English Literature - BA (Hons)

English Literature at Keele is a vibrant community of staff and students who are passionate in their belief that literature is vital to understanding the world around us. You will delve deep into a diverse range of literary works from different cultures and historical periods. Through this, you will not only develop confidence and expertise as a reader, writer, and critic, but will also gain the knowledge and skills to contribute to some of the most crucial debates of our time regarding such issues as decolonisation, sustainability and the environment, gender and sexuality, and political extremism.

Year of entry

Course type

  • Single Honours

Location

Subject area / School

UCAS code

  • Q300

Duration of study

  • 3 years / 4 years with international or placement year

Why study English Literature at Keele University?

Become a skilled analyst of literature of all kinds, from poetry to graphic novels to political speeches
Develop your critical thinking and learn how to convince others with your arguments
Enhance your career prospects and build key transferable skills through core modules and work placement opportunities
Work at the cutting edge of research alongside experienced literary scholars
Practise real-world skills, such as advertising an exhibition, planning a teaching session, or delivering a podcast, as well as writing essays
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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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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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"I really enjoyed how versatile the module choices are for English Literature. There are plenty of options depending on your reading preferences and there is flexibility within modules as various texts are explored."

Zahra, English Literature

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"The staff at Keele always go the extra mile for students and offer immense academic and mental support."

Kyle, English Literature

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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 which will be invaluable in your academic studies and beyond. 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.

This Foundation Year is a two-semester programme which provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the BA (Hons) English Literature degree. For example, the Foundations of Humanities 1 module introduces you to the broad range of source material across the Humanities disciplines - from media to history which enables us to analyse political, social or economic perspectives and attitudes to individuals, marginal groups and 'mainstream' society. 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 core modules

FYO-00247 Foundations: Breaking the code - Understanding Academic Writing 15 credits
FYO-00257 Foundations of Humanities - 1 15 credits
FYO-00259 Foundations of Humanities - 2 15 credits
FYO-00267 Foundations of Social Sciences (Option)  15 credits


Semester two core modules

FYO-00271 University Research Portfolio 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 40-48 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) 

How to apply 

Students will need to apply for BA (Hons) English Literature with Foundation Year (UCAS code Q3VA) through UCAS at www.ucas.com

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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Discover the Keele difference

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Make yourself more employable after graduation by taking advantage of the whole host of additional opportunities.