English Literature, BA Hons

English Literature is a BA Hons degree offered by the Department of Literature, Language and Theatre. It allows you to specialise in the study of poetry, the novel, film and theatre, while also incorporating courses from a variety of other subject pathways. This programme emphasises the literature of the last two centuries, and English literature is interpreted broadly to include drama and visual narratives as well as fiction and poetry, visual art, film and theatre. The programme looks at the historical, social and cultural contexts in which texts are produced and received. Full advantage is taken of our culturally and read more

Overview

Overview

English Literature is a BA Hons degree offered by the Department of Literature, Language and Theatre. It allows you to specialise in the study of poetry, the novel, film and theatre, while also incorporating courses from a variety of other subject pathways.

This programme emphasises the literature of the last two centuries, and English literature is interpreted broadly to include drama and visual narratives as well as fiction and poetry, visual art, film and theatre. The programme looks at the historical, social and cultural contexts in which texts are produced and received. Full advantage is taken of our culturally and historically rich location and proximity to central London. Visits to theatres, art galleries and museums are integral to many modules.

Outcomes

The aims of the programme are:

  • To encourage you to think critically about the nature of English study in relation to their own intellectual and professional interests
  • To provide a grounding in English literature from the Renaissance to the present day while giving opportunities to study key aspects of the literature and cultural history of Europe and the Americas
  • To examine the connections between critical theory and the practice or performance of literature.

What you'll study

For information on courses for this programme click here.

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

112 UCAS points, which should include at least 104 points from A2 A-levels. 

You'll also need GCSEs at grade C or above in English and mathematics. 

We also accept alternative qualifications including:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Scottish Highers 
  • Irish Highers.

General studies is not normally accepted. 

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

Further to showing equivalent qualifications to UK applicants, international applicants must have successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full time education, and demonstrated competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C). 

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

For more information, contact international@gre.ac.uk or +44 20 8331 8136.

In addition:

  • Candidates may be invited to an interview
  • We welcome applications from mature students.

What people say

I've just finished my first week at a media company, writing journalistic copy for two magazines as well as two websites. On top of this I'm managing multiple Twitter accounts and in future I will be going to conferences around the world and be enrolled on a sub-editing course. I'd like to credit the English Literature teaching team for providing the resources to propel me towards a really great job and the beginning of a fantastic career.

Barney Dixon
English Literature graduate, 2016

Greenwich was the most welcoming and friendly place I've ever been and I felt immensely comfortable and happy. Really enjoyed my time there!

Kelly Long
English Literature graduate, 2015

Extra information

Assessment

Students are assessed through examinations and coursework: 

  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Textual analyses
  • Critical reviews
  • Portfolios of creative writing
  • Course journals
  • Research projects 
  • Annotated bibliographies.

Careers

Career options include teaching, journalism, publishing, the media, and arts administration, as well as roles in central or local government, and social work. You may also go on to postgraduate study. Some of these career options may require further training.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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