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Foundation Certificate in English Literature

University of Oxford

Bachelor On Campus Online Blended
24 months
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About

The part-time Foundation Certificate in English Literature covers a range of writing from Shakespeare to the twentieth century and teaches skills in the analysis of literature. Taught part-time over two years, the course is equivalent to the first year of a full-time undergraduate English degree. Two study options are available, so you can choose your preferred mode of study.

Overview

Do you love reading a wide range of books, and discussing your reading with others? Would you like to study literature in more depth and develop solid skills in critical analysis? If so, you might enjoy the challenge of our part-time Foundation Certificate in English Literature. Covering a range of writing from Shakespeare to the late twentieth century, the course teaches skills in the analysis of literature, including the ability to read closely and to recognise and apply approaches in contemporary literary theory.

Taught part-time over two years, it is equivalent to the first year of a full-time undergraduate English degree, and offers excellent value for money. It is modelled on Oxford University’s first year programme in English Language and Literature, and is taught mainly by members of the University’s English Faculty. 

Two study options are available so you can choose your preferred mode of study to fit around your work, home or family life.

As well as taking part in the tutorials, seminars, and day schools at Oxford University's Department for Continuing Education, you will have free access to English Faculty lectures and the excellent resources of the Bodleian Library.

After completing the course, you will be able to apply for second-year entry to an English Literature degree. Many former students have moved on to full-time study at Oxford colleges while others have gained places at universities such as Warwick, Exeter, UCL, Birkbeck, Oxford Brookes, Cardiff, St Andrews, York, Leeds and Birmingham.

Course content

The course covers a range of English literature from the Early Modern period to the early twentieth century. Among the authors you study will be Shakespeare, Marlowe, Donne, Dickens, Tennyson, the Brontës, Hardy, Mansfield, Joyce and Woolf. Close analysis of works by these and other authors, reinforced by general discussion of modern critical theory and practice, and canonicity,  will provide the basis for an enhanced appreciation of the pleasures and problems associated with the serious reading of literature.

Year 1

  • Section 1: Approaches to Language and Literature I
  • Section 2: Victorian Fiction and Poetry
  • Section 3: Early Modern Poetry

Year 2

  • Shakespeare Summer School
  • Section 4: Approaches to Language and Literature II
  • Section 5: Modernist Literature
  • Section 6: Early Modern drama

Lectures

As well as the lectures arranged specifically for the Foundation Certificate, you will be entitled, for no extra payment, to attend the wide range of lectures organised by the University’s Faculty of English.

Accreditation

The syllabus and teaching of the course are aimed at first-year undergraduate level (FHEQ Level 4). A Foundation Certificate in English Literature (120 CATS points) will be awarded to students on completion of the two years of the course.

Programme Structure

There are two study options.

Option 1:

Each week during term you will take part in a two-hour evening class, usually held on Tuesday evenings, 7.00-9.00 pm at Rewley House. There are ten of these classes per term.

Option 2:

This option will be mainly online. A variety of online resources, including recorded presentations, will be provided, and you will engage in collaborative group work exercises with other students on the course. On 4 Saturdays of each term you will take part in live teaching sessions usually from 1.00-4.00 pm (UK time). These will be delivered remotely, using Microsoft Teams.

All students on both pathways also attend a one-week, non-residential Shakespeare Summer School, usually held in September between Year 1 and Year 2. 

There are also six weekend day schools over the two years which will be recorded for those on option 2 who are unable to attend in person. 

Each term you will have two one-hour tutorials, face-to-face or online. 

Audience

You must be able to show a keen interest in literature and strong motivation to study it at degree level. You must demonstrate an effective command of written English and some proficiency in discussing your reading.

Although relevant qualifications will normally be favourably regarded, particularly if recent, formal qualifications are not essential and other considerations may be more important.

Key information

Duration

  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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Language

English

Delivered

On Campus, Blended, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

You must be able to show a keen interest in literature and strong motivation to study it at degree level. You must demonstrate an effective command of written English and some proficiency in discussing your reading.

This is an intensive and intellectually challenging course, which demands a high level of commitment. However, if you have little or no recent experience of study or exams, please don’t let this put you off. Although relevant qualifications will normally be favourably regarded, particularly if recent, formal qualifications are not essential and other considerations may be more important.

If you have not had experience of formal study of English literature, we recommend taking a short course in Critical Reading before applying for the Foundation Certificate. Critical Reading is available as a weekly class in Oxford, and as an online course.

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