English Language and Literature
This rich and rewarding single honours degree allows you to combine your passions for English language and literature.
In English literature the entire chronological span is open to you, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the 21st century. So too are all genres, from contemporary, crime and historical fiction to poetry, drama, film, music and creative writing. Our curriculum is far from restricted to the printed word, exploring the connections between literature and film, art, music, history, language, and popular culture. This variety allows you to shape your degree to suit, whether your interest lies in periods and genres or literary study with analysis of other cultural forms.
Distinct for our focus on the intersection of language with culture, society, politics and mind, English language offers a rigorous grounding in the analysis of the language, taught by internationally-respected experts. You will learn such essential linguistic tools as phonetics, grammar and discourse analysis from those who are helping develop those fields. Supported by our broad approach to language, you will develop the ability to analyse the multimodal text combining word image and sound that predominates in so much of contemporary media.
Bringing a wealth of expertise, our lecturers will share latest thinking in the classroom from the digital humanities to gender, from the gothic to postcolonial studies and far beyond, drawn from their research in our centres of excellence including the Centre for Language and Communication Research. Outside of the classroom, our public platforms Cardiff BookTalk and Cardiff Poetry Experiment are popular and hugely engaging.
This diverse degree also gives you the flexibility to shape your path as you progress. After an equal split in Year One, you can choose more modules from either discipline to suit your interests and career aspirations.
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Typical A level offer
ABB-BBB including English Literature, English Literature and Language or Creative Writing. Please note, General Studies and Critical Thinking will not be accepted.
Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
Does this course require proof of English proficiency?
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- How Language Works 1
- How Language Works 2
- Critical Reading and Critical Writing
- Language and the Mind
- Reading and Writing in the Digital Age
- Developing English: History and Society
- Understanding Communication
- Drama: Stage and Page
- Star-cross'd Lovers: the Politics of Desire
- Transforming Visions: Text and Image
- Creative Reading
- Creative Writing
- Transgressive Bodies in Medieval Literature
- Ways of Reading
- Sound, Structure and Meaning
- Style and Genre
- Children, Language and Communication
- Research Methods
- Sounds of Speech
- Words and Meaning
- History of English
- Digital Literacy and Language
- Style and Genre
- The Robin Hood Tradition
- Modernist Fictions
- Children's Literature: Form and Function
- Introduction to Romantic Poetry
- African-American Literature
- Modernism and the City
- Gothic Fiction: The Romantic Age
- Social Politics and National Style: American Fiction and Form, 1920-1940
- Literature and Science
- Dickens in Many Media
- Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Women Writers
- Shakespeare's Tragedies and Histories
- Contemporary Poetry: Tradition and Innovation
- Creative Writing: Children's and Young Adult Fiction
- Creative Writing: Experiments in Fiction
- Creative Writing: Microfiction
- Creative Writing: Poetry l
- Creative Writing: Playwriting - Stage and Radio
- Creative Writing: Screenwriting
- Creative Writing: Poetry II
- Creative Writing: The Short Story
- Object Women in Literature and Film
- Renaissance Poetry, Prose and Drama: The Principal Genres, Issues and Authors
- Decadent Men, 1890s-1910s: Wilde to Forster
- Creative Writing: Stories from the Real World -- Narrative
- Chaucer's Gender Politics: Chivalry, Sex and Subversion in the Canterbury Tales
- Contemporary British Fictions
- Experimental Early Modern Drama
- Writing Mourning
- Philosophy and Literature
- Jane Austen in Context
- ENCAP Employability Module
- Forensic Linguistics
- Language Learning and Teaching
- Functions of Grammar
- Communicating in Relationships
- Communication Disorders
- Dissertation in Language and Communication 1
- Dissertation in Language and Communication 2
- Extended Dissertation in English Language and Literature
- Patterns of Language
- Media Discourse
- The Graphic Memoir
- Professional and Intercultural Communication
- Language and Popular Culture
- Phraseology in Theory and Application
- Fictive Histories/Historical Fictions
- Modern Drama: Page, Stage, Screen
- Gender and Monstrosity: Late/Neo Victorian
- Utopia: Suffrage to Cyberpunk
- Second-generation Romantic Poets
- Bluestockings, Britannia, Unsexed Females: Women in Public Life, 1770-1800
- Gothic Fiction: The Victorians
- Poetry in the Making: Modern Literary Manuscripts
- Postcolonial Theory
- Visions of Past and Future in Children's Literature
- Island Stories: Literatures of the North Atlantic
- Medieval Romance: Monsters and Magic
- Creative Writing Project
- John Milton
- The American Short Story
- Apocalypse Then and Now
- Criminal Shakespeare
- Scandal and Outrage: Controversial Literature of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
- Representing Race in Contemporary America
- Love, Death and Marriage in Renaissance Drama
- Visuality, Culture and Technology
- International Study Abroad (60 credits) Autumn
Scholarships & funding
For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.
The full tuition fees for UK and EU Students is £9,000.The tuition fees for Students from outside the EU is £17,700
What skills will I practise and develop?
As a result of engaging fully with this course, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’. These will allow you to:
- Grasp complex issues with confidence
- Ask the right questions of complex texts
- Have an imaginative appreciation of different views and options and analyse these critically
- Identify and apply relevant data
- Propose imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence
- Communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech
- Work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time
- Learn from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights
- Work as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving
- Use IT programmes and digital media, where appropriate
- Take responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development
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About this institute
Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines a prestigious heritage with impressive modern facilities, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. As part of the Russell Group, our students benefit from our outstanding research quality and reputation, while...
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