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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 and 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 and will be taught by academics who have won national and College prizes for teaching and for their publications.
Gain a grounding in two distinct literary cultures.
Specific American literature centred core modules.
Take American history and film modules outside of English.
Teachers include prize-winning American novelists, Ben Markovits and Douglas Cowie
- The opportunity to study in the USA for one year.
Please refer to our website for information:
Your course will be assessed by a combination of examinations and in-course assignments in the form of essays or presentations.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||ABB - AAB||
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
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||D*DD||BTEC must be in a relevant subject including distinction in all essay units plus grade A in GCSE English Literature.|
|Access to HE Diploma||
D: 30 credits
M: 15 credits
|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.|
|Scottish Higher||AAABB||Including B in English Literature or English Language & Literature|
|Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal||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 can be found on the Royal Holloway website.|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||We require at least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9 - 4 including English and Mathematics.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||32 points||6,5,5, at Higher level including Higher Level English with 32 points overall|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H2, H2, H3, H3, H3||H2,H2,H3,H3,H3 including English Literature|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DD||BTEC must be in a related subject plus Grade A in A Level English Literature or English Language & Literature.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||D||Plus A-level Grades A,B including B in English Literature or English Language & Literature.|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||AAB - ABB||Including B in English Literature or English Language & Literature.|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||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|
Combinations of qualifications will be considered on an individual basis, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your situation.
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|
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