English

Course type: Single Honours, Dual Honours, Major.
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:ABB
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 years, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: English, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Overview

Engage imaginatively with a wide range of contemporary and historical literature, focusing particularly on tradition, innovation, and diversity.

At Keele, you’ll explore the significance of texts within their originating cultures, periods and genres as well as their continuing influence. You might consider the historical, socio-political, economic, gender and geographical contexts of fiction, poetry, drama and even film, from the medieval period to the present day. You’ll become an imaginative and critical thinker as you explore subjects such as the importance of story, the novel, writing for the screen, postcolonialism, depictions of maternity and scandal. You can choose to spend a semester or a whole additional year at a partner university abroad.

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Single Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of single honours English.

First year

Core modules: 

  • Reading Literature
  • Becoming a Critic

Optional core modules:

  • Telling Tales
  • Starting Out: An Introduction to American Literature
  • Playing Parts
  • Transatlantic Gothic

Elective modules:

  • Reading Film
  • Poetry through PracticeFilm Texts and Contexts I: Film History and Theory
  • Fiction through Practice
  • Understanding Culture

Second year

Core modules:

  • Romanticises, 1780-1830
  • Age of Shakespeare and Donne
  • Victorian Performances
  • Post-War British Fiction

Optional core modules:

  • Medieval Literature
  • Aspects of the Novel
  • The Romance of Fiction: History and Society in C19 American Literature
  • Burning Crosses
  • Revolution and Restoration
  • From Modernity to Counter-culture: American Literature and Social Criticism in the C20

Elective modules:

  • Aspects of the Novel
  • Medieval Literature
  • Burning Crosses
  • Romance of Fiction
  • Creative Writing: Poetry and Prose
  • Twentieth-Century Novels into Film
  • Gender and the Cinematic Gaze
  • Revolution and Restoration
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s America
  • Film Genre, Narrative and the Star
  • French Cinema
  • Creative Writing
  • Modernity to Counterculture
  • Writing for the Screen
  • Teenage Dreams
  • Seoul Summer School - South Korean Film

Third year

Optional core modules:

  • Lyric Poetry
  • Aphra Behn and her Restoration Contemporaries
  • Postcolonial and World Literature in English
  • Contemporary British Fiction
  • Pregnancy, Childbirth and Maternity in the Early Modern Period
  • Shakespeare on Film: Adaptation and Appropriation The Alcohol Question
  • Shakespearian Stages
  • Sex, Scandal and Society: Eighteenth- Century Writing

Elective modules:

  • Film Noir
  • Wild Woods and Wide Words: British and American Children’s Fiction
  • Words and Pictures
  • Dickens, Collins and Detection
  • Pregnancy, Childbirth and Maternity in the Early Modern Period
  • Lyric Poetry
  • Shakespeare on Film: Adaptation and Appropriation
  • Aphra Behn and her Restoration Contemporaries
  • Postcolonial and World Literature in English
  • Contemporary British Fiction
  • High Culture: Drink, Drugs, and the American Dream
  • Contemporary American Fiction
  • Shakespearian Stages
  • Writingscapes
  • Sex, Scandal and Society: Eighteenth- Century Writing
  • The Alcohol Question

Dual Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of dual honours English.

First year

Core modules:

  • Reading Literature
  • Becoming a Critic

Elective modules:

  • Telling Tales
  • Starting Out: An Introduction to American Literature
  • Reading Film
  • Poetry through Practice
  • Playing Parts
  • Film Texts and Contexts I
  • Fiction through Practice
  • Transatlantic Gothic
  • Understanding Culture

Second year

Optional core modules:

  • Romanticisms, 1780-1830
  • Age of Shakespeare and Donne
  • Victorian Performances
  • Post-War British Fiction
  • Revolution and Restoration

Elective modules:

  • Romanticisms, 1780-1830
  • Age of Shakespeare and Donne
  • Aspects of the Novel
  • The Romance of Fiction: History and Society in C19 American Literature
  • Burning Crosses
  • Twentieth-Century Novels into Film
  • Gender and the Cinematic Gaze
  • Teenage Dreams: Youth Subcultures in Fiction, Film and Theory
  • Medieval Literature
  • Writing for the Screen
  • Seoul Summer School - South Korean Film
  • Creative Writing: Poetry and Prose
  • Revolution and Restoration
  • The Detective and American City
  • From Modernity to Counter-culture: American Literature and Social Criticism in the C20
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s America
  • Film Genre, Narrative & the Star
  • French Cinema
  • Victorian Performances
  • Post-War British Fiction

Third year

Optional core modules:

  • Dickens, Collins and Detection
  • Postcolonial and World Literature in English
  • Contemporary British Fiction
  • Lyric Poetry
  • Creative Writing
  • Shakespeare on Film: Adaptation and Appropriation
  • Aphra Behn and Her Contemporaries
  • Pregnancy, Childbirth and Maternity
  • Sex, Scandal and Society: Eighteenth- Century Writing
  • The Alcohol Question
  • Cinematic Modernisms
  • High Culture: Drink, Drugs and the American Dream
  • Shakespearian Stages
  • Writingscapes

Elective modules:

  • Film Noir
  • Contemporary American Fiction
  • Wild Woods and Wide Worlds: British and American Children’s Fiction
  • Dickens, Collins and Detection
  • Postcolonial and World Literature in English
  • Contemporary British Fiction
  • Lyric Poetry
  • Creative Writing
  • Shakespeare on Film: Adaptation and Appropriation
  • Aphra Behn and Her Contemporaries
  • Pregnancy, Childbirth and Maternity
  • High Culture: Drink, Drugs, and the American Dream
  • The Contemporary American Graphic Novel
  • Sex, Scandal and Society: Eighteenth- Century Writing
  • The Alcohol Question
  • Cinematic Modernisms
  • Shakespearian Stages
  • Writingscapes

Major Minor

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of major honours English.

