The course team is very engaged and committed to their students. There is a high proportion of seminar time, which is vital to being able to express and discuss ideas.


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    A foundation year helps you develop the study skills and self-confidence needed for higher education when you don’t reach the entry requirements for your subject.

    If you have a passion for reading books, and thinking about the ideas and debates they reflect and inspire, then you’ll enjoy studying English Literature with us.

    You’ll engage in topical discussions about how books empower people to tell their own stories, and how they help us redefine notions of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class and other markers of identity. Booklovers will feel right at home here.

    Why Study English Literature with Foundation Year?

    If you like to read, are curious about the questions that reading raises, and value the opportunity to share your discoveries with others, you'll find that our course can bring benefits and rewards extending far beyond graduation.

    You'll develop your ability to make critical judgements, to research, analyse and evaluate evidence. You will strengthen your skills in the practice of thinking, writing, and arguing with clarity, cogency, and precision. These skills are highly valued by employers across a wide range of sectors and enable adaptability, creativity and resilience in the workplace.

    You'll have the opportunity to study literature from a wide range of periods, genres and authors, from well-known figures to marginalised voices and texts, ripe for re-discovery.

      All about the course

      During the foundation year, you'll be introduced to English literature and you'll develop essential skills to help you as you progress through your degree. 

      You'll study in a highly supportive environment where you can develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding for further study.

      Whether you are a school leaver or someone considering returning to study but don’t have the entry requirements for your chosen subject, a foundation year may give you a way of accessing higher education.

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type


      A Levels EEE
      BTEC PPP
      Access Pass 45 Credits
      International Baccalaureate 24 points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 32 UCAS points minimum

      Applicants without formal level 3 qualifications will also be considered.

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      More information about entry requirements.

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      Module information

      Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

      Core/optional modules

      How you’ll learn

      You will typically be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical workshops and one-to-one tutorials.

      Lectures will introduce you to periods, themes, and important ideas, often in larger groups whereas seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures and independent study. During workshops, you'll focus on the practicalities of textual analysis and writing.

      You'll be fully supported throughout the course whilst also being encouraged to become an independent learner and thinker. In individual tutorials you'll be able to talk through your ideas, discuss plans for your assignments and receive feedback on your work.

      You will typically have 9 teaching hours per week, though this will depend on the modules you select.

      All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

      Throughout the course, you'll develop skills in independent reading, research, analysis, and writing and when you are not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or tutorials, you'll continue to learn through independent study. Typically, this will involve reading primary texts, and critical and contextual books and journal articles. You'll undertake research in the library and online, preparing for seminars and other study opportunities, and for assignments and examinations.

      Your module tutors will give you reading and other tasks to complete in preparation for time spent in class.

      If you are taking the Individual Study module in your third year, (this is compulsory for single honours students) you will undertake independent research. This will be supervised by a member of the teaching team, who will meet with you regularly to help develop and guide your project.

      Each week during semester time your overall workload will typically consist of 9 teaching hours, 3 hours of directed study and 18 hours of independent learning/assessment activity.

      The teaching team consists of academics who hold doctorates and have research and publishing expertise in their areas of specialism.  Our staff are research-active scholars with experience in research-informed teaching.  You can find out more about the current teaching team on our Meet the Team webpage.  You should note, however, that members of the teaching team may change and also that postgraduates and associate colleagues sometimes assist in the delivery and assessment of some modules.course spec

      We aim to nurture your passion for literature, enrich and extend your reading skills, and support your individual academic journey every step of the way.

      Susan CivaleEnglish Literature Programme Director

      How you’ll be assessed

      Assessment is by a combination of coursework assignments and end of-module exams. The former range from short critical skills assignments to longer academic essays and, in the final year, an opportunity for individual study based on your research interests. Some module options are coursework only (i.e. no exam), some involve a ‘takeaway’ exam, and others involve assessment via work on online discussion boards. This wide variety of assessment methods is designed to help you extend your knowledge, deepen your understanding, and develop your skills in research, analysis, debate and writing.

      The balance of assessment by coursework and examination will always depend on the balance of optional modules you choose.

      Your future career

      The analytical and communication abilities that an English Literature degree provides are called ‘transferable skills’ and are desirable in almost any occupation. When you are looking for a job, they are often the most valuable skills to have. Because of this flexibility, an English Literature degree lets you choose from many different employment sectors and occupations. Graduates often go into careers such as media, publishing, advertising, PR, human resources, journalism, social work, teaching, and management roles in both the private and public sector. There are also lots of opportunities for further academic study, and many of our students go on to pursue postgraduate work in English Literature and other related fields.

      Foundation Year provides an introduction to academic study and life at university, supporting every student to achieve their full potential.

      Martin WattsFoundation Year Course Director


      The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

        UK** Overseas***
      Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £9,250 £14,500
      Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £14,500

      Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      * The tuition fees of £9,250 / £14,500 relate to 2022/23 only. Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

      **Home (UK) Fees

      The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

      In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

      ***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

      Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

      Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

      Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here:

      Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and Bursaries

      To celebrate 60 years of transforming lives through education new cash bursary and scholarship opportunities are available for students starting a degree in September 2022. See full details.

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