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Overview

Our dynamic English BA degree offers students the chance to study in the heart of London and engage with its literary history. Our teaching is of the highest quality and our modules cover the global history of literatures in English. The programme introduces you to a range of theoretical and historical approaches to literary study and will develop essential skills in critical thinking, expression and research.


Key benefits

  • One of the oldest English departments in the country, with an international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research.

  • Personal attention is given to each student, creating a vibrant intellectual atmosphere and a network of support.

  • We offer a wide range of modules and diverse approaches.

  • Central London location offers access to Shakespeare’s Globe, and countless other sites and buildings with literary associations.

  • Graduates develop transferable analytical and communications skills making them highly desirable to employers across a range of sectors.


Key information

UCAS code Q300

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of English

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Entry requirements

Required grades:

AAA

Required subjects

English Literature, or combined English Language and Literature.

Preferred subjects

English Literature and another arts subject. Also, study of a modern or ancient language.

 


Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.  

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

Access to HE Diploma: Access to EnglishLiterature/Arts/Humanities (or similar) with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Level 3 study must focus on English Literature. Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject at Level 3, and Level 2/ GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including D3 in Literature in English Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject as a Principal Subject, and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in either English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Another arts subject at A level and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in either English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Another arts subject at A level and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in either English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Another arts subject at A level and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher English (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject) Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject at Advanced Higher/Higher, and a modern or ancient language to National 5/Standard Credit/Intermediate 2.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including HL 6 in English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject at HL, and a GCSE (or equivalent) in a modern or ancient language. . Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Non academic requirements

Scholastic activities (Very Desirable): We look for applicants with an enthusiasm for scholastic activities such as reading, drama, philosophical interests, debating or writing which shows signs of an enquiring and critical attitude in the appreciation of literature and the arts. Participation will be valued but achievement in these areas of interest will also be recognised. We also look for signs of breadth of applicant's reading - especially reading that goes beyond the scope of school syllabus (eg reading that extends beyond A level set texts).

Community activities (Desirable): We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them. Artistic and literary interests, achievements, and contributions to the school and broader community are taken into account, eg membership of writing or literary appreciation clubs, and participation in theatrical productions, poetry readings and literary festivals and exhibitions.

General (Desirable): We look for applicants who have varied extra-curricular interests and enjoy active participation in areas such as sport, travelling, outdoor activities, crafts and community work. Participation will be valued but any achievement in extra-curricular activities will also be recognised. We hope to attract applicants who enjoy reading and analysing literature and poetry in their leisure time, and also those who enjoy writing, be it poetry, plays, books or journalistic articles. King's aspires to recruit applicants who will continue with their personal interests and contribute to the vitality of the College community.

Paid or voluntary work (Desirable): Although we do not require applicants to have been in paid or voluntary employment, we welcome applications from those who can demonstrate tenacity and an ability to prioritise by being employed in work alongside their studies.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15 2017.

Required grades:

35 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 666

Required subjects

English Literature, or combined English Language and Literature.

Preferred subjects

English Literature and another arts subject. Also, study of a modern or ancient language.

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.  

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

Access to HE Diploma: Access to EnglishLiterature/Arts/Humanities (or similar) with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Level 3 study must focus on English Literature. Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject at Level 3, and Level 2/ GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including D3 in Literature in English Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject as a Principal Subject, and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in either English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Another arts subject at A level and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in either English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Another arts subject at A level and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in either English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Another arts subject at A level and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher English (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject) Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject at Advanced Higher/Higher, and a modern or ancient language to National 5/Standard Credit/Intermediate 2.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including HL 6 in English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject at HL, and a GCSE (or equivalent) in a modern or ancient language. . Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Non academic requirements

Scholastic activities (Very Desirable): We look for applicants with an enthusiasm for scholastic activities such as reading, drama, philosophical interests, debating or writing which shows signs of an enquiring and critical attitude in the appreciation of literature and the arts. Participation will be valued but achievement in these areas of interest will also be recognised. We also look for signs of breadth of applicant's reading - especially reading that goes beyond the scope of school syllabus (eg reading that extends beyond A level set texts).

Community activities (Desirable): We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them. Artistic and literary interests, achievements, and contributions to the school and broader community are taken into account, eg membership of writing or literary appreciation clubs, and participation in theatrical productions, poetry readings and literary festivals and exhibitions.

