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English is one of the most vibrant and active subject communities in College. Our recent students have performed strongly in their academic studies, as well as staging plays, publishing novels, and speaking at academic conferences.

The BA in English is internationally renowned, and balances a strong grounding in the core of English literature with the chance to specialise or branch out from that core into the literature of other parts of the world, such as the USA or South Asia, other art forms, the English language and related intellectual traditions. Many graduates pursue careers in information management, teaching and academia; others go on to work in media and the creative industries.


Further information about the course can be found on the Faculty and University websites.

Typical offers require

  • A Level: A*AA inc A* English Literature
  • IB: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher Level inc 7 in HL English Literature
  • English Language and Literature may be accepted as a substitute for English Literature

For other qualifications, see the main entrance requirements pages on the University website.

Course Requirements

  • A Level/IB Higher Level (or equivalent) in English Literature or, A Level/IB Higher Level (or equivalent) in English Literature and Language 

Mature students and those taking other qualifications are encouraged to contact our Admissions Office, to discuss the entry requirements for their qualifications.


Number of students 

We aim to admit around ten students per year.

Admissions Assessment

  • Applicants invited for interview will be asked to take a written assessment towards the end of November during the application process.  This will be arranged by the College.  Applicants do not need to register in advance.  The assessment will be sat remotely either at home or in school.
  • Further details about the written assessment can be found on the University website here.

Written work 

Applicants are required to submit two school/college essays as examples of written work prior to interview. 

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