Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code



1 year full-time (Foundation) followed by 3 years full-time (undergraduate degree)

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 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

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.

Teaching style

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*:

  • Year 0 - 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*:

  • Year 0 - 54% coursework, 45% written exam, 1% practical

*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2017/18. 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.

Download the programme specification, for the 2018-19 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 a passion for the subject, and the ability to write about it in fluent prose.

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

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 6.0 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



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


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.