The Associate in Arts degree in Literatures and English provide students with exposure to the major literary genres, through the examination of the works of both renowned and contemporary authors. These studies are complemented by general education courses drawn from a broad range of disciplines, creating a solid foundation for students who wish to pursue studies up to the bachelor’s level or for language and literature teachers who wish to enhance their knowledge base in the field. This associate degree programme is also suitable for students who wish to pursue careers and/ or further study in the areas of journalism, advertising, and communications.


Five (5) CSEC (CXC)/GCE O’Level subjects, inclusive of English A and mathematics, Grades 1,2,3* or A,B,C.

*Grade 3 accepted if attained in June 1998 or beyond

Applicants who possess CAPE or A’Level qualifications may be considered for advanced standing (the award of credits towards your degree programme).


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    3 Years (PT)




    ENGL 121 Introduction to Poetry 3 WRIT 117 Fundamentals of Writing 3
    ENGL 122 Introduction to Drama 3 LIBS 130 Fundamentals of Research Skills 3
    ENGL 123 Introduction to Prose Fiction 3 COMM 118 Communication in the Workplace 3
    ENGL 130 The Shakespearean Century 3 MATH 116 Contemporary College Math 3
    ENGL 131 Oral Literatures 3 SOCI 102 Introduction to the Study of Society 3
    ENGL 230 Introduction to Caribbean Prose Fiction 3 PSYC 103 Understanding Human Behavior and Diversity 3
    ENGL 240 20th Century Commonwealth Literatures 3 RELI 205 Comparative Religion 3
    ENGL 241 Introduction to 20th Century American Literature 3 HIST 210 History of Trinidad and Tobago 3
    ENGL 242 Caribbean Poetry and Drama 3 Total Core Curriculum Credits 24
    ENGL 250 The Moderns 3
    ENGL 251 Introduction to Critical Theory 3
    ENGL 270 Creative Writing 3
    Total Credits for Required Courses in the Major 36

    The table below provides a summary of fees payable to the College. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to receive government’s GATE funding for tuition expenses listed hereunder.

    Fees Citizens Caricom International Per
    Applications: Paper-based $25.00 $25.00 $25.00 Application
    Applications: Online Free Free Free Application
    Registration $80.00 $80.00 $80.00 Semester
    Tuition $300.00 $400.00 $750.00 Credit
    Administrative Fee $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
    Technology $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
    Student Insurance $30.00 $30.00 $30.00 Annum
    Student Guild $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Annum

    Included in the college fees, is basic insurance coverage for accident and injury. However, CARICOM and international students are also required to secure additional insurance to cover medical expenses.

    All students of COSTAATT are required to pay an annual insurance fee of $30.00. Completed student insurance forms must be submitted to the College at the beginning of the first semester in which students register for the academic year. Coverage is restricted to students who are between ages 16 to 65.

    The College accepts the following methods of payment:

    • Cash
    • LINX
    • Visa/Master card
    • Certified/Manager’s cheque

    Institutional fees are non-refundable. Students who officially withdraw from the College may be eligible for a refund of tuition fees in accordance with the schedule outlined in the Academic Calendar. Please note that students in receipt of GATE funding are not eligible for tuition refunds.


    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE)

    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses programme (GATE) provides free tuition to all eligible citizens of Trinidad and Tobago pursuing approved programmes at public and private tertiary level institutions. Information on eligibility and conditions for accessing GATE funding is available at the Ministry of Education website at:

    Students must note that GATE funding is available for the duration of their course of study and one year beyond. Students who fail to complete their programme within the stipulated time frame will be required to meet the cost of programme completion.

    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme is a one hundred per cent, tuition fee funding programme offered by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to apply, and students must be registered in a course of study leading to a tertiary level qualification.

    For further information on the GATE programme please visit the website of the Ministry of Education.

    The vast majority of the College’s programmes are eligible for GATE.


    Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP)

    The Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) is a special loan facility made available to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago who are enrolled in an approved tertiary level programme at a registered tertiary institution to meet the following expenses:

    • tuition fees
    • accommodation
    • airfare and other transportation costs
    • personal maintenance costs and living expenses
    • books and related materials
    • special equipment
    • other related tertiary expenses

    For further information on the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) students can visit the Ministry of Education website at:


    Payment Plans

    Payment plans are available, please contact the Office of the Registrar for further details:

    To be awarded the Associate in Arts degree in Literatures in English, students must successfully complete 60 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0, according to the following distribution:

    Courses in the major area of study 36 credits
    Total credits in the major area of study 36 credits
    Core curriculum courses 24 credits
    Total Credits Required for Graduation 60 credits

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