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    1. 2021
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BA (Hons) English

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This innovative degree is designed to bring the study of literature into the twenty-first century. You will graduate with a wide range of analytical, creative and professional skills as well as an informed and critical understanding of writing in English throughout history and around the world.

Key information

Start date

September 2021

Academic year dates


3 years, or 4 years with a work placement option or study abroad.


Full-time: £9,250 *


Full-time: £15,160 **


Full-time: £15,160 **

UCAS code


Application period

From September 2020


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Who is it for?

Here at City, in the heart of London, we see literature as something diverse, global and constantly evolving. Led by a team of expert lecturers, our course is tailored around students who are passionate about engaging with the written word in all its forms, and across time and space, from Shakespeare to social media, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to comic books.

By the end of the degree you will have produced your own creative and professional writing (fiction and non-fiction). You will also have developed the critical and analytical skills you need to understand how the written word both shapes, and is shaped by, the world we live in.

The National Student Survey 2019

BA English at City is ranked joint 1st in the UK for student satisfaction, and ahead of any other English programme in London

  • 100% overall satisfaction
  • 100% of our graduates think we make the subject interesting
  • 100% agree that we value their views about the course
  • 100% agree that academic staff are good at explaining things
  • 100% agree it is easy to contact academic staff.

Source: National Student Survey 2019


This programme builds on our international reputation in creative writing, journalism and publishing. The analysis and interpretation of literature is interweaved with other, more practical areas of study, from digital publishing to storytelling. We offer a wide choice of modules so you can focus your studies on the areas that interest you the most.

Core modules showcase literature from a range of genres, including creative writing in practice and performance, whilst also demonstrating the various uses of English in the professional working world. Students are assessed by traditional literary essays and examinations as well as a striking and innovative series of assessments, including podcasts, showcases and creative and professional projects. Graduates from this degree will have developed a portfolio of applied skills designed to benefit their future lives and careers.

In a stimulating, supportive environment our team of expert lecturers will encourage you to:

  • Immerse yourselves in the literature of London and the world.
  • Engage with current debates in literary scholarship
  • Write creatively, professionally, and analytically in a range of different forms, via a range of different media

You will also develop a wide range of transferrable skills that will make you particularly attractive to future employers, including creative and independent thinking, leadership, planning, time management, teamwork and excellent communication and presentational skills.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Access to Higher Education

We welcome Access course applications from 'mature' students. These applicants will be considered on the basis of their own merits. Please be aware that Access students are often asked for further information to supplement their application, this is normally in the form of a questionnaire.

A typical offer for an Access applicant would be: Pass 60 credits, 45 Level 3 including at least 27 at distinction and the remaining 18 at merit. The Access qualification should be supplemented by at least a grade 4 (C) in Mathematics and  English Language at GCSE.

Other suitable qualifications



International Baccalaureate (IB)

International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 29 points overall, including 5.0 from two Higher Level subjects.

INTO City, University of London

INTO City, University of London offers pathway programmes in a range of academic subjects and English language to help you prepare for degree-level study at City. You’ll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

Learn more about the International Foundation in Humanities and Law. and the International Foundation programme in Business and Economics with Society and Culture

INTO City courses are validated by City, University of London providing assurance of the quality and standards of education.

English requirements

IELTS: 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

English language programmes

Don’t meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.

Visa requirements

International Students (EEA and Non EEA) coming to study in the UK, may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study. The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • EEA nationals joining the programme in 2020 and EEA nationals joining from January 2021
  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

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 £23 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 £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2021 should arrive at UCAS between September 2020 and 29th January 2021. Applications that arrive after 29th January 2021 will be considered only at City’s discretion.

When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.


For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: 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.

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During your course

More about fees

* The fee for this course in 2020/21 was £9,250 for each year of study. Fees for students commencing study in 2021/22 are to be confirmed.

** In 2020/21 the fee was £14,860 for the first year of study. Fees for students commencing study in 2021/22 are to be confirmed. The institution reserves the right to increase your tuition fees annually to take account of the institution's increased costs of delivering educational services. The increase will normally be 2% but this is kept under review with reference to the RPI. If the institution intends to increase your tuition fees you will be advised of this alongside the published entry fee.


Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

You will find a wide variety of funding sources and options available for the English BA (Hons) at City. To help you fund your studies, our award-winning Student Centre will provide you with financial advice and support

Get the latest information on funding options, financial support and typical living costs.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

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See what it's like to study the BA (hons) English degree at City, University of London


As an English student at City, you will have the opportunity to take a second-year elective module, ‘Work Placement’, in which you will be encouraged to gain work experience in one of the many professions that rely on the application of English skills and knowledge. 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).

