School of Humanities

English with Foundation Year

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

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code Q302
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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?

Studying  BA (Hons) English at the University of Wolverhampton gives you the opportunity to explore a broad range of literary and non-literary texts from the Renaissance to the present day and from the West Indies to the West Midlands.You will study great canonical writers and uncover the literary forms we associate with them (like Shakespearean drama, Milton’s epic, the ‘major’ Romantic poets and great Victorian novelists). You will learn of the challenges to this tradition offered by the Modernists, 1960s radicals and others marginalised by class, gender, sexuality and race.

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.

The course will equip you with the theoretical, philosophical and contextual tools to critically examine the process of literary production and reception, enabling you to make informed judgments about literary value and cultural capital.
We deliver the course through a variety of learning activities which will aid both subject-specific knowledge and also transferable skills. Typical methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, interactive workshops, independent research, individual and group presentations, formal examination and online forums, portfolios and blogs.
BA (Hons) English concentrates largely on literature / literary study. But for those students with an interest in the study of English Language, the course also offers you the flexibility to study selected modules focusing on the evolution of words, dialects and other structures within the English language, exploring why these changes take place and how they influence our social and cultural development.


What happens on the course?

Year 1 gives you a solid foundation in approaches to literary study at undergraduate level.  You will be introduced to approaches to literature through focus on: historical contexts; issues surrounding authorship; critical reception and interpretation; and as a source of individual and national identity.

Year 2 encourages you to develop your own personal interests in literatures represented from diverse periods and cultural contexts: from the English Renaissance of Shakespeare and Milton, to American writing and the literature of deviance and transgression.

Year 3 offers you further opportunity to explore and expand your interests, and includes a final-year project which enables you to carry out supervised research into a literary topic of your choice. You can also elect to boost your career ambitions with English-in-the-workplace projects in the final year.

Throughout all three years there are modules in English language, exploring topics such as the nature and impact of variations in linguistic expression and structures both regional and national, and studies in discourse analysis to complement your literary studies.

International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at



Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Students with a degree in English from the University of Wolverhampton outperform 75% of other universities when it comes to finding employment following graduation. This demonstrates that our teaching and assessment techniques encourage students to develop an openness of mind and an intellectual creativity that employers’ value.  
Primary and secondary school teaching is the largest single destination for our graduates, however other popular careers range from journalism and publishing, through to business and overseas employment.
Further study? You may decide to further your education by studying for a Master’s degree in English, which you can do on either a full time or part time basis. For further information on the successful postgraduate courses run by the University of Wolverhampton. 

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

At Wolverhampton you can:

  • Take part in English-related vocational work in your final year.
  •  Experience semester-length or year-long opportunities to study with English departments in France, Spain and Bulgaria.
  •  Encounter a fascinating blend of classic literature, radical writers and popular culture taught by published academics and scholars. Areas where the English team have gained particular recognition recently include: travel and transcultural literatures; contemporary literature & culture; pedagogic research.
  • Choose to include English language modules alongside your literary ones as part of your curriculum.
  • Be confident that the English programme at Wolverhampton has been commended by external examiners for the creativity of its design and the high standards of its teaching.

Comment from our External Examiner 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".

The member of academic staff who leads this course is Aiden Byrne

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

1. Engage in the comprehension, analysis and appreciation of literary and non-literary texts.
2. Develop your language competence through a range of written, oral and digital resources.
3. Attain an advanced knowledge of literary history and the contextual approaches to the production and reception of texts.
4. Cultivate a critical self-awareness and intellectual curiosity about literature in a multi-cultural and international context.
5. Demonstrate enterprising learning, scholarly skills and independent thought.
6. Acquire a range of transferable skills intrinsic to the subject area 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 DD
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma (Full Award)

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  • 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.

"I’ve had a marvellous three years at Wolverhampton. I had the opportunity to read so many fantastic things that I never would have touched otherwise, and discuss ideas that I’d never have dreamt of - it has been so incredible. Thanks to the enthusiasm and encouragement from the English staff I took advantage of the opportunity to study for a semester in Paris through the Erasmus programme. Without their support I don’t think I’d have taken advantage of it - I can’t thank you all enough for a great experience."  Paul Hague, BA (Hons.) English, Class of 2009       

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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