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English BA

Course code


Q301 with placement

Start date


Placement available

Mode of study

3 years full-time

4 years full-time with placement

4.5-6 years part-time



UK £9,250

International £19,430

Entry requirements


AAB - BBC (A-level)


29 (IB)

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If you are ready to explore more widely, think more deeply, and engage more critically, creatively, and confidently with the world via the written word, then English is the subject for you.

By exploring a broad range of fiction, stories, plays, poetry, and life writing from different gendered-, class-, and race-aware angles, you will develop knowledge and skills that will prepare you for a variety of exciting careers.

In year one, you will build your academic skills by taking six modules, four of which are required and two of which are optional.

In year two, you will develop your academic interests by choosing six modules focusing on literary genres and periods that fascinate you.

In year three, you will hone your academic interests by creating your own curriculum: four modules and a dissertation (extended piece of writing exploring texts/topics of your choice).

If you undertake our four-year BA, you will undertake a one-year work placement before returning to complete your programme of year three learning. In each year of your learning programme, required modules focusing on CV-building and employability, along with optional enrichment activities, will prepare you for your chosen career.

Your learning programme will be delivered in person, through interactive lectures, seminars, workshops, and tutorials, where you will participate in discussion and debate alongside reading and writing tasks. You will be assessed through written assignments (including essays, reviews, online discussion boards) and presentations (both in-person and digital).

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Course content

The English BA at Brunel will give you deeper knowledge of English and Global literatures and writerly techniques, as you develop key skills in critical thinking, analysis and writing, with a wealth of optional modules to suit your interests and aspirations.

This course can be studied 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement or 4.5-6 years part-time, starting in September.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

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Careers and your future

On completion of the English BA, you will have a set of enviable skills which are vital for a variety of careers. Many Brunel English graduates go into teaching, media-related jobs like publishing, marketing and journalism, and others into the business world as account executives, campaign organisers and consultants. Brunel graduates of this degree fit just as easily into other career environments, and the opportunity of doing a placement year to gain experience in a job role and industry sector will be a distinct advantage. See our Careers page for more information: 

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UK entry requirements

2024/25 entry

  • GCE A-level AAB-BBC.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DMM.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DM in any subject, with an A-Level at grade C.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma M in any subject, with A-Levels grades BB including English.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 points.
  • Obtain a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3.

 A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including GCSE English Language grade C or grade 4. GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 is also normally required.

Brunel University London is committed to raising the aspirations of our applicants and students. We will fully review your UCAS application and, where we’re able to offer a place, this will be personalised to you based on your application and education journey.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 63% (min 55% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 90 (min R18, L17, S20, W17)  

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2024/25 entry


£9,250 full-time

£6,935 part-time

£1,385 placement year


£19,430 full-time

£14,570 part-time

£1,385 placement year

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of undergraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

Please refer to the scholarships pages to view discounts available to eligible EU undergraduate applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

How the course will be delivered

Required equipment

How you'll learn on your course

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Assessment and feedback

Each module on the English BA has its own method of assessment which might include an essay, presentation, practical work, or a combination of these to allow you to build up marks in variety of different ways, and to discover your strengths.

In your final year, you will research and write a dissertation on a topic of English literature under the guidance of a dissertation supervisor. Many students value this unique experience and the opportunity to become authorities in an area of English literature research.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.