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BA (Hons) English Studies

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On this English Studies degree at University Centre West Anglia, you will be introduced to the English language, its structure and workings.

You will not only study English Literature over the past 1,000 years, going right back to Beowulf, but you will also be introduced to the English language, its structure and workings.

An important aspect of this degree is the emphasis it places on your development as a creative writer, offering modules in writing poetry, for example, or speculative fiction.

This course has a strong practical element, with modules preparing you for a career in teaching English in different settings. A standalone Careers With English module in your final year involves 35 hours of work experience in settings that you choose. A Level 5 Research Methods module prepares you for action research in a range of educational or professional settings.

In your final year you have the choice of producing an independent Undergraduate Major Project, typically of up to 10,000 words in length, in English Literature or English Language or Creative Writing.

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Facilities at UcWA

Study at University Centre West Anglia and benefit from facilities including:

  • 14 digitally-enabled classrooms
  • 120-seat multimedia lecture theatre
  • a Learning Resource Centre, containing traditional and modern resources to enhance your learning
  • depending on your course, you may use the £2.5m Creative Studios building.


A substantial proportion of our graduates have gone on to postgraduate study, mainly postgraduate certificates in Education.

Graduates seeking a career in primary and secondary school teaching have very quickly been offered full-time jobs with on-the-job teacher training in English. Our graduates are now in leadership positions in their respective schools and colleges and join us at our annual Humanities conferences to pass on their insights, knowledge and experiences from their chosen careers.

Others have progressed from teaching into education management and special needs support. Graduates also seek careers in journalism, publishing, marketing and PR, in public administration, social work, the caring professions, and in library or museum work.

Successful students could progress to our:

Other routes of further study could include a masters degree or CELTA (English language teaching) qualification.

Job opportunities following completion of this degree include:

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University Centre West Anglia

Our partnership with University Centre West Anglia lets you study for an ARU degree in the heart of historic King's Lynn.

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