What A-levels do you need to study English?
If you're thinking of taking an English degree, you’re probably aware that an A-level in English is a must-have. But what subjects should you combine it with?
- Essential A-levels for English
- Useful or handy A-levels for English
- Other typical A-levels taken by English students
- Examples of university entry requirements for English
- Other degree subjects with similar A-level requirements
If you’re planning to study English at university, an A-level in English literature or English language and literature will keep all English courses open to you; but you may find that combining your English A-level with certain other subjects will help prepare you for studying this at a degree-level.
A-level subjects for English
What A-level subjects are needed or essential for English?
What A-levels are useful for English?
- religious studies
- French or another foreign language
- Latin or another classical language
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Other typical A-levels taken by current English students
- general studies
Take a look at individual English courses on Which? University to find out the most popular A-levels, Highers or BTEC subjects students took before studying their English degree (plus lots more).
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Examples of English degree requirements
UCL (University College London): ‘A,A,A. English Literature (or combined Literature and Language) required.’
Southampton Solent University: ‘B,B,C. From two completed A levels. GCSE English at grade C / grade 4 or above.’
University of Cambridge: ‘A*,A,A. Typical A Level offer: A*AA All Colleges require: A Level English Literature (English Literature and Language or English Language may be accepted as a substitute at some Colleges).'
Search for a course or subject to see the full entry requirements for a specific degree course.
Other similar degree subjects to English
Even similar subjects may have slightly different A-level requirements to English; so if you want to keep your degree options open, be sure to check the entry requirements of individual courses before you finalise your choices.
Learn more about studying English literature and language at degree-level. Alternatively, you can start browsing English courses.