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Dr Peter Howell

Programme Director - English
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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 - Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults).

Please note: English (with CELTA option) is not currently taking applications for 2018/19 entry.

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.

Teaching methods

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.

Assessment methods

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.

Key facts

  • 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
Please note: this programme is subject to validation.

Course content

Year one

  • Contemporary Drama 
  • Contemporary Fiction 
  • Critical Theory 
  • Foundations in Language 
  • Foundations in Literature: Tragedy 
  • Language Acquisition 

Year two

  • Applied Language Teaching (CELTA) 1 & 2 
  • Curating London 
  • Gothic Cultures 
  • Romanticism: English Literature and its Background 1776-1832 
  • Writing Identity in the Victorian Novel 
  • Writing the Renaissance 

Year three

  • Dissertation/Independent Study 
  • History of the English Language 
  • Language and Society 
  • Literature and the Unconscious 
  • Modernism 
  • The Lyricism of Protest: Bob Dylan 
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Please note: all information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins. Modules listed may either be core or optional; you may not be able to study all your first choice modules.

Career opportunities

English graduates are among the most flexible and find employment in diverse fields. The National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) points out that English graduates are attractive for a number of reasons, including the ability to 'adapt and transfer critical methods to a variety of working environments' and the ability to 'acquire substantial quantities of complex information of diverse kinds in a structured and systematic way'.

The opportunity to develop such transferable skills gives you particular advantages in gaining future employment. A key benefit of studying English at St Mary’s is the opportunity to gain the CELTA qualification, an initial teacher training qualification that can enable you to find well-paid employment in English teaching (internationally or at home) immediately after graduating.

St Mary's English graduates have found employment in many fields including:

  • Media
  • Publishing
  • Personnel
  • Research
  • Management
  • Retail
  • Journalism
  • Administration

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to English students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

There is also the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree. The Centre for Workplace Learning offers work-related modules that can be embedded within your studies.


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Fees and funding

2018/19 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £11,220

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: coming soon
  • International: £11,750

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants for 2018 and 2019 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Additional costs

Your tuition fee will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact

Further information

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