and works of critical and cultural theory, developing your ability to read and respond critically. Studying literature - by its nature a multi-disciplinary subject - will develop your understanding of history, politics, philosophy, religion, psychology and many other subjects, as well as your understanding of the written works that have shaped our world. Throughout the degree, you’ll have opportunities to explore topics from other creative subjects too, including writing, film and media. Our wide range of optional modules will give you the chance to narrow your studies to interests of your choice. You might decide to learn more about a particular genre, such as crime fiction or children’s books, explore digital publishing or online journalism, or develop your own creative writing skills. You could also further improve your CV by applying for the work placement year option, studying abroad for a trimester, or learning a new language with our Anglia Language Programme. We’ll also support you to find placements and work experience throughout the course. You can also choose to take an optional placement year or seek a placement during the course, with live briefs embedded into some modules - our students recently took part in a live brief with Metal Culture, producing critical responses and reviews for their publication In Other Words. We also run exciting projects with the National Centre for Writing, where our students work with lecturers, NCW staff and the wider community. You’ll have many opportunities to attend co-curricular events that include interactions with writers, publishers and other professionals related to the field, which will allow you to expand your network as well as your knowledge base. Your studies will be supported by our team of expert lecturers, including several published authors, such as Course Leader Dr Cassie Gorman (The Atom in Seventeenth-Century Poetry); Dr Tory Young (Studying English Literature, a text used on many other university courses as well as our own); and Professor Eugene Giddens (Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass: A Publishing History). You can also attend events organised by our Cambridge Writing Centre, including guest talks and live lit jams, where you can showcase your own creative writing and make new contacts in the industry, and get feedback and support for your writing projects from our Royal Literary Fund Fellowship Scheme mentors. Careers Our BA (Hons) English Literature will equip you with many skills that are transferrable to a wide range of graduate occupations. These include research and communication, which lend themselves to careers close to the study of literature and writing such as journalism and teaching, while the course’s emphasis on critical thinking and independent learning will transfer to professions including (but not limited to) business, law, consultancy, administration, librarianship, publishing and arts management. You’ll develop a range of intellectual, research-based and practical skills that will give you the vital combination of flexible thinking and transferable expertise required for the 21st century workplace. Throughout the course, you’ll receive reflexive peer and tutor support with our Personal Development Tutoring (PDT) programme, while your core modules at every level will include built-in Employability sessions. Live Briefs will give you opportunities to devise solutions for real-world industry professionals, giving you both work experience and potential connections for your career.


Year one, core modules: A History of English Literature 1: Writing Matters; A History of English Literature 2: Reading Literature and Theory; Myth, Miracle and Magic; Language and Society; Literature of the Fens. Year 2 core modules: Romantic Conflicts; The European Novel: Desire and Transgression; Reading Beyond Britain; Victorian Literature and Culture; Modernism and the City; Ruskin Module. Year 2 optional modules: Writing World War One: Trauma, Memory, Resistance; History of English; Science Fiction; Dialogue and Debate: Renaissance Literature; Contemporary Issues in Stylistics; Writing Short Fiction; Anglia Language Programme. Year 3: Work placement. Year 4 core modules: Major Project English Literature; Spectacle and Representation in Renaissance Drama; Contemporary Fiction. Year 4 optional modules: Elizabeth Gaskell and the Brontës; Romantic Ideals; Renaissance Magic; Language, Flesh, Philosophy; Writing Poetry; New Media Discourse; Working with English; Literature and Exile: Displacement, Identity, Self; Theorising Children's Literature; Anglia Language Programme.

Assessment method

We’ll assess your progress using a combination of critical reflection, essays, portfolios, reviews, oral presentations, exams and discussion boards, as well as your final-year Major Project.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 7.0 ( Academic level), or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Please note the fee for the placement year is £1,400. https://www.aru.ac.uk/student-life/preparing-for-university/help-with-finances
English Literature [with Placement year] at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS