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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.


Graduates become professional writers or follow careers in publishing, advertising, marketing, journalism, teaching or other professions that require advanced communication skills.

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

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.


Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

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.

Independent learning

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.

Overall workload

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. 


Taught elements of the course take place on our King Alfred Campus or at our West Downs Campus (Winchester). 


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)*:
  • 95% coursework
  • 0% written exams
  • 5% practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
  • 77% coursework
  • 4% written exams
  • 19% practical exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*:
  • 86% coursework
  • 6% written exams
  • 8% practical exams


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.

Further information

 For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures




2018 Entry: 104-120 points

An A level A*-C pass is required in an English subject. 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

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass inEnglish Language is required.

International baccalaureate: 26 points

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

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Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Understanding Language 3: Semantics and Pragmatics 15

What is meaning? What are we trying to say, what do we think when we say ‘X means Y’? This module will introduce you to what meaning is and how we create and shape it in and through our language. We will find out whether meaning is attached to a word, or what our mind has to do with it. Or is it a social construct? How does figurative meaning work, and how does that help us to make sense of texts? Are meanings related? And where is the logic in all of that? We will also look at some aspects in which semantics and the neighbouring field of pragmatics overlap. This will include some work on speech acts, and will show us how much of what we say and understand is a question of perspective.

History of the English Language 15

English ‘then’ and English ‘now’ is not the same. Anyone who has ever encountered Old English (Beowulf) or Middle English (Chaucer), will have noticed this. But why is it so different? This module will explore the social and linguistic history of the English speaking world in search of answers. On the way it will discover why there is no ‘proper English’. With the help of a (brief) introduction to the mechanics of language change, the module will pose (and answer) two questions: How did English change? And of equal importance: Why?

Understanding Language II: Semantics, Phonetics and Phonology 15

This module will discuss what gives meaning to language (semantics)  including logic, and particularly what words mean and how do we structure our words in a larger network of meaning (lexical semantics). We will also find out how language sounds are produced (phonetics) and how we use them in order to make sense of them as English language units (phonology). The module will introduce basic linguistic principles and terminology as well as methods for the analysis of semantic and phonetic/phonological features. We will use this new knowledge in order to explore texts (written and spoken). You will discover new ways to analyse the word choices made by the author of the text and understand the perceptions of the world which underlie such choices. We will begin to write down speech, and you will also gain a context for the understanding of phonetic speech in literary texts.

Understanding Language I: Syntax and Morphology 15

This module will explore how language works. That will mean a discussion about how words work (morphology) in English and how they are strung together in order to form phrases and sentences (syntax). An introduction to basic linguistic terminology and methodology will be part of the treatment of morphology and syntax. This knowledge will also provide further insight into how language works in texts (written and spoken). How does the meaning of a text change when the sentence structure is manipulated, for example? Why do shorter sentences speed up a passage, and what effect does a list of questions have on a textual passage? When and why do we need to form new words and how do we do it? The module will provide you with the answers to these and more questions, with methods to explore them and with a language to put your findings once more into words.

Approaches to Language Study 15

This module serves as main introduction to English Language Studies. It combines an overview of the relevant fields of study within the discipline with first training in some of the methods you will be using throughout your time at university. Some of the topics you might recognise, such as Discourse Analysis or Language Acquisition. Others, like Cognitive Linguistics, for example, might be new to you. The methods and skills we train will include how to do a field study and how to make the most of the library. We will also explore how to write essays and work on your presentation skills.

Early English Texts and Contexts 15

This module is designed to introduce students to a range of literary texts and genres from the medieval period up to the eighteenth century, opening consideration of the advantages and disadvantages of understanding these texts in relation to their historical contexts. This will include consideration of the following: the changing practices of publication and composition of audience; the historical, political and cultural contexts; contemporary conceptualisations of genre, gender roles and sexual identity; treatment of issues of colonialism, national identity, ethnic difference and religious affiliation. By tracing these topics across texts from different periods comparison and contrast in relation to historical change will be highlighted. Students will be encouraged to draw from the theoretical materials studied in Critical Reading 1 and 2 to develop their interpretations of these texts. The use of texts that have already received considerable critical attention will enable students to engage with existing critical discussion in these areas.

Introduction to English Studies 15

This module offers students an opportunity to negotiate the transition to undergraduate study of English in a small group environment that will promote interaction with fellow students and the module tutor. Students will be involved in detailed discussion of their interpretations of fictional texts and will share their experience in the location and evaluation of relevant critical writing. There will be opportunities to share and compare essay-writing strategies and research methods and to ensure the referencing requirements and conventions of degree-level work are understood. The iterative essay, where a draft will receive feedback before final submission, will promote reflection on research, essay writing, and understanding of marking criteria. There will also be an opportunity to have an initial experience of assessed oral presentation before a relatively small audience and to use a range of relevant web-based resources.

Critical Reading 2 15

This is the second of two related modules which together form a foundational introduction to the critical reading of literary texts. This module will build upon the first by giving students an opportunity to engage with selected literary, critical and theoretical texts, brought together in order to demonstrate the application of major critical theories to literature from different genres and periods. Students will acquire from this module the critical and theoretical basis for the remainder of their undergraduate work in English. It will follow a chronological scheme in order to show how literary criticism has changed through debate and controversy in relation to changes within society and the academy. It will incorporate the most recent developments in criticism, introducing students to key critical extracts alongside literary texts in order to familiarize them with the most significant ideas of the most influential thinkers for the study of literature.

