English Language and Literature


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NEW PROGRAMME: Recruiting for September 2022

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  • Excellent preparation for a PGCE secondary English course, to teach both English Language and English Literature A level.
  • 100% of English Language and Linguistic students were satisfied with their course overall (NSS 2020)
  • Develop your own projects and explore language that’s personally relevant to you.
  • 95% of students said English Literature staff were good at explaining things and made the subject interesting (National Student Survey 2020).
  • Roehampton is ranked in the top 8 in the UK for graduate salaries for English and Creative Writing (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2020 results, earnings one year after graduation).
  • Give your career a head-start through the option of a one-year work placement, after year two.


This undergraduate degree, new for 2022, is designed for students who enjoy studying English language and English literature equally, and who seek a deeper insight into both.

The programme benefits from being rooted in two academic departments, the School of Arts where language and linguistics are taught, and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, where students study a wide range of English literature. This ‘dual home’ creates a distinctive programme of study that offers a uniquely broad range of academic module choices.

The English language and linguistics element of the course looks at English from a structural and functional perspective, with a particular focus on ‘real language’ use and on sociolinguistics. Teaching takes place in the spectacular new Sir David Bell media hub, with its state of the art digital facilities.  For the English Literature part of the course students will encounter texts and writers from around the world and from contemporary London, alongside the study of Shakespeare, children’s literature, issues such as gender and sexuality in literature and much more. Literature teaching is delivered by a diverse and passionate community of readers, writers and thinkers who are all published experts in their fields.

The range of modules offers a breadth of study that caters for a student's own interests as well as their career aspirations. For example, the English literature choices include Digital Humanites, Copywriting and Black British and American Writers, while the English language modules include Language Disorders, Multilingualism and Semantics. Professional placements are available and facilitated through the Roehampton careers service. 

The ability to analyse language and appreciate literary texts are skills that transfer to a wide variety of careers. However this programme also specifically offers a combination of modules that will prepare students to teach secondary English up to A level – both English Language and English Literature – after completing a one-year postgraduate teacher training course (PGCE).

Year 1: Provides students with the basic tool kit to study English Language and Linguistics at an advanced level. The English Literature component introduces key critical and theoretical approaches, and a range of literature across all periods.

Year 2: Language modules The Sociolinguistics of Gender and Media Language prepare students for key areas of English Language teaching. In English Literature, students study key period modules including the Romantics and Victorians, and Modern and Contemporary Literature

Year 3: Language Acquisition completes the coverage of A-level language topics for those students wishing to progress to a secondary PGCE. English Literature features a compulsory module Tragedy: Classical, Shakespearean, Cinematic. Students will also have the option to take the Dissertation in English Literature, which may be a sustained piece of written research but which can also comprise a special project.

Here are some examples of modules you may take on this degree course. Please check back after September 2021 for a fuller description of compulsory and optional modules.

The Sociolinguistics of Gender
Media Language
Language Acquisition
Language, Society and Power
Discovering Literature
Literature and Media
Literature in Context: Popular Literature and Culture
Language, Society and Power

This course is of particular interest to students aspiring to teach English in secondary schools up to A level. These students will undertake a one year PGCE after graduation which will qualify them to teach both A level English Language and English Literature.

Other typical career options for English graduates include journalism, editing, copywriting, podcasting, editing, marketing, policy making and fundraising.

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.

This course offers all students the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement. If you successfully secure a work placement, you will undertake the placement following year two of your programme and return following the placement to complete your studies.

A placement year is the perfect opportunity to implement the skills and knowledge that you will learn in year one and two, while gaining valuable work experience. The opportunity to make connections in your chosen industry will greatly improve your career prospects and equip you with the skills and experience you need to secure graduate-level employment.

The University Careers and Placements team will support you to develop your CV and skills though webinars, workshops and 1-2-1 appointments. You will also benefit from regular communication about available opportunities to aid your placement search.

Please note while the University will support you with your placement search and applications, a placement cannot be guaranteed.

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.

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