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Royal Holloway, University of London

English and American Literature

UCAS Code: QT37

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-A,B,B

Where an applicant is taking the EPQ alongside A-levels, the EPQ will be taken into consideration and result in lower A-level grades being required. Socio-economic factors which may have impacted an applicant’s education will be taken into consideration and alternative offers may be made to these applicants. Required: A-Level grade B English Literature or English Language and Literature and at least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9 - 4 including English and Mathematics

Access to HE Diploma

D:24,M:21

Pass with at least 24 level 3 credits at Distinction and the remaining level 3 credits at Merit. All level 3 English studies units must be passed with Distinction. Please note that the Access to Higher Education Diploma will only be acceptable if the applicant has had a break from education.

Requirements are as for A-levels where one non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate

Applicants with the Cambridge Pre-U are strongly encouraged to apply to Royal Holloway. Offers will be made on the basis of equivalent A-Level grades as follows: D3 = A, M1 or M2 = B.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

6,5,5, at Higher level including Higher Level English with 32 points overall

Irish Leaving Certificate - Higher Level

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3 including English Literature

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

DD

Distinction, Distinction in a related subject plus Grade B in A Level English Literature or English Language & Literature. We require at least five GCSE passes at grades A*-C or 9-4 including English and Mathematics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

D

Distinction plus A-level Grades A,B including B in English Literature or English Language & Literature. We require at least five GCSE passes at grades A*-C or 9-4 including English and Mathematics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

D*D*D

Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction in a relevant subject including distinction in all essay units plus grade A in GCSE English Literature. We require at least five GCSE passes at grades A*-C or 9-4 including English and Mathematics.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,B-A,B,B

AAB-ABB including B in English Literature

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,B,B

AAABB including B in English Literature

UCAS Tariff

128-160

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

100%
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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

English literature

On BA English & American Literature, you will have the opportunity to explore the distinct but interrelated literary traditions of two nations and cultures spanning five centuries, from the early 1600s to the present day. This degree is directly informed by the creative and critical mix of academic experts in the College's top-rated English department.

You will begin the degree with a grounding in the two distinct literary cultures, then you choose options allowing you to explore different periods, genres and topics. In your final year you will continue to follow your own interests, specialising and taking research-based options or writing a dissertation.

You'll be exposed to a wide variety of areas in American literature, including the literature of the first encounter, nineteenth-century and African-American writing, satire, New York School poetry, drama, the urban novel and writing about music and the novella. In addition you can take advantage of an exceptional range of options in English literature, theory and postcolonial literature.

+ You will have the chance to take courses in other departments, studying American history or film, to broaden your understanding of America.

+ You will be offered the chance to study abroad, enhancing your understanding of the USA or another country.

+ You can go beyond the study of existing literature, with the opportunity to take modules in creative writing.

+ You will be taught by academics who have won national and College prizes for teaching and for their publications, including practicing American novelists Ben Markovits and Douglas Cowie.

Modules

https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/english/english-and-american-literature.aspx

Assessment methods

You will take the equivalent of four units each year.
In year one this includes a core course introducing American literature from 1600 to 1900, as well as core courses in English, poetry, the novel and Shakespeare.
In year two students take a core course in American Literature from 1900 to the present, as well as one or more of the core second-year English full units, and other option choice.
In your final year, you will take a balanced combination of American and English Literature options, including Special Topics, Special Author papers and an optional dissertation
Options in American history or film can also be taken in other departments in years two and three, where pathway rules and timetabling allow it.
Teaching is mostly by seminars and lectures, with an additional small tutorial group in year one. These methods are backed up by individual consultations for feedback on essays throughout the degree, and dissertation supervision in year three.
All students will also belong to study groups and undertake co-operative work for some courses, and take training courses run by the Library.
Assessment is via a combination of:

- exams
- essays
- take-away papers
- projects
- marked presentations in some courses

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/undergraduate/feesandfunding/bursariesandscholarships/home.aspx

The Uni


Course location:

Royal Holloway, University of London

Department:

English

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.

82%
med
English literature

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

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
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

76%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
74%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
23%
Male students
77%
Female students
92%
2:1 or above
2%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B
391

After graduation


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English studies

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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.

£19,500
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Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
81%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

6%
Legal associate professionals
6%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
6%
Administrative occupations: records
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What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

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