St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

Studying English literature and language is a way of engaging with the world; with history, philosophy, culture and the mind. Students will discover that the multiple contexts of literature expand as they read through an undergraduate degree. The critical writing that is so much a part of an English programme trains students to evaluate diverse forms of argument and evidence, a difficult skill greatly valued in a wide range of career pathways.

Course Modules

Programme explores the place of language and literature in a variety of historical, social and cultural contexts. Level 1: Core modules provide an introduction to literary and language studies; range of optional modules: children and language; introduction to western European drama; contemporary poets of the British Isles; writing for new media. Level 2: Range of modules increases, complementing the core studies of literature and language; optional modules typically offered include: approaches to Shakespeare; language and society; the age of satire; Renaissance drama; history of the English language; the power of language in the media; women and society in the 19th'century novel; 18th'century London: writing in the metropolis; language and gender; film and literature: interpretation and adaptation. Level 3: Options broaden the areas of main study and students write a dissertation; options include: modernism in English literature; the film of the book; talk in life and literature; American literature; literature of World War I; Jane Austen: novel and film; Bob Dylan; Shakespeare and appropriation; creative writing: poetry and prose; 2nd language acquisition; language and the brain.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
2 - 4 years
Part Time Day
BA (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 112
  • SQA Higher BBBB
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units)
  • BTEC National Diploma MMD
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units)
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2

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99% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 99%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 78%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 71%

85% Go on to work and/or study

In work 55
Studying 15
Studying and working 15
Unemployed 10
Unknown 0

20% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 24%

Total Coursework: 74%

Total Practical: 2%

£4,410 - £5,783
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,800 - £6,000
Typical cost of private accommodation