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English (with Foundation Year)

Please note the tariff points stated for this course are indicative. The tariff points for 2018 will be published by August 2017.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
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Arts and Cultural Industries
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr Mariadele Boccardi
Key fact:
Our BA(Hons) English offers a creative balance between intellectual challenge and practical preparation for a rewarding career after university.

Page last updated 26 June 2017


Why English?

Our BA(Hons) English course builds on your love of literature, combining creative and academic activities with the development of key transferrable skills to the workplace. The quality of the course and our inspiring staff mean that English at UWE Bristol ranks consistently highly in the National Student Survey (NSS). Our graduates emerge as mature, confident individuals with excellent communication, critical and analytical abilities, ideally placed for an exciting range of career opportunities.

Why study this course?

Taking an independent approach to literary texts, you will gain excellent written and oral skills and will be challenged by critical and theoretical perspectives. Your creativity will be nurtured through imaginative writing applied across genres ranging from epic poetry to the American novel and you will become confident in expressing your opinions on periods spanning the English Renaissance and the 21st century. Assessment might involve creative writing, reviews or book cover design.

You will be taught by renowned academics and published researchers in a supportive, collaborative community. English is based at Frenchay campus, where you will work alongside our Arts and Cultural IndustriesBristol's vibrant culture is an exceptional resource and there is ongoing exchange between the University and the city.

Real-world experience

Our students find work and volunteering opportunities throughout their degree. Employability is core to your final year. You will choose a project with a direct connection to a possible career path. You might write a dissertation, undertake a project in creative writing or module design, or compile a critical anthology.

Where it can take you

Many of our graduates work in the media or the arts, in careers including marketing, editing and publishing. Others use their transferable skills in other rewarding careers or go on to further study.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



In the Foundation year (Year zero), the content is designed to develop your academic skills. It also raises awareness of the relevance the disciplines which span the arts, creative and cultural industries will play in your future, professional lives.

The four modules will have three hours of teaching each week (12 hours of scheduled class time in total). A unique feature of the offer is the focus on Bristol as a centre of arts and culture you will be testing concepts, theories and ideas within the city as a living brief.

Foundation year (Year zero)

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Academic Skills for Arts and Humanities
  • Thought, Ideas and Myths: past, present and future
  • Bristol, Arts and Culture
  • Extended Project.

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from other Arts, Creative Industries and Education courses, and so you may transfer to another course in one of these areas at the end of a successful Foundation year.

The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year zero modules before progressing to Year one.

Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Creativity, Critique and Literature
  • Literature and Ideas
  • Once Upon a Time: Children, Stories and Literature
  • Beyond the Horizon: Places and Spaces in Literature.

Year two

You will study the following compulsory module:

  • Reading Forms/Forms of Reading
  • Shakespeare's World of Words OR Exploring the Eighteenth Century OR Romanticism Unbound.

In addition, you will study two of the following optional modules:

  • British Writing 1900-1950
  • Victorian Frictions
  • Imagining America: Cultural and Literary Legacies of the United States, 1830-1970
  • Shakespeare's World of Words*
  • Romanticism Unbound*
  • Exploring the Eighteenth Century*.

If you choose to study on the four year sandwich route, you will spend your third year on placement. The curriculum in the second year provides support for the process of securing this.

Final year

You will study the following compulsory module:

  • English Independent Project

Plus three optional modules from the list below OR two if a Study Year Abroad (SYA) or Placement Year has been completed:

  • Literature and Culture in Britain 1885-1930
  • Contemporary American Narrative
  • Gothic Literature
  • Children's Fiction since 1900
  • Moving Words: Travel Writing and Modernity
  • Cross-current: Modernity, Literature and Colonialism
  • Fiction in Britain since 1970.

*can be taken as optional module if not chosen as a compulsory module.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Hear what our students think about their time at UWE.

Learning and Teaching

Full-time students study four modules per academic year and every module involves three contact hours per week. We use a variety of traditional and non-traditional methods of teaching: from formal lectures, seminars, online sessions and workshops, to one-to-one tutorials.

Each student who comes to us will be allocated their own academic personal tutor (APT) who provides individual advice and support concerning any aspect of their course. They will formally meet with this tutor three times a year but the tutor will also be available through an open-door policy to meet the student whenever is needed.

There is also a panel of student advisers who offer students academic or personal support.

Find out more about our academic staff, their teaching expertise and research interests.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.


There is a wide variety of types of assessment: from essays, creative writing, examinations and dissertations, to bibliographical exercises, research logs, synopses of academic journal articles and oral presentations.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.



If you choose to study on the five year sandwich route, you will undertake a minimum 26-week placement relevant to your degree. Placements are taken after you have successfully completed the third year of study.

This is a valuable and rewarding aspect of your course allowing you to gain real-world experience, develop key skills and increase your employability on graduation. You will receive support in finding a placement and guidance throughout from our award-winning Careers and Employability service.

Study year abroad

There may be opportunities to undertake a study year abroad through our Erasmus programme. Contact the Programme Leader for further information.

Study facilities

The Frenchay library houses a large collection of books and e-resources. These include Literature Online, Eighteenth-Century Collections, Project Muse, OED online and various digital archives and scholarly journals. You will use books and databases regularly, so will become competent researchers with skills in data retrieval.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Real world experience

You will have an opportunity to gain real-world experience through our strong links with Bristol's cultural scene. You can use your writing skills on UWE Bristol student media such as the Western Eye and a host of UWE blogs. You can also submit poetry or articles for the English Society'sCellar Door magazine.

There are opportunities to benefit from Adobe software training and Photoshop offered on several modules. These will give you career-based skills for publishing, marketing, advertising and the media.

Related Awards

The Kate Fullbrook Memorial Prize is awarded to a student who successfully completes a degree in the face of adversity. The Keith Davey Prize is awarded to the student who attains the highest mark for the English Independent Project.


Careers / Further study

You will not only gain an appreciation of the subject of English literature but also many of the transferable skills in communication, presentation, creative expression, analysis and critique vital for any role in the arts, culture, education and many other sectors. Recent graduates have gone on to careers in teaching, publishing, editing, IT, the law, broadcasting, the tourism industry, and many more.

An English degree continues to be highly regarded. It is valued by employers for producing well-rounded, open-minded graduates with key transferable skills and a broad knowledge base, enabling them to enter a variety of rewarding careers.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Useful links

Prospects - careers in publishing


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563

Full Time Course with Placement Year

FeesAmount (£)
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12500
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12500
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1563
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year10937

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year80

Supplementary fee information

Further information about fees and funding.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 64
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Relevant subjects: English, Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BA(Hons) English course.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and the standard offer should be viewed as a guide. We will consider applications on the basis of evidence of personal, professional and educational experience which indicates an applicant's ability to meet the demands of the degree.

UWE Bristol's International College
If you do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Please apply through UCAS.


Please see the general information about applications.

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