BA (Hons) English

Combine your love of English language and literature, and develop a range of professional skills with this highly flexible English degree. Bringing together the study of literature from the Renaissance to the present day with the study of language in social and cultural contexts, you’ll gain specialist skills in analysis, close reading and writing. Your English degree will also develop transferable skills that can be adapted in many ways, ensuring you’ll be prepared to succeed in many careers that need good, thoughtful communicators.

USW's English degree also offers the option to study TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages) modules, where you can learn specific skills in teaching English, a field where many English graduates gain employment. There is a lively culture of writing at the University of South Wales: your lecturers are leading researchers and writers in various forms, and we have many visiting poets, bloggers and novelists. Specialist areas at USW include Gothic, Celtic literature and myth and narrative. The anthology of student writing, DAPS, is produced entirely by students.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Q301 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Q301 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A

First year literature study on this English degree includes Shakespeare, fiction and poetry, with options such as women’s writing. Language study includes a module on Language and Society, with options in TESOL that cover grammar, lexis and phonology.

Year two modules range from English Renaissance through 19th century literature to Modernism, complemented by a module on Language, Power and Ideology. There are options on the American Dream and TESOL, including Observation and Peer Teaching Practice.

In your final year, you can follow a personal interest in literature or language by writing a dissertation on your choice of topic. You will also choose from a range of other literature and language options, including Gothic literature, Celtic literature, and Communication and the Workplace, alongside TESOL options that include actual teaching practice.


Year One: BA (Hons) English Degree

• Reading/Writing Women
• Shakespeare
• Thinking With Texts
• Language and Society
• Language Awareness Grammar (TESOL)

Optional modules:

• Reading Poetry (20 credits)
• Language Awareness - Lexis and Phonology (TESOL)

Year Two: BA (Hons) English Degree

• Modernism
• Nineteenth Century Literature
• English Renaissance Literature
• Language, Power and Ideology

Optional modules:

• The American Dream
• Introduction to TESOL
• Observation and Peer teaching Practice (TESOL)
• Reflection on Learning in the Workplace

Year Three: BA (Hons) English Degree

  • Dissertation
  • Gothic Literature
  • Celtic Literature

Optional modules:

  • Myth and Narrative
  • Historical Fictions
  • Communication and the Workplace
  • Developing the TESOL Professional
  • Teaching Experience (TESOL)


*Please note optional modules are subject to availability and may vary from year to year



Foundation Year

The BA (Hons) English is also available as a four year course including an integrated foundation year, and is designed for students who do not currently meet admissions criteria for direct entry onto the English degree. You will start by completing a foundation year, which provides well structured support, allowing you to develop your skills and knowledge before continuing onto the three year degree programme. See more about BA (Hons) English (including Foundation Year).


You will learn through lectures and seminars, and actively participate in learning through individual study, and written and oral presentations. You will also gain experience in group work and workshops. If you choose to take TESOL modules as part of your English degree programme, you will develop your practical skills through plenty of hands-on teaching experience and classroom observation of your peers and qualified practitioners. In addition to these contact hours you will be expected to undertake a substantial amount of private study. You will also be able to engage with a lively research culture of regular visiting speakers and guest lectures. Experienced writers, academics, research students and alumni will present readings and seminars throughout the English course.


Coursework will take the form of essays, critical exercises, portfolios, and oral presentations. TESOL modules are assessed through a variety of methods, including in-class tests, projects, case studies, reports, observed teaching practice sessions, and portfolios. A number of TESOL students have developed their practical skills through teaching English in the UK and overseas during the summer vacation. Creative writing modules are assessed by coursework, and other modules by coursework and/or exams.


You can choose a work placement as an important part of your English course. Designed to enhance your employability, this is a great way to make your CV stand out. There’s a wide range of things you could do. Students have worked at the Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre, Wales Arts Review, Literature Wales, Seren Press, Buzz Magazine, The Big Issue, Able Radio, schools and libraries. Some students have worked on scripts in community film projects, for example, and even with the National Theatre.

The University also has excellent links with universities overseas and you may have the opportunity to spend an academic year abroad as part of your English degree. We offer an exciting range of destinations from Europe to as far afield as the USA or even Australia. The experience of living and studying in another country could change your whole outlook on life and boost your attractiveness to potential employers.



The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD to include English (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level to include English (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass and submission of written work for those without English or relevant qualifications (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points from Higher Levels.

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma and obtain a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances. 

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

Find out how to pay your tuition fees in full or by payment plan.

This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.

International Scholarships are available for self-funding international students.

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS £57.2
Where required by placement, the student pays DBS cost. The fee covers the cost of the enhanced check, online admin fees and the post office checks.
Placement expenses £00 - £200
Students are encouraged to undertake a period of work placement. Student's undertaking placement may incur costs associated with travel and expected workplace attire will vary according to the placement.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

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Admissions statement

Depending on your chosen path, this English degree you will gain a repertoire of skills in analysis, close reading and the practice of writing. You also will gain an impressive range of key transferable skills, including effective written and oral communication, critical thinking, problem solving, working with others, self-awareness and time management. The fostering and development of such skills as part of the English degree programme means that our graduates are well prepared for the challenge of succeeding in the workplace. Our graduates have an enviable record of establishing careers in editing, publishing, teaching, writing, advertising, public relations, the civil service, local government, arts administration and broadcasting. Many students also progress to postgraduate study at the University.

If you take modules in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) you’ll also gain the USW Graduate TESOL Certificate. You’ll be highly knowledgeable about how language works and have the skills to teach others how to communicate in English. Millions of people around the world are learning English, so there is a huge demand for qualified English language teachers – great news for people with a TESOL qualification.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW English student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.