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Overview

Our dynamic English BA degree offers you the chance to study in the heart of London and engage with diverse and challenging literary histories from work on modern theatre to the study of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and twentieth-century American poetry to Milton, Jane Austen to Virginia Woolf. You’ll be able to select from a wide array of exciting areas of study – with world-class lecturers in everything from medieval literature to contemporary poetry and 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 access to Shakespeare’s Globe and countless other sites and buildings with literary associations.
  • Teaching and research partnerships with institutions around us such as the Globe Theatre, the Courtauld Institute of Art, the Royal Society of Literature, the British Museum and the Imperial War Museum. 
  • 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 London Shakespeare Centre and the Centre for Modern Literature and Culture, you will be exposed to cutting-edge research in their field.

Key information

UCAS code Q300

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of English

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Description

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, from medieval literature to contemporary poetry and creative writing. We also employ 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 research seminars, poetry readings and literary events we offer.

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.

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

Year 1

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

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Classical & Biblical Contexts of English Literature (15 credits)
  • Early Modern Literary Culture (15 credits)
  • Introducing Literary Theories (15 credits)
  • Introduction to American Literature (15 credits)
  • Medieval Literary Culture (15 credits)
  • Reading Poetry (15 credits)
  • Writing London (15 credits)

Optional Modules

In addition, you will take sufficient credits to bring your total for the year to 120, from either a list of English Department electives, or from one of the following departments, depending on availability:

  • Classics (15 credits) 
  • Digital Humanities (15 credits)
  • French (15 credits)
  • Comparative Literature (15 credits)
  • Film Studies (15 credits)
  • Modern Language Centre (15 credits)
  • Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies (15 credits)
  • Theology & Religious Studies (15 credits)

Year 2

Required Modules

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 are required to 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

You will take sufficient credits to bring your total for the year to 120, from a range of optional modules within these bands which may typically include:

 Band 1 examples
  • A Mad World, My Masters: Performing Culture in Jacobean England (15 credits)
  • Renaissance Wordplay (15 credits)
  • Comedy & Identity (15 credits)
  • Cultural Encounters: Literature & Language in the Anglo-Saxon Period (Medieval) (15 credits)
  • Eighteenth-Century Travel Writing (15 credits)
  • The Film of the Play (15 credits)
  • History, Politics & the Elizabethan Imagination (15 credits)
  • Language on the Edge (15 credits)
  • London Literature 1380-1450 (Medieval) (15 credits)
  • Old English Poems & Modern British Poetry (Medieval) (15 credits)
  • Performance in Medieval Culture (Medieval) (15 credits)
  • The Poetry of Revolution (15 credits)
  • Subjects of Desire in Medieval Literature (Medieval) (15 credits)
  • The Rise of the Novel (15 credits)
  • Family, Authorship and Romanticism (15 Credits)
  • Medieval Science Fiction (Medieval) 15 credits)
  • Unlocking Early Modern Letters (15 credits)
  • Early American Literature (15 credits)
Band 2 examples
  • Prose Fiction (Creative Writing) (15 credits)
  • Literature & Psychoanalysis (15 credits)
  • Gender & Performance (15 credits)
  • Victorians & Social Change (15 credits)
  • Shocks of the New (15 credits)
  • Nineteenth Centure American Literature (15 credits)
  • Theory, Culture & Politics After the 1960s (15 credits)
  • US Slavery & the Literary Imagination (15 credits)
  • Modern Poetry & the Place of Writing (15 credits)
  • American Popular Culture (15 credits)
  • Modern Theatre (15 credits)
  • Theatre Capital (15 credits)
  • Fin de Siècle (15 credits)
  • First World War Literature (15 credits)
  • The Colonial Novel & British India (15 credits)
  • Moments of Culture (15 credits)
  • Mapping Modernism (15 credits)
  • 20th Century American Fiction (15 credits)
  • Experimental Theatre (15 credits)
  • Creative Writing: Drama (15 credits)

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

  • Humboldt zu Berlin (basic German language required despite teaching in English)
  • National University of Singapore
  • University of California
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Hong Kong University
  • University of Sydney
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Michigan

 

Year 3

Required Modules

There are no required modules in Year 3.

Optional Modules

You are required to choose either eight 15 credit modules or six 15 credit modules plus a dissertation from a wide range of optional English modules which may typically include:

  • Autobiography (15 credits)
  • Beowulf (15 credits)
  • Imagining Britain: Medieval Places, Journeys, Maps (15 credits)
  • The Life of the Sonnet (15 credits)
  • Shakespeare’s London (15 credits)
  • Virginia Woolf & the Politics of Reading (15 credits)
  • Conspiracy Fictions in Contemporary America (15 credits)
  • Performance Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Critically Queer (15 credits)
  • Gender, Culture & Power at the Court of Elizabeth I (15 credits)
  • Austen in Context (15 credits)
  • James Joyce & Ulysses (15 credits)
  • Science, Nature & Performance (15 credits)
  • Late Shakespeare (15 credits)
  • Literature & Media (15 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-todate, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. 

 

Entry requirements

 

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. 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.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) and three Higher Level subjects at 666

Required grades

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

Required grades

D3 D3 D3

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) will be considered

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

85% overall

Required grades

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

 

Further information and other requirements

Entry requirements
A-Level  AAA 

Must include grade A in English Literature, or combined English Language and Literature.

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. 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 

D: 36 credits

M: 9 credits

P: 0 credits

Access to English Literature/Arts/Humanities Diploma (or similar subject) with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded 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

Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 D3

Must include grade D3 in Literature in English.

Preferred other subjects: Literature and another arts subject as a Principal Subject.

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.

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.

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.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AAB at Highers

and

AA at Advanced Highers

Must include grade A in Advanced Higher in English.

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. 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.

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. 

Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

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 2019

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 (September 2019) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 academic year is £18,900 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/expenses

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 £6,000 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.

 

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

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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