• BA English

100% of UWTSD’s Imaginative Writing students agreed that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work – NSS 2018.

English is a dynamic and diverse subject at UWTSD. Students may choose from a range of focused areas including Anglo Saxon Heroic literature to Victorian narrative poetry; the bloody revenge dramas of the Renaissance to contemporary bestsellers, from the realist novels of the 19th century to contemporary poetry, postmodern novels and the latest developments on the World Wide Web.

BA English has been designed to be both academically and creatively challenging and rewarding, offering a diverse range of teaching approaches, including lectures, small-scale seminars, tutorials and workshop sessions. Thanks to the small class sizes, students are able to actively contribute to their studies through discussion and collaborative learning. 

Take a Different Approach to Your Studies and Take a Pathway

We offer a range of pathways that give students the opportunity to diversify their studies in the following subjects alongside this degree programme:

Politics Pathway | Humanitarianism & Law Pathway  
International Development Pathway | Economics Pathway 

Key Facts

UCAS Code: Q300
UCAS Code (Foundation): F1EN
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years

Tuition Fees for 2018/19:
£9000 (Home/EU students)
£11000 (Overseas students)
Scholarships and Bursaries

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
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This degree combines a commitment to the large historical picture of English studies (from Beowulf to Tom Wolfe) with a responsiveness to new directions and concerns of the subject precipitated by developments in critical and cultural theory.

Designed to offer a challenging and enjoyable intellectual experience; it also provides a foundation for a host of different careers, fostering and developing analytic reading and clear structured writing, independent and cooperative working: skills essential for any modern workplace with its demand for the anaylsis of information and the writing of complex reports.

There is a strong sense of community among students and staff, and the ratio of staff to students is such that students can have ready and easy access to all their lecturers. The small classes are always friendly and never intimidating, allowing staff to get to know their students on a first-name basis.

Taking into account that student choices and requirements can differ radically, as well as ensuring a rounded knowledge of English generally, the scheme offers a wide range of optional modules:

  • Research Skills
  • The Renaissance
  • Contemporary Writing
  • Romantic Poetry and Prose
  • Historicising Texts
  • Medieval Literature
  • Archiving
  • Conference Participation
  • Welsh Writing in English
  • Study Abroad Options

Reasons to choose this course include:

  • Research-active, published staff with expertise in literature, television, film, drama and writing
  • Modular choice
  • Strong vocational relevance
  • Trips, conferences, and events

Students are assessed through a wide range of methods: mostly essays, some presentations, some (mostly seen) examinations where questions are supplied in advance to enable fair and detailed preparation. Option modules also offer creative or practice-based assessment (eg archiving, exhibition).

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

Career and employment opportunities include:

  • Teaching
  • Writing
  • Publishing
  • Film, Television and Media
  • Journalism and Reviewing
  • Arts Management
  • Business and Marketing
  • Any administrative job that requires skilled writing and analytic reading 

UK/EU Tuition Fees

Visit our UK/EU Tuition Fees section to find out more.

Overseas Tuition Fees

Visit our Overseas Fees section to find out more.

Bursaries and Scholarships

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.

Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.

Students are expected to submit 2 hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.

Optional Fieldtrip:

Faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and fieldtrip options available both locally and internationally. The Faculty subsidises these trips but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. Below are the upper end of expected costs based on where students have currently done placements.

Individual trips: c. £5-£50

Fieldtrip module: c. £500-£700

Joint Honours Courses:

  • BA English and Creative Writing
  • BA English and Anthropology
  • BA English and Classical Civilisation
  • BA English and Heritage
  • BA English and Publishing
  • BA English with Education Studies
  • BA English with TEFL
  • BA English and Chinese Studies
  • BA English and History
  • BA Medieval Studies and English
  • BA English and Philosophy

For a full list of Joint courses, you can go to Joint Honours Courses

  • Study literature and culture from the Renaissance to the present day
  • The rare option to study pre-Renaissance literature
  • Committed staff with a wide range of scholarly and creative publications who are experienced in teaching students from a wide range of backgrounds
  • Individual pathways tailored to suit your interests
  • Research active, published staff with expertise in a wide range of literary topics
  • Modular choice
  • Strong vocational relevance
  • Small group and seminar discussion 

Visiting the University

For any students considering studying BA English at UWTSD it is worthwhile attending a Visit Day or Open Day. You can take a tour of the Lampeter campus, meet some students, and question the lecturers to get a comprehensive understanding of the university and its teaching. To find out more about forthcoming dates visit the Open Day and Visit Day pages.