English (BA Hons)

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3 Years (Full-Time)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Discover the power to transform yourself and society through studying English Literature, English Language or your own combination of the two

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Explore Literature, Language and Life

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The English course explores how our culture and history are fundamentally shaped by language and narrative. Through analysing prose, drama and poetry, and everyday texts from lifestyle magazines to hip hop lyrics, you will gain insight into major issues of our times such as gender identity, race and religion, empire, crime, language change, and human relationships with the natural world.

The literary journey begins with myths and legends, and explores the Renaissance, the world of Shakespeare, Victorian underworlds, twentieth and twenty-first century writing. Through the study of literary texts, we explore different themes, genres and textual techniques. The enquiry into language reveals the workings of the English language and its dialects through close study of how the building blocks of words and sounds combine together in phrases and sentences to create meaning.

For more detailed information on the course and staff read our course document.

You will have the opportunity to focus on English Language, English Literature or a combination of the two, and develop your own approach, viewpoint and interests.

You will carry out research into topics you find fascinating and formulate, refine and share your own original ideas. Tutors will support and guide you throughout the process, teaching you valuable research and critical enquiry skills.

The course will also help you develop the communication skills you need to become the person you want to be, and play an effective role in transforming the society around you. You will have the opportunity to develop confidence and skills in academic writing, persuasive writing, inspiring oral presentations, ethical argumentation, social media writing, visual design and leadership communication. These skills will provide you with a practical foundation for life and open up a wide range of careers.

You will be taught and supported by active researchers whose books and journal articles are published by leading academic publishers.

Areas of specialisation include Shakespeare, sociolinguistics, the Restoration, post-feminism, travel writing, leadership communication, the Romantics and Victorians, discourse analysis, Irish theatre, black British and postcolonial writing, crime fiction, and eco-poetry. Modules include Writing the Self, Language Structure, Travel Writing, Inventing Modern Ireland, Crime Fiction, and English Dialects and Sociolinguistics.

As well as inspirational lectures and classroom activities there are opportunities to join a great range of trips, guest workshops and events at no extra cost. Come with us to watch the Royal Shakespeare Company perform in Stratford; investigate dialects in the Forest of Dean; hear poetry and readings from well-known guest poets and authors, and attend practical voice training and improvisation workshops.

You can also immerse yourself in the town’s vibrant literary culture with the Cheltenham Poetry Festival and the world-renowned Cheltenham Literature Festival where speakers have included Salman Rushdie, Alice Walker, Zadie Smith, Ian McEwan, Ian Rankin, Margaret Atwood, Doris Lessing and Toni Morrison.

 Find out more about what current students have been up to recently on the English course blog.

Try our free online sample moduleThe Stories We Live By.

Study style

This course is primarily taught in small group seminars where students are actively involved in discussions and class activities. Assessments help develop a wide range of communication skills and include essays, group presentations, digital stories, posters, reflective diaries and a 10,000 word dissertation.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course. Some modules are compulsory, but in some cases you can also choose modules which interest you from outside your core area of study.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2018 entry

112 tariff points

Typical offers

BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2018 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

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If you are unsure whether your predicted grades will carry enough points to study the course, we can help. Whether you’re taking A levels or BTECs, Access courses or anything else the tariff calculator will let you know whether you currently have the grades and advise on what to do next.


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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeQ300


  • Management and leadership
  • Cultural industries
  • Corporate/charity communications
  • Lecturing and teaching (after completing teacher training)
  • Civil Service

Industry links

The University has links with the Cheltenham Literature Festival, the Cheltenham Poetry Festival, the Wilson Gallery, the Everyman Theatre, published authors and poets, and many other providers of cultural services.

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Explore diverse areas of literature and language

You'll be taught by established staff who all have PhDs and lecture in their specialisms so you can explore a range of topics to suit your interests: modern drama, Victorian empires, British dialects, Shakespeare and many more. You can tailor your degree to explore literature, language or both.

Literature festival

Home to an international literature festival

Cheltenham is home to the internationally celebrated literature festival and poetry festival. Enjoy the exciting atmosphere and soak up the expertise of guest speakers. Previous guests have included Dame Judi Dench, Zadie Smith and Ian McEwan.

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Be taught by published writers

Study with leading academics in literature and linguistics. Staff have published books and journal articles on a great range of topics including Black British Identity, Sociolinguistics, Bob Dylan, Irish Theatre, Postfeminism, Linguistic Representations of Animals, Romantic and Victorian Literature, Shakespeare and Ecopoetry.

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