Study English literature part-time

Flexible learning

Immerse yourself in English literature and develop your skills in critical analysis with a part-time Oxford University course.

Online short courses

Our short online courses in literature and creative writing take place in a virtual learning environment so you can study whenever it suits you, from anywhere in the world. Class sizes are kept small to maximise interaction between you and your classmates and tutor in the online forums.

Credit earned from our short online 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.

> Find out more about the Certificate of Higher Education.

Foundation Certificate in English Literature

Do you love reading a wide range of books, and discussing your reading with others? 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.

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

Two study options are available, so you can choose your preferred mode of study to fit around your work, home or family life.

> Find out more about the Foundation Certificate.

Student spotlights

Margaret T. Campbell

The realisation that she'd never taken a course outside the study of law prompted Margaret to enrol on Jane Austen online.

Shamim Chowdhury

Shamim is a journalist and enrolled on our Foundation Certificate in English Literature as she craved a new challenge.

Julie Whyman

Julie’s sixth form English teacher inspired her to join our Foundation Certificate in English Literature – and then continue to the MLA course.