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. It will be of special interest to those in the ELT profession, writers and journalists, and those who wish to engage in higher studies.

For Whom
This programme will be of special interest to -

      • 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
      • Those interested in developing their skills as writers and journalists

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 :
Programme Category :
Diploma Programme
Conducted by :
Dept. of Language Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Programme Duration :
One Year
Discipline(s) / Course(s) :

Candidates must possess one of the following:

      1. obtained 3 passes at the GCE Advanced Level and/or passed any foundation course offered by the Open University of Sri Lanka & passed the Selection Test for the above programme conducted by the Department of Language Studies
      2. passed the OUSL Certificate in Professional English (after 2012), with a minimum of 3 “C” passes
      3. passed the OUSL Advanced Certificate in English for Business & Professional Communication Stage II, with the following minimum passes: “B+” in Reading and Writing, and “B-” in Business Communication Skills and Speech & Listening.
      4. an equivalent or any other higher qualification acceptable to the Senate of the OUSL
Start Accepting Applications Online:
From 14th October 2018
Closing Date for Applications:
14th November 2018
Selection Test Date:
2nd December 2018
Programme commencing date :
27th March 2019



Programme Fee: Rs. 46,550.00
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 :
011 288 1428 
Email :
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