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GBP 15,400
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Medium of studying
On campus
48 months
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Architecture | Business & Management | Cultural Studies | Design | Humanities | Linguistics | Media & Communication
English Language and Literature | Language Applications | Historical Research | Publishing | Professional Writing | Literary Theory | English Language and Literature/Letters | Market Research
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On campus
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About Program

Program Overview

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.

Program Outline


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. 

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. 

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.

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.

Course Leader

Course Team

  • Professor Louise Sylvester - Professor of English Language
  • Dr Sylvia Shaw - Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics
  • Dr Petros Karatsareas - Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics
  • Dr Anand Syea - Reader in English Language and Linguistics
  • Dr Sean Sutherland - Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics
  • Dr Saul Frampton - Senior Lecturer
  • Dr Charles Denroche - Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics
  • Professor John Beck - Professor
  • Dr Lucy Bond - Principal Lecturer
  • Dr Kate M. Graham - Senior Lecturer in English Literature (Theatre)
  • Dr Matthew Charles - Senior Lecturer in Cultural and Critical Theory

Why study this course?

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. 

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.

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.

Teaching and Assessment

Below you will find how learning time and assessment types are distributed on this course. The graphs below give an indication of what you can expect through approximate percentages, taken either from the experience of previous cohorts, or based on the standard module diet where historic course data is unavailable.  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

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