School of Humanities


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

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code Q300
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (6 years), Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School School of Humanities
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Why choose this course?

Explore the great works of culture – in literature, film, and across the breadth of artistic expression – through 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, contemporary counter-culture, and from voices marginalised by class, gender, sexuality and race, and international authors/film-makers/songwriters offering perspectives from outside Britain.

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What happens on the course?

Year 1 (Level 4)

We get you off to a good start by aiming to make every day you spend on the course an adventure of exploration. The course begins right away to open up for you the world of writing, and encourages you in your classwork and assessments to develop your creative ideas.   To assist you in your personal journey the course team is there to support you individually, and in conjunction with your fellow students, as you experience modules that include: Brief Encounters (the short story); Making a Scene (an introduction to drama); Fantastic Beasts (animals and nature in medieval literature); Poetry.  

Year 2 (Level 5)

This second year provides the backbone of a literature degree through its core modules, while introducing electives so you can spread your wings. You’ll explore the Renaissance through classic texts in poetry and drama, including Shakespeare and Milton, and get a solid grounding in critical theory which will assist you in developing your own perspective on key issues and themes. Options in Children’s Literature, Women’s Writing, and Adventures in the Gothic, etc., will allow you pursue your passions and discover new ones. You’ll learn from fellow students in our Learning Cafes (student conferences), where we offer workshops in areas you help to choose: perhaps in research methods for dissertations, interview techniques and writing your CV, guest speakers on career pathways, etc.

Year 3 (Level 6)

The programme’s final year priorities your independence as a scholar and individual, as it is entirely composed of elective or optional modules, apart from the Independent Study/dissertation (on a topic of your choosing). You can explore the classics in key periods of literary history like Romanticism, the Victorians, and Modernism. Perhaps try American Literature, Literature in the Digital Age, or encounter some of the massive issues confronting the instabilities of our modern world through Literature and Migration. Work placement modules, alumni guest speakers, workshops in writing applications and the ongoing opportunities through the Learning Cafes will also help you prepare for life after graduation.


Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

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".



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 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 £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22
International Part-time £6725 per year# 2022-23

Additional Course Costs

Additional Field Trips

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

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

Applicants are required to hold 120 credits at Level 4 and Level 5 (for Year 3 entry) from either a HNC/HND or a Foundation Degree in a English related subject.

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 went from being a full time housewife to studying two degrees, and a PhD. The University and English inspired me to never stop learning.”

Evelyn Price – BA (Hons) English; MA English

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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