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English Literature, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Worcester, United Kingdom
At Worcester you can study a range of world literatures from the 16th through to the 21st centuries.  Through our work project module and numerous internship opportunities, you can also enhance your employability whilst you study. We have a strong international focus, including lecturing staff from across the globe and a flourishing student exchange programme.
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Key features
  • Excellent industry links including partnerships with Worcester Cathedral and Ledbury International Poetry Festival.
  • Guest lectures from leading literary figures such as Owen Sheers, Carol Ann Duffy and Patience Agbabi
  • Available as a Single Honours degree, or in a range of Joint Honours programmes with subjects including Creative & Professional Writing, Journalism, Drama & Performance or History
  • Develop expertise ideally suited to a range of careers in the information age, from teaching to marketing, as well as building a perfect base for postgraduate study
You will learn how to:
  • Engage critically and creatively with a range of genres, forms and kinds of writing characteristic of English literature.
  • Enhance your understanding of Literature through knowledge of important historical, social and cultural contexts.                                              
  • Use your knowledge of your subject to write in an academic register with fluency, and to structure analysis and argument appropriately and reflectively.
  • Prepare yourself for life as an English Literature graduate through CV building, career mapping, group activities that develop your capacity for productive working relationships, and the acquisition of specialist skills.
  • Carry out independent research methodically, and present your findings clearly and persuasively.

Where could it take you?

Many English graduates will take a fourth year postgraduate Certificate in Education before entering the teaching profession. Other students will take a certificate in TEFL and become teachers of English as a second language at home or abroad. Those graduates who achieve particularly good results in their first degree will choose to progress to a Masters course, which will then often lead to a career as a researcher or further study to PhD. Many students progress to careers requiring good communication skills such as Public Relations or develop research careers with media or publishing companies.

Throughout the English Literary Studies degree there is a focus on developing employability which includes attractive opportunities for work experience, a credited work project module, and a career and professional development module. Students are also strongly encouraged to take up the opportunity to study abroad for a semester.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Year 1


  • English Literature Across the Centuries
  • What is Literature?


  • English Renaissance Texts and Contexts
  • Introduction to American Writing
  • Power, Sex and Identity in Restoration Literature
  • Science Fiction: Alternative Worlds
  • Creativity in Women’s Writing: Difference in View

Year 2


  • Literary Criticism: Theory and Practice
  • Literature in English around the World


  • Shakespearean Comedy       
  • Culture and Politics in Victorian Fiction
  • The Pre-Raphaelites: Word and Image
  • Children’s Literature
  • Gender and Popular Fiction
  • Gothic Literature
  • Writing for Children
  • The American Short Story

Year 3


  • Independent Research Project     


  • American Writing and the Wilderness
  • Extended Independent Research Project
  • Fantasy and the 1980s
  • Independent Research Project
  • Key Concepts and Principles in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Methodology
  • Literature in Film Adaptation
  • Postcolonial Literature
  • Work Project Module
  • E-editing Early Modern Texts

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

Applicants who are offered a place on the BA (Hons) in English Literature most commonly satisfy one of the following requirements:

  • 112 UCAS tariff points (single and joint honours), including a minimum grade C at A2 English
  • Accredited Access and Foundation Courses
  • Mature Entry Route

We consider applications on an individual basis.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11700 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

Living costs for Worcester

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Students at Worcester are fully eligible for the UK Government's student loan support package if they fulfil the appropriate criteria.

Our growing scholarship programme offers eligible students the opportunity to earn scholarships and prizes for every year of their studies.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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