Goldsmiths, University of London

English Language and Literature Goldsmiths, University of London Degree level: Undergraduate


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Engage in the study of language from various linguistic perspectives alongside your study of literary texts from a range of periods and traditions.

Why study BA English Language and Literature at Goldsmiths?

  • By the end of the programme you will have answers to some of the most exciting questions in linguistics, for example how language relates to class, ethnicity or age, how we use language to reflect our identity and build relationships, how we acquire the languages we speak and how best to teach languages, and how we connect and communicate using different technologies and media.

  • You'll examine language in all sorts of contexts. This includes the intersection of language and politics in examples of print and digital media, the relationship between language and gender, workplace communication and the history and the variation of language.

  • We encourage you to bring to your study on the programme your explorations of the wealth of languages and creative traditions of London. We also take advantage of our location to invite speakers from other colleges and universities to talk about their research in linguistics and literature.

  • On our Work Placement module you could build on your academic knowledge and gain experience of a workplace that interests you, e.g. a publishing house, school, a multilingual company or a media organisation. Find out more in the 'What you'll study' section.

  • If you want to gain experience of study abroad, you could apply for the exchange opportunities with our Erasmus partners.

  • We offer extensive support with study skills during the first year of study and throughout the degree, through special sessions or written feedback on draft work.

Course details


At Level 4 you take four compulsory modules: Explorations in Literature, Approaches to Text, Introduction to the Study of Language, Engaging Poetry or Literature of the Victorian Period.

At Level 5 you take two compulsory half modules in linguistics. You also take three literature modules from the range of options available within the Department. At least 30 credits must be from modules encompassing pre-1800 literature.

At Level 6 you take between 60 and 90 credits in linguistics, choosing overall from a range of options in literary studies and linguistics taught in the department. The core dissertation may focus on either discipline.

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. Alongside more traditional forms of assessment (essays, examinations with various timescales and formats), the programme also includes assessment formats such as assessed presentation, blog post, annotated bibliography and summary of a research article.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

120 credits at Level 4 and a 2:1 average in a comparable programme, and meet the standard qualification requirements for entry to Year 1 of the programme.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBB Including English Literature (or Language and Literature or English Language).
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM Including English Literature (or Language and Literature or English Language).
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject specific modules.
Scottish Higher BBBBC Grade B in English Literature (or Language and Literature or English Language) is required.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 33 points With three Higher Level subjects at 655 including English Literature (or Language and Literature or English Language).
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H2, H2, H2 Including English Literature (or Language and Literature or English Language).
Scottish Advanced Higher BBC Grade B in English Literature (or Language and Literature or English Language) is required.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 With a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

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Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross
SE14 6NW

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