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English Literature

University of Westminster, London

Degree level: Undergraduate

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This course considers English literary texts against their background in the history of ideas, the other arts and British culture. It aims to make the most of our central London location – in the midst of galleries, museums, cinemas and theatres, and the urban landscape – as a resource for studying the social and theoretical issues relating to literature. The course is of interest to those whose first language is English and who have some prior experience of literature, as well as international students wishing to take or complete a degree in the UK. You could go on to a career in professional and/or creative writing, teaching, journalism or publishing; employers across a range of professions and businesses value the cultural knowledge, communication and critical thinking skills of English graduates. The course will also equip you with the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development. You will have the opportunity to examine literary and non-literary works of all periods, from Shakespeare to the present day, taking in a wide range of authors and themes, and gaining a detailed and coherent sense of the current priorities and debates in the discipline. The course offers a full and balanced coverage of dramatic, poetic and prose works, including many from outside the usual literary canon. In the first year you will gain a strong grounding in literary studies through modules that cover major movements and authors; in the second and third years you will extend and deepen your critical skills and your knowledge of the forms, history and context of literature. Our individual tutorial system gives you the opportunity to develop your own understanding and skills through working closely with your tutor. You will develop a thorough understanding of British society and literature's place within it. You will also be able to relate the study of English literature to the broader context of Western history and thought. In the final year you have the opportunity to write an extended essay or dissertation on a subject of your own choice. You can undertake an internship where you can apply the knowledge that you have gained. The main modes of teaching are seminars, workshops and field trips, but much of your learning is independent, conducted beyond the classroom (individually and in groups) in the library, at home, and via online learning. Assessment methods include essays, critical analyses, examinations, presentations, journals, portfolios and your dissertation.

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15 January

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Course codeQ300
Institution code W50
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 104 - 128 points
A level BCC - ABB This should include English or another Humanities subject.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM - DDM This should be in the humanities or a creative subject.
Access to HE Diploma 104 - 128  UCAS Tariff points from the Access course in a Humanities subject.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D - D*D* D*D/D*D* and an A Level in a Humanities subject.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 27 points 27 points including a 5 in Higher Level English A, a 6 in Higher Level English B, or a Humanities subject. Maths grade 4.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE minimum Grade 4 (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) in Maths and English Language.

We are happy to consider applications that reflect a mixture of Level 3 qualifications (such as BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas and A Levels) as long as they are equivalent to our standard entry requirements. We also typically expect 4 or above (Grade C under previous grading system) in GCSE Maths and English. Please contact us with any queries regarding entry requirements, as we may be able to accommodate your qualifications.

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English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)66.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each component

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
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £14000 Year 1

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English Literature at University of Westminster, London - UCAS