Why study English and Italian Literature at Warwick?
- You will be based in the Department of Italian Studies, (part of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures), but will study half of your modules with the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies.
- Our School of Modern Languages and Cultures comprises excellent academic specialisms (French, German, Hispanic and Italian Studies) and the Language Centre (whose offerings also include Arabic, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin and Portuguese), leading to a powerful combination of languages, research interests and degree courses.
- The constituent academic subjects have consistently ranked among the very best in the UK in national and international league tables and are well known for their excellent scores in terms of student satisfaction. Modules and degree courses are under constant review, ensuring that they are fresh, effective and challenging. Some courses are open to students who are beginners or intermediate in a language.
- You will have access to outstanding facilities, including:
- the University Language Centre, where there are opportunities to take extra language courses in addition to your main course of study (additional fees apply)
- the Transnational Resources Centre (TRC), giving you exclusive access to over 3,000 DVDs in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese plus multimedia facilities, satellite television with integrated off-air recording facilities, video-editing software (with technical support), and DVD projection equipment.
- At the Department of Comparative Literary Studies you will be learning from experts at the cutting edge of their fields. A unique focus on Shakespeare draws on our proximity to the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon. Other research strengths include world and comparative literature, creative writing, poetry and poetics, drama and performance, literary and cultural theory, religion and literature.
Dr Paul Prescott
English and Comparative Literary Studies
Dr David Lines
Italian Studies Undergraduate
Why study at Warwick?
A view from our academics
What will I learn?
English and Italian Literature (50% English, 50% Italian) has a strong and distinctive comparative approach and has been specially designed for those who wish to begin or pursue a study of Italian language and literature whilst continuing to study the English tradition, as well as exploring interactions between the two. Throughout your degree you will study Italian language at an appropriate level. Optional modules range from studying contemporary Italian culture to comparative literature modules.
Your third year will be spent studying at an Italian university alongside Italian students and immersing yourself in Italian culture.
For module information please visit the English and Italian Literature webpage.
How will I learn?
You will have around 12 hours of contact time per week. We employ a variety of teaching styles, including: lectures, often to the whole year group; seminars of about 15 students, in which the emphasis is on student participation; and written, spoken and lab-based language classes in small groups. You will spend the rest of your time studying independently, preparing for classes, reading the primary texts, writing essays and working on your language skills.
How will I be assessed?
We will track your progress through language assignments, essays, presentations, portfolio submissions and
examinations (written and oral). Throughout your course you will receive detailed, personalised feedback to help you to improve your skills.
What opportunities are there to study abroad?
You will spend one year of your course abroad – usually your second or third year, depending on your course. We offer placements at carefully chosen partner institutions through the University’s study abroad scheme or through independent partnerships. It is also possible to work for the British Council as an English language assistant, or to set up an independent work placement.
A level AAB including A Levels in English Literature and any modern language.
International Baccalaureate 36 points, including 5 at Higher Level in English Literature and in any modern language.
Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must demonstrate required language skills.
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies at A or AS level. Critical Thinking only accepted at AS level.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
Interviews Applicants may be invited to interview at the discretion of the Department (usually where non-standard qualifications are involved).
Departmental Offer Holder Days Offers to applicants will include an invitation to a selection of Departmental Open Days, which are held in the spring term. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
UCAS: QR33 BA/EIL4
What modules could I study?
We offer a wide variety of modules exploring English and Italian Literature.
More information about modules and the structure of this course can be found on the School of Modern Languages and Cultures website.
Please note: Course structure is indicative. Modules on offer change year on year, dependent on staff research interests and availability.
What careers can a Warwick degree in English and Italian Literature lead to?
Our Modern Languages graduates have advanced linguistic skills, excellent intercultural awareness and highly
developed transferable skills, which are extremely sought after by employers.
Our graduates have entered fields as diverse as the media, the United Nations, company management, accountancy and finance, media and publishing, teaching, translating/interpreting, the civil service, law, travel and tourism, and arts and events management. Others choose to continue their studies at postgraduate level.
Examples of some of our recent Modern Languages graduates' careers include Assistant Producer, France 24 TV; Customer Care Professional – German market, American Express; Fraud Investigator, Apple; Translator, The Lonely Planet; International Marketing Assistant, Next plc; International Graduate, HSBC Private Bank.
Recent English graduate destinations include Learning and Development Co-ordinator, CBRE; Students and Community Engagement Campaigner, Oxfam; Commission Assistant, Oxford University Press; Communications Internship, Institute of Economic Affairs; Equality and Diversity Policy Manager, Department for Work and Pensions.
A level: AAB including A Levels in English Literature and any modern language.
IB: 36 points including 5 at Higher Level in English Literature and in any modern language.
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year), including a year abroad
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
Find out more about fees and funding
Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs you should contact the department administering the course.
This information is applicable for 2017 entry.