Date of entry

September 2022


In both subjects we use a wide range of teaching methods, from lectures, to small group seminars or tutorials, and film screenings.

Most modules at Levels 1 and 2 have two lectures and one tutorial each week. This may vary at Levels 3 and 4 where you typically have one lecture and more small working groups or seminars per week.

For the philosophy lectures you will be introduced to the major themes and topics of a philosopher or philosophical problem. For the tutorials you will question and develop your own world views, construct arguments to defend them, and put together projects in small groups to illustrate them.

You will also engage in independent reading and research, with specially designed worksheets and assignments to help you to do this most effectively.

At Levels 1 and 2 you will have a tutor who leads the weekly tutorial discussion and who is there to help you if you need advice.


Assessments across both subjects are carried out by coursework, examinations, and continuous assessment and vary in type and weighting from module to module.

In English most modules do not have any exams at all as we find continuous assessment works best.

Assessment methods for English modules can include:

  • essays
  • close analysis exercises
  • diary or journal entries
  • tests
  • class presentations
  • team projects

Assessment methods for philosophy modules can include:

  • essays
  • tutorial performance
  • exams
  • online journals and discussions

In Level 4 you can apply the skills you have learned by writing a dissertation on a topic of your own choice.


At Levels 1 and 2 you will also complement your specialist subjects by studying additional Humanities or Social Sciences subjects such as history or a modern language for example.

There are no compulsory English or philosophy modules at Levels 1 and 2, but a few are recommended. At Levels 3 and 4 you will normally take 50% of your modules in English and 50% in philosophy.

Optional Modules

You need to choose one or more of these modules as part of your course.

Module code: EN11001 Credits: 20 Semester: Semester 1

Optional Modules

You need to choose one or more of these modules as part of your course.

Module code: EN21003 Credits: 20 Semester: Semester 1
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