Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,000 *
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 (Year 0), you will be able to move on to study for the English Literature and Language BA Honours degree.

This course presents an opportunity to study English Literature by focusing on both the wider social context and the language that is being used. You will be able to engage with an exciting variety of texts, both traditional (such as Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and Charles Dickens) and non-traditional alongside other kinds of cultural works (such as film and art). You will 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 for those considering teaching English, publishing or journalism, and 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. The 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 what the tools are 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 will be have the choice of a wide variety of literature from Old English, through Shakespeare, the nineteenth and twentieth 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. 

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).

The principal mode of teaching is through seminars of 15-25 students, with some larger university lectures. A key distinctive factor of this degree is its fortnightly small group tutorials (about 5 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. As in all university study, much of your learning is independent, conducted beyond the classroom (individually and in groups) in the library, at home, and via the online learning system, Blackboard, and the tutorials provide essential support for independent study. 

The 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.

 

Course structure

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

To help you make an informed decision, you can have a look at how marks have been calculated and study time has been distributed on this course in the past.

Subjects of study include: 

  • Introduction to Academic Practice
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Psychology in Everyday Life
  • 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
  • Keywords for Literary Studies
  • Language and Text
  • Language Myths
  • Poetry and Politics
  • Shakespeare and Performance
  • What is Literature?
  • Words and Meaning

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Child Language Acquisition
  • Discourse across Time 
  • English Literature and Language Tutorial
  • Language and Literary Style
  • Making Memory: Culture, History and Representation
  • Monsters
  • The Nineteenth Century
  • The Novel
  • Travel Sickness
  • Writing Revolutions

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Applied Language Studies
  • English Literature and Language Dissertation
  • Issues in Theory
  • Language and Power
  • Language Contact and Change
  • Satire and the City
  • Sexualities in Literature and Culture 
  • Special Topic (varies each year)
  • Studies in Literary Language
  • The Modernist World 
  • Tragedy: Ancient to Modern
  • What is the Contemporary?

Credit Level 6

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

Find out about Westminster Plus Electives.

Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – DDE to CDD
  • International Baccalaureate – 24 points. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme
  • 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 – 24 points   

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.

Careers

Our graduates from this BA have gone on to a wide variety of careers, possessing much sought-after communication and research skills. Careers most closely allied to English and Linguistics have included: teaching (both in the UK and abroad), the BBC Pronunciation department, speech and language therapy, and further research in higher education institutions.

However, the kind of skills that this degree provides have led to graduates entering many other career areas, from child support officers to publishing. This is not a narrowly focused vocational degree, but prepares students for any career that values advanced communication skills, research skills and employees that can demonstrate initiative and creativity in problem-solving.

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.
 
With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.
 
We can help you:
    •    find work placements, graduate jobs or voluntary experience related to your course
    •    discover international opportunities to enhance your employability
    •    write effective CVs and application forms
    •    develop your interview and enterprise skills
    •    plan your career with our career consultants
    •    gain insights into your chosen industry through mentoring
    •    meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events 
 
Find out more about the Careers and Employability Service.

 

Find out more about other employability initiatives at the University of Westminster. 

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English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies

The Regent Campus experience

Fees and Funding

UK and EU 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.

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: £14,000 (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.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

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.

Course Location

Our Regent Campus is composed of three sites all situated on and around one of the most famous and vibrant streets in London. The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities is based at 309 Regent Street and includes recently refurbished social spaces and gym facilities. Students in the faculty are also taught at our Wells Street site. Westminster Law School resides at Little Titchfield Street. Alongside a full mock courtroom, hi-tech learning spaces and a pro-bono clinic, it also houses our state-of-the-art, 382-seat lecture theatre. For more details, visit our locations page.

Contact us

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+44 (0)20 7915 5511

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