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Language and Literacy Education (2-Year Accelerated Degree), BA Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • If you love language and literacy, our degree can kick-start your career in education
  • If you want to train to teach in the secondary or post-compulsory sectors, our condensed two-year degree is a perfect route to a PGCE
  • Our degree combines the expertise and knowledge of the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Humanities and the Faculty of Education and Health.



Language and literacy is one of the most vital skills you can give a student.

Our two-year accelerated degree is designed for those looking for a three-year entry into teaching, either in the secondary or post-compulsory (further education) sectors when followed by a PGCE.

We will encourage you to think critically about literacy and the English language. Together we will explore their fascinating historical and cultural contexts, as well as literary forms, linguistics and language acquisition. Our expert lecturers will introduce you to different modes of critical thinking and teach you how to employ these methods in literary study and beyond. 

Our degree will prepare you for employment in language and literacy education, as well as the creative industries. Following our accelerated degree, you be very well-placed to progress into a secondary or lifelong learning teacher training qualification, via a PGCE or the School Direct training initiative.

We will provide the opportunity to contextualise subject knowledge in relation to practice via specific modules. You will have access to the expertise and knowledge from two faculties. The core subject knowledge is hosted and delivered by our Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Humanities at our beautiful Greenwich Campus. This is then blended together with our Faculty of Education and Health at the Avery Hill Campus.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To emphasise acquisition of theoretical, conceptual and empirical knowledge
  • To apply knowledge within a practical framework
  • To develop in students associated skills, and to promote transferable skills.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

120 UCAS points from A-levels. No more than 10 points should come from AS-levels.

We also accept equivalent qualifications, including:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Advanced and Progression Diplomas
  • Access courses.

At least three GCSEs including English language and mathematics with a minimum of grade C  (or recognised equivalent) are also required.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

Further to showing equivalent qualifications to UK applicants, international applicants must have successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full time education, and demonstrated competence in mathematics (equivalent to GCSE grade C). 

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill) or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

For more information, contact or +44 20 8331 8136.

Extra information


Examples of assessment methods include:

  • Coursework projects
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Examinations.


Graduates are well placed to progress on to a PGCE Secondary Education or PGCE Lifelong Learning
teacher training qualification at the university or through the School Direct initiative. Alternatively, this
degree will also help prepare you for careers in the publishing, journalism and the creative industries.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

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Avery Hill Campus

Situated either side of Avery Hill Park in Eltham, this campus combines the grace of a Victorian mansion with modern living and teaching facilities.

New Eltham and Falconwood (approx. 15 min walk)

TFL buses frequently run nearby.

Ample 'pay and display' parking on campus.

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