• Application Deadline
  • 48 months


The English Literature and Language with Foundation Year with optional TESOL pathway (Hons) programme offered by the University of Derby enables you to explore the consequences of those ideas, and to combine the analysis of the English language, the study of literary history and the theoretically-informed close reading of literature.

This degree incorporates not only the close analysis of literature but also the study of the English language. You will consider both in relation to intellectual history, cultural politics and theories emerging from linguistics.

A Foundation Year is for you if you have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly on to the Honours degree programme.

It provides you with a firm grounding in the skills and knowledge you need and introduces you to the subject of english, enabling you to achieve your full honours degree in four years.

You will be introduced to a range of cultural expression from across the world and from diverse historical periods, broadening your understanding of the variety of human experience and the way it is captured in different literary modes.

The degree will develop your appreciation of the key differences in approach between English Language and English Literature, while also encouraging interdisciplinary study. You will take a range of modules which complement and inform each other, with a focus on how both ‘ordinary’ language and ‘literary’ language interact with ideology, discourse and power.

You will also have the chance to apply your knowledge in the working world through our Work-Based Learning modules where you can undertake projects and placements at cultural institutions, and you will benefit from our programme of employability workshops and talks.


This degree will prepare you for a variety of careers, including teaching and academia, marketing, publishing, journalism, broadcasting, human resources, arts management, creative industries and the Civil Service. It will also provide an excellent foundation for further study at postgraduate level.

The optional TESOL pathway also opens up a range of career opportunities for you. You will be able to seek employment teaching English to speakers of other languages in the UK or internationally. This degree will also prepare you with the skills and knowledge that you will need to pursue postgraduate study.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Study skills
  • American Studies
  • History
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Political Studies
  • Critical Theory (PDP)
  • Enlightenment Literature
  • Early Modern Words, Early Modern Worlds: Sixteenth Century Literature
  • Key Concepts in Linguistics
  • The English Language in History (PDP)
  • Style: Language and Literature
  • Language and Society: Sociolinguistics
  • The Concept of Literacy
  • Pragmatics and Literature 
  • Investigating English Language (PDP) 

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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Academic Requirements

Typical entry requirements:
  • UCAS points - 72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
  • Specific requirements at GCSE - GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study
Alternative entry qualifications:
  • BTEC - MPP
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Derby

  • 540 - 860 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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


  • We have a range of scholarships and discounts available to students from outside the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA).
  • We award scholarships based on your application to study; there is no separate form to complete. All applications from eligible students will be considered for a scholarship by our international admissions team. We will notify you of your scholarship when we make you an offer, and apply your discount to your remaining fees.
  • You must be applying for a full-time degree and applications for postgraduate research, online studies, foundation and pre-sessional language programmes are not eligible for a discount or scholarship.

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