The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)English

Why choose this course?

Studying BA (Hons) English at the University of Wolverhampton gives you the opportunity to explore a broad range of literary and non-literary texts from the Renaissance to the present day and from the West Indies to the West Midlands.

You will study great canonical writers and uncover the literary forms we associate with them (like Shakespearean drama, Milton’s epic, the ‘major’ Romantic poets and great Victorian novelists). You will learn of the challenges to this tradition offered by the Modernists, 1960s radicals and others marginalised by class, gender, sexuality and race.

The course will equip you with the theoretical, philosophical and contextual tools to critically examine the process of literary production and reception, enabling you to make informed judgments about literary value and cultural capital.

We deliver the course through a variety of learning activities which will aid both subject-specific knowledge and also transferable skills. Typical methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, interactive workshops, independent research, individual and group presentations, formal examination and online forums, portfolios and blogs.

BA English concentrates largely on literature / literary study. But for those students with an interest in the study of English Language, the course also offers you the flexibility to study selected modules focusing on the evolution of words, dialects and other structures within the English language, exploring why these changes take place and how they influence our social and cultural development.

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What happens on the course?

Year 1 gives you a solid foundation in approaches to literary study at undergraduate level. You will be introduced to approaches to literature through focus on: historical contexts; issues surrounding authorship; critical reception and interpretation; and as a source of individual and national identity.

Year 2 encourages you to develop your own personal interests in literatures represented from diverse periods and cultural contexts: from the English Renaissance of Shakespeare and Milton, to American writing and the literature of deviance and transgression.

Year 3 offers you further opportunity to explore and expand your interests, and includes a final-year project which enables you to carry out supervised research into a literary topic of your choice. You can also elect to boost your career ambitions with English-in-the-workplace projects in the final year.

Throughout all three years there are modules in English language, exploring topics such as the nature and impact of variations in linguistic expression and structures both regional and national, and studies in discourse analysis to complement your literary studies.

International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply

Why Wolverhampton?

At Wolverhampton you can:

  • Take part in English-related vocational work in your final year.
  • Experience semester-length or year-long opportunities to study with English departments in France, Spain and Bulgaria.
  • Encounter a fascinating blend of classic literature, radical writers and popular culture taught by published academics and scholars. Areas where the English team have gained particular recognition recently include: travel and transcultural literatures; contemporary literature & culture; pedagogic research.
  • Choose to include English language modules alongside your literary ones as part of your curriculum.
  • Be confident that the English programme at Wolverhampton has been commended by external examiners for the creativity of its design and the high standards of its teaching.

Comment from our External Examiner on provision for English:

"The subject curriculum continues to be highly relevant both in terms of the student experience at Wolverhampton and in terms of reflecting the benchmark statements for English, which stress the importance of providing a full range of modules and a diversity of teaching and assessment methods. The English team is to be congratulated once again on ensuring that standards are maintained through the provision of a varied diet of modules, combining traditional and non-traditional courses, with a variety of teaching and assessment methods. The detailed level of feedback provided on all modules remains an example of good practice".

What our students think

‘Because my university admits students that, say, might not be considered for Oxford/Cambridge, it is maybe sniffed at in the world of academia. I’m sure that not everybody in my class will graduate with a First or a 2:1. Some will not graduate with a class of degree that will set off sparklers, let alone fireworks. But that is not the aim of my uni. The aim of my university, as I understand it, is to give people a chance to study who might not otherwise have this opportunity elsewhere. There are some in my class who mess around and don’t seem to fully understand that they are there to learn, but I think most universities will have their share of those. What I know for sure is that my university, because of its admission policy, has enabled more students to say, “I am the first generation of my family to go to university”… I know that I would have worked hard at whichever university I happened to study at but I know that I have a great deal of appreciation, a huge amount of loyalty and more than a dollop of pride for my place of study.’
Vicki Constantine, BA English – Class of 2012

"I’ve had a marvellous three years at Wolverhampton. I had the opportunity to read so many fantastic things that I never would have touched otherwise, and discuss ideas that I’d never have dreamt of - it has been so incredible. Thanks to the enthusiasm and encouragement from the English staff I took advantage of the opportunity to study for a semester in Paris through the Erasmus programme. Without their support I don’t think I’d have taken advantage of it - I can’t thank you all enough for a great experience." Paul Hague, BA (Hons.) English, Class of 2009

Career path

Students with a degree in English from the University of Wolverhampton outperform 75% of other universities when it comes to finding employment following graduation. This demonstrates that our teaching and assessment techniques encourage students to develop an openness of mind and an intellectual creativity that employers’ value.

Primary and secondary school teaching is the largest single destination for our graduates, however other popular careers range from journalism and publishing, through to business and overseas employment.

Further study? You may decide to further your education by studying for a Master’s degree in English, which you can do on either a full time or part time basis. For further information on the successful postgraduate courses run by the University of Wolverhampton.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course you will be able to:

1. Engage in the comprehension, analysis and appreciation of literary and non-literary texts.

2. Develop your language competence through a range of written, oral and digital resources.

3. Attain an advanced knowledge of literary history and the contextual approaches to the production and reception of texts.

4. Cultivate a critical self-awareness and intellectual curiosity about literature in a multi-cultural and international context.

5. Demonstrate enterprising learning, scholarly skills and independent thought.

6. Acquire a range of transferable skills intrinsic to the subject area and of value to graduate employment.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321150

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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