Diploma in English Language & Literature

The Diploma in English Language and Literature is a one-year academic programme designed to meet the needs of students who wish to enhance their English language and communication skills. This programme also introduces students to the major literary genres: poetry, fiction and drama.
For Whom
This programme will be of special interest to –

  • Those interested in developing their communication skills in English and gaining a basic knowledge of English Literature.
  • Teachers of English who wish to enhance their understanding and appreciation of English language and literature.
  • Those interested in obtaining a higher academic qualification in English

Programme Content

  • Advanced Reading Skills – LED3507
  • Advanced Writing Skills – LED3508
  • Advanced Grammar & Communication Skills – LED3509
  • Introduction to Poetry – LED3510
  • Introduction to Fiction – LED3511
  • Introduction to Drama – LED3512

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Programme Code :
DL00
Programme Category :

Diploma Programme

Conducted by :
Dept. of Language Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Programme Duration :

One Year

Medium :
Language/English

All applicants must be over 18 and have:

    1. (a)Passed the OUSL Certificate in Professional English (after 2012) with a minimum of 3 “C” passes;

or

    1. (b)Passed the OUSL Advanced Certificate in English for Business and Professional Communication Stage II, with the following minimum passes: “B+” in Reading and Writing, and “B-” in Business Communication Skills and Speech & Listening;

or

    1. (c)Obtained three (3) passes at the GCE Advanced Level and a pass at the Selection Test for the above programme conducted by the Department of Language Studies;

or

    1. (d)Passed any Foundation Course offered by the OUSL and a pass at the Selection Test for the above programme conducted by the Department of Language Studies;

or

    1. (e)Obtained an equivalent or any other higher qualification acceptable to the Senate of the OUSL and a pass at the Selection Test for the above programme conducted by the Department of Language Studies.

All the applicants except those applying under category (a) and (b) are required to sit for a Selection Test on 09th of February 2020 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am to be held at all the 09 Regional Centres of OUSL (Colombo, Kandy, Matara, Anuradhapura, Batticaloa, Badulla, Kurunegala, Jaffna and Ratnapura).

Issuing Date for Applications:
  December 2021
Closing Date for Applications:
Selection Test Date:
Programme commencing date :

Registration Fee : Rs: 400.00
Facility Fee: Rs: 1,500.00
Library Facility Fee : Rs: 100.00
Tuition Fee : Rs: 49,500.00

TOTAL Rs: 51,500.00

(Tuition fee per credit Rs.1,650.00)
This fee structure is subject to change.

This programme is conducted by the Department of Language Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Address :
Department of Language Studies, Faculty of HSS
Contact :
Mr. Andi Schubert , 011 288 1056
Email :

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