Diploma in English Literature


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Diploma in English Literature

Why Oxford Learning College


This Quality Assured Level 3 Diploma course is aimed at providing the necessary instruction for the learner to gain an understanding of the short story, novel, Shakespeare's sonnets, Pre 1914 poetry, World War I Poetry, Poetry from Other Cultures, and one twentieth century drama.

Course Content:

Module 1 - Introduction

This Unit is the introduction to the short story. It introduces the genre of the 'short story' its history and features. The unit considers the short story and its broader perspectives and enables the student to have a definitive framework in which to read and comprehend short stories.

The short story comes in many forms, shapes and sizes and this module considers the various structures. The unit offers a guide for the student on how to study the short story.

The third section of this introduction examines the elements of plot, character, setting and style from the reader's perspective and also the authorial intention.

Having considered the make-up of the short story the unit applies them to a measured reading of Charles Dickens' short story The Poor Relation. This is followed by a graded assessment to test the student's knowledge.

Module 2 - Arnold Bennett

Arnold Bennett was born in 1867 in Hanley, Staffordshire, Arnold was the eldest child of a pawnbroker who had improved himself and become a solicitor. His father wanted him to follow his example and qualify as a solicitor but Arnold failed a crucial university entrance examination. He became a solicitor's clerk, at first in his father's office and, from 1889, in London.

Bennett was a prolific author, who produced thirty novels, he is especially regarded for those set in the Staffordshire scenery of his childhood, the Potteries. In his earlier career, Arnold Bennett was also a respected playwright, his interest in the theatre following on from his work as a critic.

Shortly after the outbreak of the First World War the head of the War Propaganda Board invited twenty-five major British authors to discuss the best ways to promote British interests during the period of the war. Bennett was one of the authors alongside, Arthur Conan Doyle, Thomas Hardy, H G Wells and Rudyard Kipling. Bennett became a critical figure in this covert organisation known as (WPB). He made a huge contribution to the propaganda effort during the war.

For the purpose of Module Two the student will focus on a short story by Bennett entitled News of the Engagement which illustrates his style and range.

Module 3 - The Novel: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

This module answers the question 'What is a Novel'? It provides the student with an overview of the broad categories that a novel can embrace.

This module introduces the student to both Mary Shelley and the Gothic genre. Gothic literature has many characteristics and these are examined in relation to Frankenstein.

Far too often students think that Frankenstein is the name of the monster but in fact it is the name of his creator and this module looks in depth at the plot, the characters in the novel, and the themes that the novel addresses.

This module places demands on the student to consider a large amount of relevant material. However it is a fascinating module and one which will deepen the student's literary knowledge.

Module 4 - Poetry: Shakespeare's Sonnets

It is impossible for a student of literature to ignore either Shakespeare or poetry therefore Module 4 looks at the fundamental specifics to understanding poetry and poetic devices.

The module moves on to a biography of Shakespeare and the theatres and audience of his time.

The study material for this module is the Sonnet specifically Sonnet 27 and Sonnet 130 and with the application of the poetic knowledge the student has acquired an in depth study of these two works is comprehensible.

Module 5 - Poetry: Pre 1914

Robert Browning was born 7 May 1812 and died 12 December 1889. He had a brilliant mind and was writing poems and reading Homer at a very young age. He is as famous for his writing as for his love affair with Elizabeth Barrett also a famous poet.

Applying the skills and understanding acquired in Module 4 the student will consider in detail two dramatic monologues by Robert Browning.

Module 6 - Poetry: Post 1914

The module moves on to look at two post 1914 poets and examples of their work.

Robert Frost was one of the leading twentieth century American poets. He won the Pulitzer Prize four times and was fundamentally a pastoral poet linked to New England. The poem in Module Six is deeply philosophical and goes beyond American ideology creating universal themes which are applicable to the twenty first century reader.

Tony Harrison by contrast to Frost is British and is the leading film and theatre poet of our times. His work is embedded with family values and the emotions that are a part of all families regardless of social class.

Again the knowledge the student has learned will be applied to the study of these celebrated poets and the fine examples of their work.

Module 7 - First World War Poetry and Poetry From Other Cultures

Bringing together all the skills the student now has Module Seven looks at a wide range of poetry which contains political and social messages.

Commencing with World War I poetry and its significance in retaliating against World War I propaganda of the glories of war Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon's poetry is indicative of the power of the poetic medium.

The second part of this module moves onto poetry from other cultures. Breaking down the meaning of culture in the modern world and the manner in which poets deal with feelings of exclusion, alienation and prejudice.

Module 8 - Drama

What is drama? The student will become familiar with the various dramatic techniques that abound in dramatic texts.

Module Eight considers such techniques in relation to Act I of Hobson's Choice. What was the authorial intention? What did Harold Brighouse intend to convey in this seemingly simple play and how does he set out to achieve his aims?

Module 9 - Hobson's Choice

This Module continues to explore Hobson's Choice looking closely at Act II. The many themes which are incorporated in the play are examined for their deeper meaning.

Module 10 - Hobson's Choice

Finishing with Acts III to VI the student will examine the manner in which themes and ideas are conveyed to the audience through the means of drama. How effectively these are achieved and how deep and enduring such ideas can be for the audience.

This module conveys the significance of social issues within drama and the implications of topics such as gender, social class, and marriage.


This module is an introduction to a selection of genres. It is an excellent starting point for the student who wishes to advance their knowledge and take up wider reading with a view to progressing to one of our higher level courses.

Entry Requirements

All students must be 16 years of age and above.

Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within course content.

Study Hours

Approximately 20 hours per unit

Assessment Method

Final online multiple choice examination.

Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.


Diploma in English Literature

This course is Quality Assured by the Quality Licence Scheme
Quality Assured by QLS

At the end of this course successful learners will receive an e-Certificate from Oxford Learning College. There is also the option to purchase an Embossed Certificate and also a certificate from ABC Awards for the qualification.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers. Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

How can I progress

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Additional Information

You will receive a certificate from the College. A digital version is included in the price and will be emailed to you within 5 days of taking your online exam.

Should you require an embossed hard copy of your certificate to be sent to you by Special Delivery post, you can order this separately after taking your exam.

The course can be enrolled upon by students Internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.

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What's Included

Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the Diploma. Support is provided by the tutor department for the duration of the course (1 year). Certification upon completion. All examination fees.

Course Fee


Payment by Instalments

Students are able to pay course fees in monthly instalments. Click here to download our instalment plan.

Further Information

The Quality Assured Diploma is a Level 3 equivalent on the National Qualifications Framework. The Diploma is a 1 year course which is self study and is examined by online examination. The Diploma is awarded by Oxford College. Upon completion of the course you will receive certification awarded by Oxford College.

The Level 3 Diplomas require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order to for students to manage study and the assumed knowledge within course content.

They provide an ability to gain and apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding in a specific subject at a detailed level. Level 3 qualifications such as A levels, NVQ3, BTEC Diplomas etc. are appropriate if you plan to progress to university study.

Level 3 Diploma courses can assist you in career development, continued professional development, personal development, and provision of a basis for further study.

Progression from Level 3 is to specialist learning and detailed analysis of a higher level of information (for example university level study, Diploma Level 5 study).

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

This is a flexible learning course, so the more time you have to commit to your studies, the sooner you are able to complete.

In the student 'On Campus' you are also able to take part in the student chat room and forums as part of our online student community.

After enrolling online you will receive your username and password to access the On Campus area within 3 working days.

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