Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,000 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

This course presents an opportunity to study English literature in its wider social, cultural, and historical contexts. 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 (such as graphical novels, detective fiction, and new forms of digital content). You will explore the relationship between literature and other kinds of cultural works (such as films, museums, music, and art). You will become sophisticated at close reading literary works, at the same time as sharpening your skills in research and critical thinking. This training in critical and creative reading is especially 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 abilities as a writer. The degree strongly promotes 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, what the tools are that we use to discuss it, and how texts are related to the historical contexts from which they emerge. As you progress through the course, you will be introduced to a wide variety of literature from Shakespeare to the Gothic, American fiction, Modernism and contemporary writing. You will study different forms including poetry, prose, and drama, looking at texts from diverse periods and places. The course makes the most of our central London location in the midst of galleries, museums, cinemas and theatres, and uses the urban landscape as a resource for studying the social and theoretical issues relating to literature.

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 BA varies from traditional essays, presentations and the close reading of texts through to the preparation and execution of small research projects and ultimately the 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:

  • English Literature Tutorial
  • What is Literature?
  • Keywords for Literary Studies
  • Shakespeare and Performance
  • Poetry and Politics

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • English Literature Tutorial
  • The Nineteenth Century
  • The Novel
  • Monsters
  • Making Memory: Culture, History and Representation
  • Travel Sickness
  • Writing Revolutions

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Tragedy: Ancient to Modern
  • Fiction after 1950
  • Satire and the City
  • Issues in Culture
  • Sexualities in Literature and Culture
  • Special Topic (varies each year)
  • The Modernist World
  • English Literature Dissertation

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 – BCC to ABB (to include an English or Humanities subject)
  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points including 5 higher level English A/ 6 HL English B or a Humanities subject. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM to DDM Humanities or Creative Subject
  • BTEC Diploma – D*D to D*D* + A Level in a Humanities subject
  • Access – 104 to 128  UCAS Tariff points from the Access course in a Humanities subject

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.

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  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points including 5 higher level English A/ 6 HL English B or a Humanities subject

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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Careers

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.

 

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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, situated on and around 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. Criminology, Sociology and Politics students 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.

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