English BA (hons)

at the University of Gloucestershire

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Email. astibbe@glos.ac.uk


School of Liberal and Performing Arts

University of Gloucestershire

FCH Campus

Swindon Road

Cheltenham GL50 4AZ



The Executive


The Course

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The English course explores how our culture and history are fundamentally shaped by language and narrative. Through analysing prose, drama and poetry, and everyday texts from lifestyle magazines to hip hop lyrics, you will gain insight into major issues of our times such as gender identity, race and religion, empire, crime, language change, and human relationships with the natural world.


What is the course about?


The course introduces the latest literary and linguistic theories, and applies them to a great range of texts. Students gain insights into historical and contemporary literature, the structure and history of the English language, and cultures past and present.


Professional experience


Students develop the cultural awareness, communication skills and leadership qualities to make a difference in their workplace, community and society. Opportunities for internships, practical community projects and volunteering are built into the degree.


This is the ideal course for those who:


• want to gain insight into cultures past and present

• want a deeper understanding of themselves and the language they speak

• want to gain practical communication skills to be an effective and ethical leader


Graduate Opportunities


• Management and leadership

• Publishing and cultural industries

• Business/charity communications

• Education


Class size and Assessment


Class sizes are kept small (usually 16-25 students) so that students can work closely with each other and published experts in the field. Assessments are designed to contribute to learning and help students develop essential communication skills that will be useful for life. The assignments are primarily coursework, with a very few exams in optional modules. For students who are focusing on English Language and/or Creative Writing, the assessment is 100% coursework. The classes are designed to give a warm, friendly and supportive environment for learning, and staff are always available to give additional support outside class.  


More Information


For more information about the course, please see the following links


  • University website for English here

  • University website for English Language and Creative Writing here

  • University website for English Literature and Creative Writing here




The English degree offers a great deal of choice. As well as literature and language modules, it is possible to take modules from other courses including film studies, psychology, media and photography. The following are typical English modules:


First Year 


  • The Human Experience

  • Humanities Skills

  • Introduction to English

  • Writing the Self

  • The Stories We Live By

  • The Power and Magic of Language

  • Myth and Folk Tales

  • Foundations of Drama


Second Year


  • Research and Enquiry

  • Engaging Humanities

  • The World of Shakespeare

  • Reason, Revolution and Romanticism

  • Victorian Empire and Underworlds

  • Postcolonial Writing

  • Language Structure

  • Ethics and Communication

  • The Search for New Stories to Live By

  • Crime Fiction

  • Linguistic Comparison


Third year


  • The Dissertation

  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language

  • Modern Drama and Social Change

  • Contemporary North American Literature

  • Literature and Nation

  • Rhetoric and Communication for Leadership

  • English Dialects and Sociolinguistics

  • Travel Fictions: Narratives of Self and Space

  • Inventing Modern Ireland: Literature and Nation, 1890s to the Present


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