Undergraduate prospectus

English Language and Literature, BA Hons

Our English language and literature degree combines the study of English language, communication and literature.

Why study this at Greenwich?

  • This course features two core strands: language analysis (sound, meaning and use)
  • and English literature, where you study a range of texts and new ways of reading.
  • Discover new ways to read challenging texts, including drama and visual narratives, fiction and poetry.
  • You can study a foreign language, undertake a work placement, or develop specific career skills.
  • Our teaching methods will help you develop your skills in data analysis, logical and critical thinking, and creative and presentation skills.
  • Future careers for graduates include education (e.g. teaching English as a first / second language), research, publishing, translation, marketing, etc.

UCAS points

104 (view full requirements)

Course/institution codes

Q390 G BA/EnLaLi


Literature, Language & Theatre



  • 3 years full-time
  • 6 years part-time
  • 4 years sandwich

Our programme has the attractive feature of combining the academic study of language and communication with the study of literature. For this reason, this programme gives you access to a wide range of careers not only in education, but in areas such as marketing, the digital industry or social media.

The content of the courses is organised around two core strands: language analysis, where the properties of English language (its sound, meaning and use in society) are studied and English literature, where students are introduced to a wide range of challenging texts and new ways of reading. English literature is interpreted broadly to include drama and visual narratives as well as fiction and poetry.

The teaching modes we deploy here, together with the assessment methods, will contribute to the development of your skills in data analysis, logical and critical-thinking as well as creative skills. You will participate in lectures and seminars, where you will develop your own projects.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To think creatively about the relationship between literature and other forms of representation
  • To learn about the function of language through analysis, exploring its sound, meaning and use in society
  • To discover new ways to read challenging texts including drama and visual narratives as well as fiction and poetry.

What you will study


Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

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Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

  • 104 UCAS points. 
  • GCSEs in English (language or literature) and mathematics at grade C / 4 or above. 

We also accept alternative qualifications including:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Scottish Highers 
  • Irish Highers.

General studies is not normally accepted. 

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk 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 (usually 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 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 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 international@gre.ac.uk or +44 20 8331 8136.

In addition:

  • Candidates may be invited to an interview
  • We welcome applications from mature students.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Fees information International fees

Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Additional information


The programme includes:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework
  • Oral presentations
  • Project work.


Completing this programme successfully opens the door to many careers. These include teaching English language and literature, translation and interpretation services, journalism, marketing, publishing and information technology, as well as counselling, social work and forensics. There are also opportunities for human resources roles, where education and linguistics skills are highly valued. You might also consider postgraduate language studies with the university. Some career options may require further study.

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