First year

Core modules: 

  • Reading Literature
  • Becoming a Critic 

Elective modules:

  • Telling Tales
  • Starting Out: An Introduction to American Literature
  • Reading Film
  • Poetry through Practice
  • Playing Parts
  • Film Texts and Contexts I
  • Fiction through Practice
  • Transatlantic Gothic
  • Understanding Culture

Second year

Optional core modules:

  • Romanticisms, 1780-1830
  • Age of Shakespeare and Donne
  • Victorian Performances
  • Post-War British Fiction
  • Revolution and Restoration

Elective modules:

  • Romanticisms, 1780-1830
  • Age of Shakespeare and Donne
  • Aspects of the Novel
  • The Romance of Fiction: History and Society in C19 American Literature
  • Burning Crosses
  • Twentieth-Century Novels into Film
  • Gender and the Cinematic Gaze
  • Teenage Dreams: Youth Subcultures in Fiction, Film and Theory
  • Medieval Literature
  • Writing for the Screen
  • Seoul Summer School - South Korean Film
  • Creative Writing: Poetry and Prose
  • Revolution and Restoration
  • The Detective and American City
  • From Modernity to Counter-culture: American Literature and Social Criticism in the C20
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s America
  • Film Genre, Narrative & the Star
  • French Cinema
  • Victorian Performances
  • Post-War British Fiction

Third year

Optional core modules:

  • Dickens, Collins and Detection
  • Postcolonial and World Literature in English
  • Contemporary British Fiction
  • Lyric Poetry
  • Creative Writing
  • Shakespeare on Film: Adaptation and Appropriation
  • Aphra Behn and Her Contemporaries
  • Pregnancy, Childbirth and Maternity
  • Sex, Scandal and Society: Eighteenth- Century Writing
  • The Alcohol Question
  • Cinematic Modernisms
  • High Culture: Drink, Drugs and the American Dream
  • Shakespearian Stages
  • Writingscapes

Elective modules: 

  • Film Noir
  • Contemporary American Fiction
  • Wild Woods and Wide Worlds: British and American Children’s Fiction
  • Dickens, Collins and Detection
  • Postcolonial and World Literature in English
  • Contemporary British Fiction
  • Lyric Poetry
  • Creative Writing
  • Shakespeare on Film: Adaptation and Appropriation
  • Aphra Behn and Her Contemporaries
  • Pregnancy, Childbirth and Maternity
  • High Culture: Drink, Drugs, and the American Dream
  • The Contemporary American Graphic Novel
  • Sex, Scandal and Society: Eighteenth- Century Writing
  • The Alcohol Question
  • Cinematic Modernisms
  • Shakespearian Stages
  • Writingscapes

Course workload

This contact time measure is intended to provide you with an indication of the type of activity you are likely to undertake during your programme. The data is compiled based on module choices and learning patterns of students on similar programmes in previous years. Every effort is made to ensure this data is a realistic representation of what you are likely to experience, but changes to programmes, teaching methods and assessment methods mean this data is representative and not specific.

Undergraduate courses at Keele contain an element of module choice; therefore, you will experience a different mix of contact time and assessment types dependent upon your own individual choice of modules. The figures below are an example of activities that you may expect on your chosen course by year/stage of study. Contact time includes scheduled activities such as: lecture, seminar, tutorial, project supervision, demonstration, practical classes and labs, supervised time in labs/workshop, fieldwork and external visits. The figures are based on 1,200 hours of student effort each year for full-time students.

Single honours

First year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 20%
  • Guided independent study – 80%

Second year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 19%
  • Guided independent study – 81% 

Third year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 14%
  • Guided independent study – 86%

Dual/Major honours

First year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 20%
  • Guided independent study – 80%

Second year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 20%
  • Guided independent study – 80% 

Third year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 13%
  • Guided independent study – 87%

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

Study English at Keele and you’ll graduate with a wide range of skills as well as opportunities for the future. Some careers may require further study or training, but you might work as a teacher, journalist, editor, librarian, advertising copywriter, solicitor, arts administrator or writer. You could go into marketing, research, broadcasting, publishing, the compiling of dictionaries, or teaching English as a foreign language.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

English with Foundation Year: Q3VA View Unistats for this course

Students are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) (BA Hons) if their two Principal courses are in humanities and/or social science subjects.
All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).

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Study abroad

On the English Programme you have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in your second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on your choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the university’s application process for studying abroad. 

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from your destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if they study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination. 

Find out more about the course

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Dual Honours and Major Minor Course Information Document (PDF) Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF)