BA in English Language and Literature (Distance Learning)


The study of English at Bachelors degree level is one of the most popular pursuits of university students. Such a degree offers a number of career prospects and opens doors for students in virtually any field of postgraduate study.

Our BA in English Language and Literature is a four-year programme. It can be offered with concentrations to give prospective students the opportunity to specialise either in Linguistics and TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) or in Literature. Students study both Language and Literature in the first two years of study, and then concentrate on their chosen area of specialisation during their 3rd and 4th year.

The degree has three core foci: (a) Linguistics (The study of language), (b) TEFL (theoritical and practical courses in language teaching), (c) English Literature, (the study of novels, poetry and plays).


    On completion of this programme, students will be able to:

    • Deliver lessons to groups of language learners, reflect on and analyse teaching performance and test theory against practice.
    • Critically evaluate main linguistic, sociolinguistic, cultural and pedagogical issues relating to teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) and apply these to their own contexts of professional practice.
    • Interpret and analyse linguistic data and theory in some of the core areas of linguistics such as phonetics, phonology, grammar, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, discourse, sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics.
    • Interpret literary texts in English from the Early Modern to the contemporary eras.
    • Discuss orally and in writing the traditions of, and innovations in, the genres of fiction, poetry and drama, and independently research areas of literary study.
    • Critically discuss the major movements and developments within English and Anglophone literature from 1580 to the present day.
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The BA in English Language and Literature gives students the potential to pursue many career opportunities. These opportunities include:

Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Many of our graduates are already teaching English in schools and language institutes. Worldwide demand for teachers of English is always high.

Teaching English Literature in secondary education. The Media. The skills gained through the degree open up possibilities in many areas of the media and communications, including journalism, publishing, advertising, administration and PR.

Highly transferable skills. The degree gives the student a skill-set which is very attractive to many employers: an excellent standard of English, the ability to analyse and produce complex and sophisticated arguments and the ability to produce high-quality, well researched reports.



We have a proven track record of preparing our students to meet the entry requirements of UK universities at the Masters level. Our graduates have gone on to further degrees in TEFL, Linguistics and English Literature both locally and internationally.



  • High school leaving certificate
  • Good Proficiency in English
  • The Department reserves the right to interview prospective students should it be deemed necessary.
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    The degree is supported by a committed and specialised faculty, all of whom are distinguished in their chosen fields. They are all actively involved in research and have published numerous articles in internationally renowned journals, and have written a number of books published by Routledge, John Benjamins, Cambridge University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, amongst others.

    The literature faculty have particular specialisations in 20th Century literature - including the works of Samuel Beckett, the Beat poets, H.D. and contemporary and postcolonial literature - as well as critical theory (Derrida, Lacan and Kristeva) and literary relations. The language and linguistics faculty have specialisations in Cross-cultural Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics, Phonetics and Phonology, and Morphology and Syntax. Our TEFL faculty are specialists in Teacher Education, the use of technology in teaching languages (CALL), Culture in the classroom, Bilingualism and Multiculturalism and in contemporary teaching methodologies, such as CLIL.

    They offer real, cutting-edge knowledge of the best contemporary teaching methods. Overall, our department and faculty are dedicated not just to teaching and research excellence but to helping students maximise their educational potential and prepare them for possible further study or career. They are committed both to transferring knowledge and skills but also to guiding and supporting students throughout their academic journey.

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