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Explore literature from the ancient world to contemporary Britain with this wide-ranging degree, which puts English literature into the context of its classical heritage.
Core modules will introduce you to key classical texts such as the Iliad and Aeneid, as well as poetry, prose and drama in English across literary periods. However, the diverse research interests at Leeds mean we can offer an impressive array of optional modules, so you can follow your interests in ancient literature alongside a full range of English topics.
You could study Herodotus and historical writing, Ovid or Greek tragedy, as well how Dante and contemporary authors have engaged with their classical forbears. Then you could explore African literature, language in the media or folklore and mythology.
Classical texts are taught in translation, so you don’t need to have studied an ancient language. However, we offer Ancient Greek and Latin in every year of the degree if you want to learn or continue with either.
How to apply
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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!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)
Successful completion of Year 1 of a relevant degree course.
|A level||AAB||including A in English|
|Access to HE Diploma||
D: 30 credits
M: 15 credits
|Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. The Access course must include English modules. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required.|
|Scottish Higher||AB in Advanced Highers including A in English and AABBB in Highers, or A in English in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers|
|Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal||D3, M1, M1||including D3 in English|
|Extended Project||Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be ABB at A Level including A in English and grade A in the EPQ.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||35 points||35 points overall including 16 at Higher Level with 6 in English at Higher Level|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3||including H2 in English|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.|
European Baccalaureate: 80% including 85% in English
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||6.5 overall, with no lower than 6.0 in any component|
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this course, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
See alternative English Language qualifications we accept