University of Reading has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
This degree lets you engage in substantial practical work in the studio, develop your understanding of ideas and theories in Contemporary Art, and explore English literature from every era and across the globe. You will see how debates across the creative arts are reflected in dynamic ways across the two subjects.
Join a lively community at Reading School of Art. You can explore a vast range of media, experiment with emerging art forms and develop as an artist. The studios are busy places with events, screenings, performances and exhibitions regularly taking place. There is dedicated space accessible 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and a studio tutor to help develop your individual and professional practice.
Trips to museums and art galleries help prompt thoughts on how art is displayed and received and you can gain professional experience by taking part in your own exhibitions, public art commissions and events. Our teaching staff are all artists, curators and researchers of international standing.
In English Literature, you will read more of authors and genres that you already know (from tragedy to Gothic, from Shakespeare and Dickens to Plath and Beckett), but also encounter aspects of literary studies that you may not know so well, from children’s literature to publishing studies and the history of the book. Our academics have published research on everything from medieval poetry to contemporary Caribbean and American fiction.
As you progress through your degree, your module choices become more diverse and specialised. Everyone in the English Department teaches at every level of the degree, giving you the benefit of our expertise and making you part of the conversation about our research and its impact. We are very research-active with a century-long history of innovation in English studies, and we continue to extend our curriculum to include contemporary American and Caribbean literature as well as new writing from Britain and Ireland.
We place a strong emphasis on small-group learning within a friendly and supportive environment. In your first and second years, you will have a mix of lectures (which can be quite large) and seminars (which will never have more than 16 people).
Advice and guidance in career development is provided throughout your studies and placements are strongly encouraged. Past students have enjoyed art internships at Studio Voltaire and the Frieze Art Fair, performed at the ICA, taken part in an Arts Council-supported film project at the Museum of Rural Life and participated in an international exhibition at the Seoul Institute of Arts in South Korea. Alternatively, in English, a unique "Communications at work" module enables you to combine the study of the practical use of English with a short placement.
There are several opportunities for you to study abroad at an international university, such as the Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver, Canada; Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA; Monash University, Australia; and National Taiwan University of the Arts in Tapei, Taiwan.
As well as practical experience our students also graduate with a range of transferable skills, such as self-motivation, time management and strategic thinking. You will enter the job market as a self-confident graduate with well-developed skills in oral communication, research and writing, together with a high level of cultural literacy and critical sophistication.
Many of our graduates develop successful careers as artists, writers and curators whilst others have found employment in galleries, education, art therapy and film and video production. Our graduates have excelled in fields as diverse as law, business administration, web design, teaching and journalism. Recent employers include Tate, Whitechapel Gallery, The Burlington Magazine, Christies, Microsoft, the BBC, Oxford University Press and Waterstones.
Sample modules may include:
- Art studio
- Reading objects, writing images
- Genre and context
- Poetry in English
- Research and criticism
Check our website for more information on the course structure.
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 - BBB||A level English Literature or a related subject at grade B. Related subjects: English Language & Literature, English Language, Drama & Theatre Studies, Creative Writing.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM||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.|
|Access to HE Diploma||
D: 30 credits
M: 15 credits
|to D: 15 credits and M: 30 credits. Must include at least 15 level 3 credits in English Literature or a related subject. Related subjects: English Language & Literature, English Language, Drama & Theatre Studies, Creative Writing.|
|Scottish Higher||AABBB - ABBBB||Higher English Literature or a related subject at grade B. Related subjects: English Language & Literature, English Language, Drama & Theatre Studies, Creative Writing.|
|Extended Project||B||In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer. Eligible applicants would receive two offers, our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||GCSE Maths C (or 4), English Language or English Literature C (or 4).|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||32 - 30 points||Higher Level English Literature or a related subject at 5. Related subjects: English Language & Literature, English Language, Drama & Theatre Studies, Creative Writing.|
Interview & Portfolio
Additional entry requirements
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||A||We require a grade A or 200 overall.|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||C||We require a grade C or 200 overall.|
|IELTS (Academic)||7.0||We require a minimum score of 7.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).|
|Institution's Own Test||7.0||Test of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP). We require a minimum score of 7.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).|
|PTE Academic||67.0||We require a minimum score of 67 overall with at least 51 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).|
|TOEFL (iBT)||100.0||We require a minimum score of 100 overall with no less than 20 in Listening, Writing and Reading and 21 in Speaking.|
|Trinity ISE||Pass||Only ISE III and ISE IV are acceptable and we require a Pass in each element.|
Full list of acceptable English Language Tests
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|