36 months
6336 GBP/year
6336 GBP/year
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On this English Literature (Honours) course at The Open University UK you'll study an exciting range of texts from many different periods and settings, including novels, drama and poetry, and discover an exciting variety of approaches for reading and interpreting them. 

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If you are interested in reading between the lines, and being challenged by new ideas and ways of seeing, then this English Literature (Honours) course at The Open University UK is for you. English literature is a broad, accessible and important subject.

You will develop your skills of analysis and communication, which will enable you to take a fresh look at familiar texts, and to encounter new texts and ideas with confidence.

Key features of the course

  • Learn how to analyse a wide range of texts including novels, drama and poetry
  • Discover the historical and cultural contexts that have shaped English literature 
  • Explore the work of some famous authors alongside some lesser known – but equally fascinating writers 
  • Have the option of studying creative writing or English language alongside English literature 
  • Develop advanced skills in analysis, evaluation, communication and critical thinking that are highly valued in the workplace

Skills for career development

Employers greatly value the high-level skills gained by studying an English literature degree. Broadly summarised these are skills of creative and critical thinking, analysis, and communication. You’ll also sharpen your IT and writing skills, and develop an ability to assimilate and evaluate relevant information when constructing an argument. These are key skills that are crucial to many different kinds of complex organisations, and are greatly sought after in the world beyond study – whether you’re already working, volunteering, or changing career.

Career relevance

Studying arts and humanities can give entry to a vast range of occupations, leading in many directions. The breadth of study and the range of material analysed, combined with an adaptable set of transferable skills, are relevant to a wide variety of careers including:

  • public administration, local government, the civil service, art institutions, and social services
  • advertising, journalism, publishing, creative industries and public relations
  • education
  • legal work
  • business, banking and retail
  • human resources
  • charities and campaigning.

Other careers

Many graduate-level jobs, particularly in business, finance, management consultancy and the public sector, are open to graduates of any discipline. Some careers may require further study, training and/or work experience beyond your degree. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Reading and studying literature
  • English literature from Shakespeare to Austen
  • Literature in transition: from 1800 to the present
  • Advanced creative writing 
  • Children's literature 
  • Language and creativity 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.
  • At The Open University we believe education should be open to all, so we provide a high-quality university education to anyone who wishes to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    6336 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19008 GBP for the full programme during 36 months.
  • National

    6336 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19008 GBP for the full programme during 36 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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