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About our courses

If you are looking to widen and strengthen your knowledge of literature, enjoy stimulating discussions and develop your own critical responses, our Literature and Film courses are for you.

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Part-time University qualifications

Undergraduate Certificates

We offer two Certificate in English Literature courses at ICE. These normally run in alternate years, and can be studied independently of each other, and in any order. Both are taught at FHEQ Level 4, equivalent to first-year undergraduate level. The courses are open to all, and no prior knowledge or qualifications are required.

Undergraduate Certificate in English Literature: Texts and Contexts * (2017/18) offers an introduction to English Literature spanning more than 500 years, with units on close reading and context, Shakespeare, and the 19th-century novel.

Undergraduate Certificate in English Literature: Approaches to Literary Study * (2018/19) will introduce you to literary studies, through lectures, seminar discussion and structured reading of literature from a range of historical periods. You will be taught how to analyse poetry, fiction and drama and will study selected authors and periods in depth.

* These courses were previously called Certificate I and II, respectively.

Undergraduate Certificate in Film Studies: Form, Genre and History will introduce you to the academic study of film. You will be taught how to analyse the way film narrative is constructed and to examine the work of influential directors, becoming familiar with different genres and cinema from around the world. You do not have to have studied film before to undertake this programme.

Undergraduate Diplomas

If you have some knowledge, experience and enthusiasm in the field or have completed a Certificate in English Literature, our one-year Diploma courses will give you the opportunity to extend and develop the knowledge and skills you have already acquired.

As with the Certificates, we offer two complementary Diploma courses which run in alternate years and can be taken in any order. Both are taught at FHEQ Level 5, equivalent to second-year undergraduate level.

Undergraduate Diploma in English Literature: Literature and Criticism * (2016/17) offers units including the study of a major topic, the study of an author/school and the study of a major period.

Undergraduate Diploma in English Literature: Literature Past and Present * (2018/19) includes units on contemporary poetry, literature and place, and the modern novel.

* These courses were previously called Diploma I and II, respectively.

Bursaries and student loans available

If you are new to higher education, you could be eligible for a bursary award. You will also be able to pay your fees in instalments, and you may also have access to part-time student loans.

How to apply for bursaries and loans

Literature Tutors

Dr Jenny Bavidge

Jenny Bavidge is University Lecturer and ICE’s Academic Director in Literature, Film and Creative Writing. She oversees the programme of literature, creative writing and film courses, and teaches on the Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma in English Literature.

About our tutors

Our courses are taught by tutors with teaching and research interests in diverse areas of critical and creative work.

What our students say

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