School of Social Science and Humanities

BA (Hons) English Literatures and Law with Sandwich Placement

BA (Hons)
Start date(s)
16 September 2024
Course specifications
Course length
Sandwich (4 years)
Campus location
University: City Campus
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Why choose this course?

Uniquely in the local region, the University of Wolverhampton offers a dedicated joint honours course blending Literatures and Law. In studying these fascinating topics, you will gain an understanding of how literatures shape cultural issues, social identities and legal ethics in contemporary settings. Skills for employability are emphasised, with this Sandwich Placement programme granting you dedicated experience in a workplace of interest on top of embedded opportunities for assessment. The diverse political, ethical and conceptual knowledge you will gain, complimenting and fuelling your pursuits in the field of law, will see you graduate prepared for engaging careers and possessing numerous attractive qualities for their employers.

What happens on the course?

Your unique, specialised course considers the intersections between literatures and law, seeking to compliment your legal skills with the cultural, political and ideological insights afforded by literary knowledge. Study of law may be embellished by undertaking the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) and is crafted to meet the requirements of the Bar Standards Board for a qualifying law degree. The course also meets the QAA Benchmarks Statement for Law and English (2019). By taking the Sandwich Placement programme, you stand to build even further on this heightening of employability, taking a year before the end of your course to undergo supervised work experience. Here, you may demonstrate your academic knowledge and develop your ability to work in a professional setting, before returning to your regular curriculum for final year study.

Literature modules concern numerous social and historical contexts to found your legal work, particularly pertaining to gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, class and disability. To this end, you will study a wide range of literary works of different backgrounds and perceived canonical significance. We offer research into timeless authors including Shakespeare, Milton and Austen, much-loved genres such as crime and drama, and writing across diverse mediums from film to video games. Of particular interest to culture and justice is the ‘Unpopular Texts’ module, where distinctions of ‘High’ and ‘Low’ art are examined and controversial works are explored in relation to the extremes of representation. All facets of literary education involve critical thinking and utilise a vast repertoire of analytical perspectives, including postcolonialism, psychoanalysis, queer theory, cultural materialism, animal studies and disability studies.

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Everything you need to know about this course!

The University of Wolverhampton stands out in the region as the only university offering a joint honours English Literatures and Law course. Our qualities as an institution uniquely enable us to deliver on this programme’s promise: we host an esteemed, excellent department in the School of Humanities and will present you numerous opportunities to gain experience and cultural capital only available here. Our staff are enthusiastic about their subjects and dedicated to guiding you towards your full potential, their teaching further supplemented by visiting literary critics, novelists and poets of award-winning stature. You will also be eligible for participation in the Literatures@Wolves Culture Programme, allowing you to visit sites of regional, national and international interest, as well as attending artistic events on campus.

Also of importance are the professional standards for research and practice which the University strives to meet. We offer the SQE for applicants seeking preparatory legal education and craft courses to guidelines set by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. This, in combination with the Sandwich Placement programme’s offering of professional experience, stands to embolden your degree with clear employability credit.

Through exploring and practising Law and English at an academic level, you will gain a multitude of skills relevant not only to careers directly involving these topics, but transferable to a greater array of jobs throughout different industries. Broadly applicable critical thinking is vital to your core topics, requiring you to analyse, comprehend and interpret legal and literary texts with an understanding of the history and contexts informing them. You will also turn this critical mindset inward, reflecting on your own practice and the methods of those in relevant careers, in the process building a strong ethical outlook on literature and law in a multicultural and international context. Expression of the knowledge and ideas you develop, both through written work and oral presentation, will expand your aptitude for language skills and personal confidence, clearly showing yourself as an independent thinker with advanced scholarly skills.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Sandwich £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Sandwich £9250 per year 2023-24
Home Sandwich £9250 per year 2023-24
Home Sandwich £9250 per year 2024-25
International Sandwich £13450 per year 2022-23
International Sandwich £14450 per year 2023-24
International Sandwich £14450 per year 2023-24
International Sandwich £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

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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