School of Social Science and Humanities

BA (Hons) English Language and Literatures

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

Aiming to inspire a passionate and expert knowledge of literary and cultural texts from the medieval era to the present day, within this course you will study a variety of writers from the West Midlands to the wider world beyond.

Aiming to inspire a passionate and expert knowledge of literary and cultural texts from the medieval era to the present day, within this course you will study a variety of writers from the West Midlands to the wider world beyond.

BA (Hons)
Start date(s)
16 September 2024
Course specifications
Course length
Part-time (6 years),Full-time (3 years)
Campus location
University: City Campus
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Why choose this course?

Aiming to inspire a passionate and expert knowledge of literary and cultural texts from the medieval era to the present day, you will study a variety of writers from the West Midlands to the wider world beyond. As part of our BA (Hons) English Language and Literatures course, you will also gain an understanding of how the English language is used in different contexts and of its political and ideological significance. You will analyse 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 goal is for you 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. Reflections on literary and linguistic production and reception, value, and cultural capital will be encouraged.

The content of the course was created to help you familiarise yourself with types and genres, forms, aesthetics, and functions associated with literary and cultural media bodies of diverse genres and improve your communication skills in order to develop and sustain a career. Combining Language and Literatures will enhance your abilities in critical and creative thinking, analysis, research, and problem-solving, for academic success and employment beyond your degree. Our ultimate goal is to help you develop confidence in making your voice heard at university, at work, and in culture and society.

Graduates of English Language and Literature programmes are known for their abilities in critical thinking, gathering of evidence, argument and opinion construction, and problem-solving, which provide them unique advantages when seeking employment. 

Many graduates have proceeded to postgraduate study, gaining Master’s 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, proofreading, copy-editing and publishing.

What's unique about this course?

1.    You will be taught synthesising literature and linguistic approaches, including literature of the Midlands across time. You are encouraged to blog our experiences on the departmental blog space and to write for the Faculty e-zine.  
2.    You will have opportunities to work in the Arena Theatre, conduct research with employers through our Humanities work placement module and to connect with employers throughout the degree programme. 
3.    Research undertaken at Level 6 will allow you to apply skills to produce a piece of original research concerning linguistics in the world. Recent examples include studies on the loss of complex kinship terms in the Panjabi English diaspora as bilingualism leads to language shift, and discursive approaches to regaining public trust in online discussion of chemtrails.  
4.    The innovative assessment will allow the acquisition of various literacies and competences from producing a poetry chapbook to conducting and writing up an original linguistic fieldwork study. 

What happens on the course?

Our BA (Hons) English Language and Literatures course provides an occasion to explore numerous literary works, all the way from the canonical to the popular and exciting from lots of different authors. 

You will learn the ways in which English is used not only to shape society, but also our own perceptions. 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. You will be treated with warmth and respect by a friendly, professional staff, as they seek to help you reach your potential. As you take part in seminars presented by famous literary critics, award-winning authors, 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 Master’s degree in English or Popular Culture, and also consider entering our PhD programme.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Graduates in Linguistics, English Language and TESOL have specialisms across the Arts and Sciences. Our graduates have gone on to military communication training, further education teaching, forensic linguistics (working with legal experts presenting linguistic evidence to the courts). They have taken jobs in speech and language therapy, computational linguistics and in teaching across mainstream and specialist situations, in both multilingual and monolingual contexts and all over the world. Recent graduate destinations have included Birmingham City University, Shropshire Council, Birmingham Adult Education Services, CoachBright social mobility charity, as well as schools, further education colleges and universities across the UK, Europe, Japan, China and South Korea.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

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


Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2023-24
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2023-24
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2024-25
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
Home Part-time £4625 per year# 2023-24
Home Part-time £4625 per year# 2023-24
Home Part-time £4625 per year# 2024-25
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £14450 per year 2023-24
International Full-time £14450 per year 2023-24
International Full-time £14950 per year 2024-25

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: 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)

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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.

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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