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Goldsmiths, University of London

English and Comparative Literature

UCAS Code: QQ32

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Including English Literature (or Language and Literature).

Access to HE Diploma

D:30

Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject specific modules.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

33

With three Higher Level subjects at 655 including English Literature (or Language and Literature).

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H2

Including English Literature (or Language and Literature).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

Including English Literature (or Language and Literature).

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,C

Grade B in English Literature (or Language and Literature) is required.

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B,C

Grade B in English Literature (or Language and Literature) is required.

UCAS Tariff

120-136

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

93%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

English studies

Comparative literary studies

Enabling you to study literature and culture across linguistic and national boundaries, this degree offers you the opportunity to read a generous range of works within a comparative context.

**Why study BA English & Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths?**

- You’ll read a huge variety of literature, spanning national and linguistic boundaries. This includes English, European, American, Caribbean and other postcolonial literatures. You’ll be drawing comparisons between this literature and between different settings and time periods.

- We don’t just focus on texts – you’ll have the chance look at the relationship between literature and other disciplines including art, film and theatre.

- You'll develop a grounding in the methods and terms used in the analysis of text and have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with a variety of genres.

- You'll be able to choose from a wide range of specialised option modules, allowing you to tailor your degree to your own interests.

- You’ll be able to take an optional work experience module, which will benefit your studies, skillset and CV.

Modules

Over the course of the degree you'll: read, discuss, and attend lectures on selected works spanning literary culture from Homer to the present day. Be introduced to the study of themes, genres and movements across national literatures, and the relationship between literature and other disciplines. Develop a grounding in the methods and terms used in the analysis of texts. Have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the short story genre. Look at comparative literature and the arts during three major periods, and examine cross-national influences and affinities in a variety of genres and media. Complete a dissertation on an approved topic. You'll also be able to choose specialised option modules from the wide range available within the Department.

Assessment methods

Coursework portfolios, long essays, examinations (various timescales and formats) and dissertation. The dissertation must be passed for the degree to be awarded.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Goldsmiths, University of London

Department:

English and Comparative Literature

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

72%
low
English studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

English studies (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

76%
Staff make the subject interesting
81%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
69%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

84%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
71%
Course specific equipment and facilities
51%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
29%
Male students
71%
Female students
70%
2:1 or above
23%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

Languages, linguistics and classics

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

67%
UK students
33%
International students
31%
Male students
69%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
21%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

English studies (non-specific)

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,200
med
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
93%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Other elementary services occupations
10%
Childcare and related personal services
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

English is one of the most popular degree subjects and in 2015, more than 11,000 students graduated with English degrees - although this does represent a fall from recent years. As good communication is so important to modern business, you can find English graduates in all parts of the economy, although obviously, you can't expect to get a job in science or engineering (computing is a different matter - it's not common but good language skills can be useful in the computing industry). There's little difference in outcomes between English language and English literature degrees, so don't worry and choose the one that suits you best. More English grads took another postgraduate course when they finished their degree than grads from any other subject - this is an important option. Teacher training was a common choice of second degree, as was further study of English, and journalism courses. But many English graduates changed course and trained in law, marketing or other languages -or even subjects further afield such as computing, psychology and even nursing. This is a very flexible degree which gives you a lot of options

Others in language and area studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
0%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

12%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Just over 150 students graduated with this type of degree in 2015, as it's a pretty specialised subject. Graduates were very likely to take their communication skills to the marketing and PR industry, and a lot of the jobs are in and around London, so if you want a job outside these areas then be aware that they might not necessarily be easy to come by.

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