Birkbeck, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of London

English

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Course summary

Our BA English offers you the chance to study the full range of English literature, and to develop valuable new skills in writing, reading and critical thinking. Based in our historic campus in the heart of Bloomsbury, in a Georgian terrace once occupied by Virginia Woolf, this course offers both depth and breadth through its wide and diverse range of modules. You’ll gain a detailed knowledge of the most significant literary works from the medieval period to the present. Foundational modules in Year 1 introduce you to key techniques in literary analysis, and show how theoretical approaches such as feminism, post-colonialism and psychoanalysis can transform the ways in which you read and think. You can then choose from a huge range of option modules that allow you to focus on single authors, genres and literary periods. You’ll read texts by writers such as Dickens, Zadie Smith, Shakespeare and Plath, encounter genres such as science fiction and romance, and explore literary forms from the novel to comics and beyond. The course’s flexible structure allows you to shape your degree according to your own literary and critical interests. Highlights

  • In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), English Language and Literature at Birkbeck achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality.
  • You could be studying in a building that was once home to Virginia Woolf and frequented by members of the Bloomsbury Group - now home to our School of Arts - and be taught by leading novelists, dramatists and artists. The building houses our own creative hub which includes the Peltz Gallery, the Gordon Square Cinema and a theatre and performance space.
  • Based at the heart of one of the world's most exciting cities, we combine lectures, seminars and workshops with visits to theatres and other cultural and artistic institutions, and we frequently collaborate with leading arts, cultural, theatre and dance and performing arts organisations, allowing you to ground your studies in real-world practice.
  • The School of Arts is an official partner of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Opportunities for students have included a year’s free membership of the ICA, private views, discounts on all talks and events, free members' screenings and £3 cinema tickets on Tuesdays, up to 25% off ICA Artists' Editions and a monthly e-newsletter.

Course details

Modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment method

A mixture of continuous assessment of written work and examinations: one three-hour examination in Year 1 and two three-hour examinations in Year 2. In Year 3 only certain modules have examinations.


How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. We also accept other English language tests.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential. FOUNDATION YEAR DEGREES If you need extra support before starting an undergraduate degree, we offer a BA English with Foundation Year degree, which provides an extra year of supported study. This is an ideal route if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied this subject, or if you did not achieve the grades you need for a place on this degree. Once you successfully complete the Foundation Year, you will automatically advance onto the main degree. ALTERNATIVE ENTRY ROUTES We welcome applications from students on Access to Higher Education Diplomas. As part of the application process, you may be invited to complete a written task or attend an interview. A Certificate of Higher Education in Higher Education Introductory Studies can lead to exemption from Year 1 if you successfully complete designated modules to an appropriate standard. You must successfully complete modules worth at least 120 credits before applying for direct entry into Year 2 of a BA degree. Students interested in progressing to an undergraduate degree are encouraged to discuss their plans with the relevant admissions tutor.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.bbk.ac.uk/study/2022/undergraduate/programmes/UUBAENGL_C/#entry-requirements

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

As part of the application process, you may be invited to complete a written task or attend an interview.


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £14560 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their programme. Tuition fees for students continuing on their programme in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases.
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