Goldsmiths, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate

English with Foundation Year (Integrated Degree)

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Course summary

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. Our English degree gives you the opportunity to develop the critical and verbal skills needed for confident, effective reading of literary texts and criticism. It develops your core skills in analytical and imaginative reading and writing and places a strong emphasis on social and cultural diversity. The flexible programme allows you to choose topics related to American literature and culture, comparisons of literature across different cultures and art forms (also known as Comparative Literature), and study all aspects of language use in linguistics modules. Throughout, your literary studies will be complemented by a series of lectures and activity-based seminars which will help you develop and consolidate your practical academic skills and research techniques. 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 Modernism and 20th-century literature 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 - you will take the following compulsory modules: Explorations in Literature Approaches to Text Introduction to Poetry The Short Story You will also choose two of the following option modules: Introduction to US Literature and Culture Introduction to Comparative Literature Understanding Language in Use Year 2 - you will study the following compulsory module Literature and Power in the Victorian Period You will also choose three modules (totalling 90 credits) from a range characterised by wide literary, historical, and contextual scope, of which at least one must encompass pre-1800 literature. Modules may vary from year to year, but recent modules have included: Drama and Transgression: From Prometheus to Faust Inventing the Nation: American Literature in the mid-19th Century Literary London 1800 to 1900 Literature of the Later Middle Ages: Society and the Individual Moderns Old English Post-Victorian English Literature 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 (Re)writing America: from the nineteenth century to the present day Language Learning Language Teaching Year 3 - You choose modules to the value of 90 credits. 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) Professional Communication Word Power: How words are born, live, and die Language and Gender 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. 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.

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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.

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

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

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English with Foundation Year (Integrated Degree) at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS