English (BA Hons)


BA (Hons)

A Degree Designed by You

Your choice of English literature or a flexible blend of English language, literature and practical communication.

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Unique opportunities to fuel your passion and nurture your talent.

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Benefit from small classes and a warm friendly atmosphere on a course that is assessed entirely by coursework.

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Take part in thought-provoking lectures, engaging interactive seminars and practical communication workshops.

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Be inspired by theatre trips, festivals, guest speakers and international visits.


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Professor Arran Stibbe

Professor Arran Stibbe

Academic Course Leader, English

Staff are active researchers whose books and journal articles are published by leading academic publishers. All teaching staff have PhDs and three of them are full professors.

Areas of specialisation of English staff include crime fiction, postcolonial writing, sociolinguistics, the Restoration, feminism, travel writing, leadership communication, the Romantics and Victorians, discourse analysis, Irish theatre, black British writing, Shakespeare, ecolinguistics and ecopoetry.

Professor Arran Stibbe is the course leader and has won prizes for teaching excellence, including the top National Teaching Fellowship award. His research explores how language shapes the society we live in, and how literature can be a source of new stories to live by. He has more than 40 publications and worked with student interns to create the popular Stories We Live By free online course.

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The power and magic of literature and language

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Course details

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Course outline

Highlights of the course

  • Small classes and a warm, friendly environment
  • Flexibility to focus on English literature or your own combination of language, literature and practical communication
  • Assessed entirely by coursework 
  • 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 theatre and field trips in the UK and abroad

English literature or a flexible 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. Assessment is entirely by coursework and consists of essays, a 9000 word dissertation, and some creative tasks such as designing posters or making digital stories.

Course modules

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Crime Fiction' to 'Modern Drama'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

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.


  • Management and leadership
  • Cultural industries
  • Corporate/charity communications
  • Lecturing and teaching (after completing teacher training)
  • Civil Service
  • Publishing / Cultural Industries,
  • Business / Charity Communications
  • TV / Journalism
  • Education

Study mode



3 Years (Full-Time)
4 Years (Integrated Foundation Stage)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

96 tariff points

Not enough tariff points? This course is available with an integrated foundation stage to help you prepare.

Typical offers

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

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.

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

Grade 4/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 contact our admissions team if you have a question.


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UCAS Codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeQ300
BA (Hons) - 4 years integrated foundation stageQ301

School of Education and Humanities

Our School of Education and Humanities will help you graduate as a well-rounded, innovative and passionate individual. You will work with experienced practitioners, engage with active researchers and be inspired by published authors.

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