Why study English at Warwick?
- At the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies you will be learning from experts at the forefront of their fields. A unique focus on Shakespeare draws on our proximity to the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon. Other research strengths include renaissance literature, eighteenth century studies, American literature, women’s writing, world and comparative literature, post-colonial literature, creative writing, poetry and poetics, drama and performance, literary and cultural theory.
- Guided choices and pathways in the second and third years reflect new developments in English Studies and staff research, and offer you excellent coverage of periods, genres, literary movements and theoretical approaches. This means you can tailor your degree to your own areas of academic interest.
- We are the base for the Warwick Writing Programme, recently judged best in the UK, which is home to internationally known writers including A.L. Kennedy, David Vann, David Morley and Sarah Moss.
Dr Paul Prescott
English and Comparative Literature
Why study at Warwick
A view from our academics
What will I learn?
If you intend to pursue a career as an author, or to work in the creative industries or teaching, this practical course will teach you about the creative writing process and help you become a better reader, with a deeper understanding of literary theories and texts. You will be taught by practising and award-winning writers, bridging the gap between academic and creative approaches to literature.
You will undertake real-world writing tasks and will regularly meet, engage with, and learn from industry professionals, including publishers, editors, literary agents, poets and authors. Our graduatesleave with advanced communicative, imaginative and critical abilities, plus practical and vocational literary writing skills including composition, interpretation and evaluation. In addition, you will develop argument, analysis and debating skills, and a capacity for independent thought.
In your first year you will follow core modules in Modes of Writing (developing your creative and expository poetry, fiction and non-fiction writing), Modes of Reading, Medieval to Renaissance English Literature, and Modern World Literatures (for information on these modules see English Literature left). Second-year modules include Composition and Creative Writing (compulsory), Practice of Fiction, and Practice of Poetry plus a choice of optional modules on other forms of writing, Shakespeare, medieval literature and the modules listed under English Literature (left). Your final year enables you to focus on the area of literature that interests you most or to create a substantial, original portfolio of work under the guidance of a specialist tutor. You can also choose an approved module from another department.
How will I learn?
You will experience small-group teaching – the traditional weekly seminar – and central lectures on core modules. You will also encounter Warwick’s uniquely developed ‘open space learning’, which uses performance-based and creative techniques to transform your learning experience.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment combines the traditional (essays and written examinations) with the innovative (creative projects, portfolios and performance). For example, in our Shakespeare and Selected Dramatists of His Time module, student creative work has recently included film and radio adaptations, musical compositions, painting, sculpture and photography inspired by Shakespeare’s texts.
What opportunities are there to study abroad?
We support student mobility through study abroad programmes and all students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities. The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.
A level AAA, including A Level in English Literature or combined English Language and Literature.
International Baccalaureate 38 points including 6 in Higher Level English
Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Advanced or Higher level qualifications in English Literature. A level English Language is acceptable in addition to English Literature, but is not normally acceptable as a substitute. Combined A level English Language/Literature is acceptable, provided that you show evidence of wider reading in literature in your personal statement.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed, but competition is likely to be intense.
Interviews Candidates being considered for an offer will be invited to complete an online questionnaire and submit a short portfolio of creative work.
Open Days All applicants who receive an offer are invited to a Departmental Open Day, held during the spring term. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
What modules can I study?
First year modules could include Modes of Reading; Modes of Writing; Medieval to Renaissance English Literature and Modern World Literatures.
In your second year modules may include Composition and Creative Writing; The Practice of Poetry; Shakespeare and Selected Dramatists of His Time (or a module in English with a pre-1900 element) and any module from the English department or another University department.
In your final year you may be able to select from two of the following three optional core modules: The Practice of Fiction; The Practice of Poetry and a Personal Writing Project. Additional modules may include Shakespeare and Selected Dramatists of His Time (or a module in English) and any module from the English department or another University department.
This is not an exhaustive list and the modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please visit the department website for more detailed information.
What careers can an English degree from Warwick lead to?
An English degree from Warwick will equip you with a broad set of skills – writing, argumentation, critical analysis and debate, independence of thought and creativity – that are highly valued in many employment sectors.
Some of our recent 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.
Many graduates also join our large and thriving postgraduate community.
A level: AAA including A Level in English Literature or combined English Language and Literature.
IB: 38 points including 6 in Higher Level English
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
Department of English and Comaparative Literary Studies
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.