University of Central Lancashire

Degree level: Undergraduate

English Language and Literature (Foundation Entry)

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Course summary

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Course Overview

  • Explore the relationship between English Language and Literature on this Foundation Entry programme, where you’ll analyse a wide range of different texts – from classic works of literature to popular media.
  • Foundation Entry degree courses are ideal if you’ve got the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to directly join an honours programme. It’s a great stepping stone to a full degree.
  • You can tailor this course to your interests – our modules include semantics and pragmatics, gender and language, Shakespeare, the fairy tale, and the short story.
  • This programme is suitable if you’re aiming to teach English at secondary level, where it’s increasingly important that you demonstrate knowledge of both language and literature. The incorporation of ‘both sides’ of English develops skills which are relevant to a number of different careers.
Why study with us
  • English Language is ranked 1st in the UK for Assessment and Feedback - National Student Survey (NSS) 2020.
  • Gain work experience later in the course through optional modules in volunteering, leadership and mentoring accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).
  • You’ll have the opportunity to publish your work in our Journal of Undergraduate research, Diffusion.
Further Information Some of the highlights of this programme include:
  • A creative mix of tradition and innovation in topic and delivery.
  • Modules in popular culture and contemporary literature as well as studies in classical literature.
  • The study of traditional literature from the sixteenth century to the contemporary era, including William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens, as well as ‘new’ fictions, for example, in American literature and culture, gothic fictions, film adaptation and children’s literature.
  • A chance to gain valuable work experience relating to your studies - for example our work-related live project which could include planning for a conference, literature festival, reading project, setting up an exhibition and much more through the ELSIE Project.
  • Support from the University’s Worldwise Learning Centre, where you can access the latest language learning and digital technologies, including Rosetta Stone.
  • Learning with research-active tutors, who are specialists in their fields. You’ll get the opportunity to work with them as well as writing an article for Diffusion, a journal published by the University featuring supervised undergraduate research.
  • Field trips to museums, archival resources, readings and theatres, such as the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford to view a play; and Dove Cottage and other literary sites in the Lake District.
  • An opportunity to meet writers and literary critics.

Course details


Year 1: Essential Study Skills for Higher Education, Developing Academic Knowledge, Introduction to English Language and Linguistics, Introduction to Literature, Introduction to Creative Writing, Skills for Language Students, Foundation in TESOL, Extended Course Essay Year 2: Reading Texts: Literary Theory (20 credits), English Language Workshop (20 credits), Introduction to Renaissance Literature (20 credits), Introduction to English Syntax & Phonology, Introduction to English Language and Linguistics, and an elective from our extensive catalogue Year 3: Comparative Literature (20 Credits), The English Language Workshop II, Either/or, Restoration to Revolution: Literary Culture 1660-1789 (20 Credits), Literature of the Long Nineteenth Century (20 Credits), You’ll also take an additional module from our suite of options, And an elective from another subject Year 4: Compulsory modules are; English Literature Dissertation (40 Credits) OR English Language Dissertation (40 credits), Modern and Contemporary Literature (20 Credits), and you also take an additional 60 credits (generally three modules of 20 credits each) from our suite of options.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6with no component score less than 5.5 (To have been taken within two years of the course commencement date)

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £5500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5500 Year 1
Scotland £5500 Year 1
Wales £5500 Year 1
Channel Islands £5500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note fees for the foundation year will be £5,500, and then £9,250 per year for the remainder of the course. *subject only to annual increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
English Language and Literature (Foundation Entry) at University of Central Lancashire - UCAS