School of Humanities

BA (Hons) English Language and Literatures with Sandwich Placement

BA (Hons)
Start date(s)
23 September 2024,25 September 2023
Course specifications
Course length
Sandwich (4 years)
Campus location
Wolverhampton City Campus
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Why choose this course?

The course aims to inspire a passion for and knowledge of literary and cultural texts from the medieval era to the present day, by writers from the West Midlands to the wider world beyond. Another aim of the course is to enable you to learn about the form and functions of the English language in a wide variety of contexts and to promote your understanding of the political and ideological significance of language, literature and culture in a wide range of social and historical contexts, especially in relation to gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, class and disability. One other important aim is to develop your awareness of the significance of ethical evaluations of reading, writing and linguistic interpretation, supporting an understanding of equality, diversity, and inclusion in literature, language and culture. You will be encouraged to reflect critically on literary and linguistic production and reception, value and cultural capital. The course aims to advance your understanding of the different forms, aesthetics, genres, and functions of literary and cultural texts and to enhance your verbal, written and digital communication skills for developing and sustaining a professional career. Combining Language and Literatures will foster your skills in critical and creative thinking, analysis, research, and problem-solving, for academic success and employment beyond your degree. Ultimately the aim is to help you develop your confidence in making your voice heard, at university, in employment, and in culture and society. The Sandwich year – offering dedicated work place experience – will enhance your appeal to employers after graduation.

The degree fosters your skills in critical and creative thinking, analysis, research, and problem-solving, for academic success and employment beyond your degree. This programme will enable you to develop your confidence in making your voice heard, at university, in employment, and in culture and society. This degree equips students for employment in any area where critical thinking, analytical skills, and where exemplary written and verbal communication skills are important. English Language and Literatures graduates are valued for their capabilities in critical thinking, evidence gathering and evaluation, argument or point-of-view construction and advocacy, and problem solving, with these transferable skills proving highly desirable throughout the employment market. Many graduates have proceeded to postgraduate study, gaining Masters degrees, teaching and other postgraduate professional qualifications, and PhDs. Our graduates go into diverse careers and occupations, including education at all levels, management and leadership, local government, librarianship and information services, social work, the civil service, retail and the service sector, fundraising and charity work, journalism and professional writing, proof-reading, copyediting and publishing.

What happens on the course?

The course offers an opportunity to explore a wide range of literatures, from the canonical to the popular and from diverse authors. You will learn how the English Language is used to shape not only the world, but our minds. There is a strong emphasis on the way in which language and literatures shape social and cultural identities. There will also be a focus on the politics, ethics, and ideologies of cultural representation, and issues of equality and diversity in literatures, language culture. Your sandwich year offers you the opportunity to spend time gaining work experience in a profession of your choice, which will enhance your appeal to employers after graduation.  You will experience a friendly, welcoming staff, who are dedicated to working with you to enable you to achieve your full potential. You will be taking part in sessions with internationally renowned literary critics, award-winning novels and poets. You will also have the opportunity to participate in our Literatures@Wolves Culture Programme, including visits to sites of regional, national and international interest, with regular events on Campus, theatre performances, visits to museums, galleries and events. We also aim to embed opportunities for assessment and work experience that plays to your strengths, and that will support your skills for employment on graduation. You will be able to complete a Student Record of Achievement, a record of skills and experiences to present to prospective employers. Following graduation and the required classification, you will be able to go onto our Masters degree in English or Popular Culture, and also consider entering our PhD programme.

Course Modules

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

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

  1. Demonstrate clearly the range of skills required to comprehend, analyse and interpret literary and non-literary texts.
  2. Demonstrate superior language skills through written and oral expression
  3. Attain an advanced knowledge of literary and linguistic history and the contextual approaches to the production and reception of texts
  4. Develop critical and ethical self-awareness, and intellectual and political curiosity, about literature and language in a multicultural and international context
  5. Demonstrate enterprising learning, scholarly skills and independent thought
  6. Demonstrate transferable skills intrinsic to the subject area and of value to graduate employment

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Sandwich £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Sandwich £9250 per year 2023-24
International Sandwich £13450 per year 2022-23
International Sandwich £14450 per year 2023-24

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

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades DD
  • Access to HE Diploma (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 (96 UCAS point equivalence, minimum 45 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.

Contextual Offers

The university recognises that many students have additional barriers in progression to university, whether this be through disability, as a care leaver, from an area of deprivation or another factor. The university wishes to provide additional support for these students through the contextual offer scheme. If you are eligible, the University will apply a contextual Admissions decision, in the form of a reduced offer letter by up to two grades or 16 UCAS tariff points. Find out more.

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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