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Main entry requirements
A level English Literature or a related subject at grade B. Related subjects: English Language & Literature; English Language; Drama & Theatre Studies; Creative Writing.
Higher English Literature or a related subject at grade B. Related subjects: English Language & Literature; English Language; Drama & Theatre Studies; Creative Writing.
Modules taken must be comparable to A level English Literature or a related subject. Related subjects: English Language & Literature; English Language; Drama & Theatre Studies; Creative Writing.
Higher Level English Literature or a related subject at 5. Related subjects: English Language & Literature; English Language; Drama & Theatre Studies; Creative Writing.
If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120-147 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.
% applicants receiving offers94%
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Tuition fee & financial support£9,250
Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.
If you live in:
- Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
- Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
- Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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In studying this combined degree, you will acquire a strong understanding of fundamental philosophical concepts and theories and develop the ability to critically evaluate arguments. You will also get to explore and examine English texts spanning a broad chronological period, from the medieval to modern age, and reflect on how the two subjects that comprise this degree interconnect through four bridge modules. Why study this course? This course offers the opportunity to learn from some of the UK’s leading researchers in an exceptionally supportive environment. We teach you the requisite skills step-by-step, so that by the third year you are ready for specialised modules, taught by leading experts, and featuring a strong input from their research. Our small class sizes and focus on small-group seminar discussion ensure that students receive dedicated individual attention. Studying philosophy will equip you with the ability to think logically, to evaluate arguments critically, and to challenge your own ideas and those of other people. You will examine some of our most fundamental ideas about truth, reality, right and wrong. Studying English literature provides a solid grounding in a comprehensive range of English texts, from medieval literature to contemporary and creative writing, and sets the foundation of a critical and cultural awareness that will remain with you for life. You will develop critical and communicative skills which are valued highly in many professions, including law, publishing, business, management, government and politics. All our third year modules include a placement component whereby students can gain experience in the workplace, with a company or charity. After the course The wide range of skills and experience our graduates come away with means they can find employment in many fields. The combination of Philosophy and English Literature can provide you with general skills in reasoning and argument as well as skills in oral communication, research and writing, together with a high level of cultural literacy and critical sophistication. Graduates have gone on to work for employers including the Ministry of Defence, Yellow Media Works, Cambridge University Press, the BBC, the Telegraph, Vogue, Oxford University Press, Waterstones, Cisco (the software company) and the Royal Mint, as well as local authorities and schools. Some graduates have also gone to pursue further study in Law, in Archival Studies, in English Literature and even in Medicine. The innovative Professional Track programme in the Department of English Literature will ensure that you have the ‘complete package’ that employers are looking for: a good degree, workplace skills and experience.
This course is made up of a mixture of compulsory and optional modules. See our website for more details of the options available.
The University of Reading is based on the beautiful Whiteknights campus and is perfectly situated with excellent links around the country. Firm choice applicants are guaranteed a place in halls, all with individual character. The Students' Union has a good working relationship with the University and hosts the largest entertainment venue in the area plus the UK's largest SU shop.
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