Reading an inspiring work of literature isn’t just a pleasure, it can help build up useful skills and understanding too. Combine that with a close study of language – the building blocks that go into the written and spoken word – and you could develop an extremely analytical mind and some highly transferable skills that employers are looking for. Literature has been a source of inspiration, entertainment and education for hundreds of years. We’ll look at some of the classic texts from the English Renaissance of the 16th century right up to the present day. So whether you want to immerse yourself in Jacobean tragedy or Romantic poetry, you’ll have the chance to explore some of your favourite genres and discover new ones too. We’ll also look at a wide range of theoretical perspectives, so you can engage with literary theory and think critically about the link between literature, society and the environment. Every text can raise cultural, ethical and political issues, and we’ll give you the chance to explore them. For the language elements of your course, we’ll assess how language shapes the world we live in, and how principles like humour, power and cross-cultural relations are all dependent on the formation of language. The course is equally split between literature and language. Studying both subjects together can help give you the transferable skills that employers are looking for, like how to assess the written word, how to read situations, putting forward an argument, working as a team and individually. Your learning will extend beyond the classroom, as we’ll also get you out in the field to visit key locations such as Bronte Parsonage in Haworth or the British Library. Every year students have the chance to attend Huddersfield Literature Festival. In your second year you’ll have the chance to go on a work placement, designed to enhance your skills ready for employment and to help you gain useful contacts in your chosen field.