University of Reading

Degree level: Undergraduate

English Literature with Foundation

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Discover how literature has shaped our view of the world, and develop core academic skills, with the University of Reading’s BA English Literature with Foundation course. This four-year programme includes a foundation year that leads directly into the three-year course, providing an excellent route into a degree in English literature if you do not have the typical entry qualifications. Throughout your studies, you will explore texts from across the globe, across a range of genres and literary periods. Enter lively debate with others who share your passion for literature; study authors and genres that you may already know, and discover others that may be less familiar to you. Our BA English Literature with Foundation course will provide you with: • the creative and critical ability to examine texts in detail, and draw your own conclusions • knowledge of a variety of literary texts — including poetry, prose, drama and film — from a range of periods • an awareness of the ways in which literature responds to cultural context, and how texts accrue new meaning. You will be taught by experts from the Department of English Literature, whose expertise and research spans everything from medieval poetry to contemporary Caribbean and American fiction. Our BA English Literature with Foundation is flexible, and you will be encouraged to develop your own literary enthusiasms and follow your interests through our wide variety of modules. Your learning structure The aim of the foundation year is to prepare you for your English literature degree. As you progress, each stage builds on your prior learning. • Foundation year: gain a thorough grounding in study at degree level. Core modules will develop key skills to support your learning. • First year: engage in lively debate about approaches to the study of literature. You will undertake critical and research exercises, with close study of selected texts from a number of different periods. • Second year: you will be given the opportunity to explore a greater breadth of English literature, delving into texts within historical periods and generic traditions. • Third year: undertake more specialised and independent literary study, choosing your modules from a wide range of options. The dissertation module will develop your skills in research, planning and writing. We prioritise small-group learning within a friendly and supportive environment. Your learning will take place through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops delivered by our supportive staff. Throughout your degree, you will have access to the University’s substantial and varied collection of rare books, archives and manuscripts. In your final year, you’ll have the opportunity to handle and study these fascinating texts, including the world’s largest collection of Samuel Beckett manuscripts. Placement opportunities with BA English Literature with Foundation Our innovative placement scheme gives you the chance to undertake an academic placement in commerce, industry or the arts. You can also take a placement module on languages and literature in heritage, in education, and in the media. *Study Abroad * In your second year, you can spend a term studying abroad at one of our partner institutions in the USA, Canada, Australia, or countries across Europe. To find out more, visit our Study Abroad site. Careers for BA English Literature with Foundation graduates Our BA English Literature with Foundation course can open the door to graduate careers that require excellent literacy and critical intelligence. The skills you’ll develop are particularly attractive to: • communications and media industries • creative industries and publishing • the education sector. Prospective employers value the intellectual training, versatility, and resourcefulness that you will gain during your degree studies in English literature.

Course details


Sample modules include:

  • Study Skills
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Identities
  • Perspectives
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How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome applicants from non-traditional educational backgrounds and will consider these applicants on a case-by-case basis. Contextual offers for this programme are typically two grades beneath our standard entry requirement, e.g. DDD.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7We require a minimum score of 7.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
TOEFL (iBT)100We require a minimum score of 100 overall with no less than 20 in Listening, Writing and Reading and 21 in Speaking.
Cambridge English AdvancedAWe require a grade A or a score of 185 overall with no element less than 169.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCWe require a grade C or a score of 185 overall with no element less than 169.
PTE Academic76We require a minimum score of 76 overall with at least 64 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Institution's Own TestTest of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP). We require a minimum score of 7.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Trinity ISEPassOnly ISE III and ISE IV are acceptable and we require a Pass in each element.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £17320 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £17320 Year 1

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English Literature with Foundation at University of Reading - UCAS