English Literature BA (Hons)
UCAS Code: Q320|Duration: 3 years|Full Time|Hope Park
UCAS Campus Code: L46
Work placement opportunities|International students can apply|Study Abroad opportunities
About the course
Study English Literature at Liverpool Hope University and you will explore a wide range of literature as well as the history, ideas, people and places that shape it and are shaped by it. Throughout our course, we emphasise how literary texts address and influence the most important issues facing society today. We place an emphasis on sustainability and the environment, on work and employability, on travel and global perspectives, and on health, happiness and well-being. Key features of our course include a focus on publishing and the digital humanities, the exploration of the relationship between literature and the natural world, working with rare books and manuscripts from our library’s large Special Collections and Archives, and also going on a range of field trips.
During your three years of study, you will gain a sound grasp of the contexts and approaches within which English literature can be studied, as well as gaining a sense of developments across periods of English literature. You also develop a critical appreciation of the ways in which knowledge of other disciplines and their relationships to English literature can contribute to a deeper understanding of literary texts.
The academic staff teaching the degree have research expertise in a broad range of fields, from late medieval to contemporary literature. We pride ourselves on offering a challenging and stimulating degree, and our commitment to small group teaching allows us to help each individual student to develop sophisticated analytical and communication skills through working both independently and in groups. We not only strive to support you in the pursuit of academic excellence but also help you to explore your wide range of options after university through a focus on the diverse skills you will develop and the many sectors that will welcome you as an English Literature graduate.
Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars that are typically smaller groups, and tutorials which typically have no more than 10 students in the first year. You also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week.
If you are studying English Literature as a Single Honours degree, in your first year of study there are approximately 12 teaching hours each week, which reduce to approximately 10 teaching hours in your second and third years. If you are studying English Literature as a Combined Honours degree, in your first year of study there are approximately 6 teaching hours each week, which reduce to approximately 5 teaching hours in your second and third years. On top of teaching hours, you are also expected to spend around 23 hours each week studying independently.
Assessment and feedback
You will be assessed by a range of methods including essays, portfolios of assignments, creative assignments, peer presentations, and written exams. In the final year, building on work completed in your first two years, you undertake an independently researched dissertation (or shorter research project if you are studying combined subjects), which you present at an internal Research Showcase.
Feedback is supplied electronically within four working weeks of the assessment deadline. You will also be offered regular opportunities to discuss feedback one-to-one with your tutor.
Please note that the curriculum is subject to validation processes.
The first year covers a wide range of skills, approaches, texts and contexts, and in doing so it prepares you for the three years of your degree. All students will be given an orientation to the study of literature at university, discovering the pleasure and value of the subject both for yourself and for wider society. Indicative areas of study for lectures and seminars are Literature, Society, and Environment, which examines the relationship between English Literature and its contemporary political and social contexts, and Keywords, which develops an understanding of key terms for the critical study of literature. The Writing Workshop tutorial will develop crucial skills in research and critical writing that will support you throughout your degree and beyond.
At Single Honours, you will begin to explore a broader range of literary genres and approaches with a particular emphasis on popular literature. Indicative areas of study may include the debts that modern fantasy fiction owes to early literary periods and popular storytelling such as medieval epic and chivalric romance, and nineteenth-century adventure fiction. The tutorial strand, Reading Matters, examines the diverse range of contexts in which literature impacts on individuals, societies, and cultures.
Year Two offers more in-depth study of different literary periods and contemporary approaches to literature such as global and interdisciplinary perspectives. Indicative areas of study for the second year include the theme of border crossing, which examines literature in relation to questions of travel, race, colonisation, and empire. The Power of the Page and The Business of Books focus on the publication and consumption of books in historical and contemporary contexts; you will make use of the rare books and manuscripts in Liverpool Hope’s Special Collections as well as digital archives and examine the role of the book in shaping knowledge and culture and help you to consider your own roles as readers, consumers, and potential future workers in the cultural industries. Tutorials at this level of study will feature single-author studies, with the choice of authors offered based on staff’s particular specialisms.
At Single Honours, you will further strengthen your understanding of literature in its social and cultural contexts. Indicative areas of study may focus on Work and Play, analysing the representation of work and leisure in literary texts and its relation to everyday experience; literary theory; and aspects of contemporary literature. The tutorials will focus on archives and the role that social and cultural documents and objects can play in enhancing our study of literary texts.
The final year of study offers you a range of choices in the topics you study. Topics will vary from year to year, based on the current research and teaching interests of the staff teaching the options. You will also complete an extended, independent research project or dissertation supported by a tutor with research specialisms relating to your area of study. Tutorials at this level support you to develop advanced skills in research and communication for your research projects or dissertations.
At Single Honours, there is a focus on health and wellbeing and indicative content includes an analysis of the relationship between texts, the mind, and the body to examine the literary representation of health and ways in which the impact of reading, whether as pleasure, therapy, or harm, has been imagined and theorised historically and in the present day. Tutorials will provide further support for dissertation preparation.
|UCAS Tariff Points||112 UCAS Tariff points must come from a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent). Additional points can be made up from a range of alternative qualifications|
|Access to HE||112 Tariff Points|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||112 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only|
|Welsh Baccalaureate||This qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications|
|T-Levels||120 Tariff Points / Merit|
|Subject Requirements||No specific subject requirements|
International entry requirements
|Specific Country Requirements||Select your country|
6.0 overall (with reading and writing at 6.0) and no individual score lower than 5.5. We also accept a wide range of International Qualifications. For more information, please visit our English Language Requirements page.
A degree in English Literature opens many doors. English graduates can enter a wide range of careers and many of our graduates go on to employment in fields such as publishing, education, journalism, broadcasting, marketing and public relations.
The degree will help you to develop communication skills, research skills, and project planning skills that will be useful whatever career you choose.
Your CV will be enhanced by the skills you develop: a sophisticated level of analytical thinking, highly developed communication skills, excellent organisational skills and advanced writing skills.
Many graduates go on to study for a postgraduate degree.
The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.
As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.
The tuition fees for the 2024/25 academic year are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.
If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.
The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.
As well as your tuition fees, you also need to consider the cost of key books and textbooks, which in total will cost approximately £200.
You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation pages for further details about our Halls of Residence.
We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.
International tuition fees
The International Tuition fees for 2024/25 are £12,500.
Visit our International fees page for more information.
This course is also available as a Combined Honours degree with the following subjects: