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English (BA)

The study of English at UWTSD combines tradition with innovation. Taking advantage of our unique library holdings, the core of our degree is the study of literature from the Renaissance, including Shakespeare, to the present day.


UCAS Codes & Joint Honours Options

English (BA)
UCAS Code: Q300
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Anthropology and English (BA)
UCAS Code: LQ63
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History & English (BA)
UCAS Code: QV31
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English & Heritage (BA)
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Chinese Studies & English (BA)
UCAS Code: TQ13
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Creative Writing & English (BA)
UCAS Code: QW38
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English & Classical Civilisation (BA)
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English with Education Studies (BA)
UCAS Code: QL34
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English with Foundation Year (BA)
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Medieval Studies & English (BA)
UCAS Code: VQ13
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Philosophy & English Literature (BA)
UCAS Code: VQ53
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Tuition Fees 2019/20:
£9,000 (Home/EU)
£11,500 (Overseas)

Why choose this course?

  1. Academically and creatively challenging and rewarding, English is a dynamic and diverse subject at UWTSD. 
  2. Choose from a range of focused areas from Anglo Saxon Heroic literature to Victorian narrative poetry; the bloody revenge dramas of the Renaissance to contemporary bestsellers; from the realist novels of the 19th century to contemporary poetry and postmodern novels. 
  3. Combines a commitment to the large historical picture of English studies (from Beowulf to Tom Wolfe) with responsiveness to new directions and concerns of the subject precipitated by developments in critical and cultural theory.
  4. We take an immersive approach to learning offering a diverse range of teaching approaches, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshop sessions.
  5. You will attend small-group classes with a focus on discussion and learning activities to encourage the self-development and critical reflection accepted as key to the development of personal and professional capacities.

What you will learn

Course Overview

Designed to offer a challenging and enjoyable intellectual experience; it also provides a foundation for a host of different careers, fostering and developing analytic reading and clear structured writing, independent and cooperative working: skills essential for any modern workplace with its demand for the analysis of information and the writing of complex reports.

There is a strong sense of community among students and staff, and the ratio of staff to students is such that students can have ready and easy access to all their lecturers. The small classes are always friendly and never intimidating, allowing staff to get to know their students on a first-name basis.


Taking into account that student choices and requirements can differ radically, as well as ensuring a rounded knowledge of English generally, the scheme offers modules covering a wide range of topics and issues. Some of the areas of study include, for example, the Renaissance, contemporary writing, romantic poetry and prose, medieval literature, and archiving. Options to study abroad may also be available.

A range of modules in other disciplines is offered alongside your main subject modules. You could take modules in, for example, History, Classics, Philosophy, Creative Writing or any of our other Humanities subjects, whichever humanities degree-programme you choose. You can view our full list of Humanities subjects here. 


The programme is assessed in a variety of ways and will include several of the following type of assessment: essays of 1,000 to 4,000 words in length, document analysis, book/ journal reviews, short reports and reflective journals, time tests, seen and unseen exams, field journals, posters, group and individual presentations, dissertations of 10,000 words, wikis, commentaries and film evaluations.

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.

To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

Career Opportunities

Career and employment opportunities include:

  • Arts Management
  • Business and Marketing
  • Film, Television and Media
  • Journalism and Reviewing
  • Publishing
  • Teaching
  • Writing
  • Any administrative job that requires skilled writing and analytic reading
Additional Costs

The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.

Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.

Students are expected to submit 2 hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.

Optional Field trip:

Faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and field trip options available both locally and internationally. Thus students can opt to take either more expensive or less expensive placements. The Faculty subsidises these but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. Below are the upper end of expected costs based on where students have currently done placements.

Fieldwork (depending on where student decides to do fieldwork): c. £500 - £1,500

Individual trips: c. £5 - £50

Related Courses

Creative Writing (BA)
UCAS Code: LQ63

Communication Studies (BA)

Bursary / Scholarship Information

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