What Will You Study
Lancaster’s combined English Language and Literature degree is taught by award-winning teaching and research staff who’ll help you develop an appreciation of literature through the appreciation of its language.
Your degree looks at the relationship between a writer’s linguistic choices and the effects these have on the reader. You’ll be introduced to literature from different genres and historical periods and to a range of current approaches in literary theory. You’ll also learn about the structure, history, uses and variation of the English language.
In your first year, you’ll take courses including English Literature and English Language. You’ll move on to second-year subjects such as Stylistics and The Theory and Practice of Criticism, and then complete your degree with a wide range of options including Contemporary Literature; From Decadence to Modernism 1890 – 1945; American Literature from 1900; Shakespeare; Language and Identities: Gender, Ethnicity and Class; Contemporary Methods in English Language Studies; and Language Change in English and Beyond.
- English Language : BA Hons
- English Language (Study Abroad) : BA Hons
- English Language and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- English Language and French Studies : BA Hons
- English Language and German Studies : BA Hons
- English Language and Linguistics : BA Hons
- English Language and Spanish Studies : BA Hons
- English Language in the Media : BA Hons
- English Language in the Media (Study Abroad) : BA Hons
- English Language with Chinese : BA Hons
- English Literature : BA Hons
- English Literature and History : BA Hons
- English Literature and Linguistics : BA Hons
- English Literature and Philosophy : BA Hons
- English Literature and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- English Literature with Creative Writing : BA Hons
- English Literature, Creative Writing and Practice : BA Hons
- Film and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Film and English Literature : BA Hons
- Fine Art and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- French Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- French Studies and Linguistics : BA Hons
- French Studies with Chinese : BA Hons
- German Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- German Studies and Linguistics : BA Hons
- German Studies with Chinese : BA Hons
- Linguistics : BA Hons
- Linguistics (Study Abroad) : BA Hons
- Linguistics and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Linguistics and Psychology : BA Hons
- Linguistics with Chinese : BA Hons
- Modern Languages : BA Hons
- Philosophy with Chinese : BA Hons
- Politics with Chinese : BA Hons
- Religious Studies with Chinese : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Linguistics : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies with Chinese : BA Hons
- Theatre and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Theatre and English Literature : BA Hons
Lancaster degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their degree. The following is an example list of modules which our previous students have studied.
- American Literature to 1900
- British Romanticism
- Child Language Acquisition
- Corporate communication
- Discourse Analysis: Looking at Language in Use
- English Grammar
- English Phonetics
- Independent Study
- Independent Study
- Language and Pedagogic Practice
- Language Origins and Evolution
- Literacy and Education
- Literature and Film
- Renaissance to Restoration, English Literature, 1580-1688
- Researching Language
- Sounds of the World's Languages
- Structures of the World's Languages
- The Language of Advertising
- Understanding Media
- Victorian Literature
- 21st Century Theory: Literature, Culture, Criticism
- Advanced English Phonetics
- African Literature
- American Literature from 1900
- Between the Acts
- British and American Crime Stories 1840-2000
- Ceremony and Performance in Early Modern Drama
- Children in Horror Fiction and Film
- Classic British Children's Fiction
- Cognitive Linguistics
- Contemporary Fiction and Critical Theory
- Contemporary Literature in English
- Corpus-based English Language Studies
- Dissertation Unit
- Early Modern Outlaws: On Land and Sea
- Feminist perspectives on Early English drama
- Forensic Linguistics
- Language and Identities: Gender, ethnicity and class
- Language Change in English and Beyond
- Language in the Workplace: Topics in Professional Communication
- Language, Culture and Thought
- Literary Film Adaptations, Hollywood 1939
- Literatures of Identity
- Modernism, 1890-1945
- Other Victorians
- Reforming the Body in Elizabethan England
- Romantic and Victorian Poetry
- Ruskin on Art, Architecture and Society
- Schools Volunteering Module
- Schools Volunteering Project
- Science Fiction in Literature and Film
- The Byron-Shelley Circle
- Topics in Phonetic and Phonological Theory
- Utopia Colonialism and the New World
- Utopias and Utopianism
- Victorian Gothic
- Where Do Poems Come From? Process, Manuscripts, Text
Lancaster University offers the chance to follow a structured study programme or the option to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into 2 sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). In Part 1 you will take three units of assessment which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects, a higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
A Level AAA-AAB
International Baccalaureate 36-35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction
Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject including Distinctions in the majority of units
Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international qualifications webpage or contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly
A range of subjects, including at least one of English Language at grade A or English Language and Literature at grade A or equivalent
IELTS 6.5 (with at least 5.5 in each component)
General Studies Offers normally include General Studies if it is taken as a fourth A level
Combination of Qualifications Applications from students with a combination of qualifications are welcomed, for further advice please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed
Contact Undergraduate Admissions Office + 44 1524 592028 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
Lancaster’s English Language and Literature degree helps you develop an analytical approach to working and refine crucial interpersonal and communication skills, which will be of great value in your future employment.
Your degree will be of particular benefit if you wish to work in education, language teaching, speech therapy, translation, information technology, management, the mass media, creative arts, social work and counselling. A sizeable proportion of our graduates take up employment overseas.
Recent graduates have gone on to work or train as speech therapists, teachers of English overseas, teachers of English as a mother tongue, computer programmers and consultants, bankers, chartered accountants, personnel managers, journalists and social workers.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
Teaching and Learning MethodsAt Lancaster we offer a broad range of learning environments designed to best support the requirements of your chosen degree programme. These may include lecture and tutorials, interactive workshops, laboratory sessions, other practical activities, student-led seminars and web-based delivery.
The modules which make up a programme of study are assessed using a variety of different methods, enabling students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typical coursework assignments include laboratory reports, essays, literature reviews, short tests, short and sharply focussed critical reports, poster sessions and oral presentations. Formal examinations include short answer questions, essays and data analysis. Multiple choice formats are also employed where appropriate. Students are supported in the production of final year project reports and dissertations. Details of the assessment methods for individual modules can be accessed via the university's online module catalogue. In addition to these learning and teaching methods we encourage independent study, meaning you take responsibility for your own learning. For more information visit our Teaching Approach page.
We offer you a variety of stimulating and effective approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. This enables you and your tutors to explore the very latest thinking within your subject and develops your skills in problem solving, analysis and critical reflection, communication, application of knowledge and modern technologies.
As a University, we commit to providing all our undergraduates with a minimum number of contact hours per week, providing you with timely feedback on your work and a maximum number of 15 students per seminar group.
Lancaster University has committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries to help with your fees and living costs. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A-levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.
Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education. For students starting their study with us in 2015, over 600 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. For UK students entering in 2015 we will have the following financial support available:
- An Academic Scholarship of £2,000 for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualifications
- An Access Scholarship of £1,000 per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A or the equivalent academic qualifications
- A Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600
*All of the financial awards above are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access July 2014.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.