General (Desirable): We look for applicants who have varied extra-curricular interests and enjoy active participation in areas such as sport, travelling, outdoor activities, crafts and community work. Participation will be valued but any achievement in extra-curricular activities will also be recognised. We hope to attract applicants who enjoy reading and analysing literature and poetry in their leisure time, and also those who enjoy writing, be it poetry, plays, books or journalistic articles. King's aspires to recruit applicants who will continue with their personal interests and contribute to the vitality of the College community.

Paid or voluntary work (Desirable): Although we do not require applicants to have been in paid or voluntary employment, we welcome applications from those who can demonstrate tenacity and an ability to prioritise by being employed in work alongside their studies.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15 2017.

Required grades:

45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required subjects

English Literature, or combined English Language and Literature.

Preferred subjects

English Literature and another arts subject. Also, study of a modern or ancient language.

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.  

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

Access to HE Diploma: Access to EnglishLiterature/Arts/Humanities (or similar) with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Level 3 study must focus on English Literature. Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject at Level 3, and Level 2/ GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including D3 in Literature in English Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject as a Principal Subject, and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in either English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Another arts subject at A level and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in either English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Another arts subject at A level and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in either English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Another arts subject at A level and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher English (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject) Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject at Advanced Higher/Higher, and a modern or ancient language to National 5/Standard Credit/Intermediate 2.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including HL 6 in English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject at HL, and a GCSE (or equivalent) in a modern or ancient language. . Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Non academic requirements

Scholastic activities (Very Desirable): We look for applicants with an enthusiasm for scholastic activities such as reading, drama, philosophical interests, debating or writing which shows signs of an enquiring and critical attitude in the appreciation of literature and the arts. Participation will be valued but achievement in these areas of interest will also be recognised. We also look for signs of breadth of applicant's reading - especially reading that goes beyond the scope of school syllabus (eg reading that extends beyond A level set texts).

Community activities (Desirable): We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them. Artistic and literary interests, achievements, and contributions to the school and broader community are taken into account, eg membership of writing or literary appreciation clubs, and participation in theatrical productions, poetry readings and literary festivals and exhibitions.

General (Desirable): We look for applicants who have varied extra-curricular interests and enjoy active participation in areas such as sport, travelling, outdoor activities, crafts and community work. Participation will be valued but any achievement in extra-curricular activities will also be recognised. We hope to attract applicants who enjoy reading and analysing literature and poetry in their leisure time, and also those who enjoy writing, be it poetry, plays, books or journalistic articles. King's aspires to recruit applicants who will continue with their personal interests and contribute to the vitality of the College community.

Paid or voluntary work (Desirable): Although we do not require applicants to have been in paid or voluntary employment, we welcome applications from those who can demonstrate tenacity and an ability to prioritise by being employed in work alongside their studies.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15 2017.

Required grades:

D3 D3 D3

Required subjects

English Literature, or combined English Language and Literature.

Preferred subjects

English Literature and another arts subject. Also, study of a modern or ancient language.

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.  

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

Access to HE Diploma: Access to EnglishLiterature/Arts/Humanities (or similar) with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Level 3 study must focus on English Literature. Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject at Level 3, and Level 2/ GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including D3 in Literature in English Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject as a Principal Subject, and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in either English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Another arts subject at A level and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in either English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Another arts subject at A level and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in either English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Another arts subject at A level and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher English (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject) Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject at Advanced Higher/Higher, and a modern or ancient language to National 5/Standard Credit/Intermediate 2.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including HL 6 in English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject at HL, and a GCSE (or equivalent) in a modern or ancient language. . Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Non academic requirements

Scholastic activities (Very Desirable): We look for applicants with an enthusiasm for scholastic activities such as reading, drama, philosophical interests, debating or writing which shows signs of an enquiring and critical attitude in the appreciation of literature and the arts. Participation will be valued but achievement in these areas of interest will also be recognised. We also look for signs of breadth of applicant's reading - especially reading that goes beyond the scope of school syllabus (eg reading that extends beyond A level set texts).

Community activities (Desirable): We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them. Artistic and literary interests, achievements, and contributions to the school and broader community are taken into account, eg membership of writing or literary appreciation clubs, and participation in theatrical productions, poetry readings and literary festivals and exhibitions.

