University of Oxford
Tutors: Dr John Sloan
Number admitted: 4-6 a year (including joint degrees in English & Modern Languages and Modern History & English).
Entry qualifications: Students apply to us with a variety of qualifications. Some have taken 2 or more A levels, but others have Access or Open University backgrounds. 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. Two pieces of written work which show a variety of reading should also be provided.
The course: The course comprises: Moderations, examined at the end of the first year, and Final Honour School, examined at the end of the third year.
For Moderations four papers are taken:
An introduction to literary studies
Either Literature 1832-1900 or 1900-to the present day
Either Old English or Middle English
Special Topics and Authors (a choice of options)
Final Honour School comprises 8 papers, including two Extended Essay papers, from a range of options. The Extended Essay papers are written over a three-week period. An optional thesis may also be submitted.
Teaching: Most subjects are taught in College through a range of tutorials and classes. Of tutorials, some are in pairs, some single. In the Third year, some of the optional subjects (e.g. Film Studies and Media) are taught centrally.
Future careers: English students enter a variety of careers: teaching, journalism, the media, business, law.
Further information from the Faculty of English Language and Literature
About the tutors: John Sloan's research interests are in 19th and 20th-century literature.