A new course for 2022 designed for students seeking an in-depth understanding of both English language and literature, with particular appeal to those wishing to teach English at secondary level.
Year 1 entry: 96–112 UCAS points (or equivalent)
BA (single honours)
3 years (full-time)
4 years (full-time) if opting for the additional placement year
Year 1 entry: 96–112 UCAS points (or equivalent)
We welcome applications from students studying T-Levels.
For all courses we also accept a wide range of other qualifications and experience. Contact us to find out more.
When we consider applications to study with us, we form a complete view of your achievements to date, and future potential, and can offer flexibility in entry requirements. Find out more about our Contextual Offer scheme.
General entry requirements:
Excellent preparation for a PGCE secondary English course, to teach both English Language and English Literature A level.
Develop your own projects within both literature and linguistics, and explore language that’s personally relevant to you.
In the 2020 NSS, 100% of English Language and Linguistic students were satisfied with their course overall, and 95% of students said English Literature staff were good at explaining things and made the subject interesting.
Course and Module Details
This undergraduate degree 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 wide range of module choices.
The English language and linguistics element of the course looks at how language works, and how we communicate with one another, 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 will cater for your own interests as well as your 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).
Schedule by year of study
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.
Course subject to validation
This course offers all students the option of a one-year paid work placement, to boost your employability even further. If you choose this route, you will take the placement following year two of your course, and then return to complete your degree.
Why take a placement?
A placement year is the perfect opportunity to gain valuable work experience, to build on the career skills we will teach you on this degree. The connections you make on the placement will improve your career prospects further, and equip you with the skills you need to secure graduate-level employment.
How we support you
The University’s Placement and Work Experience Team are experts at helping you to secure a placement. They will work closely with you from the start, helping you research potential employers, discover placement opportunities, create and pitch your CV, and will coach you to perform well in interviews. We aren't able to guarantee a placement, but our sector-leading advisors will give you the best possible chance of securing one.
We understand that your plans might change once you start your programme. If you decide not to do a placement, you will have the option of completing the three year version of your programme.
Whatever your choice, you will have access to many opportunities for work experience through our Placement and Work Experience Team, and access to face-to-face and 24/7 online careers support.
Here are some examples of modules you may take on this degree course.
The Sociolinguistics of Gender
Language, Society and Power
Literature and Media
Literature in Context: Popular Literature and Culture
Language, Society and Power
These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change each year.
Tuition fees and funding
September 2022 entry tuition fees
Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.
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This course has the option of studying abroad as part of your degree in your second semester of second year.
With Roehampton Abroad scholarships of up to £1,000 and Turing Scheme funding available, you could spend a semester at one of our partner universities across the globe, with destinations including the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe.
Find out more about where your degree could take you here.
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.
How to apply
How to join us in January or February 2022
How to join us in September 2022
- Home (UK) students – apply through UCAS (Roehampton UCAS institution code is R48)
- International students – apply using our direct application form.
If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Detailed advice on applying for an undergraduate degree is available in the FAQs section below.
Application process FAQs
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If you are applying to university from the UK or European Union (EU), irrespective of your nationality, you must submit your UCAS application before the January deadline in order for it to be guaranteed equal consideration. The deadline for the 2022 cycle is Wednesday 26 January 2022 at 18:00.
We understand that there are many reasons why you may not be able to meet this deadline. With this in mind, Roehampton will still consider applications received after the January deadline, if there are places available on the course.
The University of Roehampton welcomes the introduction of T Levels and is delighted to confirm that we will be able to accept them across the majority of our programmes. Students will be able to apply using T Levels for both three year and four year undergraduate degrees. UCAS Tariff requirements for each programme, will be made available on programme webpages.
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Validation and curriculum review
What is validation?
Validation is a formal process through which the University approves a programme (content, teaching, learning and assessment) as being of appropriate standard and quality. This is a normal process used throughout the university sector.
The University expects to publish details of the validated programme in the academic year prior to the start date of the programme. You are advised to check the University website at that time to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information you should contact 0208 392 3232.
What is curriculum review?
Curriculum review is the regular and systematic monitoring and reviewing of programmes. It is a normal process in the sector and it is the way by which the university ensures that your course remains up-to-date and relevant. The process may result in changes to the content, structure and/or assessment of the programme.
