1 year full-time (Foundation) followed by 3 years full-time (undergraduate degree)
We will be making some changes to the way our programmes will be delivered in 2021-22 to ensure we continue to respond to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. All programmes will be delivered in-person on campus with some specific sessions within each programme being delivered online in a pre-recorded format. Where necessary, changes will also be made to assessment formats.
All changes will be considered through the College's established processes to assure the quality of each programme. Approved changes to programmes will be published from 19 July.
If government guidelines change, it may mean we need to make further adjustments to teaching arrangements. If this is the case, you will be notified of any further changes.
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?
- The programme is suited to both mature students looking to return to education, and to those who have left or completed formal exam courses more recently.
- You'll attend a study skills module as part of the programme, to develop your academic writing and research skills
- You'll develop an understanding 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.
What you'll study
The foundation year takes an overview approach to literary history and includes components in:
- Renaissance studies
- 18th-century literature
- Victorian literature
- Modernism and 20th-century literature
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.
This programme is taught through 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 the foundation year of this programme*:
- Foundation year - 14% scheduled learning, 86% independent learning
How you’ll be assessed
You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects.
The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on the foundation year of this programme*:
- Foundation year - 45% coursework, 45% written exam, 10% study skills exercises
*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2019/20. 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.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
For 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the Programme Changes page
There are no formal entrance requirements, but you need to demonstrate that you have an interest in the subject, that you are an active and engaged reader of literature, and that you have the ability to benefit from studying the programme.
Admission is by interview and a short piece of written work.
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 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 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 2021/2022 academic year.
From August 2021 EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for 'Home' fee status. EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will be classified as 'International' for fee purposes, more information can be found on our fees page.
- Home - full-time: £9250
- International - full-time: £17050
It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a 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.
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.
If you successfully achieve the progression requirements of the foundation year, you can continue with a full degree, 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
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.