Critical Reading 1 15

This is the first of two related modules which together form a broad introduction to critical reading of literary texts. This first module is designed to build upon reading skills developed at pre-degree level and to introduce more advanced reading skills, drawing upon developments in undergraduate English. It will focus on key aspects of engagement with literature: the role of the reader; the authority of the author; text, context and intertextuality; canon-formation; genre and generic expectation; literature and identity politics; nation and narration. Students will develop their reading skills with a wide range of texts, including fiction, poetry and short stories, both canonical and non-canonical.  Students will be made aware of the history of the discipline as it has moved through different kinds of reading practice since its first appearance in English universities. This will provide a context in which to place the discipline’s development through the so-called ‘theory revolution’ and its aftermath.

Optional Credits

Optional modules

Introduction to Poetry 15 Credits

Transatlantic Narratives 15 Credits

America and Americanisation 15 Credits

The Literatures and Cultures of the Black Atlantic 15 Credits  

American Genres 15 Credits

Fictional Writing 15 Credits

Scriptwriting 15 Credits

Creative Non-Fiction 15 Credits

Poetry and Poetic Expression 15 Credits

Approaches to Language Study 15 Credits

Understanding Language I: Syntax and Morphology 15 Credits

Understanding Language II: Semantics, Phonetics and Phonology 15 Credits

Understanding Language 3: Semantics and Pragmatics 15 Credits

History of the English Language 15 Credits

Year 2 (Level 5)

Optional Credits

Optional modules

Research Methods 15 Credits

Old English I 15 Credits

Analysing Discourse 15 Credits

Language and the Mind 15 Credits

Sociolinguistics 15 Credits

Language and Identity 15 Credits

Language Acquisition 15 Credits

Forensic Linguistics 15 Credits

Volunteering 15 Credits

Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama   15 Credits

Seventeenth-Century Literature and Revolution 15 Credits

Nineteenth-Century Romanticism 15 Credits

The Modern Age 15 Credits

Chaucer and His World 15 Credits

Shakespeare and Seventeenth-Century Drama 15 Credits

Eighteenth-Century Romanticism 15 Credits

Victorian Fictions 15 Credits

Sex and Sensibility in Eighteenth-Century Print Culture 15 Credits

Eighteenth Century Performance and Censorship 15 Credits

Gothic and Romantic Fiction 15 Credits

Postcolonial Fictions 15 Credits

The Postmodern Age 15 Credits

Individual Project 15 Credits

Literary Adaptations for Film and Television 15 Credits

Contemporary Children’s Literature 15 Credits

Volunteering for BA English 15 Credits

American Gothic 15 Credits

American Science Fiction 15 Credits

Writing America 15 Credits

Work and Money in American Literature 15 Credits

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Dissertation 30

The dissertation is an extended treatment of between 8,000 and 10,000 words of a subject of the student’s choice (subject to approval). Study is primarily student-directed, with supervision supplied by tutors teaching/researching in the subject area.  There will be a small number of general lectures to further provide guidance through the process.

Creative and Critical Extended Study 30

A project that incorporates some Creative Writing is available to students who have studied a Creative Writing module at level 2.

The Creative and Critical Extended Study consists of:

  • a piece of creative writing of between 4,000 and 5,000 words (with word count exceptions such as those in a poetry collection to be agreed by supervising tutor).
  • a supporting Rationale of 4-5,000 words that demonstrates a substantial engagement with a particular critical issue relevant to the creative piece.
  • a supporting Bibliography.

Study is primarily student-directed, with supervision supplied by tutors teaching/researching in the subject area.  There will be a small number of general lectures to further provide guidance through the process.

Optional Credits

Optional modules

Old English II 15 Credits

The Evolution of Language 15 Credits

Crafted Text 15 Credits

Producing Written Discourse 15 Credits

Cognitive Stylistics 15 Credits

Language Death, Revival and Change 15 Credits

English on the Periphery? 15 Credits

English and the World 15 Credits

Language in Scotland 15 Credits

The History of Linguistics 15 Credits

Ethnography 15 Credits

The Shakespeare Phenomenon 15 Credits

Crime and Englishness 15 Credits

Women's Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century 15 Credits

Biography and the Body 15 Credits

William Blake: Poet of Jerusalem 15 Credits

Twentieth Century Dramatic Texts: Brecht and Beckett 15 Credits

Consumer Culture 15 Credits

Jewish Identities 15 Credits

Keywords 15 Credits

Literature, Sexuality and Morality 15 Credits

The City in American Literature 1868-1925 15 Credits

Renaissance Poetry at the Court of Elizabeth I 15 Credits

Romantic Celebrity Culture 15 Credits

Globalization and Contemporary Fiction 15 Credits

Literature and Psychoanalysis 15 Credits

Contemporary Young Adult Fiction 15 Credits

The Figure of the Law in Literature 15 Credits

Post-Structuralism: Theory, Text, Culture 15 Credits

African American Literatures and Cultures 15 Credits

Civil Rights Immersive Study 15 Credits

The Contemporary American Novel 15 Credits

American Crime Fiction 15 Credits           

Sex and the City and Beyond 15 Credits

Chick Lit/Women’s Writing   before Sex and the City 15 Credits

Women’s Culture in the Nineteenth Century 15 Credits

Old English 2 15 Credits

Utopian and Dystopian Fiction 15 Credits

The Victorian Art of Murder 15 Credits

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
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees 

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. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU 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. 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.

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

International Students

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.



As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.


We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards section.

Key course details

UCAS code
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
104-120 points
King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester