English Literature Combinations

French English Marianne Cowie

My placement year was great because I learned so much and came back to university with a greater focus than ever before."

Marianne Cowie 
Project Manager at Comtec Translations

Entry requirements

ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels (but please see individual course pages for specific requirements)

Our innovative English Literature modules aim to cover the breadth and depth of English Literature across the world, whilst also allowing you to develop your own interests in specific areas. 

Why choose this course?

  • Our English Literature degree combines the study of literature, culture and history. It offers the opportunity to develop creative writing skills and investigates how new technologies impact upon reading and writing in the modern world.
  • We focus on literacy as a social practice - how and why do people read and write at all levels of society - and consider all its manifestations from graffiti and electronic writing on the one side of the spectrum to poetry, novels and theatre on the other.
  • Our English Literature degree enhances your employability after graduation due to its integrated placement year.
  • Staff in English regularly take part in local and regional arts events, such as the Birmingham Literary Festival.

As an English Literature student at Aston, you will analyse literature in the context of language, culture and history. You have the opportunity to develop your creative writing skills and investigate how new technologies impact upon reading and writing in the modern world.

Your First Year of studying English Literature at Aston will give you a broad introduction to literary genres and periods from the seventeenth century to the present day. In the Second Year you build upon the themes introduced in your First Year through the study of core and elective modules designed to broaden your understanding of the breadth and range of English literature and equip you to critically engage with a variety of literary texts across both literary genres and periods.  In the Final Year you can choose from a wide range of elective modules to suit your interests.

"Interested? I'd love to hear from you."

Dr Marcello Giovanelli
Dr Marcello Giovanelli - Programme Director

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