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Single Honours in English Studies offers a comprehensive syllabus, which combines traditional areas of literary study with new and developing areas of the discipline. It aims to develop your conceptual abilities and analytical skills by exposing you to a variety of literary critical approaches, to promote and develop clarity and persuasiveness in argument and expression, and to enable you to develop, to a high degree of competence, a range of skills which are subject-specific and transferable. A Degree in English Studies will equip you for a wide variety of professions and employment, as well as for advanced postgraduate study of English and related disciplines.
There are three compulsory modules in Year 1 – Introduction to Drama, Introduction to the Novel, and Introduction to Poetry – each of which introduces you to representative works in the major literary genres. There are also four optional modules, from which Single Honours students may select one, two or three. Previously these have offered the possibility to study important influences on English literature (Classical and Biblical Backgrounds to English Literature), early literature (Romance and the Literature of Chivalry and Myth and Epic of the North) and the history of the English language (English: Language, Use, Theory).
This year will focus on advancing skills of critical analysis and argument you have already acquired at A Level, critical skills in the close reading and analysis of texts, such as the awareness of formal and aesthetic dimensions of literature and of the affective power of language, and on the introduction of more advanced concepts and theories relating to literature.
Introduction to Drama
Introduction to the Novel
Introduction to Poetry.
Up to three of the following selected from a range which has previously included (or up to two open modules offered by other departments):
Romance and the Literature of Chivalry
Myth and Epic of the North
Classical and Biblical Backgrounds to English Literature
English: Language, Use, Theory.
You may apply to study abroad for an additional year between Levels 2 and 3 (transferring from BA Hons in English Literature to BA Hons English Literature with a Year Abroad). Supported by the International Office and the Department’s International Co-ordinator, you can put yourself forward for the following study abroad options:
The Overseas Exchange programme (university-wide links with institutions in North America, the Far East, Australasia, and so on). A list of the University’s current partners is available here: https://www.durham.ac.uk/international/studyabroad/exchange/outgoing/partnerunis/
The Erasmus programme (Departmental link with universities in EU countries).
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For more information on the content of this course, including module details, please see our website.
How to apply
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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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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
Specific subjects/grades required for entry:
English Literature at grade A or English - Language & Literature at grade A.
Specific subjects excluded for entry:
General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This refers only to English A Levels.
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||D*DD||Subject specific A-levels (or equivalent) may be required.|
|Access to HE Diploma||
D: 30 credits
M: 15 credits
|We require 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 (or equivalent). Applicants may be required to meet additional subject-specific requirements for particular courses at Durham.|
|Scottish Higher||AAAAA||We will normally make offers based on Advanced Highers. If an applicant has not been able to take 3 Advanced Highers, offers may be made with a combination of Advanced Highers and Highers, or on a number of Highers.|
|Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal||D2, D3, D3||To include English Literature|
|Extended Project||Not accepted|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||38 points||To include 6, 6, 6 from Higher Level subjects to include English.|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H1, H2, H2, H2, H2|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||AAA||
Specific subjects/grades required for entry:
English at grade A.
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||Not accepted|
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|