September 2023

English BA (Hons)

Undergraduate, Honours Degree, September 2023

Key Details

  • Q300 Course Code
  • 3 - 4.5* Years
  • 96 Typical UCAS Tariff
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BA (Hons) English at Newman University invites you to think about how literature and language shape the world around you and discover your place within a complex and ever-changing society. You will study a range of texts from different cultures, perspectives, and periods, with particular emphasis on modern and contemporary writing. You will receive excellent support throughout your time at Newman, with a personal tutor to help answer questions and guide you in your studies. The course will give the skills and advice you need to succeed in a range of different careers from teaching to publishing to marketing, with practical, real-world opportunities to gain valuable experience.

We continue to accept applications for September 2023. Applications to join us in 2024 can be submitted on UCAS from this September.

  • A combination of Literature and Language modules, with options to specialise in your area of interest
  • 96% student satisfaction in the 2020 National Student Survey
  • Dedicated support for exploring careers in a range of fields
  • Superb digital resources and innovative e-learning facilities to also allow for virtual workshops
  • A close-knit community of students and staff.
During your first year, you’ll work on creative writing, language, and literature modules, introducing you to a broad range of texts and topics to build your skills and confidence. You will study time and space in literature, think about how identities are shaped by textual and cultural representation, learn about ‘reading’ film, and consider how the classics of literature have been rewritten from alternative perspectives.

In the second year you will study cultural theory, undertake a work placement which may be in a subject-specific area such as archives, libraries, marketing or museums, or you may want to diversify into other professions such as teaching, law or management. You will also have the opportunity to study modules of your choice, including studying film, specialist language modules, and short fiction.

In the final year you will do a dissertation on a topic of your choice, and have the opportunity to study specialist modules in diverse areas such as gender and sexuality in literature, postcolonial literature, the contemporary literary scene, language, media and the internet, neo-Victorianism, and American literature and film.

Assessment is largely through coursework and takes a variety of forms, including presentations, data analysis, essays and portfolios. Coursework assignments allow you to focus on areas that are of particular interest to you.

Students from the English course enjoy a wide range of successful careers. Our emphasis on employability comes not just from the work placements but also from our innovative approach to teaching with an emphasis on preparing you for the work place. Students progress to careers in teaching, publishing, library and archive services, marketing, journalism, and the professions such as law, health and human resources management.

It is clear Newman’s English programme is successful in developing strong and confident students
External Examiner

Newman University is located in Britain’s second city – Birmingham. With one of the youngest city populations in Europe, it is a vibrant and dynamic place to study.

Studying at Newman University, you have the advantage of being near to the city, but living in, or commuting to peaceful and comfortable surroundings on campus.

Dining out

Birmingham has lots of wonderful places to dine out with a range of different cuisines. Places where you can dine out include; Brindley Place, Mailbox and Hagley Road (just 10 minutes’ from Newman).


Whether you like to go to; the theatre, gigs or clubs, or enjoy: sports, shopping visiting art galleries or exhibitions – Birmingham will not disappoint and you will be spoilt for choice!


Getting around Birmingham is easy via train, bus or by car. Birmingham has excellent transport links to the rest of Britain, making it easy for those weekend getaways!

Why not explore the city for yourself by visiting one of our Open Days?

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Clearing 2023

Call our Clearing hotline now to see if we can offer you a place to start this September. 

If on results day you wish to re-consider your choice and want to choose Newman University, you can apply to us over the phone (+44 121 476 1181) , on LiveChat or through Whatsapp.

You can also join us on Saturday 19th August for an Open Day to look around the facilities and talk with subject and support staff. No need to book, simply turn up.



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Entry Requirements

You must achieve at least 96 UCAS points including a minimum of CC at A level or equivalent (e.g.MM at BTEC Diploma; MPP at BTEC Extended Diploma) towards the total tariff.

Access Students can achieve the requirements with the following combination of Distinction, Merit and/ or Pass grades at level 3 achieved from a completed Access course. 96 UCAS Points: D21-M3-P21; D18-M9-P18; D15-M15-P15; D12-M21-P12; D9-M27-P9; D6-M33-P6; D3-M39-P3; D0-M45-P0.

You must have an A Level or equivalent in a humanities/social sciences related subject.

The University accepts appropriate T Levels as part of its usual entry requirements.

For applicants who are unsure that they will achieve the above UCAS tariff, Newman University offers English (with Foundation Year) which enables such applicants to access a university degree via a four year route. Upon successful completion of their foundation year, students will progress to Year 1 of a named degree. Whilst not a condition of entry onto the Foundation Year, students wishing to follow particular named routes with additional entry requirements, will need to meet these requirements before they make the transition from their foundation year to year 1.

International Students
The University is not licensed by the UK Government to sponsor migrant students under the Student route and is therefore unable to accept applications from international students at present.

Applying Direct Option

You can apply direct to Newman University for the full-time route for this course if you have not previously applied to Newman University through UCAS and you are not applying to any other universities.

September 2023 Direct Application Link

September 2023 Direct Application Link (part-time)

September 2024 applications will go live in September.

N.B. will need to enter ‘New User’ account details when first accessing this portal.

Course Fees

The full-time course fee for September 2023 is £9,250.

The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Additional Costs

ENU615 (The Literary Scene).  If you choose to study this module you will be expected to attend events run as part of the Birmingham Literature Festival (as well as other festivals and events).  Students will incur costs such as travel and possibly an entrance fee.

Cost: depends on the event you attend. Students had previously been reimbursed £10 (based on 2017/18)



Please be aware that, as with any course, there may be changes to the modules delivered, for information view our Changes to Programmes of Module Changes page.

