English Literature and Psychology - BSc (Hons)

Are you keen to understand the world around us? Studying English Literature and Psychology at Keele will provide complementary insights into why people think, act and behave the way they do. Studying English Literature allows you to investigate a diverse range of literary perspectives across different cultures and historical periods. On the other hand, psychological perspectives underpin all that we are and everything we do, from biological influences and social pressures to environmental factors. Studying both subjects, you will develop skills in communication, research and critical thinking, pertinent to a career in both science and the arts.

Year of entry

Course type

  • Combined Honours

UCAS code

  • CQ83

Duration of study

  • 3 years / 4 years with international or placement year

Why study English Literature and Psychology at Keele University?

This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
Become a skilled analyst of literature of all kinds, from poetry to graphic novels to political speeches
Gain highly transferable employability skills to pursue a broad range of careers in education, health, and business
Engage with real-world psychology research projects
Work at the cutting edge of research alongside experienced literary scholars
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Accreditation and professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society, subject to passing your final year project and achieving a minimum 2:2 degree award. If you choose to specialise in English Literature, there is no accreditation available.

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Additional opportunities

There are a range of additional opportunities available when studying this course.
Please note, undertaking one may impact upon the availability of another.

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"Keele University provides an enriched English Literature programme, taught by a department of impressive academics and encompassing a range of literary disciplines, including English and American Literature, and spanning time periods from early modern to contemporary. What really distinguishes Keele’s English Department from other universities, however, is the warm and nurturing environment it provides to encourage prospect scholars to explore their own academic interests and establish themselves as independent literary critics."

Athena, English Literature

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"The degree has taught me how to conduct my own experiments, and, it gave me the ability to run a small study in my second year to prepare for my final year project. Having free reign to conduct research and experiments in any field that you have an interest in, where you could possibly have an impact on the world with the research you conduct, or can be the basis for your future research, is definitely the most rewarding part of the course."

Peirce, Psychology

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Foundation year

Our Foundation Year provides an excellent alternative route to Keele, providing a unique opportunity to better prepare for your chosen degree, and with guaranteed entry onto your undergraduate course once you successfully complete your Foundation Year.

This extra year of study can improve your academic skills, expand your subject knowledge, give you a better understanding of higher education and, perhaps most importantly of all, build your confidence.

Keele University is consistently ranked among the top universities for student satisfaction, and we have over 70 years' experience of teaching a foundation year to students. On the Keele Foundation Year, you'll study on campus, joining our undergraduate community from the outset, with access to all the facilities and support that you'd get as an undergraduate student at Keele.

The information within this page is for students wishing to start their studies in September. If you would like to start this course in January, please visit our January pages for further details.

Course content

Our Foundation Year allows you to develop your critical thinking, academic reading, writing, and communication study skills along with subject-specific knowledge and skills. Upon meeting the progression criteria and successfully completing our Foundation Year, you will automatically progress into your Keele undergraduate degree with the confidence that you have the skills, and knowledge needed to successfully complete your course.

The Keele Foundation Year is a two semester programme which provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the (BSc) English Literature and Psychology degree. For example, the Foundations of Humanities 1 module introduces you to the broad range of source material across the Humanities disciplines – from music to media – which enable us to analyse political, social or economic perspectives and attitudes to individuals, marginal groups and ‘mainstream’ society. In addition, the Foundations of Psychology module introduces you to the principles and concepts of psychology in a theoretical context, while also demonstrating the application of concepts to everyday life. Course content has been developed in collaboration with degree teaching teams, so that by the time you begin Year 1, you will be ready to excel at your studies, as the majority of our Foundation Year students do. 

Find out more about the Keele Foundation Year, including information about teaching and assessment methods by visiting the Foundation Year homepage

Course structure

The module details given below are indicative, they are intended to provide you with an idea of the range of subjects that are taught to our current students. The modules that will be available for you to study in future years are prone to change as we regularly review our teaching to ensure that it is up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. The information presented is therefore not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules available in any given year.

Semester one

FYO-00247 Foundations: Breaking the code - Understanding Academic Writing 15 credits
FYO-00257 Foundations of Humanities - 1 15 credits
FYO-00201 Foundations of Psychology 15 credits
FYO-00211 Foundations in Numerical and Quantitative Methods for Scientists 15 credits

Semester two

FYO-00203 Advancing Psychology  30 credits
FYO-00261 Advancing Humanities 30 credits

 

Entry requirements 

The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the likely offer or range of offers which would be made to candidates along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate’s application. Read more about our undergraduate entry requirements for United KingdomEuropean Union and International students.

  • Between 40-56 UCAS points from at least 1 A level/level 3 qualification or equivalent, or
  • Relevant work experience

  AND

  • GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C), or Level 2 Functional Skills, or
  • IELTS 5.5 (with 5.5 in all subtests) 

AND

  • GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 (C) or above

How to apply 

Students will need to apply for BSc (Hons) Psychology with Foundation Year (UCAS code: C802) through UCAS at www.ucas.com.  You will then be contacted to confirm your second subject by a member of our team. 

Direct entry students

If you already have your qualifications, are not expecting any further results and only wish to apply to Keele, please contact the Admissions Office directly.

Our International Foundation Year is delivered on campus through Keele University International College (KUIC). Find out more about the International Foundation Year options on the KUIC website.

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