Course overviewEnglish BA (Hons) course overview
At City, we treat literature as something that is alive, active, and current. You will study the written word across time and space, from Shakespeare to social media, comic books to world literatures in English.
You will be able to choose modules from our three core strands: literary analysis; creative writing; and a range of professional skills. You will develop an informed and critical understanding of literary and professional writing in English, learning how to apply it in academic, creative, and professional contexts.
This programme builds on our international reputation in creative writing, journalism and publishing. By the end of the degree, you will have a portfolio of your own creative and professional writing ready to kickstart your career. You will also have developed critical and analytical skills needed to understand how the written word shapes, and is shaped by, the world we live in.
- Immerse yourself in world literature and engage with current debates in literary scholarship
- Write creatively, professionally and analytically in a range of different forms, via a range of textual, digital, and visual media
- Learn from a team of expert lecturers who are passionate about the written word in all its forms
- Develop employability skills with our embedded professional experience in relevant industries, such as publishing and creative writing
- Or choose a module-length micro-placement or even a full year on work placement – there are amazing opportunities on your doorstep in London’s exciting Knowledge Quarter
- Access world-renowned library collections – including the Senate House Library, with millions of books and beautiful study spaces, and nearby British Library.
Immerse yourself in the diverse, evolving and endlessly fascinating subject of English with this three-year English BA.
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The English BA (Hons) here at City has been developed to broaden your horizons. Reflecting our commitment to teaching English literature on a global scale, the department has partnerships with many international institutions. If you perform well in your first year, then you may have the opportunity to spend your third year studying abroad. We have strong links with universities such as:
- Northeastern University, USA (Boston)
- University of Queensland, Australia (Brisbane)
- Queensland University of Technology, Australia (Brisbane)
- Koc University, Turkey (Istanbul)
These partnerships and their programmes may be subject to change.
Teaching and assessment
Your modules will be delivered using a combination of:
- Practical Workshops
- Interactive sessions
- Small seminars
- Personal tutorials
Lectures will provide you with commentary and explanation of key content areas. Most modules also offer small seminars and workshops, where you can develop your understanding of key texts and ideas through discussion and debate as well as hone your practical and professional skills. This versatility of approach will not only facilitate discussion but allow you to generate your own content, with different readerships, forms and functions in mind.
Your programme assignments will be assessed via a mix of coursework and unseen written examinations to assess your knowledge of the academic subjects and key concepts.
Your coursework will be assessed through:
- Professional, reflective and creative portfolios
- Reading diaries
- Group assignments, including projects and presentations
- Live showcase events.
The assessment weighting for year one is 10%, year two is 30% and year three is 60%.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
The balance of assessment by coursework (assessed essays and assignments) unseen examinations and a final year project will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose.
The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2019/20 entry is as follows:
Most contact hours will take the form of lectures, seminars and practical workshops, supported by a personal tutorial system.
Approximate study time based on 2019/20 entry is as follows:
Fees and funding
Fees for year 2022/23
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2022/ 23 academic year only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase, which is normally 2%.
- Fee waivers are available for this course.
- Means tested support is available for 2022/23 entry.
Future finance loans
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Some of our degrees may involve additional expenses which are not covered by your tuition fees. Find out more about additional expenses.
You will graduate with a unique blend of intellectual and creative skills.
Our employability-focused curriculum places a strong emphasis of the practical application of your skills in a professional context, including the opportunity to take a work placement module or year.
Delivered through world-class, research-informed teaching, this course prepares you for a range of possible career options, including:
- creative writing
- advertising and marketing
- library science
- digital media
- English language teaching
As an English student at City, you will have the opportunity to take a second-year elective module, ‘Work Placement’. Previous students have taken their placements in a wide range of sectors, including publishing (Penguin) and teaching as well as theatre work (Chickenshed) and charity work (Oxfam books).
You may also apply to take a sandwich year between years two and three of your degree. Our careers team will help you secure a placement in the areas that meet your future ambitions, such as:
- Publishing and literary agencies
- Digital media companies and agencies
- Cultural organisations
- English Language Teaching and mentoring.
How to apply
Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.
You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.
Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.
UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.
You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £26.50 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £22.
For enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office
Complete the Admissions enquiry form.
Call: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.
When to apply
Your application for entry in September 2022 should arrive at UCAS between September 2021 and 26th January 2022. Applications that arrive after 26th January 2022 will be considered only at City's discretion.
Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
- from inside the UK 0871 468 0468
- from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties:
- from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468
- from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.
As an English student at City, you will have access to a wide range of facilities to support your study, including a brand new staff and student common room with a kitchen and lounge area.
Our three campus libraries consist of around 250,000 books with over 25,000 online journal titles and over 1600 study places available.
Students can book private library spaces for academic work within City Library.
As part of the University of London, City students have access to Senate House Library. Senate House offers Arts, Humanities and Social Science Special Collections and Research Collections.
BA (Hons) English student Ruth’s insights