English at St Mary’s combines the best of the rigorous study of Literature with opportunities to explore the English Language, and gain a valuable vocational qualification in teaching English as a foreign language (CELTA).
Why study English (with CELTA option)?
The basis for this programme, as with all the English courses at St Mary’s, is the study of literature from the Renaissance to the present day. Core teaching in Tragedy, Critical Theory, Renaissance culture including Shakespeare, Romanticism and Modernism provide the knowledge and skills for you to become an expert in the analysis of text and culture.
From this ‘backbone’ of knowledge, you may choose to take a number of fascinating modules on ‘linguistics’ and the study of the English language, with an emphasis on how language is acquired and how it may be taught.
You may opt to take the CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) qualification in your second year. This valuable professional qualification is effectively a ‘passport’ to well-paid work in teaching at home or around the world, and, because of its international emphasis, opens up global career paths for graduates.
As you progress through the course, you will become increasingly able to make choices according to your academic and career interests, choosing from a 'menu' of innovative modules that often seek to connect study with the world beyond. Examples include:
- A module on Gothic fiction (taught, of course, at the home of Gothic)
- Bob Dylan and the Lyricism of Protest
- Curating London
- Writing Conflict: the Literature of the First World War
- Language Acquisition in Children and Adults
Why St Mary's?
At St Mary’s we offer a suite of undergraduate English courses. As well as English (with CELTA option), we also offer English and Drama and English Literature.
You will be taught by experts in their fields on our beautiful and historic campus. In our friendly department you will feel valued as part of a community, and we operate an ‘open door policy’, by which students feel free to come in and talk with their tutors.
You can choose to specialise in literature or combine it with the study of language and English language teaching.
You will of course attend lectures, but also small-group seminars, workshops and especially private tutorials, on which we place a great deal of importance.
We also make full use of the cultural richness of Twickenham and London in our teaching, with trips to the theatre and to important literary sites such as Horace Walpole’s Gothic mansion on our own campus, Alexander Pope’s Grotto just down the road, and Spitalfields in East London.
Most of the modules are assessed with essays and other written forms, supplemented - where appropriate - with examinations, presentations, and contributions to digital content such as blogs and wikis.
- 100% of students indicated 'overall satisfaction' with the English course in the National Student Survey of 2017.
- Option to complete the Cambridge CELTA qualification, unlocking well-paid employment worldwide
- 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