English with Foundation Year (Integrated Degree)

Goldsmiths, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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This is a four-year degree at Goldsmiths. If you successfully achieve the progression requirements of the foundation year, you can continue with the full-time three-year BA (Hons) English degree. Why study the Integrated Degree in English at Goldsmiths?

  • The programme is suited to both mature students looking to return to education, and to those who have left or completed formal exam courses more recently.
  • You'll attend a study skills module as part of the programme, to develop your academic writing and research skills
  • You'll develop an understanding of literary history and criticism, and the confidence and skills necessary to progress to the degree
  • You'll have the opportunity to progress to our BA English degree
  • Our staff come from a variety of cultural backgrounds and, with their diverse research specialities, they’ll be able to help you develop your own interests
- The Department is large enough to provide a wide range of modules but small enough to let you get to know other students and staff

Course details


Year 0 the foundation year takes an overview approach to literary history, and includes components in Renaissance studies 18th-century literature Victorian literature and modernism Novels, plays and poetry will be studied, and a variety of approaches to literary criticism are discussed and critically assessed. You also learn study skills, and critically evaluate your own work in individual tutorials. Year 1 (credit level 4) Explorations in Literature Approaches to Text Literature of the Victorian Period Engaging Poetry Year 2 (credit level 5) You choose four modules (120 credits) from a range characterised by wide literary, historical and contextual scope, of which at least 60 credits must encompass pre-1800 literature. Modules may vary from year to year, but recent modules have included: Drama and Transgression: From Prometheus to Faust European Cinema Hollywood Cinema Inventing the Nation: American Literature in the mid-19th Century Literary London Literature of the Later Middle Ages: Society and the Individual Moderns Old English Post-Victorian English Literature Restoration and 18th-Century Literature Sensibility and Romanticism: Revolutions in Writing and Society Shakespeare Sociolinguistics: Language-use, Variation, and Identity Contemporary Arab Migrant Writing Aspects of the Novel Work Placement (English) Discourse and Society Year 3 (credit level 6) You choose modules to the value of 90 credits. You also complete a 6,000-8,000-word Dissertation (30 credits) on a topic of your choice. A pass in this module is compulsory for the award of the degree. Modules may vary from year to year, but recent examples have included: Caribbean Women Writers Creating the Text Decadence The Emergence of Modern America: American Literature 1890–1940 Approaches to Language and the Media Modern American Fiction Modern Poetry Modernism & Drama (1880-1930) The Art of the Novel Oedipus: Myths, Tragedies and Theories Postcolonial Literatures in English Studies in Literature and Film Renaissance Worlds Narratives of the Great War (1923-1933) Work Placement (English) Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeQ304
Institution code G56
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

There are no qualification requirements for this course.

QualificationOfferFurther information

There are no formal entrance requirements, but you need to demonstrate that you have an interest in the subject, that you are an active and engaged reader of literature, and that you have the ability to benefit from studying the programme. Admission is by interview and a short piece of written work.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6With a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

To find out more about fees and funding, please check our undergraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office https://www.gold.ac.uk/ug/fees-funding/
English with Foundation Year (Integrated Degree) at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS