St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

English at St Mary's has a strong research profile that is matched by a strong and sympathetic commitment to our students. This is reflected year after year in the national student satisfaction survey. Our students get grounding in the study of language and in diverse periods and genres of English literature. There is a focus on particular fields of interest that can be narrowed and sharpened as students progress. St Mary's has a range of International exchange programmes, and students in English frequently take up the option of spending a semester abroad in the United States or Germany, with no extra cost in tuition. The programme places significant emphasis on linking theory to practice, providing students with the opportunity to take four work placements in the second and third year of the degree. As significant emphasis is placed on collaboration and teamwork, Education and Social Science at St Mary's will provide you with knowledge and skills that will be valuable in a wide variety of careers. While the degree offers a well'recognised route into primary and secondary teaching, the range and diversity of the programme content opens up several options for those who are interested in working with special populations. The degree is taught by highly qualified research'active staff with research specialisms in: gender and education, music education, comparative and historical perspectives in education, educational policy, supplementary schooling and developmental psychology.

Course Modules

Core: nature, purposes and politics of education; communication and academic literacy; education and employment; values in education and research methods; research project; educational and social research (core for single honours and joint major). Option: learning and teaching; the history of education; creativity and the arts in and across the curriculum; inclusion and diversity in education and employment; curriculum and lifelong learning; people in workplaces; English studies in education; managing people in organisations; society and education; assessment and planning for teaching; youth culture and new media; citizenship and globalisation; independent investigative study/business consultancy project; managing people in organisations; work placement; contemporary issues in education. English Level 1: The programme opens with an introduction to university level literary and language studies, which provides a foundation for the rest of the courses; most of level 1 is core, but optional courses typically include: children and language; contemporary poetry; contemporary fiction. Level 2: The range of optional courses increases, complementing the core studies of literature and language; courses on offer typically include: approaches to Shakespeare; history of the English language; creative writing: fiction and drama; romanticism; women and society in the 19th century novel; 18th century London: writing the metropolis; romanticism; identity and desire in renaissance poetry; second language acquisition ; writing London. Level 3: Options increasingly broaden the areas of main study, and students may write a dissertation on a subject of their own choosing; courses include: modernism in English literature; American literature; literature of the first world war; Bob Dylan; creative writing: life writing; language and society; stylistics; 20th century literature; dissertation; philosophy and literature.

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

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

Key Course Information

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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

19% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 13%

Total Coursework: 81%

Total Practical: 6%

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

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