The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)English and Philosophy

Why choose this course?

English and Philosophy will give students the opportunity to draw together two key traditions in the intellectual, political and cultural life of global civilisations. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to the key concepts and ideas that constitute current scholarship in both fields. They will also be encouraged to adopt and develop the critical consciousness that lies at the heart of both textual interpretation and philosophical enquiry.

The course features a balanced curriculum with modules exploring the relationship between literary value and social identities, as well as looking at key moments in the Victorian period, the early twentieth century and the 1960s where the relationship between literature, philosophy and social change were at their most pronounced. These will be complemented by modules on the philosophy of mind, ethics, social justice and individual freedom.

What happens on the course?

A programme of core modules in the first year will provide students with a solid foundation in the principles of literary analysis and philosophical thought at undergraduate level.

In the second and third year, students will encounter more detailed modules on literary theory, ethics, language and identities, selected literary genres and movements and political philosophies.

A range of optional modules offer opportunities for students to take a modern language, work experience or interdisciplinary modules linking philosophy and English with broaded topics such as popular culture or the Enlightenment.

Throughout the course, extensive use is made of a range of up to date technologies to enhance learning experiences through the use of on-line forums and blogs.

Why Wolverhampton?

You will encounter a fascinating blend of philosophical enquiry and literary radicalism. Opportunities for English-related vocational work are an established part of the final year programme.

If you are interested in study abroad you can take up semester-length opportunities with English departments in France, Spain and Bulgaria.

You will have the opportunity to listen to internationally renowned scholars through the Royal Institute of Philosophy public lecture series hosted by the university.

Masters programmes in English, Film and Popular Culture provide opportunities for postgraduate study upon graduation.

Comments from our External Examiners 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".

For Philosophy:

"The curriculum is very well designed with material which meets the requirements of philosophical rigour and contemporary relevance. It is suitably orientated to cater for the interests of the students on the joint honours program. As in previous years it is evident that significant and sustained attention has been devoted to thinking about how to teach content in a way which encourages student engagement".

What our students think

“My philosophical education has nurtured my cognitive powers to levels of intensity and endurance I would never have thought myself capable of. Also, the enthusiasm of the lecturers has played an integral part in my coming to appreciate that the journey to new ways of seeing the world is as pleasurable as the destination itself.” Andres Del Cisne (Graduate 09)

Career path

This degree equips students for employment in any area where skills of critical reason, reasoned argument, advanced language competence and dialogue are important. This degree has prepared students for employment in the media, local government and the corporate sector. Many graduates also go on to do masters degrees, or to gain teaching qualifications.

What skills will you gain?

Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:

  • employ a range of written, oral and digital resources in the research, articulation and presentation of scholarly and academic work;
  • demonstrate a familiarity with specialised subject vocabularies, drawing connections between ideas, concepts, arguments and theories within Philosophy and English;
  • display a critical self-awareness and openness to reasoned dialogue with others in a multi-cultural and international context;
  • develop a range of transferable skills intrinsic to practice in the subject areas of Philosophy and English and of value to graduate employment.

Entry requirements

2017 Entry

  • CCC from ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here
  • Successful completion of the foundation year of our BA (Hons) Humanities and Media Studies with Foundation Year guarantees entry on to this course
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences guarantees entry on to this course

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 for further information.

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

Course fees and finance

2017/8 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £11,475
Part time # £2,835

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 2017/8. 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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