English Literature - BA (Hons)

You’ll draw on a range of other subjects, including history, politics, philosophy, religion, psychology and the history of art to develop an all-round understanding of the written works that have shaped our world.

Course details

You’ll study classic literary texts alongside genres including sci-fi and children’s literature, and find out how English literature has been affected by, and influenced, culture, language, technology and economics.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Locations: Chelmsford campus

Anglia Ruskin Univesity, ARU

Course overview

Our English Literature degree will also help you develop many transferable skills valued by employers from all industries, including literacy, communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, research, and working both independently as well as part of a team.


Entry requirements

96 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent).

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 ( Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

You may also be accepted to this course with an IELTS 5.5 (Academic level- with no individual score being lower than 5.5) or equivalent English Language qualification as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University, but will then be required to undertake additional compulsory free English language modules in your first year.


Our BA (Hons) English Literature graduates go on to work in a variety of fields, including teaching, journalism, television, radio, the music industry, arts administration, gallery work, fundraising, personnel work, publishing, librarianship, marketing, local authority work, publicity, social work, tourism and IT-related industries.

The problem-solving, critical and creative thinking, judgement, research, analysis and communication skills our English Literature students gain are highly valued by employers. You’ll also learn to work well independently and as part of a team.


You’ll also discover the folklore, dark legends, ghost stories, myths, strange tales and uncanny happenings of the Fens, developing an understanding of the literary heritage of the local area and exploring the relationship between writing, place and identity.

  • A History of English Literature 1: Writing Matters
  • A History of English Literature 2: Reading Literature and Theory
  • Myth, Miracle and Magic
  • Language and Society
  • Literature of the Fens
  • Romantic Conflicts
  • The European Novel: Desire and Transgression
  • Reading Beyond Britain
  • Victorian Literature and Culture
  • Modernism and the City
  • Ruskin Module (15 credits)

Optional modules

  • Writing World War One: Trauma, Memory, Resistance
  • History of English
  • Science Fiction
  • Dialogue and Debate: Renaissance Literature
  • Contemporary Issues in Stylistics
  • Writing Short Fiction
  • Anglia Language Programme
  • Major Project
  • Spectacle and Representation in Renaissance Drama
  • Contemporary Fiction

Optional modules

  • Elizabeth Gaskell and the Brontës
  • Romantic Ideals
  • Renaissance Magic
  • Language, Flesh, Philosophy
  • Writing Poetry
  • New Media Discourse
  • Careers with English
  • Literature and Exile: Displacement, Identity, Self
  • Theorising Children’s Literature
  • Anglia Language Programme