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What makes English Literature and Journalism at Worcester special?

Studied as a joint honours degree, you will explore English Literature in some of the immensely varied contexts of its production, alongside the practical business of how to research and communicate what is happening in the world, now.

English Literature at Worcester will introduce you to cutting-edge thinking in spheres as diverse as Shakespeare in translation, children’s literature, contemporary American writing and ecocriticism.

Journalism at Worcester will equip you to work in today’s multi-platform media environment and enable you to apply for both journalism and communications roles once you have graduated.

Overview

Overview

Key Features

  • Study diverse literature emanating from the sixteenth through to the twenty-first centuries – and encompassing both ‘canonical’ and ‘marginal’ texts  
  • A long, established course that has continually evolved with an excellent staff team of highly-skilled and enthusiastic lecturers who are experienced teachers and published researchers
  • Strong emphasis on the development of advanced literacy and communication skills
  • Students are taught by experienced, trained and practising journalists and also benefit from an exciting programme of guest lecturers from within the industry
  • Excellent work placement opportunities, developed in collaboration with local organisations, including the BBC. Opportunities to play an active role in local and regional literature festivals and related events
  • Tailor your course to your individual needs with a joint honours degree

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

104
UCAS tariff points

Entry Requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points

Candidates should have good English Language skills. The IELTS score for international applicants to Joint Honours is 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each component). Other English Language qualifications will be considered, for more information please click here.

Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Worcester was the perfect fit for me. The course and study were relevant and really helped in terms of vocational skills. My lecturers and staff at the digital arts centre (DAC) gave me the confidence to give it a go.

Tom El-Shawk, BA Journalism graduate.

Toni Brookes, English Literature graduate

“Studying English at Worcester undoubtedly provided me with three of the most academically stimulating years I’ve had so far. I was given the opportunity to study literature from the 16th century through to the contemporary, with the chance to focus on specific research interests through the final year dissertation project. We covered a diverse range of periods and genres, with assessment including traditional academic essays, creative portfolios, reflective journals and group presentations. Throughout my studies I always felt supported, both personally and professionally, by academic staff who were encouraging, responsive and passionate about their subjects.

"Since graduating from the University of Worcester I have held professional roles in copywriting, marketing more generally, and currently, higher education. Having enjoyed my final year dissertation so much, I also decided to pursue postgraduate study and recently graduated with a Master’s degree in Contemporary Literature and Culture, obtaining a distinction classification. There is no doubt that the skills in critical thinking and analysis I developed throughout my degree were fundamental to successfully completing postgraduate work, and I often find myself thinking about the wonderfully transformative environment I was able to study in as an undergraduate.”

Course content

What will you study?

Year 1

Mandatory modules:

  • Introduction to Journalism 
  • Journalism Law and Ethics 
  • Literary Forms and Genres
  • Ways of Reading, Ways of Writing
  • Places and Spaces

Module options:

  • Introduction to Broadcast Journalism 
  • Introduction to Feature Writing 
  • Internet Journalism 
  • Introduction to Photojournalism 
  • Bodies and Beings
  • Writing Worcester Past and Present

Year 2

Mandatory modules:

  • Journalism, Law, Ethics and Society 
  • Exploding the Canon: Literary Theory and Practice

Module options:

  • Magazine Journalism 
  • Sports Journalism 
  • Reporting Politics (1) 
  • Developing your Media Career 
  • Digital Reporting Techniques 
  • Intermediate Feature Writing 
  • Practical Journalism Skills 
  • Digital Photography 
  • Movement and Migration
  • Politics, Sex and Identity in the Early Modern World
  • Shakespeare: Stage, Page and Screen
  • Gothic and Romantic Literature
  • Spaces of Modernity
  • Children’s Literature
  • Work Project

Year 3

Mandatory modules:

N/A

Module options:

  • Reporting Politics (2) 
  • Work Placement 
  • Broadcast Research Skills 
  • Advanced Journalism (Theory and Practice) 
  • Advanced Print Production 
  • Negotiated Project 
  • Live Radio News Production
  • Live Television News Production 
  • Live New Production (Radio & TV) 
  • Documentary Photography 
  • Green Media 
  • Independent Research Project
  • Justice and Revenge: from Tragedy to the Western
  • Postcolonial Encounters
  • Writing and the Environment
  • War and Conflict
  • Gendering Voices
  • Partnerships and Rivalries
  • Literatures and Cultures: International Explorations
  • Queer Bodies, Queer Texts
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Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for English Literature and Journalism.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

The Journalism aspect of this ourse will provide you with practical skills to work as a journalist or researcher, or in related communications jobs such as those in public relations. You will be well placed to progress to postgraduate study in journalism or in a wide range of other areas. Students have found employment in the following areas: radio presenting, both local and national, media research, journalism, event organising, media planning, television, theatre, marketing, public relations, campaigns, teaching and further study.

Many English Literature graduates will take a fourth year postgraduate Certificate in Education before entering the teaching profession. Other students will take a certificate in TEFL and become teachers of English as a second language at home or abroad. Many students progress to careers requiring good communication skills such as Public Relations or develop research careers with media or publishing companies.

Throughout the English Literature aspect of the course, there is a focus on developing employability which includes attractive opportunities for work experience, a credited work project module, and a career and professional development module. Students are also strongly encouraged to take up the opportunity to study abroad for a semester.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2020/21 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 was £12,400 per year. Details of the 2020/21 fee will be available soon.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2019/20 were £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module. Details of the 2020/21 fees will be available soon.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Apply through UCAS

English Literature and Journalism BA (Hons) - QP35

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

Part-time applications

If you would like to apply to study this course part time, please complete our online application form.

UCAS Code

QP35

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Claire Wolfe

Course Leader, Journalism

Dr Lucy Arnold

Admissions Tutor, English Literature