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Course summary

Do you know your Austen from your Orwell? Your Rowling from your Woolf? Whether you’re a self-proclaimed bookworm, practising poet or budding academic, this English literature degree provides the tools you need to take the first step in your literary career. Over the course of three years, you’ll delve into the world of words, studying literature through the lens of diverse theoretical perspectives, including Marxism, feminism and structuralism. You’ll critically analyse literature from a wide range of genres – from Elizabethan and Jacobean drama to Irish literature and contemporary poetry. Looking for a course with an interdisciplinary focus? Studying English literature at Salford means you’ll also have the chance to choose from modules specialising in language, film adaptation and creative writing, giving you the opportunity to tailor your studies to the areas of literature that interest you most. What’s more, this course also received 100% overall student satisfaction in the latest National Student Survey (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2020 data). You will: Learn from internationally renowned researchers who are also committed and enthusiastic teachers Develop your ability to critically analyse pieces of literature and present written arguments with clarity and persuasion Gain the skillsets and knowledge needed to take the first step in your professional literary career The foundation year of this four-year programme aims to provide you with a range of necessary study kills for undertaking successful undergraduate learning, and it will introduce you to a range of academic study which will prepare you to progress positively onto the BA (Hons) English Literature course.


Throughout the course of your studies, you’ll explore innovative approaches to English literature, spanning across a range of periods and genres. Your core modules will cover key literary periods, equipping you with the skills you need to place texts within their cultural and historical context. As your studies progress, you’ll select optional modules that will enable you to focus on the areas of literature that best align with your academic interests and career aspirations. Whether you’re interested in children’s literature, postcolonial African writing or Early Modern drama, you’ll be developing skills of textual analysis and critical thinking while studying a subject that you love. What’s more, you’ll be learning from leading academic staff who actively research and publish within the field and potentially studying work from Salford’s current Chancellor, Jackie Kay MBE FRSE. Sound interesting? Find out more about what each module involves in our full course breakdown;

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English Literature with Foundation Year at University of Salford - UCAS