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English and American Literature

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-A,A,B

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

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

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.

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

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 Diploma (QCF)

DD

BTEC must be in a related subject plus Grade A in A Level English Literature or English Language & Literature.

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

D*DD

BTEC must be in a relevant subject including distinction in all essay units plus grade A in GCSE English Literature.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

BTEC must be in a related subject plus Grade B 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.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

BTEC must be in a relevant subject including distinction in all essay units plus grade A in GCSE English Literature.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,B-A,B,B

Including B in English Literature or English Language & Literature.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,B,B

Including B in English Literature or English Language & Literature

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

UCAS Tariff

128-160

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

North american literature studies

English literature

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.

Modules

Please refer to our website for information:
https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/english/english-and-american-literature.aspx

Assessment methods

Your course will be assessed by a combination of examinations and in-course assignments in the form of essays or presentations.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£18,800
per year
International
£18,800
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/undergraduate/feesandfunding/bursariesandscholarships/home.aspx

The Uni


Course location:

Royal Holloway, University of London

Department:

English

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

85%
med
North american literature studies
85%
med
English literature

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

American and australasian studies

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
77%
Staff are good at explaining things
77%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

92%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
69%
Course specific equipment and facilities
69%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
15%
Male students
85%
Female students
95%
2:1 or above
11%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
A

English studies (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

78%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
77%
Course specific equipment and facilities
70%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
15%
Male students
85%
Female students
93%
2:1 or above
8%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Languages and area studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,500
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Average annual salary
97%
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Employed or in further education
57%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

28%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
7%
Other elementary services occupations

English studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
high
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
60%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
13%
Media professionals

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Languages and area studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

English studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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