BA (Hons) English

Combine your love of English language and literature, and develop a range of professional skills with this highly flexible course. Bringing together the study of literature from the Renaissance to the present day with the study of language in social and cultural contexts, you’ll gain specialist skills in analysis, close reading and writing. Your studies will also develop transferable skills that can be adapted in many ways, ensuring you’ll be prepared to succeed in many careers that need good, thoughtful communicators.

This BA (Hons) English degree also offers the option to study TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages) modules, where you can learn special skills in teaching English, a eld where many English graduates gain employment. There is a lively culture of writing at the University of South Wales: your lecturers are writers in various forms, and we have many visiting poets, bloggers and novelists. The anthology of student writing, DAPS, is produced entirely by students.


UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Q301 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Q301 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A

First year literature study includes Shakespeare, fiction and poetry, with options such as women’s writing. Language study includes a module on Language and Society, with options in TESOL that cover grammar, lexis and phonology.

Year two modules range from English Renaissance through 19th century literature to Modernism, with options in Romanticism and the American Dream, complemented by a module on Language, Power and Ideology, with TESOL options including Observation and Peer Teaching Practice.

In your final year, you can follow a personal interest in literature or language by writing a dissertation on your choice of topic. You will also choose from a range of other literature and language options, including Gothic literature, Celtic literature, and Communication and the Workplace, alongside TESOL options that include actual teaching practice.

Foundation Year

The BA (Hons) English is also available as a four year course including an integrated foundation year, and is designed for students who do not currently meet admissions criteria for direct entry onto the degree.

You will start by completing a foundation year, which provides well structured support, allowing you to develop your skills and knowledge before continuing onto the three year degree programme.

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You will learn through lectures and seminars, and actively participate in learning through individual study, and written and oral presentations. You will also gain experience in group work and workshops. If you choose to take TESOL modules as part of your degree programme, you will develop your practical skills through plenty of hands-on teaching experience and classroom observation of your peers and qualified practitioners. In addition to these contact hours you will be expected to undertake a substantial amount of private study. You will also be able to engage with a lively research culture of regular visiting speakers and guest lectures. Experienced writers, academics, research students and alumni will present readings and seminars throughout the course.


TESOL modules are assessed through a variety of methods, including in-class tests, projects, case studies, reports, observed teaching practice sessions, and portfolios. A number of TESOL students have developed their practical skills through teaching English in the UK and overseas during the summer vacation. Creative writing modules are assessed by coursework, and other modules by coursework and/or exams. Coursework will take the form of essays, critical exercises, portfolios, and oral presentations.

The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD to include English (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level to include English (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass and submission of written work for those without English or relevant qualifications (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 to include English. Submission of written work considered in the case of students without English (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma Humanities Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes in a relevant subject (106 UCAS Tariff Points)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes in a relevant subject (80 UCAS Tariff Points)

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £11900 

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS £57.2
Where required by placement, the student pays DBS cost. The fee covers the cost of the enhanced check, online admin fees and the post office checks.
Placement expenses £00 - £200
Students are encouraged to undertake a period of work placement. Student's undertaking placement may incur costs associated with travel and expected workplace attire will vary according to the placement.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

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Admissions statement

Depending on your chosen path, you will gain a repertoire of skills in analysis, close reading and the practice of writing. You also will gain an impressive range of key transferable skills, including effective written and oral communication, critical thinking, problem solving, working with others, self-awareness and time management. The fostering and development of such skills as part of the English degree programme means that our graduates are well prepared for the challenge of succeeding in the workplace. Our graduates have found careers in teaching, public relations, publishing, the civil service, creative writing and journalism.

There is a large, growing, global demand for graduates with a certificate in TESOL. On this BA (Hons) English course you may have the opportunity to gain a University of South Wales TESOL certificate. In addition to this qualification, we provide expert advice and guidance to help you find employment in the field. Many of our past TESOL students have successfully gained English teaching posts in countries such as Portugal, Spain, Thailand and China.

The University also has excellent links with universities overseas and you may have the opportunity to spend an academic year abroad. We offer an exciting range of destinations from Europe to as far afield as the USA or even Australia. The experience of living and studying in another country could change your whole outlook on life and boost your attractiveness to potential employers.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.