General (Desirable): We look for applicants who have varied extra-curricular interests and enjoy active participation in areas such as sport, travelling, outdoor activities, crafts and community work. Participation will be valued but any achievement in extra-curricular activities will also be recognised. We hope to attract applicants who enjoy reading and analysing literature and poetry in their leisure time, and also those who enjoy writing, be it poetry, plays, books or journalistic articles. King's aspires to recruit applicants who will continue with their personal interests and contribute to the vitality of the College community.

Paid or voluntary work (Desirable): Although we do not require applicants to have been in paid or voluntary employment, we welcome applications from those who can demonstrate tenacity and an ability to prioritise by being employed in work alongside their studies.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15 2017.

Required grades:

Further information below

Required subjects

English Literature, or combined English Language and Literature.

Preferred subjects

English Literature and another arts subject. Also, study of a modern or ancient language.

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.  

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

Access to HE Diploma: Access to EnglishLiterature/Arts/Humanities (or similar) with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Level 3 study must focus on English Literature. Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject at Level 3, and Level 2/ GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including D3 in Literature in English Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject as a Principal Subject, and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in either English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Another arts subject at A level and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in either English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Another arts subject at A level and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in either English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Another arts subject at A level and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher English (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject) Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject at Advanced Higher/Higher, and a modern or ancient language to National 5/Standard Credit/Intermediate 2.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including HL 6 in English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject at HL, and a GCSE (or equivalent) in a modern or ancient language. . Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Non academic requirements

Scholastic activities (Very Desirable): We look for applicants with an enthusiasm for scholastic activities such as reading, drama, philosophical interests, debating or writing which shows signs of an enquiring and critical attitude in the appreciation of literature and the arts. Participation will be valued but achievement in these areas of interest will also be recognised. We also look for signs of breadth of applicant's reading - especially reading that goes beyond the scope of school syllabus (eg reading that extends beyond A level set texts).

Community activities (Desirable): We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them. Artistic and literary interests, achievements, and contributions to the school and broader community are taken into account, eg membership of writing or literary appreciation clubs, and participation in theatrical productions, poetry readings and literary festivals and exhibitions.

General (Desirable): We look for applicants who have varied extra-curricular interests and enjoy active participation in areas such as sport, travelling, outdoor activities, crafts and community work. Participation will be valued but any achievement in extra-curricular activities will also be recognised. We hope to attract applicants who enjoy reading and analysing literature and poetry in their leisure time, and also those who enjoy writing, be it poetry, plays, books or journalistic articles. King's aspires to recruit applicants who will continue with their personal interests and contribute to the vitality of the College community.

Paid or voluntary work (Desirable): Although we do not require applicants to have been in paid or voluntary employment, we welcome applications from those who can demonstrate tenacity and an ability to prioritise by being employed in work alongside their studies.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15 2017.

Required grades:

Further information below

Required subjects

English Literature, or combined English Language and Literature.

Preferred subjects

English Literature and another arts subject. Also, study of a modern or ancient language.

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.  

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

Access to HE Diploma: Access to EnglishLiterature/Arts/Humanities (or similar) with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Level 3 study must focus on English Literature. Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject at Level 3, and Level 2/ GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including D3 in Literature in English Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject as a Principal Subject, and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in either English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Another arts subject at A level and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in either English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Another arts subject at A level and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in either English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Another arts subject at A level and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher English (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject) Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject at Advanced Higher/Higher, and a modern or ancient language to National 5/Standard Credit/Intermediate 2.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including HL 6 in English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject at HL, and a GCSE (or equivalent) in a modern or ancient language. . Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Non academic requirements

Scholastic activities (Very Desirable): We look for applicants with an enthusiasm for scholastic activities such as reading, drama, philosophical interests, debating or writing which shows signs of an enquiring and critical attitude in the appreciation of literature and the arts. Participation will be valued but achievement in these areas of interest will also be recognised. We also look for signs of breadth of applicant's reading - especially reading that goes beyond the scope of school syllabus (eg reading that extends beyond A level set texts).

Community activities (Desirable): We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them. Artistic and literary interests, achievements, and contributions to the school and broader community are taken into account, eg membership of writing or literary appreciation clubs, and participation in theatrical productions, poetry readings and literary festivals and exhibitions.

General (Desirable): We look for applicants who have varied extra-curricular interests and enjoy active participation in areas such as sport, travelling, outdoor activities, crafts and community work. Participation will be valued but any achievement in extra-curricular activities will also be recognised. We hope to attract applicants who enjoy reading and analysing literature and poetry in their leisure time, and also those who enjoy writing, be it poetry, plays, books or journalistic articles. King's aspires to recruit applicants who will continue with their personal interests and contribute to the vitality of the College community.

