University of Oxford
Tutors: Dr Kate McLoughlin
Number admitted: 4-6 a year (including joint degrees in Classics & English, History & English and English & Modern Languages).
Entry qualifications: Students apply to us with a variety of qualifications. Some have taken A levels, but others have studied for Access courses or Open University credits. We would advise applicants to undertake formal study of some sort before applying. There is no special type of student that we are looking for, but to study for an Oxford English degree, a keen interest in a wide range of literary works is necessary, as well as a good verbal memory and an aptitude for examinations.
Applicants will be selected by means of interviews and a written test that includes a critical comparison of poems or passages of prose, and an essay question. A piece of written work which shows a variety of reading should also be provided. Please see http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/courses-listing/english-language-and-literature for further information.
The course comprises Prelims (examined at the end of the first year) and the Final Honour School (examined at the end of the third year).
For Prelims four papers are taken:
The Final Honour School (Course I) comprises 7 papers:
There is also the possibility of taking Course II for the Final Honour School. This focuses on earlier literature and the history of English. You can elect at the end of your first year whether to take Course I or Course II.
Most papers are taught in College through a range of tutorials and classes; for some, you may be taught by tutors in other colleges . Tutorials may be taught in pairs, in threes or one-to-one. In the 3rd year, the special options are taught centrally.
English students enter a variety of careers including academia, teaching, journalism, the media, publishing, business, law and the civil service.Further information from the Faculty of English Language and Literature