BA in English Literature (Honours)

The Open University

Program Description

BA in English Literature (Honours)

The Open University

BA in English Literature (Honours)

English literature is a broad, accessible and important subject that offers connections to many other kinds of cultural enquiry. This wide-ranging course draws on diverse historical and cultural settings and a rich variety of texts and approaches – from poetry to fiction to film revealing the extraordinary scope of English literature and its significance today.

Key features of the course

  • Starts with an interdisciplinary approach
  • More specialised modules include literary history and critical approaches to all the major literary genres
  • Creative writing and English language options
  • Develops advanced skills in analysis, evaluation and communication that are highly valued in the workplace.

Educational aims

Your studies will:

  • provide you with a wide-ranging introduction to writing in English (and texts translated into English)
  • develop your skills of textual analysis and interpretation, your awareness of the range and variety of current critical and theoretical approaches to the study of English literature
  • enable you to develop conceptual ability, communication skills, and a capacity for creative and independent thinking.

Teaching, learning and assessment methods

You will gain knowledge and understanding through study of published distance-learning materials, including specially written teaching texts, audio-visual materials, set books, study guides, assignment and project guides, specimen examination papers, and written feedback on assignments. Learning outcomes are assessed by means of assignments requiring short written answers, essays, extended essays and examinations.

You will develop and practise your cognitive skills through study of the study materials, which include self-assessment questions, as well as audio-visual materials and associated study guides, assignment booklets and specimen examination papers. These skills are also taught and practised through group tutorial work (face-to-face and online) and through carefully monitored written feedback by tutors on your assignments.

You will be taught key skills by teaching materials in print and a range of other interactive media, by detailed tutor feedback on written work, and by participation in study events such as tutorials and day schools. You will practise and develop them throughout the modules that make up the degree, though there is more emphasis on independent learning at OU level 3.

Practical and/or professional skills are taught cumulatively throughout the modules that make up the degree.


We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are:

  • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront.
  • If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632.
  • Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study.
  • The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £15,792 based on our current fees.

NB: Prices are subject to change.

How long does it take?

  • Part time – 6 years
  • Full time – 3 years
  • Time limit – 16 years

Career relevance

Studying arts and humanities can give entry to a vast range of occupations, leading in many directions. The breadth of study and the range of cultural texts and objects analysed, combined with an adaptable set of transferable skills, are relevant to a wide variety of careers including:

  • public administration, local government, the civil service, art institutions, and social services
  • advertising, journalism, publishing, creative industries and public relations
  • education
  • legal work
  • business, banking and retail
  • human resources
  • charities and campaigning


The Arts Faculty was rated by a Times Higher Education survey as one of the best 100 institutions in the world for the study of the arts. Noted for the strength of our interdisciplinary approaches, our scholars of international standing also teach and research a very wide range of topics and themes in specific subject areas. These include art history; classical studies; creative writing; English; history; music; philosophy; and religious studies. The Faculty also has validated partnerships with several important institutions in the UK and other parts of the world. The head of the Faculty is the Dean, Professor David Rowland.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this degree. You will however need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 7.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process.

Read more about this programme on the Open University website here

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated October 23, 2017
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