Paid or voluntary work (Desirable): Although we do not require applicants to have been in paid or voluntary employment, we welcome applications from those who can demonstrate tenacity and an ability to prioritise by being employed in work alongside their studies.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15 2017.

Required grades:

Further information below

Required subjects

English Literature, or combined English Language and Literature.

Preferred subjects

English Literature and another arts subject. Also, study of a modern or ancient language.

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.  

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

Access to HE Diploma: Access to EnglishLiterature/Arts/Humanities (or similar) with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Level 3 study must focus on English Literature. Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject at Level 3, and Level 2/ GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including D3 in Literature in English Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject as a Principal Subject, and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in either English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Another arts subject at A level and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in either English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Another arts subject at A level and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in either English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Another arts subject at A level and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher English (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject) Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject at Advanced Higher/Higher, and a modern or ancient language to National 5/Standard Credit/Intermediate 2.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including HL 6 in English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject at HL, and a GCSE (or equivalent) in a modern or ancient language. . Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Non academic requirements

Scholastic activities (Very Desirable): We look for applicants with an enthusiasm for scholastic activities such as reading, drama, philosophical interests, debating or writing which shows signs of an enquiring and critical attitude in the appreciation of literature and the arts. Participation will be valued but achievement in these areas of interest will also be recognised. We also look for signs of breadth of applicant's reading - especially reading that goes beyond the scope of school syllabus (eg reading that extends beyond A level set texts).

Community activities (Desirable): We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them. Artistic and literary interests, achievements, and contributions to the school and broader community are taken into account, eg membership of writing or literary appreciation clubs, and participation in theatrical productions, poetry readings and literary festivals and exhibitions.

General (Desirable): We look for applicants who have varied extra-curricular interests and enjoy active participation in areas such as sport, travelling, outdoor activities, crafts and community work. Participation will be valued but any achievement in extra-curricular activities will also be recognised. We hope to attract applicants who enjoy reading and analysing literature and poetry in their leisure time, and also those who enjoy writing, be it poetry, plays, books or journalistic articles. King's aspires to recruit applicants who will continue with their personal interests and contribute to the vitality of the College community.

Paid or voluntary work (Desirable): Although we do not require applicants to have been in paid or voluntary employment, we welcome applications from those who can demonstrate tenacity and an ability to prioritise by being employed in work alongside their studies.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15 2017.

Required grades:

85% overall

Required subjects

English Literature, or combined English Language and Literature.

Preferred subjects

English Literature and another arts subject. Also, study of a modern or ancient language.

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.  

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

Access to HE Diploma: Access to EnglishLiterature/Arts/Humanities (or similar) with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Level 3 study must focus on English Literature. Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject at Level 3, and Level 2/ GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including D3 in Literature in English Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject as a Principal Subject, and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in either English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Another arts subject at A level and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in either English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Another arts subject at A level and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in either English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Another arts subject at A level and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher English (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject) Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject at Advanced Higher/Higher, and a modern or ancient language to National 5/Standard Credit/Intermediate 2.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including HL 6 in English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject at HL, and a GCSE (or equivalent) in a modern or ancient language. . Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Non academic requirements

Scholastic activities (Very Desirable): We look for applicants with an enthusiasm for scholastic activities such as reading, drama, philosophical interests, debating or writing which shows signs of an enquiring and critical attitude in the appreciation of literature and the arts. Participation will be valued but achievement in these areas of interest will also be recognised. We also look for signs of breadth of applicant's reading - especially reading that goes beyond the scope of school syllabus (eg reading that extends beyond A level set texts).

Community activities (Desirable): We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them. Artistic and literary interests, achievements, and contributions to the school and broader community are taken into account, eg membership of writing or literary appreciation clubs, and participation in theatrical productions, poetry readings and literary festivals and exhibitions.

General (Desirable): We look for applicants who have varied extra-curricular interests and enjoy active participation in areas such as sport, travelling, outdoor activities, crafts and community work. Participation will be valued but any achievement in extra-curricular activities will also be recognised. We hope to attract applicants who enjoy reading and analysing literature and poetry in their leisure time, and also those who enjoy writing, be it poetry, plays, books or journalistic articles. King's aspires to recruit applicants who will continue with their personal interests and contribute to the vitality of the College community.

