English (BA Hons)


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3 Years (Full-Time)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Clearing 2018

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Highlights of the course

  • Small classes and a warm, friendly environment
  • Flexibility to focus on pure literature or your own combination of language, literature and practical communication
  • Assessed by coursework 
  • A Hogwarts style campus to provide an atmospheric backdrop
  • A wide selection of diverse and stimulating modules to choose from
  • Taught by published academics with PhDs
  • Your own personal tutor and one-to-one help with essay writing  
  • Internships, creative projects and communication workshops to gain skills and build your CV 
  • A great range of field trips in the UK and abroad, theatre trips, class visits to the Cheltenham Poetry and
  • Literature Festivals, guest speakers and workshops.

Your own combination of literature, language and practical communication.

Literature: Explore the greatest works ever written in English, from traditional classics to transgressive contemporary works that shake the foundations of our society. The course has options to study literature from the 18th to the 21st century including myths and legends, crime fiction, travel writing, drama, poetry, postcolonial literature, American and Irish writing.

Language: Explore the workings and history of the English language, and how it shapes identities and the world around us. There are options to study language acquisition, language history, structure, dialects, sociolinguistics and ecolinguistics, and apply them to gain insights into gender, race, media and society.

Practical communication: Learn the language of leadership by gaining confidence and skills in inspirational speaking, persuasive writing, active listening, constructive criticism, visual design and ethical argumentation. These skills will provide a foundation for life and employment and give you the power to shape society.

Discover more by visiting our English blog, viewing our course information pack, or trying our free online taster module.

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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

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If you do not meet the entry requirements specified in the box below, please give us a call on 03330 432 414 as we may be able to help or offer you a place on a similar course.

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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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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