English Literature with English Language Studies - BA (Hons)

Course Overview

The essential course information

How to apply
UCAS Code:
Full-time: Q390
Part-time: apply direct to the University
BA (Hons)
  • Full Time (3 years)
  • Part Time (6 years)
School of English
City Centre (from 2015)

This course allows you to major in English literature, alongside supporting study of the language structure underlying creative literary flourish. Your focus will be on literature, but you will develop an important understanding of language, which, when combined, will provide you with fantastic transferable skills that will make you a highly employable graduate.

What's covered in the course?

  • As an English Literature major, your core programme will explore writing from different periods, such as the Victorian era, the 'Romantic Century', the years following World War II and the Postcolonial era (including English-language works from Africa, India and the Caribbean).
  • A minor in English Language will give you an appreciation of the unit structures from which the finished products are created.
  • Language module options range from language description and analysis, to language in context: personal, societal and global.
  • You will be able to choose from literature modules including: Dryden, Pope and Johnson; Religion and Literature; Romantic America, 1771-1892; Literature and Philosophy; Shakespeare Studies; Science Fiction; Joyce and Beckett and many more.
  • Modules such as Literary Linguistics and Narrative Analysis will help to give you a deeper understanding of your literary studies.
  • On the 21st Century Poetry module, described by one external examiner as 'exceptionally innovative and exciting', you have the chance to write, produce and publish a personal anthology of poetry and images.

“On the English Literature course there was a huge range of modules to choose from. I absolutely loved the modules on Shakespeare, Critical Thinking and Creative Writing. The English Department hugely exceeded expectations as most of the sessions were carried out as seminars rather than lectures which was hugely appealing. I also enjoyed the fact that I was able to have regular one-to-one contact with my lecturers.”
Sarah Read

Why Choose Us?

  • Our wide range of module options enables you to tailor your degree to suit your interests, either developing a specialism or maintaining a broader overview of literature.
  • You will benefit from the work of the Institute of Creative and Critical Writing, which operates from within the School and provides opportunities for masterclasses and workshops with our Fellows and other visiting writers, in addition to our own highly qualified staff.
  • You not only have the advantage of our Moodle online learning environment, but also WebCorp language analysis technology and eMargin for text annotation.
  • Some of our research, which helps nourish your course content, was rated by the latest Research Assessment Exercise as 'world-leading'.

Download the Course Programme Specification

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

Typical UK QualificationRequirements 2015/16

You must have the minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above which MUST include English Language C+.  No other equivalence (including Key Skills) will be considered.

GCE A Level/ AS Level 280 UCAS Tariff points from 3 A level subjects including English at grade C or above.  This may also include General Studies and Critical Thinking. Remaining points can be made up with AS levels in different subjects.  AS level in the same subject of an A level will not be accepted.
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass with 60 credits, 45 at level 3 and 15 at Level 2 including English at Level 3.  Distinction/merit in 18 credits at Level 3 plus answer set essay question.
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) DMM (280 UCAS points) in related area (e.g. Media, Performing Arts).
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate Diploma 26 points overall
Irish Leaving Certificate 280 points, including 4 higher level passes
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher 280 points, including 3 higher level passes
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) 120 tariff points combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points

If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.

Unconditional Offers 2015/16

If you are a full-time undergraduate applicant for the 2015/16 year, and show particular potential, we may be able to make you an unconditional offer if you make us first choice and satisfy certain criteria.
To be considered you must hold, or be predicted to achieve:

  • 280 tariff points or above from three A levels (equivalent to grades BBC or above)
  • or
  • be predicted DMM profile at BTEC level

You will also be required to attend an interview.

Learn more about unconditional offers >>

Typical EU/Non-EU (International) QualificationsRequirements 2015/16
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses). 26 points overall
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.

How to Apply

Full Time

Apply through UCAS.
UCAS Code: Q390.
Apply via UCAS

Non-EU (International) students:. There are three ways for international students to apply: direct to the University, through a country representative or through UCAS. Please read our guidance on how to apply.

Part Time
Online application for UK or EU students
Sep 2015 BA (Hons) Part Time (6 years)

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our pdf application form instead.

UCAS Information

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

UK, EU and international students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

You submit an application via the UCAS website with a list of up to five courses. All choices are confidential during the application process so universities and colleges considering an application cannot see your other choices. Applications must be completed by mid-January of the year that you wish to start university.

You can monitor the progress of your application using the UCAS Apply system.

Fees and Finance

Fees for students from the UK or EU countries?
Start Mode Duration Award Fees
Sep 2015 FT 3 years BA (Hons) £9,000 per year
Sep 2015 PT 6 years BA (Hons) TBC
Fees for students from non-EU countries (International)?
Start Mode Duration Award Fees
Sep 2015 FT 3 years BA (Hons) £11,500 per year

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Additional costs

You should allow approximately £100 per semester for buying books.

