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What makes English Language and English Literature at Worcester special?

A joint honours degree in English Language and English Literature will provide you with opportunities to develop your all-round understanding of the English language – how it is spoken and written and the literature it has produced.

Studying English Literature at Worcester allows you to develop skills in close and creative reading, theoretical concepts and a critical awareness of the relationship between texts and their contexts.

English Language at Worcester allows you to see how language shapes our worlds, brings thoughts to life and forms our identities through linguistic and stylistic choices.



Key Features

  • Develop evaluation and reflection of linguistic and stylistic choices
  • Study diverse literatures emanating from the sixteenth through to the twenty-first centuries – and encompassing both ‘canonical’ and ‘marginal’ texts
  • Clear focus on the socio-cultural aspects of language use and an emphasis on the development of research skills with opportunities to present research outcomes through a student conference in the final year
  • Opportunities to play an active role in local and regional literature festivals, related events and a work project module
Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104 UCAS tariff points

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1


  • Describing English
  • What is Literature?


  • The History of the English Language 
  • Name Studies 
  • Introduction to Sociolinguistics 
  • Introduction to Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
  • Improving English Usage and Style in Academic Writing
  • French Stage 1
  • German Stage 1
  • Spanish Stage 1
  • Japanese Stage 1
  • Italian Stage 1
  • Chinese Mandarin Stage 1
  • English Literature Across the Centuries 
  • English Renaissance Texts and Contexts
  • Creativity in Women’s Writing: Difference in View
  • Introduction to American Writing
  • Power, Sex and Identity in Restoration Literature
  • Science Fiction: Alternative Worlds
  • Improving English Usage and Style in Academic Writing

Year 2


  • Approaches to English Language Studies: Critical and Theoretical Matters
  • Literary Criticism: Theory and Practice


  • Language and Power 
  • The English Language in the 21st Century 
  • Research Language Variation
  • Language Awareness and Analysis in Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Shakespearean Comedy 
  • Culture and Politics in Victorian Fiction 
  • The Pre-Raphaelites: Word and Image 
  • Children’s Literature 
  • Literary England and the Great War, 1900 – 1930 
  • The American Short Story
  • Enlightened Minds: Literature 1688 – 1760 
  • Literature in English Around the World

Year 3


  • World Englishes 
  • Multilingualism Matters 
  • Language, Style & Identity
  • Introduction to Language Acquisition
  • Independent Research Project 
  • Work Project Module 
  • Key Concepts and Principles in Teaching English as a Foreign Language - Methodology
  • Justice and Revenge in English Renaissance Drama 
  • Love, Religion and Politics in English Renaissance Poetry
  • Fantasy and the 1980s 
  • Cities and Fiction
  • American Writing and the Wilderness 
  • Irish Writing since 1900 
  • Literature in Film Adaptation 
  • What Happens Now: Twenty-First Century Poetry Plus 
  • Postcolonial Literature 
  • Independent Research Project 
  • Extended Independent Research Project
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the course pages for English Language and English Literature.


Where could it take you?

Our English Language and English Literature degree provides continuous opportunities to develop employability skills and includes work experience options, a credited work project module, and a career and professional development module. There is a range of opportunities to study for a semester abroad in Europe and the USA in the second semester of the second year. 

Many graduates of English Language and English Literature will take a postgraduate education course as a fourth year of study and enter the teaching profession. Others will find that the skills acquired through the study of English Language are particularly highly regarded in all professions where good communication skills are prized such as publishing, journalism, public relations, human resources and web-based communication.

Graduates also often take a certificate in TEFL and become teachers of English as a second language at home or abroad. Those graduates who achieve particularly good results in their first degree may choose to progress to a Masters course, which will then often lead to a career as a researcher or further study to PhD. Many students progress to careers requiring good communication skills such as Public Relations or develop research careers with media or publishing companies.

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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £12,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2019/20 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

English Language and English Literature BA (Hons) - QQ23 

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Dr Sharon Young

Admissions Tutor, English Literature

Jenny Lewin-Jones

Admissions Tutor, English Language