*As a part-time undergraduate student, you choose how many modules to study each year (up to a maximum of 6). To qualify for a student tuition fee loan you will need to choose at least 4 modules. A normal 3-year degree will take 4.5 years (if you take 4 modules per year) up to a maximum of 8 years to complete. You will be taught alongside full-time undergraduate students.

Timetables: find out when information is available to students


  1. In this module you will explore a range of strategies used in English studies to analyse a variety of written, visual, digital, and spoken texts. You will learn methods and approaches for analysis and critique these in terms of their effectiveness, limitations, and biases. Strategies will range from close reading to contextual readings which consider the nature of the text, who is addressing whom, where and when the text is located, how the text achieves its effects, and why it was written (after Pope, 2012, p. 85-86).
  2. This module will develop your ability to think critically. It introduces you to the notion of critical theory and considers how a range of critical frames can be employed in reading, writing, performance and reflection, including feminism, psychoanalysis, Marxism, postmodernism and intersectionality.  The module will use current issue-based topics to develop your critical thinking. It will link these topics to a range of contemporary texts, practices and communication strategies, drawing from fiction and non-fiction, oral, media, film and performance-based sources.
  3. This module will extend the work done in Semester 1. You will continue to study how to analyse and critique text using a range of examples that build on the breadth and depth of subject knowledge covered in the first semester. You will explore the ideas of specific thinkers who have been influential in literary and linguistic studies (e.g., Roland Barthes, Judith Butler, Rita Felski). You will explore how to write in original, fluent, and accurate ways. There will be a focus on how to use writing as thinking to develop ideas as well as strategies to make writing pleasurable and/or efficient. The module will explore writing as a craft: e.g what good writing looks like, writing to deadlines, writing creatively, and writing for different audiences and purposes. In the second part of the module, you will be working on redrafting and editing alongside your tutor and peers to produce your final written piece.
  4. You will take responsibility for researching a field (or ‘topic’) relevant to your degree studies in this module. As part of the module, you will learn research and library skills such as how to undertake literature reviews, create annotated bibliographies, use others’ work to build arguments alongside your own, and academic referencing. You will also explore some of the ethical issues that relate to research and practice in your studies. You will learn techniques for working successfully in a group.
  1. In this module you will look at the public face of ‘English’ and its social and cultural value. The module will cover the ways in which English is used in public language (for example, written and oral; such a political speech or news media); the power of language (for example, language for protest or the use of censorship); private uses of English (for example, reading groups, bibliotherapy). You will explore how the critical nature of ‘English’ studies is socially useful as it enhances and complicates social debates around important issues. For example, the provisional nature of truth, the construction of knowledge, or the ways that narratives, discourse and language shape understanding, or how gender, race, sexuality and other forms of social hierarchy and discrimination reinforce one another in defining status and power. The module will also start you thinking about the careers that might follow from taking an English degree (such as Teaching, Lexicography, Editing, Creative Writing). You will also learn techniques for making presentations to support your professional development.
  2. In this module, you will explore the impact of technology on the Arts and Humanities. For example, you may critically reflect on the future of the author, book, performance or live arts event, examine how text, images, embodied action, audio and video are represented in digital environments, and interrogate the threats to the Arts and Humanities posed by a current focus on STEM subjects. You will explore the opportunities for creativity, transformation and reinvention that arise from digital technologies, as well as the potential for diversity, accessibility and inclusion. In practical terms, you will start to build on your current digital skills and practices, explore ways of using digital technologies to develop and support your own learning.
  3. The social, historical and cultural contexts of texts will be the focus of this module. It may include topics such as: the rise of the novel; challenges to canonical literature; transitions between literary periods; transcultural writing; neo-literary forms; how language changes and why; the relationship between language, discourse and social norms, and the development and impact of new communicative forms such as the digital. In this module you will also learn how to structure and write a long, continuous piece of work.
  4. You will consider how Arts and Humanities projects can engender change, to highlight social issues and injustice, and promote social justice. The module will be themed around current affairs that highlight, for example, citizenship and belonging; prejudice; cultural dissent; or taboos. It may consider local, national or global issues. You will explore good practice in terms of diversity, inclusion and ethical considerations within Arts and Humanities projects.
  1. In this final year module, you will be thinking about the future in a variety of ways, including the future of English as a discipline as well as how the subject deals with questions and imaginings of the future. You may explore speculative fiction (including opportunities to undertake some creative writing); the development of the English language as a Global medium of communication; the posthuman and posthumanities; the most current critical developments in English (for example, ecocriticism, raciolinguistics, queer linguistics, future studies or decolonization).
  2. In this module you will prepare for your independent project. You will explore the nature of a 'capstone' project and how to develop a project that reflects your learning and your post-graduation goals (e.g., further study, career). You will develop advanced research skills that will enable you to successfully propose a relevant and focused proposal for your independent project. One-to-one tutorials will be part of the delivery of this module to support you in developing your own project.
  3. The independent project allows you to undertake a sustained piece of independent research into a topic of your own choosing. This might be a text-based study, an empirical study where you collect data, a work-based research project, or practice-based work with evaluation. This is a capstone module which serves as a culminating piece of work, drawing on all your studies. Whatever you choose to do, your project should show a grounding in current research and establish clear lines of original enquiry. At the beginning of the module a series of workshops will help you revise and develop the research skills you will need to complete your project successfully. You will also be supported by an individual supervisor in one-to-one tutorials.
  4. This module will focus on the practical application of English knowledge and skills in the workplace. Students will be encouraged to take leading roles in the delivery of the module through student-led sessions, sandpit activities, group guided study, reading groups, and/or sharing practice.