English language, literature and philosophy

Mature student working

Studying our 'Inside Narratives' pathway enables you to to progress on to an undergraduate degree with the University's School of English, Communication and Philosophy.

Inside Narratives pathway

Modules are taught in the evenings and (for part of the Summer term) weekends, and you don't need any previous qualifications to apply.

The Inside Narratives pathway will open up fascinating topics, whilst giving you the tuition and support you need to help you to develop your skills and make the most of your abilities. You will learn about the stories we use to make sense of life, the codes and patterns that connect us to each other, and the big questions that have vexed our greatest thinkers for thousands of years.

We welcome applications from students who may have been away from formal education for several years.

How it works

The Inside Narratives pathway is made up of 60 credits and is equivalent to 50% of the first year of a degree. It is intended to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need, and will guarantee you an interview, to study a degree with the School of English, Communication and Philosophy.

Step one

You will study one core module worth 10 credits.

Step two

You will either study five 10-credit optional modules from the pathway programme (this can also include other core modules), or four 10-credit optional modules from the pathway programme and one appropriate 10-credit course.

If you are accepted onto a degree at Cardiff University you may be eligible for advanced standing. This means that the 60 credits gained from the Inside Narratives pathway programme will contribute directly towards the first year of your degree.

Pathway modules

Core modules

Optional modules

These usually change every academic year. 2017/18 optional modules include:


Under normal circumstances, students finish the Inside Narratives pathway within one year. You can also take up to three years to complete the pathway if you need to.


Our Inside Narratives pathway to a degree offers an affordable route into Higher Education. You only have to sign up and pay for one module at a time.

Financial help is available through a variety of different schemes. Once you start studying on the pathway you can also access expert advice on the best way to fund your studies should you go on to a degree.


If you have any queries or would like to find out more about the Inside Narratives pathway please contact:

Continuing and Professional Education

General enquiries