Online courses in literature

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Short online courses

Our short online courses in literature include live-time weekly classes, lecture series, day schools and flexible online courses.

Credit earned from some of these short courses is transferable towards our Certificate of Higher Education - a part-time undergraduate course in which you study a main subject discipline, but also undertake study in other academic subjects.

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Foundation Certificate in English Literature

Would you like to study literature in more depth and develop solid skills in critical analysis? Our part-time Foundation Certificate in English Literature covers a range of writing from Shakespeare to the twentieth century and teaches skills in the analysis of literature, including the ability to read closely and to recognise and apply approaches in contemporary literary theory.

Two study options are available, including one that can be studied mostly online, so you can choose your preferred mode of study to fit around your work, home or family life.

Taught part-time over two years, the course is equivalent to the first year of a full-time undergraduate English degree.

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Upcoming courses

Online - flexible • Short courses
  • Wed 29 Sep 2021 – 10 Dec 2021
Online - live • Short courses
  • Fri 15 Oct 2021 – 30 Oct 2021
  • 6 meetings
  • 10.00am - 1.00pm
Online - live • Short courses • Hybrid teaching
  • Sat 30 Oct 2021
  • 09.45 - 17.00
Online - live • Short courses
  • Sat 04 Dec 2021
  • 09.45 - 5.00
Online - flexible • Short courses
  • Mon 10 Jan 2022 – 25 Mar 2022