In this programme, we bring together literary and linguistic approaches to the study of society and culture, enriching your subject knowledge and employment prospects in so doing. The programme will also enable you to gain a valuable vocational qualification in teaching English as a foreign language with the addition of a CELTA option (CELTA: Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults), a passport to well-paid employment around the world and in the UK on graduation (subject to validation).
Why study English Language and Literature?
Bringing together a wide range of modules in literature and language enriches the study of both disciplines.
Understanding how language works allows for a more nuanced analysis of literature, while understanding the social, historical and cultural contexts of literature allows a better understanding of how language reflects and produces human experiences.
The literature part of the degree focusses on works from the Renaissance period to the present day. Core teaching in Tragedy, Critical Theory and Renaissance culture encompasses Shakespeare, Romanticism and Modernism to provide a broad basis for the analysis of text and culture.
The language modules begin with an introduction to the nature of language, setting out to dispel common myths of where it comes from, how it is structured, and who controls it as it changes across time. This basis then supports more focussed study of how language is acquired by children and adults.
Why St Mary's?
You will be taught by subject specialists in a department that operates an ‘open door policy’, by which tutors will get to know you as an individual.
Our beautiful and historic campus provides a wonderful backdrop to your studies and is only a short train ride to Central London.
As you progress through the three years, you will have the option to direct your studies more towards language, or more towards literature (including options in creative writing), or you may wish to maintain a balance of both.
You may also opt to take the Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) qualification in your second year (subject to validation). This is a valuable professional qualification, enabling you to teach English as a Foreign Language anywhere in the world. Because of its international reputation, it opens up a global career path for graduates.
At St Mary’s we offer a suite of undergraduate English courses. As well as English Language and Literature, we also offer English and Drama and English Literature.
- Option to complete the Cambridge CELTA qualification, unlocking well-paid employment worldwide (subject to validation)
- Emphasis on personal tutoring and your individual interests and needs
- Study literature from the Renaissance to the present day with world-leading experts in their fields
- Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus with direct transport links to London Waterloo