Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code


Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655


3 years full-time or 4-6 years part-time

Course overview

This programme is still open for applications from students looking to study in September 2020. If you have any questions about applying, please contact

Engage in the study of language from various linguistic perspectives alongside your study of literary texts from a range of periods and traditions.

Why study BA English Language and Literature at Goldsmiths?

  • By the end of the programme you will have answers to some of the most exciting questions in linguistics, for example how language relates to class, ethnicity or age, how we use language to reflect our identity and build relationships, how we acquire the languages we speak and how best to teach languages, and how we connect and communicate using different technologies and media.

  • You'll examine language in all sorts of contexts. This includes the intersection of language and politics in examples of print and digital media, the relationship between language and gender, workplace communication and the history and the variation of language.

  • We encourage you to bring to your study on the programme your explorations of the wealth of languages and creative traditions of London. We also take advantage of our location to invite speakers from other colleges and universities to talk about their research in linguistics and literature.

  • On our Work Placement module you could build on your academic knowledge and gain experience of a workplace that interests you, e.g. a publishing house, school, a multilingual company or a media organisation.  Find out more in the 'What you'll study' section.

  • If you want to gain experience of study abroad, you could apply for the exchange opportunities with our Erasmus partners.

  • We offer extensive support with study skills during the first year of study and throughout the degree, through special sessions or written feedback on draft work.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Geri Popova.

What you'll study

To complete the programme you must take 360 credits across three levels, with 120 credits at each level. Across the whole degree you must take at least 120 credits in linguistics and at least 120 credits in literature.

Year 1 (credit level 4)

You take four compulsory modules, of which one provides an introduction to linguistics:

Year 1 compulsory modules Module title Credits
  Explorations in Literature 30 credits
  Approaches to Text 30 credits
  Introduction to the Study of Language 30 credits
  Engaging Poetry 30 credits
  Literature of the Victorian Period 30 credits

Year 2 (credit level 5) 

You take one compulsory module in linguistics:

Module title Credits
  Sociolinguistics: Language-use, Variation, and Identity 15 credits
  Discourse and Society 15 credits

You also take 90 credits worth of modules from the range of options available within the department. At least 30 credits must be from modules encompassing pre-1800 literature.

Modules vary from year to year, but recent modules in linguistics have included:

Year 2 Linguistics modules Module title Credits
  Digital Media Discourse 15 credits
  Language Learning 15 credits
  Language Teaching 15 credits

Recent examples of literature modules available at this level include:

Year 2 Literature modules Module title Credits
  Drama and Transgression: From Prometheus to Faust 30 credits
  European Cinema 30 credits
  Inventing the Nation: American Literature in the mid-19th Century 30 credits
  Literary London 30 credits
  Literature of the Later Middle Ages: Society and the Individual 30 credits
  Moderns 30 credits
  Old English 30 credits
  Post-Victorian English Literature 30 credits
  Restoration and 18th-Century Literature 30 credits
  Sensibility and Romanticism: Revolutions in Writing and Society 30 credits
  Shakespeare 30 credits
  Work Placement (English) 15 credits

Year 3 (credit level 6)

In your third year you write a dissertation, which may focus on either literature or linguistics.

You also choose modules from the options available at his level, making sure that across the degree you have at least 120 credits in linguistics and 120 credits in literature.

Modules may vary from year to year, but recent examples in linguistics have included:

Year 3 Linguistics modules Module title Credits
  Approaches to Language and the Media 15 credits
  Language and Gender 15 credits
  Professional Communication 30 credits
  Words: Meanings and Contexts of Use 15 credits


Recent examples of literature modules available at this level include:

Year 3 Literature modules Module title Credits
  Caribbean Women Writers 30 credits
  Creating the Text 30 credits
  Decadence 30 credits
  The Emergence of Modern America: American Literature 1890–1940 30 credits
  Modern American Fiction 30 credits
  Modern Poetry 30 credits
  Modernism & Drama (1880-1930) 30 credits
  The Art of the Novel 30 credits
  Oedipus: Myths, Tragedies and Theories 30 credits
  Postcolonial Literatures in English 30 credits
  Studies in Literature and Film 30 credits
  Renaissance Worlds 30 credits
  Narratives of the Great War (1923-1933) 15 credits
  Work Placement (English) 15 credits

Teaching style

This programme is mainly taught through scheduled learning - a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. You’ll also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.

The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 15% scheduled learning, 85% independent learning
  • Year 2 - 13% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning
  • Year 3 - 11% scheduled learning, 89% independent learning

How you’ll be assessed

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. Alongside more traditional forms of assessment (essays, examinations with various timescales and formats), the programme also includes assessment formats such as assessed presentation, blog post, annotated bibliography and summary of a research article.

The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 43% coursework, 58% written exam
  • Year 2 - 80% coursework, 15% written exam, 5% practical
  • Year 3 - 95% coursework, 5% practical

*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2018/19. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices. Find out more about how this information is calculated.

Credits and levels of learning

An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.

Download the programme specification. 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

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%, including a strong grade in English Literature
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

Additional requirements

A grade B at A Level in English Literature (or English Language, or Language and Literature) is required.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Fees & funding

Annual tuition fees

These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2020/21 academic year.

  • Home - full-time: £9250
  • Home - part-time: £4625
  • EU - full-time: £9250
  • EU - part-time: £4625
  • International - full-time: £16390

If your fees are not listed here, please check our undergraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Tier 4 student visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.

If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.

Funding opportunities

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries, and our careers service can also offer advice on finding work during your studies. Find out more about funding your studies with us.


The skills you'll develop

Our degrees open up a wide range of careers by developing critical and analytical skills, proficiency in assessing evidence, the clear expression of ideas, and the ability to bring together insights from a range of subjects – all of which are attractive to a variety of employers. You will learn to solve problems, to think critically and creatively, and to communicate with clarity.

You can also choose to take a work placement module as one of your option modules in your second or third year. This module allows you to undertake a work placement which will benefit your studies, your skillset and your CV.



The programme is delivered by staff with diverse research areas and benefits from specialist expertise and focus in both literary studies and linguistics. It will give you a solid theoretical base, as well as an understanding of the practical application of theory and methodology.

This programme will therefore provide you with a full grasp of the complexities of language and communication, which will constitute an invaluable basis for a wide range of careers.

Our graduates have a good employment record: they've gone into professions including:

  • publishing
  • media
  • journalism
  • PR
  • teaching
  • advertising
  • civil service
  • business and industry
  • European Union private sector management

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths. You can explore more of the career options open to you on our Department of English and Comparative Literature careers pages.

About the department

3rd year undergraduate student Tash takes us on a tour of the English and Comparative Literature department to meet some of her tutors and see what sort of events and activities you can get involved in at Goldsmiths.