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Integrated Degree in English (including Foundation Year)

  • UCAS
    Q304
  • Length
    1 year full-time (Foundation) followed by 3 years full-time (undergraduate degree)
  • Department
    English and Comparative Literature

Course overview

This is a four-year degree at Goldsmiths. If you successfully achieve the progression requirements of the foundation year, you can continue with the full-time three-year BA (Hons) English degree.

Why study the Integrated Degree in English at Goldsmiths?

  • There are no formal entrance requirements, you just need to demonstrate a keen interest in the subject
  • You'll attend a study skills module as part of the programme, to develop your academic writing and research skills 
  • You'll develop an undestanding of literary history and criticism, and the confidence and skills necessary to progress to the degree
  • You'll have the opportunity to progress to our BA English degree
  • Our staff come from a variety of cultural backgrounds and, with their diverse research specialities, they’ll be able to help you develop your own interests 
  • The Department is large enough to provide a wide range of modules, but small enough to let you get to know other students and staff

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Phyllis Richardson

Modules & structure

Overview

The foundation year takes an overview approach to literary history, and includes components in:

  • Renaissance studies
  • 18th-century literature
  • Victorian literature
  • Modernism

Novels, plays and poetry will be studied, and a variety of approaches to literary criticism are discussed and critically assessed.

You also learn study skills, and critically evaluate your own work in individual tutorials.

Download the programme specification, relating to the 2017-18 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entrance requirements, but you need to demonstrate an interest in the subject, and the ability to benefit from studying the programme.

Admission is by interview and a short piece of written work.

Equivalent qualifications
We accept a wide range of qualifications equivalent to the ones listed above.

If your qualifications are from another country, find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world

English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us. 

For this programme we require:

IELTS 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Read more about our general entrance requirements

Department

English at Goldsmiths is ranked:
2nd in London for creative writing*
18th in the UK for the quality of our research**
In the world’s top 100 universities for English language and literature***

English and Comparative Literature

Cervantes. Bukowski. Dostoevsky. Self. From classical literature and linguistics, to creative writing and contemporary fiction, we take a critical and creative approach to the discipline.

As a department we’re interested in a field of enquiry that extends from Old English to 21st-century literatures in English, French, Spanish and Italian. So you can study texts and films across a variety of periods and genres.

We’re engaged

We have a dedicated Writers’ Centre that encourages new writing and stimulates debate about all forms of literature. And we award the annual Goldsmiths Prize (for “fiction at its most novel”), which brings critically acclaimed writers like Ali Smith and Eimear McBride to campus.

We’re nurturing

We may be one of the largest departments at Goldsmiths but that doesn’t mean you won’t get personal support. Learn from our approachable team of academic staff and become part of the student-run English Society.

We’re vibrant

As one of the first departments in the UK to offer creative writing, you’ll be part of a hub of literary excellence – our graduates have gone on to win prestigious awards from the Orange Prize for Fiction to the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year.

Find out more about the Department of English and Comparative Literature.

*The Complete University Guide Subject Rankings 2018
**Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings
***QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017

Learning & teaching

On this degree you'll attend lectures and seminars where you'll hear about ideas and concepts related to specific topics, and where you'll be encouraged to discuss and debate the issues raised. This will enhance your academic knowledge of the subject, and will improve your communication skills.

But this is just a small proportion of what we expect you to do on the degree. For each hour of taught learning in lectures and seminars, we expect you to complete another 5-6 hours of independent study. This typically involves carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, or producing essays or project work.

This emphasis on independent learning is very important at Goldsmiths. We don't just want you to accept what we tell you without question. We want you to be inspired to read more, to develop your own ideas, and to find the evidence that will back them up. Independent study requires excellent motivation and time management skills. These skills will stay with you for life, and are the kind of that are highly sought after by employers. 

Learning and teaching on this degree will take place through:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Independent learning
  • Presentations
  • Assessments

Find out more about these learning and teaching approaches

Skills & careers

Skills

If you successfully achieve the progression requirements of the foundation year, you can continue with the full-time three-year , which will enable you to develop the following skills:

  • critical and analytical skills
  • proficiency in assessing evidence
  • the clear expression of ideas
  • the ability to bring together insights from a range of subjects
  • problem-solving skills
  • the ability to think critically and creatively
  • communication skills

Careers

Our graduates have a good employment record: professions include publishing, journalism, PR, teaching, advertising, civil service, business and industry, European Union private sector management and personnel work, and the media. You can find out more about career options after graduating on our English and Comparative Literature careers page.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.  

Fees & funding

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