This programme aims to provide a historically based overview of the literature of all periods, together with opportunities to specialise in particular periods of literature, in modern English language, and in non-period courses. Students are encouraged to develop their own interests and may choose from a wide variety of specialisms.
- Degree Programme
- English BA
- UCAS code
- 3 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2016
- English Literature (or combined Literature and Language) required.
- AS Levels
- For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
- English Language at grade B, plus Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs
- A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects including English A1 grade 6, with no score below 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme
Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 23 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.
D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. English Literature required
A,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher). English Literature required at Advanced Higher.
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma, plus 2 GCE A levels at grades A*A. English Literature required.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Advanced
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
- Studying English at UCL provides you with an inspired setting: central London has long been the centre of British literary life and you will be surrounded by world-class libraries.
- UCL was at the forefront of the establishment of English literature as a university subject and the department is regularly ranked first in the country (for example in the Guardian University Guide)
- The English Department has a strong tradition of links with the literary world. Practising writers are invited to give readings and there is a writer-in-residence programme.
- In addition to core courses on Shakespeare and Chaucer the undergraduate syllabus offers a wide range of optional courses in many historical periods.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
The first year of the English BA acts as a foundation for the two following years, covering major narrative texts from the Renaissance to the present, background texts from Homer to Freud and Barthes, Anglo-Saxon and medieval writings and the study of critical method.
In the second and third years you will study compulsory courses on Chaucer and Shakespeare, and will choose six further courses from a wide range of options. American literature and literature in English from other countries outside Europe feature strongly on several courses and attention is paid to the study of film.
Intellectual and Cultural Sources
Introduction to Medieval Language and Literature
All first year courses are compulsory.
Chaucer and his Literary Background
You will normally select 3.0 credits of optional courses (see list below).
Special Subject Essay
You will normally select 3.0 credits of option courses, one of which would normally be Commentary and Analysis.
Optional courses in the second and third years may include:
American Literature to 1890
Civil War and Restoration
History of the Language since Chaucer
Literary Representation and the History of Homosexuality
London in Literature
Middle English Language
Modern English Literature
Old English Literature
The Eighteenth Century
The Modern Period
The Romantic Period
The Victorian Period
We teach through lectures, seminars and tutorials. Our one-to-one tutorial teaching is, we think, a unique provision in English departments in the UK. Tutorials provide the opportunity to discuss with your tutor your individual written work and academic progress, and for you to raise any concerns or queries about your courses or other matters.
Most courses are assessed by three-hour question papers, but some courses are examined by six-hour examinations with plain texts provided of the author's complete works. You will be assessed in your third year by a 6,000-word essay on a 'Special Subject' chosen by you with guidance from your tutor.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: English BA.
Good graduates in English are articulate, can write clearly, undertake research and can present evidence for and against a case, all of which will make you highly employable.
Traditional career paths include publishing, journalism and teaching, but English graduates are also sought by the civil service, local government, finance, business, the media and film. Some of the destinations in recent years have included Deloitte, Waterstones, Oxford University Press, the BBC, Granada TV, Sotheby's and Reuters in New York.
Graduates have gone on to Master's or doctoral degrees and to teacher training and law courses.
First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2013) of this programme include:
- Civil Servant (Fast Track), UK Government (2013)
- Production Assistant, BBC (2013)
- Publisher, Random House (2012)
- Editorial Assistant, Vogue (2011)
- Journalist, the Sunday Telegraph (2011)
*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.
UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.
Fees and funding
- UK & EU fee
- £9,000 (2015/16)
- Overseas fee
- £15,660 (2015/16)
Details about financial support are available at: Fees and funding
The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.