Paid or voluntary work (Desirable): Although we do not require applicants to have been in paid or voluntary employment, we welcome applications from those who can demonstrate tenacity and an ability to prioritise by being employed in work alongside their studies.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15 2017.

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

English Literature, or combined English Language and Literature.

Preferred subjects

English Literature and another arts subject. Also, study of a modern or ancient language.

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.  

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer

Access to HE Diploma: Access to EnglishLiterature/Arts/Humanities (or similar) with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Level 3 study must focus on English Literature. Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject at Level 3, and Level 2/ GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including D3 in Literature in English Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject as a Principal Subject, and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in either English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Another arts subject at A level and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in either English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Another arts subject at A level and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in either English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Another arts subject at A level and a GCSE in a modern or ancient language.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher English (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject) Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject at Advanced Higher/Higher, and a modern or ancient language to National 5/Standard Credit/Intermediate 2.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including HL 6 in English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject at HL, and a GCSE (or equivalent) in a modern or ancient language. . Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Non academic requirements

Scholastic activities (Very Desirable): We look for applicants with an enthusiasm for scholastic activities such as reading, drama, philosophical interests, debating or writing which shows signs of an enquiring and critical attitude in the appreciation of literature and the arts. Participation will be valued but achievement in these areas of interest will also be recognised. We also look for signs of breadth of applicant's reading - especially reading that goes beyond the scope of school syllabus (eg reading that extends beyond A level set texts).

Community activities (Desirable): We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them. Artistic and literary interests, achievements, and contributions to the school and broader community are taken into account, eg membership of writing or literary appreciation clubs, and participation in theatrical productions, poetry readings and literary festivals and exhibitions.

General (Desirable): We look for applicants who have varied extra-curricular interests and enjoy active participation in areas such as sport, travelling, outdoor activities, crafts and community work. Participation will be valued but any achievement in extra-curricular activities will also be recognised. We hope to attract applicants who enjoy reading and analysing literature and poetry in their leisure time, and also those who enjoy writing, be it poetry, plays, books or journalistic articles. King's aspires to recruit applicants who will continue with their personal interests and contribute to the vitality of the College community.

Paid or voluntary work (Desirable): Although we do not require applicants to have been in paid or voluntary employment, we welcome applications from those who can demonstrate tenacity and an ability to prioritise by being employed in work alongside their studies.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15 2017.

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Course detail

Description

Ranging from canonical figures to recent rediscoveries and the newest of new writing, from London to Scotland, Ireland, America, India, Australia and beyond, studying English at King’s allows you to encounter literature up close and as part of a network that stretches across the centuries and across the globe. We pride ourselves not only on the range and diversity of the modules we offer, from medieval literature to contemporary poetry and creative writing, but also on the diversity of the approaches we employ, combining contemporary literary theory, close textual examination and historical scholarship. We aim to offer open and imaginative approaches to classic English texts together with newer and less familiar developments in the discipline.

Your first year modules provide a basis for modules taken in your second and final years. Second year modules are chosen within a banding system, designed for a balanced structure of study, whilst in the third year a wide choice is available, allowing you to specialise in your particular interests. Your close study of English literature will encourage and develop a clear critical thinking and succinct expression of ideas that are concrete and valuable assets in today's job market.

Teaching 

Our effective personal tutor system means you will benefit from individual attention. All modules involve seminars, and on a typical module your time will be divided equally between these and more formal lectures.

Structure of course and assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examination.

Location

London is a city of words and images. We are fortunate to be located at the heart of its arts and media district, and close to historic literary locations, offering exciting possibilities for the study of film, theatre, literature and other art-forms. Within 20 minutes’ walk of the Department of English at King’s Strand Campus are Shakespeare’s Globe and the site of the Tabard Inn, where Chaucer’s pilgrims started out on their journey. Even closer at hand are the Inns of Court, Covent Garden, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane (London’s oldest working theatre) and countless other sites and buildings with literary associations. Just across Waterloo Bridge is the South Bank arts complex, including the IMAX Cinema, as well as the new BFI Southbank (three screens), which contains the BFI Mediatheque, a studio cinema, and a gallery among other facilities.

Special notes

All students are offered the opportunity to study abroad – in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and other locations – during the second year of their English degree at King’s. Recent popular destinations include the University of California, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the University of Toronto, Humbolt University, Berlin, and the University of Hong Kong.

