English Literature can be studied alongside a broad range of arts, humanities and social science subjects; the majority of our most successful students usually do at least one other subject that requires extended writing as part of its assessment such as Sociology, History, Film Studies, and Politics.

Whenever we can, we organise trips to the theatre and galleries or to lectures and study days; in last few years, we’ve been to London, Stratford, Wolverhampton, Sheffield, Bury St Edmunds, Northampton and Cambridge. Recent favourites include Hobbit star Richard Armitage in The Crucible at the Old Vic in London, John Simm, better known as the Dark Lord in Doctor Who, playing Hamlet opposite Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery as Ophelia, and a naked Benedict Cumberbatch as Frankenstein’s creature at the National Theatre.



If you want to read about the differences between our Literature and Lang./Lit. courses, click here.

We pride ourselves on teaching in an open, democratic, and student-centred way. We work from the assumption that all voices and viewpoints are important, whether those voices and viewpoints are in the texts you study or coming from people in your English lessons. You’ll be encouraged to ask questions: of your teachers, of the things you read, and perhaps most importantly, of yourself and your ideas. As the critic Robert Eaglestone argues, ‘the power of literature is clear: it can continue to unsettle us and to make us question even our most closely held beliefs, not only about art but also about ourselves, others, society and the wider world. And this questioning, above all else, it seems to me, is the importance of doing English.’