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English BA

UCAS code: Q300

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Required A-level:
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 January 2021
Apply via UCAS

Our dynamic English BA degree offers you the chance to study in the heart of London and engage with its literary history. You'll be able to select from a wide array of exciting areas of study – with world-class lecturers working on everything from contemporary poetry to medieval performance, from South Asian fiction to creative writing. During the degree, you will discover a range of theoretical and historical approaches to literary study and 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.
  • Central London location offers opportunities to work with Shakespeare's Globe as well as an exciting range of other sites and archives.
  • Ours is a department committed to teaching English literatures of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries written in America, Anglophone Africa, Australia, Ireland and South Asia as well as within the UK.
  • Personal attention is given to each student, creating a vibrant intellectual atmosphere and a network of support.
  • Graduates develop transferable analytical and communications skills making them highly desirable to employers across a range of sectors.
  • With several research centres at King's, including the Centre for Modern Literature and Culture, Queer @ King's and the London Shakespeare Centre, you will be working alongside cutting-edge research across a range of fields.

What I love most about my course is how flexible it is! The module options are so diverse, and I’ve gotten to take such unique classes.

Elana, English BA, Alumni

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Studying English at King’s you will encounter literature that stretches back through the centuries and reaches out across the globe. We pride ourselves on the range and diversity of the modules we offer, ranging across genre, period and place and including creative writing. We embrace diverse approaches, combining contemporary literary theory, close textual examination and historical scholarship. Our aim is to offer open and imaginative approaches to classic English texts together with newer and less familiar developments in the discipline. The Department has an international reputation for the quality of its scholarship and all members of staff are actively involved in research. We aim to connect research and teaching, both in the classroom and at the many extra activities and events we offer.

Course Aims

  • Studying English at King’s you will encounter literature that stretches back through the centuries and reaches out across the globe. We pride ourselves on the range and diversity of the modules we offer, ranging across genre, period and place and including creative writing. We embrace diverse approaches, combining contemporary literary theory, close textual examination and historical scholarship. Our aim is to offer open and imaginative approaches to classic English texts together with newer and less familiar developments in the discipline.
  • The Department has an international reputation for the quality of its scholarship and all members of staff are actively involved in research. We aim to connect research and teaching, both in the classroom and at the many extra activities and events we offer.
  • 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.
  • Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include essays, exams (unseen, open book and prior disclosure), critical commentaries, creative work (e.g. fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction), translations, reports, seminar presentations and reader-response exercises.
  • 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.
  • Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.
  • 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.

Base campus

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

Special features

Optional study abroad

On this programme, you will have the opportunity to apply for either a single semester or a full year abroad supported by the Study Abroad Tutor in your department and King’s Global Mobility Office. Together with partner organisations around the world, you will be supported in navigating your international, educational journey, developing new skills and competences and learning to apply different perspectives to your chosen discipline.

Find out more about Study Abroad
Optional internships

Students will be supported through innovative digital education tools to discover meaningful work experience for themselves, including internships, insight programmes, which you can undertake alongside your studies.

Find out more about internships

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
English Literature, or combined English Language and Literature
Preferred subjects:
English Literature and another arts subject

A-Levels

Required grades:
AAA

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels.

International Baccalaureate

35 points

Including 666 at Higher Level, and including grade 6 at Higher Level in English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

You will also need:

GCSEs: There is no GCSE requirement for this programme.

Alternative accepted qualifications

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

Application deadline: January 15th 2021

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.

 

 

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

All modules involve seminars, and on a typical module your time will be divided equally between these and more formal lectures.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

At King’s, all students on a taught programme are allocated a personal tutor who will play a key role in helping you to get the most out of your studies, providing support and encouragement for your time at university. In English, all students are taught by their personal tutor in their first semester.

Personal tutors provide you with the opportunity to take stock of your learning, academic progress and general wellbeing as you progress through your studies, offering guidance on how to seek further support if you need it, and how to access the range of opportunities available to you as a King's student. 

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Written Examinations
  • Assessed Essays

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written examinations.

Forms of assessment may typically include essays, exams (unseen, open book and prior disclosure), critical commentaries, creative work (e.g. fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction), translations, reports, seminar presentations and reader-response exercises.

In Year 1, exams contribute approximately 45% to your final mark. Due to flexible options in Years 2 and 3, coursework can contribute up to 100% to your final mark and examinations can contribute up to approximately 75% to your final mark.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

This is a three-year degree course in which you will take a combination of required and optional modules to total 360 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

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, and critical thinking and research, all of which are highly valued by employers. Our students are often interested in a career in the creative and cultural  industries, and in education and research. Equally, many of our graduates also go into general management, consultancy and the public services, or take conversion courses to begins careers in professions such as law.

