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English BA (Hons)

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What is English BA (Hons)?

Discover the power to transform yourself and society by studying pure literature or a flexible combination of language, literature and practical communication.

Our English BA (Hons) course scored 100% for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2021.

Our English & Creative Writing courses are also ranked in the top 20 in the UK overall by the Guardian University Guide 2022, and our English courses are ranked 11th in the UK for teaching quality by The Times Good University Guide 2022.


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.


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, giving you the power to shape society.

Study style

This course is primarily taught in small group seminars where students are actively involved in discussions and class activities. Assessment is entirely by coursework and consists of essays, a 9,000 word dissertation, and some creative tasks such as designing posters or making digital stories. You’ll be supported with your own Personal Tutor and one-to-one help with essay writing.

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Entry requirements

    • 96 – 112 UCAS tariff points, CCC – BBC  at A levels, MMM – DMM at BTEC or a Merit in your T-Level.

      If you are using a combination of qualifications to achieve the required UCAS tariff points, they must either include at least 2 A levels, a BTEC or an equivalent qualification.

      If you are unsure whether we could make you an offer or you have any questions, just get in touch with our admissions team who will be able to advise you.

    • English Language or Literature and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

    • This course is available with an integrated foundation year to help you prepare. A degree with an integrated foundation year starts your studies with a year spent learning the skills required to progress onto a full honours degree. You will develop valuable study skills, communication, team work and problem-solving techniques which help to build your confidence and prepare you for the rest of your course.

      Typical offers
      48 UCAS tariff points, DD at A levels, PPP at BTEC or a Pass in your T Level.

      Grade C/4 in English Language/Literature and Mathematics, or equivalent (e.g. Level 2 Functional Skills).

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. Also please note – some courses require several years of relevant work experience.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2022 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham Q300 £9,250 £15,000
Sep 2023 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham Q300 TBC TBC

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work in:

  • management and leadership
  • cultural industries
  • corporate/charity communications
  • lecturing and teaching (after completing teacher training)
  • the Civil Service
  • publishing/cultural industries
  • business/charity communications
  • television/journalism
  • education.

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. You’ll have opportunities to take part in internships, creative projects and communication workshops to gain skills and build your CV.

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.

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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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Ranked in the top 20 in the UK

Our English & Creative Writing courses are ranked in the top 20 in the UK overall and for teaching satisfaction by the Guardian University Guide 2022. Our English courses are also ranked in the top 20 for student experience by The Times Good University Guide 2022.

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Ranked 3rd in the UK for feedback satisfaction

Our English & Creative Writing courses are ranked 3rd in the UK for feedback satisfaction by The Times Good University Guide 2022.

Trips and experiences

You’ll have chances to experience a great range of theatre and field trips in the UK and abroad. Discover more about the course by visiting our English blog, viewing our course information pack or trying our free online taster module.

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