English (BA Hons)

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Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Home of an international literature festival, you’ll be inspired by visiting authors and published lecturers

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Explore Language, Identity and Society

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English creates better readers, writers and thinkers. Benefit from a degree that addresses major issues of our time such as religion, warfare, gender and empire from both a language and literature perspective, helping you to become a well-rounded graduate. You'll be mentored and inspired by highly qualified lecturers who are published authors. We have specialists from Shakespeare through to the Restoration; the Romantics and Victorians; and right up to the twentieth century and beyond.

In your first year you will gain solid grounding in the fundamentals of English with modules in writing for the self and myths, legends and drama. You can then tailor the degree to your interests in your second and final year, covering modules in literature, language or both. You could explore the world of Shakespeare or modern drama and social change from a literary context or delve into language across time and space with communication for ethical leadership.

Outside your studies, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in Cheltenham’s vibrant literary culture. The university sponsors the Cheltenham Poetry Festival and has a long standing relationship with Cheltenham Festivals, including the internationally renowned literature festival. Flocks of visitors enjoy exciting guest speakers, workshops and debates with previous guests such as Salman Rushdie, Dame Judi Dench, Zadie Smith, Ian McEwan, Doris Lessing and Toni Morrison. You can also go on field trips to locations such as Stratford, Bristol Old Vic and the Everyman Theatre.

Study style

This course has a very hands-on approach to learning using coursework, written exams, critical diaries and presentations. Whatever your interest, you can tailor your degree to your interests, choosing modules from literature, language, or both.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2017 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.

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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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Industry links

Cheltenham is home to an international literature festival and poetry festival. You'll be inspired by visiting authors and published lecturers. We also have a developing partnership with Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre, which caters for those with particular interests in drama, literature, language and creative writing.

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Staff Profile

Jonathan Marshall

“I love the variety and scope of sociolinguistics and dialectology. There’s always exciting research going on in some area of the subject, and new articles and books come out all the time. It’s a really dynamic field of study. I went into it because I love languages, and the technical aspects of linguistics, and my love of the subject shines through in my teaching. I love to use examples and draw analogies that may not always be obvious, nor appear in textbooks.”

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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 in your second and final year.

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

Academics are published authors including: Dr Paul Innes (Shakespeare's Roman Plays) and Professor John Hughes (Invisible Now: Bob Dylan in the 1960s).

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