Financial Options and Advice

We have deliberately tried to set fees that reflect the cost of course delivery in order to help our students avoid debt.

Full-time students won't have to pay for tuition fees until after their studies - there are government tuition fee loans available. If you are a full-time student, after leaving university you will start to pay back your loan once you are earning over £21,000 a year, at a rate of nine per cent on any income above £21,000. So if you were earning £25,000, you would pay back nine per cent of £4,000, or £30 per month.

Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis offers key facts on fees, loans and grants:

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

International Students

International Students at BCU

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK. Our reputation for excellence is soaring globally, thanks to the superb links we forge with industry, our international alliances, and our focus on practical, vocational learning.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

University Approach to Employability

Birmingham City University is committed to preparing students for successful employability and professional careers. We have an innovative approach to employability that will help you obtain an interesting and well-paid graduate job.

Read our Employability Statement to find out more.

Employment Opportunities

Due to their ability to analyse and interpret text, accurately communicate information, work independently or collaboratively and present material with confidence, English graduates are highly employable. Our alumni have found employment in arts administration, teaching, lecturing, law, media and marketing, management, research and writing, politics and public relations, social work and social administration and librarianship, information services and many other areas.

Further Studies

We offer a respected MA English Linguistics as well as Research degrees (MPhil or PhD) in all areas of English. Postgraduate study in a range of other disciplines is available through the wider University. For further information on courses contact Birmingham City University Choices - Tel: +44 (0)121 331 5595 Email: choices@bcu.ac.uk.

Full Time

About KIS data

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Putting our students first

We pride ourselves on our student satisfaction levels which have risen from 73 per cent to 83 per cent between 2010 and 2012. Our dedication to improving the student experience is illustrated by our award-winning student engagement, our close links with business and industry and our £180 million investment in new facilities.

Employability facts

78.9% of graduates from the School of English who responded to our survey went into either employment and/or further study. The average full-time salary for a leaver was £16,700. Employers hiring graduates from the School include Headline Communications and Nottingham Trent University, offering positions such as Junior Account Executive and Sessional Lecturer.

Working with your Students’ Union

Improving student satisfaction is a priority commitment shared by both Birmingham City University and its Students’ Union. In its strategic planning, the Union has pledged to be more accessible, more relevant and provide more opportunity to engage with a diverse student community.

The Students’ Union is already a key stakeholder in supporting an excellent teaching experience at Birmingham City University, through joint projects such as the Extra Mile Teaching Awards and the Student Rep scheme, which allows students to share their ideas on how they are taught.

As Birmingham City University moves towards a two campus strategy where it can better support enhanced learning and student support facilities across a two-mile radius, the Students’ Union will also be better able to implement its commitment to improve communication and engage with its valued student membership.

Course Structure

Our major/minor degrees allow you to concentrate on either English Language or English Literature, while broadening your experience through the study of a related area: Language or Literature. Roughly two thirds of your time will be devoted to your major area of study, in which you will increasingly determine your own direction as you progress. Your minor area of study will add diversity and aid you in developing a useful mix of knowledge and skills. All programmes encompass the first semester foundation.

Assessment Methods

Depending on the modules you choose, your assessments may include coursework essays, group and individual presentations, seen and unseen examinations, reports, portfolios, essay plans, annotated bibliographies and creative work.

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities. It’s no surprise that the Complete University Guide placed us in the UK top 10 for spending on facilities in both 2012 and 2013.

Moving to the City Centre Campus

In September 2015 all business, English, law and social sciences courses will move to our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building. The £63m building will offer students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

What do our students think?

"It's shaping out to be a great futuristic building."

English student Isaac had a sneak peek of the Curzon building.

Read Isaac's blog >>

Gallery - Curzon Building preview Atrium
Gallery - Curzon Building - library 1
Gallery - Curzon Building preview cafe 1
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Gallery - Curzon building preview lecture theatre
Gallery - Curzon Building preview boardroom
Gallery - Curzon Building preview - library upper
Gallery - Curzon Building preview library 2

Read more about the City Centre Campus


If you are from the UK or EU please enquire using the Course Enquiry Form or contact +44 (0)121 331 5595.

If you are from outside the EU please use the International Enquiry Form or contact +44 (0)121 331 6714.


For an overview of our undergraduate courses and a range of other information order a printed Prospectus or download a PDF of our Prospectus (16Mb).

Further Information

Email: english@bcu.ac.uk
Web: www.bcu.ac.uk/english

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