From the traditional canon to the innovative contemporary novel, our BA English Literature programme empowers you to identify how the world is perceived and informed through literary narratives. We will give you the confidence and support to apply your understanding of literature to today’s world, gaining critical and creative skills that allow you to effect change and shape your own future.
Tailor your studies according to your interests, choosing from a broad range of literary periods, topics, and themes. You can explore the written word across poetry, drama and prose, but also through narrative forms in queer zines; films; artist books; and video games. Your studies will sharpen your critical tools and nourish your unique creativity in a supportive academic environment. Our curriculum is designed set you up for a successful and exciting career across wide range of fields.
You can also take this course combined with Creative Writing. Explore the rich traditions of literature while developing your talents as a writer, editor and publisher in our unique project-based programme: English Literature and Creative Writing - BA (Hons)
We do not have exams, and our coursework often goes beyond the standard essay or dissertation. This way we assess your best work.
88% of final-year English students were satisfied with the quality of teaching on their course in The Guardian University Guide 2023.
Your English Literature degree will provide you with the key skills for a career in whatever field you want to explore.
Our graduates include authors David Mitchell and Sarah Waters, Nobel-Prize winners, Kazuo Ishiguro and Abdulrazak Gurnah.
"I wouldn't be the person I am today, or have my career, without Kent."
Our typical offer levels are listed below and include indicative contextual offers. If you hold alternative qualifications just get in touch and we'll be glad to discuss these with you.
The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances. A typical offer would be DMM in a relevant subject.
30 points overall or 15 points at HL.
Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average including 60% in the Literature module.
The University will consider applicants holding T level qualifications in subjects closely aligned to the course.
The University welcomes applications from Access to Higher Education Diploma candidates for consideration. A typical offer may require you to obtain a proportion of Level 3 credits in relevant subjects at merit grade or above.
Teaching and assessment can vary between modules. All modules are taught by weekly seminars. In addition to seminars, the majority of literature modules also include a weekly lecture.
Assessment across all Stages is by a varied and exciting range of coursework only. There are no exams in modules from the School of English. You will have opportunities to undertake a range of assessments from traditional essays, to podcast and documentary film making or publishing your own creative or critical book. You will also receive expert guidance on how to conduct original archival research or plan and execute an academic or creative project.
Attendance at seminars is required, and for the majority of modules, you are assessed on your seminar contribution/performance.
For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours. The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
For programme aims and learning outcomes please see the programme specification.
Whether you have a specific career in mind or haven’t thought beyond university, our courses embed employability at every turn with modules that focus on careers in growing and emerging sectors; we’ll demonstrate how your degree can give you options in the creative industries and beyond.
We help you plan for success. Through our varied range of assessments and inspirational teaching, you will hone the digital, critical thinking, communication and leadership skills that are essential for a successful career and realising your ambition.
I liked the range of the literature we studied at Kent – the fact that we looked at all sorts of genres, from all sorts of periods.
For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.
For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.*
The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.
Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.
Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.
Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.
Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.
Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details.
At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence.
The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.
We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.
If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can apply through UCAS or directly on our website if you have never used UCAS and you do not intend to use UCAS in the future.
We welcome applications from students all around the world with a wide range of international qualifications.
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