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English Studies class

English Studies

Rewrite your future. Develop advanced skills in critical thinking and analysis alongside technical, professional and creative writing. Designed to develop your language skills across a range of applications and environments, these courses open up a world of career possibilities from teaching to advertising.

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Wonderful I'm very happy and feel secure, the course content flows well and is well structured. The tutors are excellent and informative, I would recommend this course and this college to anyone. *****
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Potential careers in...
  • Teaching
  • Journalism
  • Copywriting
  • Communications
  • Scriptwriting

Welcome to English Studies at B&FC

Degree-level qualifications in English give students multiple career avenues to explore. From teaching to copywriting, journalism to content management, there are many employers both large and small who all value the broad set of skills English graduates have.
Here you will enjoy a dynamic, accessible and practical environment that provides cutting edge subject knowledge alongside professional skills for a range of careers. You will study a range of 19th century and contemporary literature and develop an in-depth understanding of both the history of English and how language works across a variety of texts and contexts. You will also look at how this knowledge can be applied to tackle real-world issues.


With the freedom to explore your own interests whilst developing your critical and analytical thinking, this courses gives you a genuine portfolio of skills with a wide range of applications. Whether you want to develop a career as a professional writer, go into teaching, working in marketing or apply for any number of roles where having a degree-level qualification in English would be an advantage, these courses prepare you to transition into the world of work.

Affording your course

We know that people are concerned about the costs associated with studying for a degree and also if having a degree will be worth it once they graduate. Here are just a few things to think about before you make a final decision.

  • There really is nothing to pay up front. You can get a tuition fee loan and repayments don't kick in until after you graduate and are earning at least £25K.
  • Even when you're earning £30,000,  the repayments are only £37.50 per month.
  • You can get help towards living and childcare costs.
  • Graduates, on average, earn approximately £10K more than their non-graduate counterparts. That's around £600 extra per month.

"I'm actually better off doing my degree than I was doing a part-time job. If I'd realised how much financial support was available, I wouldn't have put off doing a degree for so long. I'm absolutely loving it and my job prospects are already so much better." 

 - Yvonne, degree-level student

  • £24,568 Average annual salary in this sector

  • Get into journalism, copywriting, communications and more

  • Attendance from 2 days a week

Tutor Profile - Rachael Leitch

PGCE, MA English Language and Linguistics, BA (Hons) English Language and Applied Linguistics

Industry Background:
Extensive experience in working with young people and adults in a wide range of educational and community settings including secondary education, alternative provisions, further education and higher education.

Area of Expertise:
English Language and Applied Linguistics, Contextual and Textual Analysis, Stylistics, Sociolinguistics, Language and Identity, Critical Discourse Analysis.

Enjoys teaching at B&FC because:
I am passionate about our community and providing equal opportunities for all those entering and engaging with education.

What we offer...

Course TitleStart DateDay(s)Duration
English Studies - Certificate of Higher Education09/09/24Mon + Mon (Evening) or Mon + Tue (Morning)1 Year
English Studies - Foundation Degree09/09/24Mon & Tue2 Year

Student case study - Susan Berry

Why did you decide to study this qualification?
A lifelong love of reading, storytelling and its transformative effects - both cathartic and entertaining.

Why did you choose B&FC?
It was local to me (although I originally come from Manchester) and I was impressed by the course content.

What have been the benefits of studying here?
A supportive environment with interesting, topical content. HELMs (Higher Education Learning Mentors), financial support and the option of emotional support if I ever need it.

What are you hoping to do in the future?
I am hoping to find an outlet for my creative writing using the skills I've learnt in the classroom.

Study Support - at a glance

We offer a range of services to support you across all areas of student life, with specialist support available for students with disabilities.

  • Higher Education Learning Mentors (HELMs)
  • One-to-one and group study support sessions
  • Pre-degree preparation workshops
  • IT Support

Still unsure?

Learn more about our English Studies courses from the course list above.
Book a place at our next Open Event - a great opportunity to meet the tutors, ask questions and check out our facilities.
Contact our Course Enquiries Team if you have any questions about English degree-level study at B&FC.
Call: 01253 504343