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Certificate in English Literature

Austen, Dickens, Woolf, Lewis. It's all covered here.

Following the recently announced changes to Newbold’s course offerings and organisational structure, this course is no longer accepting new students.

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About the Certificate

Would you like to study English Literature in more depth and develop solid skills in critical analysis? This course provides a stepping stone for further study and a lifelong exploration of literature.

Why enrol in the Certificate in English Literature with us?

  • Read and research extensively
  • Develop critical thinking and consider connections between existing knowledge and new discoveries
  • Formulate critical responses to film and documentary viewing and making
  • Perform and act with  newly-acquired skills and confidence
  • Develop your cognitive and affective intellectual abilities

Your future matters.

The Certificate in English Literature will prepare you for a wide range of careers and future study options in areas such as education, archivist work, museum employment, media, public relations, advertising and the not-for-profit sector, and administration.

Completing the Certificate is an excellent opportunity to test your interest in further English literature studies, as you will receive credits that can be transferred to Newbold’s Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, or undergraduate studies in the UK, US and other countries.

The course breakdown

Certificate in English Literature

Your academic year

Through the Certificate in English Literature, you will go beyond the classroom as you watch performances at the reconstructed Globe Theatre, step into Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon and attend a play at the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre.

You will visit the stately homes and gardens used on the big-screen and BBC TV adaptations of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, walk through the very home where Jane Austen lived and wrote novels, and be introduced to regency dances at her brother’s home in Chawton.

Further trips will take you to the Lake District homes of Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, giving you insights into the inspiration that these two different authors found in Cumbria’s beautiful landscapes.

You will also study selected works by Victorian and 20th-century authors, and have the opportunity to read text and poetry extracts in places such as the Chapter House of Canterbury Cathedral and the garden of Hardy’s cottage in Dorset. You will visit the Sussex homes of Virginia Woolf and her sister, the Oxfordshire home of C.S. Lewis and the colleges and eating houses that he and J.R.R. Tolkien frequented.

You will explore key literary and religious works by C.S. Lewis, and delve into fantasy, myth and literary imagination and the complex relationships they have with Christian doctrine, practice and beliefs. Key themes explored include: faith and reason, allegory and myth, and the cosmic view of the world.

If you choose to do so, you may also learn acting skills as you work towards achieving a Certificate in Shakespearean Acting from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) and to perform of an abridged Shakespeare play before an audience, set in Sylvia’s Garden in the grounds of Moor Close, Newbold’s most iconic building.


  • Core Modules

    To complete the Certificate in English Literature you will complete 21 credits of core modules and 9 credits of elective modules:

    • 3: Text on Film and Location I (ENGL255A)
    • 3: Text on Film and Location II (ENGL225B)
    • 3: English Literature in Context I (ENGL478A)
    • 3: English Literature in Context II (ENGL478B)
    • 3: C.S. Lewis, Literature and the Religious Life (ENGL425H)
    • 3: Shakespeare Drama Practicum (ENGL425)
    • 3: Independent Study (IDSC480)
  • Elective Modules - Business Studies

    • 3: International Marketing (MKTG425)
    • 3: Personnel Management (MGMT333)
    • 3: British and European Marketing (MKTG310)
    • 3: International Business Management (MGMT405)
    • 3: British and European Business Skills (BUAD201)
  • Elective Modules - British History

    • 3: Reformation to Revolution (HIST437F)
    • 3: Empire to Entropy (HIST437G)
    • 3: British History in Context I (HIST378A)
    • 3: British History in Context II (HIST378B)
    • 3: Anglo-Saxon Britain (HIST345)
  • Elective Modules - Music and Art

    • 3: Introduction to Fine Arts I (IDSC205)
    • 3: Introduction to Fine Arts II (IDSC206)
    • 1: College Choir (MUPF135)
    • 4: Instrumental and/or Voice Lessons (MUPF364, MUPF464)
    • 3: Music Theory I: Intro to Harmony (MUCT141)
    • 1: Junior Recital (MUPF397)
    • 1: Senior Recital (MUPF497)
  • Elective Modules - Religion

    • 3: Foundations in Biblical Studies (RELG360C)
    • 3: Foundations of Christian Theology (RELG360D)
    • 3: Religion and Ethics in Modern Society (RELT340)
    • 3: Prophetic Writings of the Old Testament (RELB274)

Entry Requirements

Our mission is to provide quality higher education and unlock our students’ potential from all educational backgrounds. Here are our entry requirements.

Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs grade A*-C (including Maths and English), or equivalent
  • 2 A-levels, or equivalent
  • To be at least 18 years of age at the beginning of the academic year

If English is not your native language, you will need to demonstrate that you have a sufficient standard of the language to study. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.