Teaching and learning in 2021/22

If government restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic are required during the 2021/22 academic year, we are planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and onsite learning, in order to prioritise the safety of students and staff. For more details on changes to this course, see our planned undergraduate course changes page or postgraduate course changes page.

Course Overview

UK Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,400 *
Duration 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our degree courses with Foundation year offer the opportunity to prepare you for advanced study before you progress onto a full honours degree at the University of Westminster.

Whether you do not feel ready for degree-level study, don’t have the right qualifications, want to change your subject specialism or return to study after an absence from education, we aim to encourage a broad range of students to undertake our Foundation year in order to progress onto their full honours degree with us.

The Foundation year is designed to give you the opportunity to explore new ideas, opening up new perspectives on the key debates within your chosen field. Core modules accelerate your academic and professional development and you will also take modules from areas closely related to your chosen field, giving you the chance to develop a cross-disciplinary perspective on your course.

On successful completion of the Foundation year, you will be able to move on to study for the English Literature and Language BA Honours degree.

Our English Literature and Language BA gives you the opportunity to study English literature by focusing on both the wider social context and the language that is being used.

You'll be able to engage with an exciting variety of texts, both traditional (such as Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and Charles Dickens) and non-traditional, alongside all sorts of other aspects of culture. You'll become a sophisticated reader of texts in their wider cultural contexts, at the same time as sharpening your skills in research. This training in critical and creative reading is particularly suitable if you are considering English teaching, the publishing or journalism industries, or any career that involves sophisticated communication skills and an advanced level of language use. It is of particular interest to those wishing to develop their skills as a writer. Our degree is strong in promoting the transferable and cognitive skills that employers value, and that contribute to lifelong personal and professional development.

We begin the course with an examination of what literature is and the tools that we use to discuss it, alongside focusing on how the English language works and the ways it is used to create different kinds of texts. As you progress through the course, you'll have the choice of a wide variety of literature from Old English, through Shakespeare, the 19th and 20th centuries to the present day; this may include texts from outside the traditional literary canon such as genre fiction and new forms of digital content.

Top reasons to study with us

  • Learn from experts – You'll be taught by experts in their field, both in English literature and language and in neighbouring disciplines
  • Benefit from small group learning – We offer weekly small group tutorials of five to eight students per tutor in addition to our regular seminars, which are designed to support your individual learning needs during the first two years of your degree
  • Engage with a variety of texts – You'll be studying both traditional and non-traditional texts alongside all sorts of cultural works from film, the visual arts and museums
  • Get experience before graduating – you’ll have the option to do a work placement as part of this course
  • Learn transferable skills – Our degree will prepare you for a variety of careers by helping you to build your communication skills, research skills and creativity in problem-solving

Course structure

There is a range of optional modules available from within the School of Humanities and across the University in each year of study. In Year 3 you have a particularly extensive array of modules to choose from, which allows you to tailor the degree to your own interests and future aspirations. In Year 3 you also complete a dissertation in a topic of your choice, with one-to-one supervisory support.

Our principal mode of teaching is through seminars of 15-25 students, with some larger university lectures. A key feature of our degree is our weekly small group tutorials (five to eight students per tutor). These are designed to support your own individual learning needs as you go through the first two years. The tutorials are specific to this degree and provide an important space for you to find suitable support in your studies more generally, alongside enhancing your study and employability skills.

At university, much of your learning is independent, conducted beyond the classroom (individually and in groups) in the library, at home, and via our online learning system (Blackboard), and the tutorials provide essential support for independent study. 

Assessment on the English Literature and Language BA varies from traditional essays, presentations and small analytic exercises of texts through to the preparation and execution of small research projects and ultimately the preparation and writing of your own dissertation in the final year. Some modules combine coursework with a short exam.

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include: 

  • Introduction to Academic Practice
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Imagining Global Society and Politics
  • Critical Thinking for Academic and Professional Development 
  • Reading Identities
  • History, Memory and Belonging

There are no optional or elective modules offered at Level 3, as the focus is on the development of key academic skills through a broad understanding of social sciences and humanities.

Credit Level 3

Subjects of study include:

  • English Literature and Language Tutorial
  • What is Literature?
  • Introducing English language
  • Language and Text
  • Keywords for Literary Studies
  • World Varieties of English
  • Shakespeare and Performance
  • Poetry and Politics

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • English Literature and Language Tutorial
  • The Novel
  • Romanticisms
  • The Victorian World
  • Discourse across Time
  • Language and Literary Style
  • Child Language Acquisition
  • Writing Revolutions
  • Making Memory: Culture History and Representation
  • Monsters

Credit Level 5

Between Years 2 and 3 you’ll have the option to undertake either a study or work placement at a partner institution abroad. The optional year abroad helps you develop cultural and intercultural awareness of the country you visit and gives you an opportunity to gain experience in a different setting.

