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Foundation Certificate in English Literature

University of Oxford

24 months
5230 GBP/year
3050 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Taught part-time over two years, the Foundation Certificate in English Literature from the University of Oxford is equivalent to the first year of a full-time undergraduate English degree.


It is modelled on the first year of Oxford University’s BA programme in English Language and Literature, and is taught mainly by members of the University’s English Faculty. The course can be studied face-to-face or mostly online.

The Foundation Certificate in English Literature course at the University of Oxford covers a range of writing from Shakespeare to the twentieth century. It teaches skills in the analysis of literature, including the ability to read closely and to recognise and apply approaches in contemporary literary theory.

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. More than 50 of our students have moved on to full-time study at Oxford University since 1995, while others have gained places at universities such as Warwick, Exeter, UCL, Birkbeck, Oxford Brookes, Cardiff, St Andrews, York, Leeds and Birmingham. (Successfully completing the course does not give you automatic right of entry to any institution.)

How you will study

There are two study options for the Foundation Certificate in English Literature:

Option 1:

Option 1 is taught mainly face-to-face. 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 is taught 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 (both options) 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, usually one per term, which will be recorded for those on option 2 who are unable to attend in person. (See below for more information on these.)

Programme Structure


  • Approaches to Language and Literature
  • Victorian Fiction and Poetry
  • Early Modern Poetry
  • Modernist Literature
  • Early Modern drama
  • Lectures

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits



Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

You will need to upload the following documents as part of your application:

  • A written statement of 300–400 words stating why you wish to undertake the course
  • An outline of your literary interests, detailing books you would be willing to discuss in some depth during the interview and explaining your choices
  • Your CV

(You should be prepared to discuss these submissions during your interview.)

  • Proof of your English language ability if you are a non-native English-speaker

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    5230 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 5230 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    3050 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3050 GBP per year during 24 months.


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