School of Humanities

English Language and Literature with Foundation Year

BA (Hons) Part-time 8 years, Full-time 4 years

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code Q313
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (8 years), Full-time (4 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School School of Humanities
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Why choose this course?

This course gives you the chance to develop and further extend your combined interests in English language and literature. 

The Foundation year prepares students for university level study. Successful completion of our Foundation course permits access to any of our Humanities or Media BA (Hons) degree courses, which include English, English Language, Creative Writing, Linguistics, Media, Philosophy and Religious Studies — many of which can be taken singly as specialist degrees or together as ‘joint’ degree routes. The Foundation year begins with modules aimed at providing transferable study skills and then, in the second semester, gives students the opportunity to study more specialist modules, with a focus on various aspects of Humanities and Media. 

On the degree course you will learn about the forms and functions of English and examine the use of language in its social and cultural context, while exploring a range of literary and non-literary texts from the Renaissance to the present day and from the West Indies to the West Midlands. Throughout the programme, you will be given the theoretical, philosophical and contextual tools with which to critically examine the process of linguistic analysis and literary interpretation.

Upon completion you'll be able to make informed judgements about how linguistic structures and literary texts shape our existing social practices and notions of cultural capital.

What happens on the course?

You will encounter a fascinating blend of classic literature, radical writers and popular culture taught by published academics and scholars.

Typical modules could include:

  • Reading and Writing Poetry
  • How English Works
  • Reading Literature
  • Myth
  • Basic Language
  • The Story of English
  • Literature and History
  • Popular Culture
  • Basic Language
  • Language Development
  • Critical Theory/ Textual Practice
  • Varieties of English
  • Language and Meaning
  • Shakespeare and the English Renaissance
  • Text, Context and Spin
  • Research Methods for English Language, Linguistics and TESOL
  • American Literatures
  • Language Development for Employment
  • Language Variation and Change
  • Victorian Art, Literature and Culture
  • Gender, Sex, and Language
  • Positions: Literature, Society, Geography
  • Language and Humour
  • Communication, Culture and Power
  • Modernisms

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Many of our current English and English Language graduates enter the teaching profession, either embarking on PGCE courses or teaching English as a foreign language.

This degree will also equip you for employment in any area where language skills are important: whether in journalism, publishing, media, or any number of administrative jobs where clear communication with colleagues and/or clients is essential. 

The breadth of our English language and literature provision, and the skills in research and critical thinking that our modules engender, provide an excellent grounding for study at postgraduate level. Master's programmes in English, Creative Writing, Film and Popular Culture provide opportunities within the Faculty of Arts for postgraduate study upon graduation.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

You will encounter a fascinating blend of classic literature, radical writers and popular culture taught by published academics and scholars.

Opportunities for English-related vocational work are an established part of the final year programme, and students interested in study abroad can take up semester-length opportunities with English departments in France, Spain and Bulgaria.

Masters programmes in English, Creative Writing, Film and Popular Culture provide opportunities within the Faculty of Arts for postgraduate study upon graduation.

The members of academic staff who lead this course are Deborah Orpin, Professor Sebastian Groes and Benjamin Colbert

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the forms and functions of English at the levels of phonology, lexis, syntax and text;
  • Analyse and appreciate literary and non-literary texts, including an awareness of genre and critical approach;
  • Appreciate how social and cultural contexts affect both the construction of meaning in language, and the production and reception of literary and non-literary texts;
  • Think critically and independently, and express ideas clearly and coherently in spoken and written modes;
  • Develop a range of transferable skills intrinsic to the subject areas and of value to graduate employment.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22
International Part-time £6725 per year# 2022-23

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

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

Typical entry requirement: 48 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades DD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades PPP
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades MP
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma (Full Award)

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

 Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

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.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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