Structure

  • This is a three-year degree course in which you will take a combination of required and optional modules to total 120 credits.


    You will take eight modules, one of which is an optional module that may be taken with another department.


    Required Modules

    • Classical and Biblical Contexts of English Literature (15 credits)
    • Early Modern Literary Culture (15 credits)
    • Introducing Literary Theories (15 credits)
    • Language and Time (15 credits)
    • Medieval Literary Culture (15 credits)
    • Reading Poetry (15 credits)
    • Writing London (15 credits)

    Optional Modules

    Selected options may be offered by the following departments:

    • Classics
    • Digital Humanities
    • French
    • Comparative Literature
    • Film Studies
    • Modern Language Centre
    • Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies
    • Theology & Religious Studies
  • The department operates a banding system in the second year, to ensure a balanced programme of study.

    • Band 1: Literature up to 1800 and English Language
    • Band 2: Literature 1800 - present

    You must take a minimum of four Band 1 modules during your second year. At least one of these must be a Band 1 Medieval option.

     


    Optional Modules

    In total you will take eight 15-credit modules from the wide range of modules within these bands, which may typically include: 

    Band One examples:

    • A Mad World, My Masters: Performing Culture in Jacobean England
    • Renaissance Wordplay
    • Comedy and Revolution
    • Cultural Encounters: literature and language in the Anglo-Saxon period (Medieval)
    • Eighteenth-Century Travel Writing
    • The Film of the Play
    • History, Politics & Elizabethan Imagination
    • Language on the Edge
    • London Literature 1380-1450 (Medieval)
    • Lyric and the Inner Life: poetry and selfhood in the Romantic Era
    • Old English Poems & Modern British Poetry (Medieval)
    • Performance in Medieval Culture (Medieval)
    • The Poetry of Revolution
    • Subjects of Desire in Medieval Literature (Medieval)

    Band Two examples:

    • Prose Fiction
    • Literature and Psychoanalysis
    • Modern Theatre
    • Victorians and Social Change
    • Shocks of the New
    • Writing the New Nation: Nineteenth Century American Literature
    • US slavery and the literary imagination
    • Palestinian and Israeli Literature

    You also have the opportunity to study abroad in the second semester of the second year. Our partner universities currently include:

    • National University of Singapore
    • University of Toronto
    • University of California
    • University of North Carolina
    • University of Pennsylvania
    • Hong Kong University
    • University of Sydney
    • University of British Columbia
    • University of Michigan

     


  • Required Modules

    There are no required modules in Year 3.

    Optional Modules

    Choose either eight 15-credit modules or six 15-credit modules plus a 30 credit dissertation from a wide range of optional English modules from a list which may typically include: 

    • The Art of Samuel Beckett
    • Autobiography and Modern Self-Representation
    • Beowulf
    • Creative Writing: Drama
    • Critically Queer: Literature, Culture and Queer Theory
    • Imagining Britain: Medieval Places, Journeys, Maps
    • Late Shakespeare
    • Intellectuals of the Black Atlantic World
    • Modernist Short Story
    • Imagined Worlds
    • Victorians Abroad
    • Reading Paradise Lost
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Career prospects

English is a flexible and adaptable subject that equips you with a wide range of transferable skills appropriate to many different occupations. Graduates from our English BA possess skills in written and spoken communication, independent thought and judgement, critical thinking and research, all of which are highly valued by employers. Applicants may be interested in a career in journalism, publishing and the creative industries, or in education and research. Many graduates also go into general management, consultancy and the public services.

Career destinations

Recent graduates have found employment as…

• Librarian, London Borough of Barnet

• Marketing Executive, Ensphere

• Charity Fundraiser, Gogen

• Content Editor, Thomson Reuters UK Professional

• Corporate Affairs Intern, Cadbury Plc

• English Teacher, St Giles College

• Graduate Management Trainee, Sotheby’s

• Junior Script Reader, Altered Image

• National Events Executive, Fundraising & Marketing, Cancer Research UK

• Recruitment Consultant, Michael Page International

• Website Administrator, Walkopedia.ne

• Lecturer, King’s College London and other UK universities

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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The current tuition fee is set as £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees EU:

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

This means that the current tuition fee is £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees International:

£17,050 p.a. (2017/18). This tuition fee is subject to annual increases, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

 

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