English (2017 Entry)

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

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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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Course content

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)

Looking for a more complete list of modules? You can view the module list for 2017 entry on our Module Catalogue:

Module Catalogue

Single Honours

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

First year

Core modules: 

  • Reading Literature
  • Composition

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:

  • Romanticisms, 1780-1830
  • Victorian Performances
  • Post-War British Fiction
  • The Renaissance: Shakespeare and Beyond

Optional core modules:

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

Elective modules: 

  • Medieval Literature
  • Romance of Fiction
  • Creative Writing: Poetry and Prose
  • 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

Third year

Optional core modules:

  • Postcolonial and World Literature in English
  • Contemporary British Fiction
  • Pregnancy, Childbirth and Maternity in the Early Modern Period
  • Shakespearian Stages
  • Sex, Scandal and Society: Eighteenth- Century Writing

Elective modules:

  • Words and Pictures
  • Pregnancy, Childbirth and Maternity in the Early Modern Period
  • 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
  • Modernist Manifestos and Magazines
  • Freedom and Death: Female Self-Murder in the Nineteenth Century
  • Writing at the Borders: Migrant and Refugee Naratives

Dual Honours

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

First year

Core modules:

  • Reading Literature
  • Composition

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
  • Victorian Performances
  • Post-War British Fiction
  • Revolution and Restoration
  • The Renaissance: Shakespeare and Beyond

Elective modules:

  • Romanticisms, 1780-1830
  • Age of Shakespeare and Donne
  • The Romance of Fiction: History and Society in C19 American Literature
  • Gender and the Cinematic Gaze
  • Teenage Dreams: Youth Subcultures in Fiction, Film and Theory
  • Medieval Literature
  • Writing for the Screen
  • 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
  • Creative Writing
  • 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:

  • Contemporary American Fiction
  • Postcolonial and World Literature in English
  • Contemporary British Fiction
  • Creative Writing
  • 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
  • Modernist Manifestos and Magazines
  • Freedom and Death: Female Self-Murder in the Nineteenth Century
  • Writing at the Borders: Migrant and Refugee Naratives

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

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.