UCAS code: 32B7
2018 Entry: 104-120 points
*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.
An A level A*-B pass in an English subject is required. This can be in English Literature, English Language, English Language and Literature, or Creative Writing
A GCSE A*- C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
26 points including 5 points at Higher Level
If English is not your first language:
Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent
Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man
If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. For international students, the first year fee is £12,950. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students and £38,850 for International students. Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.
2018 Entry Full-time £9,250 p/a.
Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)
UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,938
2018 Entry Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)
International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.
**International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.
- Core texts: Multiple copies of core text are held within the library and e-books are identified where possible, however due the nature of the course students are recommended to purchase a copy for their own use. It is also possible for students purchase second hand copies. Cost £50-200 per academic year.
- Field trip: Third year students have the option to go on a day trip to London with the chance to visit an exhibition. The cost of this trip will depend on the entry price of any exhibitions visited. Cost £48 - £63.
- Printing and binding: Students are required to pay for the costs of dissertation printing and binding. Cost £2.50.
To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here
Study abroad (optional):
Europe (Czech Republic, Germany or Poland) via Erasmus; Asia (Japan)
Students have linguistic research and analysis fieldwork opportunities
Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester
Suitable for applicants from:
UK, EU, World
Students have the chance to attend the University of Winchester Writers' Festival and WInchester Reading Series - an opportunity to meet authors, publishers and agents.
The Japan Exchange involves teaching English and gaining a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
93% of students are satisfied with the quality of the course (https://unistats.direct.gov.uk)
Pre-approved for a Masters:
University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.
Terms and Conditions
For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.
In Year 1, a balanced study of English Literature and English Language is pursued. English Literature modules focus on the development of critical reading skills - this includes an introduction to the various forms of literary theory that are the basis for the various forms of analysis of literary texts. English Language modules establish a fundamental knowledge of key areas such as syntax, morphology, semantics, phonetics and phonology.
In Year 2, the majority of study is in English Literature. Most modules are based around a historical period and students have a free choice of modules whose content ranges from Anglo-Saxon writing to contemporary postmodern literature. There is a wide range of English Language modules for students to choose from - for instance, it would be possible to focus on the historical development of English or on sociolinguistic approaches to the study of language.
Year 3 offers modules where the study is more specialised. In English Literature, the focus may be on detailed study of the literature dealing with a particular topic or the advanced analysis of literature from a particular critical perspective. English Language modules offer the opportunity to develop the depth of analysis and the sophistication of research techniques brought to bear on the topic.
- Critical Reading 1
- Critical Reading 2
- Introduction to English Studies
- Early English Texts and Contexts
- Approaches to Language Study
- Understanding Language 1: Syntax and Morphology
- History of the English Language
- Understanding Language 2: Semantics, Phonetics and Phonology or Understanding Language 3: Semantics and Pragmatics
Two optional modules from a choice of:
- Research Methods
- Middle English: Texts in Context
- Old English I
- Analysing Discourse
- Language and the Mind
- Language and Identity
- Language Acquisition
- Forensic Linguistics
Students may choose from a range of additional optional modules:
- Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama
- Seventeenth-Century Literature and Revolution
- Nineteenth-Century Romanticism
- The Modern Age
- Chaucer and His World
- Shakespeare and Seventeenth-Century Drama
- Eighteenth-Century Romanticism
- Victorian Fictions
- British Literature in the Age of Reason 1688-1743
- Literature in the Shadow of Revolution 1745-1775-1789
- Gothic and Romantic Fiction
- Postcolonial Fictions
- The Postmodern Age
- Individual Project
- Literary Adaptations for Film and Television or Literature and Film
- Contemporary Children's Literature
- American Gothic
- American Science Fiction
- Writing America
- Work and Money in American Literature
Students may also choose one Creative Writing module
- Creative and Critical Extended Study
Two optional modules from a choice of:
- Old English 2
- The Evolution of Language
- Crafted Text
- Producing Written Discourse
- Cognitive Stylistics
- Language Death, Revival and Change
- English on the Periphery?
- English and the World
- Language in Scotland
- The History of Linguistics
Students may choose from a range of additional optional modules:
- The Shakespeare Phenomenon
- Crime and Englishness
- Women's Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century
- Biography and the Body
- William Blake: Poet of Jerusalem
- Twentieth Century Dramatic Texts: Brecht and Beckett
- Consumer Culture
- Jewish Identities
- Literature, Sexuality and Morality
- The City in American Literature 1868-1925
- Renaissance Poetry at the Court of Elizabeth I
- Romantic Celebrity Culture
- Globalisation and Contemporary Fiction
- Literature and Psychoanalysis
- Contemporary Young Adult Fiction
- The Figure of the Law in Literature
- Post-Structuralism: Theory, Text, Culture
- African American Literatures and Cultures
- The Contemporary American Novel
- American Crime Fiction
- Sex and the City and Beyond
- Chick Lit/Womens Writing before Sex and the City
Students may also choose one Creative Writing module.
For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right hand side).
Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.
Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market.
You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.
In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.
Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.
Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.
While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.
Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
- Teaching, learning and assessment: 204 hours
- Independent learning: 996 hours
Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
- Teaching, learning and assessment: 192 hours
- Independent learning: 1008 hours
Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
- Teaching, learning and assessment: 180 hours
- Independent learning: 1020 hours
*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.
Dr Dan Varndell - contemporary literature, popular culture and film studies
Dr Amanda Boulter - creative writing, twentieth-century literature and gender studies
Professor Jude Davies - American literature, film studies, cultural studies and gender studies
Dr Carolin Esser - English language, Anglo-Saxon and medieval literature
Dr Gary Farnell - romantics and critical theory
Dr Ruth Gilbert - early modern and seventeenth-century literature, gender studies and Jewishness in literature
Dr Mick Jardine - early modern and modern literature, critical theory and postcolonialism
Dr Nick Joseph - creative writing and drama
Professor Neil McCaw - nineteenth-century and twentieth-century literature and culture (especially Victorian), Irish studies and crime fiction
Professor Andrew Melrose - contemporary literature, nineteenth-century literature and creative writing
Professor Chris Mounsey - eighteenth-century Literature, sexuality in literature, biography and disability studies
Dr Nick Rowe - medieval and early modern literature
Mark Rutter - creative writing and poetry
Carol Smith - American literature, film and popular culture
Dr Julian Stannard - creative writing and poetry.
For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library
Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.
We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:
Year 1 (Level 4)*:
- 62 per cent coursework
- 29 per cent written exams
- 9 per cent practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
- 63 per cent coursework
- 31 per cent written exams
- 6 per cent practical exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*:
- 68 per cent coursework
- 19 per cent written exams
- 13 per cent practical exams
*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.
We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.
At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.
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At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement
Many graduates choose to go on to further study. Graduates have gone on to succeed in a wide variety of careers, for instance as teachers, head teachers, lecturers, librarians, writers, journalists, television presenters, civil servants, accountants, theatrical producers, actors.
The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.
While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, the data need to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.