Destinations

Recent graduates have found employment within the following job roles and companies:

  • 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
  • Recruitment Consultant, Michael Page International
  • Website Administrator, Walkopedia.ne
  • Lecturer, King's College London and other UK universities

Our professional network

Our professional network

Tuition Fees

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Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is £20,790 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, 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.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • If you study abroad as part of your course, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities.
  • King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees At present these are as follows:
  • Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,167 for King’s tuition fees for the year.  
  • Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year.
  • You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.
  • In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for:
  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

• Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year.

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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Studying English at King’s you will encounter literature that stretches back through the centuries and reaches out across the globe. We pride ourselves on the range and diversity of the modules we offer, ranging across genre, period and place and including creative writing. We embrace diverse approaches, combining contemporary literary theory, close textual examination and historical scholarship. Our aim is to offer open and imaginative approaches to classic English texts together with newer and less familiar developments in the discipline. The Department has an international reputation for the quality of its scholarship and all members of staff are actively involved in research. We aim to connect research and teaching, both in the classroom and at the many extra activities and events we offer.

Course Aims

  • Studying English at King’s you will encounter literature that stretches back through the centuries and reaches out across the globe. We pride ourselves on the range and diversity of the modules we offer, ranging across genre, period and place and including creative writing. We embrace diverse approaches, combining contemporary literary theory, close textual examination and historical scholarship. Our aim is to offer open and imaginative approaches to classic English texts together with newer and less familiar developments in the discipline.
  • The Department has an international reputation for the quality of its scholarship and all members of staff are actively involved in research. We aim to connect research and teaching, both in the classroom and at the many extra activities and events we offer.
  • 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.
  • Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include essays, exams (unseen, open book and prior disclosure), critical commentaries, creative work (e.g. fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction), translations, reports, seminar presentations and reader-response exercises.
  • 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.
  • Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.
  • 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.

Base campus

strand-quad
Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

Special features

Optional study abroad

On this programme, you will have the opportunity to apply for either a single semester or a full year abroad supported by the Study Abroad Tutor in your department and King’s Global Mobility Office. Together with partner organisations around the world, you will be supported in navigating your international, educational journey, developing new skills and competences and learning to apply different perspectives to your chosen discipline.

Find out more about Study Abroad
Optional internships

Students will be supported through innovative digital education tools to discover meaningful work experience for themselves, including internships, insight programmes, which you can undertake alongside your studies.

Find out more about internships

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
English Literature, or combined English Language and Literature
Preferred subjects:
English Literature and another arts subject

A-Levels

Required grades:
AAA

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels.

International Baccalaureate

35 points

Including 666 at Higher Level, and including grade 6 at Higher Level in English Literature or Combined English Language & Literature. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

You will also need:

GCSEs: There is no GCSE requirement for this programme.

Alternative accepted qualifications

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

Application deadline: January 15th 2021

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.

 

 

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

All modules involve seminars, and on a typical module your time will be divided equally between these and more formal lectures.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

At King’s, all students on a taught programme are allocated a personal tutor who will play a key role in helping you to get the most out of your studies, providing support and encouragement for your time at university. In English, all students are taught by their personal tutor in their first semester.

Personal tutors provide you with the opportunity to take stock of your learning, academic progress and general wellbeing as you progress through your studies, offering guidance on how to seek further support if you need it, and how to access the range of opportunities available to you as a King's student. 

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Written Examinations
  • Assessed Essays

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written examinations.

Forms of assessment may typically include essays, exams (unseen, open book and prior disclosure), critical commentaries, creative work (e.g. fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction), translations, reports, seminar presentations and reader-response exercises.

In Year 1, exams contribute approximately 45% to your final mark. Due to flexible options in Years 2 and 3, coursework can contribute up to 100% to your final mark and examinations can contribute up to approximately 75% to your final mark.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

This is a three-year degree course in which you will take a combination of required and optional modules to total 360 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

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, and critical thinking and research, all of which are highly valued by employers. Our students are often interested in a career in the creative and cultural  industries, and in education and research. Equally, many of our graduates also go into general management, consultancy and the public services, or take conversion courses to begins careers in professions such as law.

Destinations

Recent graduates have found employment within the following job roles and companies:

  • 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
  • Recruitment Consultant, Michael Page International
  • Website Administrator, Walkopedia.ne
  • Lecturer, King's College London and other UK universities

Our professional network

Our professional network

Tuition Fees

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Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is £20,790 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, 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.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • If you study abroad as part of your course, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities.
  • King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees At present these are as follows:
  • Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,167 for King’s tuition fees for the year.  
  • Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year.
  • You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.
  • In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for:
  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

• Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year.

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Required A-level:
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 January 2021
Apply via UCAS

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