Subjects of study include:

  • English Literature and Language Dissertation
  • Language Contact and Change
  • Studies in Literary Language
  • Language and Power
  • Language Form
  • Applied Language Studies
  • The Modernist World
  • Tragedy: Ancient to Modern
  • Fiction after 1950
  • Issues in Culture
  • Sexualities in Literature and Culture
  • Special Topic
  • Reading the Present

Credit Level 6

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

For general enquiries about the course, please email [email protected]

To request an accessible version of the programme specification, please email [email protected]

Careers

Graduates from this degree are prepared for a wide array of careers with their much sought-after skills in communication, analysis and research. This is not a narrowly focused vocational degree, but a degree that prepares you for any career that values advanced skills in spoken and written communication, and where you need to demonstrate initiative and creativity in problem-solving. 

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Get career-ready

Our degree enhances your communication skills, research skills, initiative and creativity in problem-solving – skills that are valued in a wide range of careers. 

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CV and interview skills

We provide guidance in CV writing and drafting job applications, and preparing for interviews and psychometric tests, giving you a headstart in your graduate career.

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Employers around the world

The University’s Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers and support you to achieve your full potential.

Job roles

This course will prepare you for roles in a range of fields, including:

  • Advertising
  • Further research in higher education institutions
  • Marketing
  • Publishing and editing
  • Public relations and communications
  • Recruitment and human resources
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Teaching English (both in the UK and abroad)
  • Web content management

Work experience

You’ll have the option to complete a work placement as part of this course. Our students gain valuable skills and knowledge through this experience.

Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including:

  • Base Quantum Ltd
  • BBC
  • Ignition People
  • Red Consultancy
  • St. James’s Place Wealth Management
  • Tesco
  • The Restaurant Group plc

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

Students working and studying internationally

Why study this course?

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A literary city

Study English literature and language in the heart of London, a historic literary city and home to some of the world's most celebrated writers. 

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Benefit from small group learning

Our fortnightly small group tutorials are designed to give you additional support during the first two years of your degree.

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Gain a broad perspective

On our course, you'll study both traditional texts and texts from outside the usual literary canon, while focusing on the broader context of Western history and thought, and art and culture.

Online open days

Join us at an online open day or information session and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Entry Requirements

  • A levels – DDE to CDD
  • International Baccalaureate – 64 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the IB
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MPP to MMP
  • BTEC Diploma – MM to DM
  • Access – 64 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have: 

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

  • International Baccalaureate – 64 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the IB   

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

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Pre-sessional English programmes

Need to improve your English before starting your course? We offer summer pre-sessional English programmes to help develop your English language skills.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English programmes.

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Learn a new language

From Arabic to Spanish, you can learn a new language alongside your degree with our Polylang programme

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Our award-winning Creative Enterprise Centre offers industry networking events, workshops, one-to-one business advice and support for your startup projects. 

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Gain extra qualifications

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Fees and Funding

UK tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

EU Qualifications Welcome Award Scheme

If you are an international student accepted on an undergraduate programme starting in September 2021 on the basis of an eligible EU qualification only, you will be awarded a tuition fee reduction which will align your fee more closely to the one for UK students. For more information, see the EU Qualifications Welcome Award Scheme.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

You should budget between £50–£100 for additional materials at Level 4, £50–£100 at Level 5 and £50–£100 at Level 6.

See also our general policy on what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £14,400 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

EU Qualifications Welcome Award Scheme

If you are accepted on an undergraduate programme starting in September 2021 on the basis of an eligible EU qualification only, you will be awarded a tuition fee reduction of £4,500 per year, which will align your fee more closely to the one for UK students. For more information, see the EU Qualifications Welcome Award Scheme.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Additional costs

You should budget between £50–£100 for additional materials at Level 4, £50–£100 at Level 5 and £50–£100 at Level 6.

See also our general policy on what your tuition fees cover.

Teaching and assessment

Below you will find how learning time and assessment types were distributed in the past on this course, through approximate percentages taken from previous cohorts. The graphs below give an indication of what you can expect. Changes to the division of learning time and assessment may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through lectures, seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, and where appropriate practical application. Learning typically falls into three broad categories:

  • Scheduled hours: examples include lectures, seminars, practical classes, workshops, supervised time in a studio
  • Placement: placement hours normally include placement opportunities, but may also include live projects or virtual activity involving employers
  • Independent study: non-scheduled time in which students are expected to study independently. This may include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks, or revision
Year
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24%76%
1
20%80%
2
17%83%
3
15%84%1%
Scheduled hours Independent study Placement

How you'll be assessed

Our undergraduate courses include a wide variety of assessments.

Assessments typically fall into three broad categories:

  • Practical: examples include presentations, videos, podcasts, lab work, creating artefacts  
  • Written exams: end of semester exams 
  • Coursework: examples include essays, reports, in-class tests, portfolios, dissertation
     
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5%2%93%
Practical Written exams Coursework

Data from the academic year 2019-20

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Location

Our Regent Campus is composed of three sites, situated on and around Regent Street – one of the most famous and vibrant streets in London.

Our Humanities subjects are based at 309 Regent Street, which includes recently refurbished social spaces, gym facilities and our Regent Street Cinema.

For more details, visit our locations page.

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