Bishop Grosseteste University English Department

 Bishop Grosseteste University English Department

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What you will study

In your first year, you will acquire the analytical and research skills required for undergraduate study through modules on critical skills and literary form. You will have the opportunity to write both creatively and critically about the myths and stories at the roots of Western culture and explore the history of American Literature and Film from the ‘Jazz Age’ to 9/11.

In year two, you will expand your understanding of literary history with courses on the evolution of the novel from Defoe to Stoker and the innovations of Modernism. In addition, there are specialist modules on literature and identity, critical theory and literature for children and young adults. You will also enhance your transferrable skills and employability through a Professional Contexts module that combines a placement opportunity with reflective learning.

In your final year, you will continue to explore literary periods and movements with courses on the Renaissance and Romanticism in the first semester, followed by Medieval and Contemporary Literature in the second. Your undergraduate experience will culminate with an independent research project on a subject of your choosing. This is your opportunity to take charge and pursue your own literary interests supported by the academic skills you have gained.


Assessment in English Literature may include written essays; portfolios with a range of written tasks; presentations; group discussions; multimedia tasks; written examinations. Across your studies, you will not just widen your knowledge of literary history, culture and ideas, but also acquire the skills and confidence to be successful in today’s competitive employment market.

What our students say

No matter what your ability is on your course there will always be a support system there whether it be a tutor, lecturer or even students.
Maisie, Graduate

The tutors are a fountain of knowledge and they share as much as they possibly can with you! You can put all of your skills and knowledge gained into practice which gives you a real sense of belief in yourself, building your confidence to enable you to achieve your very best both academically and personally.
Laura, Second year