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School of Humanities

English and Philosophy

BA (Hons) Part-time 6 years, Full-time 3 years

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code QV35
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (6 years), Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School School of Humanities

Why choose this course?

English and Philosophy will give students the opportunity to draw together two key traditions in the intellectual, political and cultural life of global civilisations. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to the key concepts and ideas that constitute current scholarship in both fields. They will also be encouraged to adopt and develop the critical consciousness that lies at the heart of both textual interpretation and philosophical enquiry.


The course features a balanced curriculum with modules exploring the relationship between literary value and social identities, as well as looking at key moments in the Victorian period, the early twentieth century and the 1960s where the relationship between literature, philosophy and social change were at their most pronounced. These will be complemented by modules on the philosophy of mind, ethics, social justice and individual freedom.


What happens on the course?

 A programme of core modules in the first year will provide students with a solid foundation in the principles of literary analysis and philosophical thought at undergraduate level.


In the second and third year, students will encounter more detailed modules on literary theory, ethics, language and identities, selected literary genres and movements and political philosophies.


A range of optional modules offer opportunities for students to take a modern language, work experience or interdisciplinary modules linking philosophy and English with broaded topics such as popular culture or the Enlightenment.


Throughout the course, extensive use is made of a range of up to date technologies to enhance learning experiences through the use of on-line forums and blogs.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

This degree equips students for employment in any area where skills of critical reason, reasoned argument, advanced language competence and dialogue are important. This degree has prepared students for employment in the media, local government and the corporate sector. Many graduates also go on to do masters degrees, or to gain teaching qualifications.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

You will encounter a fascinating blend of philosophical enquiry and literary radicalism. Opportunities for English-related vocational work are an established part of the final year programme.


If you are interested in study abroad you can take up semester-length opportunities with English departments in France, Spain and Bulgaria.


You will have the opportunity to listen to internationally renowned scholars through the Royal Institute of Philosophy public lecture series hosted by the university.

Masters programmes in English, Film and Popular Culture provide opportunities for postgraduate study upon graduation.


Comments from our External Examiners on provision:

For English

"The subject curriculum continues to be highly relevant both in terms of the student experience at Wolverhampton and in terms of reflecting the benchmark statements for English, which stress the importance of providing a full range of modules and a diversity of teaching and assessment methods. The English team is to be congratulated once again on ensuring that standards are maintained through the provision of a varied diet of modules, combining traditional and non-traditional courses, with a variety of teaching and assessment methods.  The detailed level of feedback provided on all modules remains an example of good practice".

For Philosophy:

"The curriculum is very well designed with material which meets the requirements of philosophical rigour and contemporary relevance.  It is suitably orientated to cater for the interests of the students on the joint honours program.  As in previous years it is evident that significant and sustained attention has been devoted to thinking about how to teach content in a way which encourages student engagement".


The members of academic staff who lead this course are Aidan Byrne & Meena Dhanda


 Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:

  • employ a range of written, oral and digital resources in the research, articulation and presentation of scholarly and academic work;
  • demonstrate a familiarity with specialised subject vocabularies, drawing connections between ideas, concepts, arguments and theories within Philosophy and English;
  • display a critical self-awareness and openness to reasoned dialogue with others in a multi-cultural and international context;
  • develop a range of transferable skills intrinsic to practice in the subject areas of Philosophy and English and of value to graduate employment.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6000 per year# 2019-20
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

Additional Course Costs

Additional Field Trips

£100 - Partially subsidised trips may include: Stonehenge, Glastonbury, Beth Shalom, local places of Worship

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

2020 Entry         

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Other Requirements

Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see for further information.


 “My philosophical education has nurtured my cognitive powers to levels of intensity and endurance I would never have thought myself capable of. Also, the enthusiasm of the lecturers has played an integral part in my coming to appreciate that the journey to new ways of seeing the world is as pleasurable as the destination itself.” Andres Del Cisne (Graduate 09)

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


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