What Will You Study
Do you want to study a wide range of authors, genres, historical periods, literary movements, techniques and critical approaches? Would you like to combine this with discovering how the language at the heart of key literary texts actually functions? A joint English Language and Literature degree could be the answer.
You’ll be taught by one of the country’s largest Linguistics and English Language departments and an English Literature department that provides a vibrant array of authors, genres, historical periods, literary movements, techniques and critical approaches.
The core modules in your first year will give you a good foundation in English Language and English Literature. We’ll cover plays, films, short stories, novels and poetry from the sixteenth century to the modern day. You’ll study lexis, grammar and phonetics as well as descriptive concepts such as accents and dialects.
In your second year you’ll study core modules of Stylistics and The Theory and Practice of Criticism. You’ll also be able to choose from modules ranging from British Romanticism to The Language of Advertising. In your final year you are free to specialise in genres and periods that especially interest you such as Advanced English Phonetics, Victorian Gothic or Forensic Linguistics.
Our English Language and Literature degree helps you develop an analytical approach to working. It teaches the skills of data analysis, academic writing, and argumentation, and we are confident that our teaching, combined with your willingness to learn, will put you in a strong position to move forward in your career.
- English Language : BA Hons
- English Language (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- English Language (Study Abroad) : BA Hons
- English Language and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- English Language and Creative Writing (Placement Year) : 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 Linguistics (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- English Language and Linguistics (Study Abroad) : BA Hons
- English Language and Literature (Placement Year) : 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 in the Media (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- English Literature : BA Hons
- English Literature (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- English Literature and History : BA Hons
- English Literature and History (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- English Literature and Philosophy : BA Hons
- English Literature and Philosophy (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- English Literature with Creative Writing : BA Hons
- English Literature with Creative Writing (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- English Literature, Creative Writing and Practice : BA Hons
- English Literature, Creative Writing and Practice (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Film and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Film and Creative Writing (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Film and English Literature : BA Hons
- Film and English Literature (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Fine Art and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Fine Art and Creative Writing (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- French Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- French Studies and Linguistics : BA Hons
- German Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- German Studies and Linguistics : BA Hons
- Linguistics : BA Hons
- Linguistics (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Linguistics (Study Abroad) : BA Hons
- Linguistics and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Linguistics and Philosophy (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Psychology and Linguistics : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Linguistics : BA Hons
- Theatre and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Theatre and Creative Writing (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Theatre and English Literature : BA Hons
- Theatre and English Literature (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- American Literature to 1900
- British Romanticism
- Child Language Acquisition
- Corporate communication
- Discourse Analysis: Looking at Language in Use
- Dissertation Preparation
- English Grammar
- English Phonetics
- Independent Study
- Introduction to Computational Linguistics
- Language and Pedagogic Practice
- Language Origins and Evolution
- Late Medieval to Early Modern Literature
- Literacy and Education
- Literature, Film, and Media
- Placement module
- 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
- Between the Acts
- Bible and Literature
- Cognitive Linguistics
- Contemporary Literature in English
- Corpus-based English Language Studies
- Dissertation Unit
- 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
- Literature and the Visual Arts
- Monstrous Bodies: Romantic Period Poetry and Prose
- Performing Death, Desire and Gender
- Premodern Gothic
- Romantic and Victorian Poetry
- Schools Volunteering Module
- Schools Volunteering Project
- Science Fiction in Literature and Film
- The Byron-Shelley Circle
- Topics in Phonetic and Phonological Theory
- Utopias and Utopianism
- Victorian Gothic
- Women Writers of Britain and America
Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules 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 please visit our Teaching and Learning section.
The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.
A Level AAB
Required Subjects A level English Literature or English Language and Literature grade A
IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.
International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in a HL Literature subject
BTEC Considered alongside A level English Literature or A level English Language and Literature grade A
We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.
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Language study is not just about facts, but learning a range of skills in data management and analysis, the evaluation of evidence, and the synthesis and presentation of results. These are the kinds of skills that today’s employers value.
Typically, our graduates are interested in jobs in:
- Speech and Language Therapy
- Teaching (primary, secondary, and English as a foreign Language abroad)
- Journalism, Media and Publishing
- Speech Technology
- Public Relations
Some of our graduates continue their studies at Lancaster or other institutions and undertake postgraduate studies or professional training in the field of languages or linguistics
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 Methods
At 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 focused 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.
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2018-19 entry fees have not yet been set.
As a guide, our fees in 2017-18 were:
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Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more details here: Island Students.
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.