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Overview

A dynamic degree that 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 students to a range of theoretical and historical approaches to literary study. This degree 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 given to each student, creating a vibrant intellectual atmosphere and a network of support.

  • Offers 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: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers (including grade A in English) 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 15th 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: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers (including grade A in English) 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 15th 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: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers (including grade A in English) 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 15th 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: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers (including grade A in English) 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 15th 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: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers (including grade A in English) 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 15th 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: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers (including grade A in English) 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 15th 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: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers (including grade A in English) 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 15th 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: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers (including grade A in English) 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 15th 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: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers (including grade A in English) 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 15th 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 style

The department attaches great importance to the personal attention it gives to each student. All modules involve seminars, and on a typical module your time is equally divided between these and more formal lectures. We have an effective personal tutor system and a staff-student committee. The department has an international reputation for the quality of its scholarship and all members of staff are actively involved in research. Tutors aim to connect research and teaching, both in the classroom and at the many extra research seminars, poetry readings and literary events held in the department. Individual staff members are frequently called upon to contribute their specialist knowledge to newspapers and other media, and we collaborate with cultural institutions such as Shakespeare’s Globe, the British Museum, the British Library, the Natural History Museum, the Courtauld Institute, the Royal Society of Literature, the V&A and the Wellcome Trust. We have published major recent works on medieval literature and visual culture, early modern drama, 18th-century and Romantic cultural history, Victorian literature and culture, urbanism, 19th and 20th-century American literature, Australian literature and postcolonial literature and textual editing.

Structure of course and assessment

The degree lasts three years, and is assessed through a variety of methods including essays, examinations, creative writing, portfolios, dissertations and other forms of literary analysis. The first year aims to ground your studies in a range of periods and approaches rarely encountered at school level, while in the second and third year you choose from a wide range of options, allowing you to develop your own specialism. Final-year students have the opportunity to design their own research project through the dissertation module, supported by a designated supervisor and a series of workshops.

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

  • In Year 1 students study the following core modules. King's reviews its option modules on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes and this list is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the Department for further advice


    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

    • Early Modern Literary Culture
    • Introducing Literary Theories

    • Language and Time

    • Medieval Literary Culture

    • Reading Poetry

    • Writing London

    Optional Modules

    Selected options may be offered by the following departments:

    • Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies

    • Centre for Computing in the Humanities

    • French

    • Comparative Literature

    • Film Studies

    • Modern Language Centre

    • Portuguese & Brazilian Studies

    • Spanish & Spanish American Studies

    • Theology & Religious Studies

  • In Year 2 you will choose eight modules from a wide range of options. The department operates a banding system in the second year, to ensure a balanced programme of study. The following options may be offered in a given year.


    Optional Modules

    • A Mad World, My Masters: Performing Culture in Jacobean England

    • American Popular Culture

    • The Colonial Novel and British India

    • Comedy and Revolution

    • Contemporary Global Novels
    • Creative Writing Drama

     

    • Creative Writing Prose Fiction

    • Cultural Encounters [medieval]

    • Eighteenth-Century Travel Writing

    • Experimental Theatre

    • Film of the Play

    • Fin de Siècle

    • First World War Literature

    • Gender and Performance

    • History, Politics and the Elizabethan Imagination

    • Language on the Edge

    • Literature and Psychoanalysis

    • London Literature 1380-1450

    • Lyric and the Inner Life

    • Mapping Modernism

    • Modern Poetry and the Place of Writing

    • Modern Theatre

    • Old English Poems and Modern British Poetry

    • Performance in Medieval Culture

    • The Poetry of Revolution

    • Renaissance Wordplay

    • The Rise of the Novel

    • Subjects of Desire in Medieval Religious Writings

    • Theatre Capital

    • Theatre, Culture & Politics after the 1960's
    • Twentieth Century American Fiction

    • US Slavery and Literary Imagination

    • Victorians and Social Change

    • Writing Africa

    • Writing the New Nation: Nineteenth-Century American Literature

  • In Year 3 you will choose eight modules from a wide range of options. Alternatively, you will have the option to choose six modules and a dissertation option. The following options may be offered in a given year.


    Optional Modules

    • Alternative Americas

    • The American West

    • The Art of Samuel Beckett
    • Autobiography and Modern Self-Representation

    • Beowulf

    • Conspiracy Fictions in Contemporary America

    • Creative Writing Poetry

    • Critically Queer: Literature, Culture and Queer Theory

    • George Eliot: Fiction and Context

    • Imagined Worlds

    • Imagining Britain: Medieval Places, Journeys, Maps

    • Intellectuals of the Black Atlantic World

    • James Joyce and Ulysses
    • Jane Austen in Context

    • Late Shakespeare
    • Life of the Sonnet

    • Literature and Impressionism

    • Literature and Media

    • Literature, Solidarity and the Humanitarian Turn

    • Lost Worlds: Victorian Literature and Science

    • Medieval/Modern: Text, Culture and Politics of Time
    • Melancholia and its Modern Afterlife

    • Memory and Time in Nineteenth Century

    • Modernist Short Story
    • Narrating Nuclear Disaster

    • Poetry in America 1900-1950
    • Poetry in America 1950 - Present

    • Postcolonial Perspectives

    • Reading Paradise Lost

    • Shakespeare’s London

     

    • Testimony: The Holocaust and Rwanda
    • Theatre and Politics

    • Twenty-First Century American Fiction

    • Victorians Abroad

    • Virginia Woolf and the Politics of Reading

    • Waste and Idleness
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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 in English 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 - Home/EU

£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£16,250 p.a. (2016/17)**

For further undergraduate funding information, please visit our fees and funding webpages.

*This tuition fee may be subject to annual increases.

**This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

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