The University expects to publish details of the re-validated programme by 31 March in the academic year prior to the start date of the programme. You are advised to check the University website at that time to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information you should contact 0208 392 3232.
Dr Alison Waller
Hello, I’m Alison Waller. I’m the Programme Convener for the BA English Literature, which means that I’ll be your first point of contact if you have any questions about the course while you are at Roehampton.Read More
Dr Alison Waller
Hello, I’m Alison Waller. I’m the Programme Convener for the BA English Literature, which means that I’ll be your first point of contact if you have any questions about the course while you are at Roehampton. I am really looking forward to helping you make the most of your degree. I also teach modules on children’s and young adult (YA) literature, so you may encounter me in the classroom in your second or third year. I have an interest in exploring memories of childhood books, and how these shape us as individuals. I’m fascinated by what might be considered everyday or mundane aspects of stories – the cups of tea, bus journeys, and laptops – and how these create a recognisable cultural landscape for young readers. Working at Roehampton is exciting, because everyone loves learning together and exploring ideas, not just the students! When I’m not at work my favourite thing to do is snowboarding, although recently I’ve had to make do with long walks in the countryside. I spend most of the rest of the time taking pictures of my two beautiful black cats, Borage and Marlow.
Dr Dustin Frazier Wood
Hi, I'm Dustin, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities. You'll meet me in your first semester in Discovering Literature, a module that ranges from Homer's Odyssey to the drag, punk-rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.Read More
Dr Dustin Frazier Wood
Hi, I'm Dustin, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities. You'll meet me in your first semester in Discovering Literature, a module that ranges from Homer's Odyssey to the drag, punk-rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. At second and third year (and beyond) I teach interdisciplinary modules on medieval and early modern literature, digital humanities, archives and cultural heritage. My research focuses on the ways European writers and artists have discovered, imagined and remade classical and medieval literature, history and material culture over the past 600 years. When I'm not at Roehampton, you'll normally find me working with partners in museums, libraries and archives in London and the East Midlands. I'm currently the Librarian & Archivist to the Spalding Gentlemen's Society (SGS), the oldest provincial learned society in Britain, and love to help my students get involved with collections during their studies.
Professor Clare McManus
Hi, I’m Clare and I’m a professor in the English Literature and Creative & Professional Writing team at Roehampton.Read More
Professor Clare McManus
Hi, I’m Clare and I’m a professor in the English Literature and Creative & Professional Writing team at Roehampton. I teach early modern literature - formerly known as ‘the Renaissance’ - and I uncover the diversity of that period with institutions such as Shakespeare’s Globe and the Royal Museums Greenwich. At Roehampton, you won’t find modules that just “do Shakespeare”. We teach the full range of writing and representation of the men, women and gender nonconforming individuals who were his contemporaries, offering you new research shaped by thinking about race, faith, gender, sexuality and class. Literature changes depending on who's reading it, and my aim is to help all students find something of themselves in this literary period. Outside Roehampton, I’m a Liverpool fan and I love watching cricket. I’m from Merseyside and I studied and taught in all four UK nations and in the US before moving to London for the theatres – I can’t wait for them to open again! If you’re interested in hearing more about my work, try this Folger Shakespeare Library podcast, ‘She can spin for her living’.
Dr Ian Kinane
Hi there, I’m Ian Kinane and I teach on the BA in English Literature, mainly in the areas of popular literature and culture.Read More
Dr Ian Kinane
Hi there, I’m Ian Kinane and I teach on the BA in English Literature, mainly in the areas of popular literature and culture. My research interests are varied and include at any one time some of the following: Robinson Crusoe and the popular heritage of the Robinsonade genre, island studies, adventure fiction, spy fiction, Ian Fleming's James Bond novels, Michelle Cliff's fiction, cultural geography, and representations of bisexuality in literature. I’m also the General Editor of the International Journal of James Bond Studies, which is a thing! My favourite thing about Roehampton is the enthusiasm students have for their modules; it’s a real pleasure to be able to talk with – and learn from – our students while sharing with them my own passion for literature. Outside work, I spend my time reading (obviously), making theatre, geocaching (check it out), playing with my cat Sylvie, and screaming at my TV over the poor judging choices made on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
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