Students may also apply to take a sandwich year, in a real-world work placement 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:

  • Journalism
  • Publishing and literary agencies
  • Librarianship
  • Digital media companies and agencies
  • Cultural organisations
  • Charities
  • English Language Teaching and mentoring.

Study abroad

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.

Academic facilities

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, which is for the exclusive use of the English and Music departments. The perfect place to have lunch or coffee with your peers, or catch up in your reading in a more informal space
  • Computer laboratories
  • A state-of-the art university library
  • Professional performance space

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 in the heart of London’s student and research community.

Members of the library have access to millions of books and journals, digital resources, and beautiful study spaces. During 2015–16, Senate House Library also ran a number of very successful public engagement events, notably the ‘Shakespeare Metamorphosis’ exhibition.


We operate a Guarantee Scheme for first year undergraduates which means you will be offered place in one of City's affiliated Halls if you meet the Scheme's criteria.

Read more about our undergraduate halls.

Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.

Find out more about private accommodation.

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We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.

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Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

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Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

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Course content and assessment

To make sure that you can begin or continue your studies with us during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reviewed and adapted our courses to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff. We have modified the way some of our courses are delivered, with many programmes being made available online.

Contact us to find out more about how our programmes will be delivered.

Teaching and learning

Your modules will be delivered using a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • 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.

Independent study

You will be encouraged throughout your studies to undertake extensive reading and independent study. This will help your understanding of the topics covered in lectures and classes, and broaden and deepen your knowledge of the subject. Your self-directed learning will be supported in a variety of ways, including Moodle (our online learning platform), group work, extensive use of external online resources and showcases of creative work.

Creative portfolios

You will create professional and creative portfolios related to your taught modules, informed by external visits and visitors, performances and project work. You will work in groups to present the findings of analytical and applied projects, and you will read widely across creative and professional genres, as well as exploring narratives in other forms of media.

Major project

The Major Projects take the form of a research dissertation, a professional portfolio or a creative writing submission, and you may elect to complete a maximum of two of these (with prior approval).

Assessment methods

The assessment weighting for year one is 10%, year two is 30% and year three is 60%.

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:

  • Essays
  • Professional, reflective and creative portfolios
  • Reading diaries
  • Group assignments, including projects and presentations
  • Live showcase events.

Creative writing and other projects

In creative writing and other projects, you will develop your writing skills and participate in a peer review process: as well as offering constructive feedback on the writing of your peer group, you will learn to use their feedback to improve your own work. Portfolio assessments will encourage you to:

  • Reflect upon your reading
  • Experiment with creative forms
  • Demonstrate and analyse what you have learned
  • Consider how you might apply your learning in your future coursework and career.

Showcases and project presentations

Showcases and project presentations will assess both creative and professional content and your presentation skills. The final year Major Project modules will be completed independently under the guidance of a supervisor.

Feedback on assessment

You will normally receive feedback within three weeks of the submission deadline or assessment date. This would normally include your provisional grade or mark. For end-of-module examinations or an equivalent significant task (e.g. an end-of-module project), you will receive feedback within four weeks.

The timescale for feedback on final-year projects or dissertations may be longer.

Feedback will be provided in line with our Assessment and Feedback Policy.

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 2018/19 entry is as follows:

Year 1

Written examination: 30% Practical: 4% Coursework: 66%

Year 2

Written examination: 10% Coursework: 90%

Year 3

Practical: 10% Coursework: 90%

Assessment weightings by year

Year 1: 10% ∙ Year 2: 30% ∙ Year 3: 60%


The English BA (Hons) programme lasts three years.

Core modules introduce and analyse literature in a range of forms and media and will develop and refine your skills in creative and professional writing. Teaching supports a variety of assessments, which include portfolios, showcases and projects as well as traditional essays and examinations. You will engage with current debates in literary scholarship while also developing applied skills in the use of English in creative, professional and digital contexts.

Year 1

Year one is made up of six compulsory modules (120 credits).

In the first year, you will develop a thorough grounding in the study of literature, literary forms and literary theory. You will encounter a range of texts from the British Isles and beyond as you delve into the rich history of writing in English and develop your analytical, critical and creative writing skills.


  • Fundamentals of Analysis and Criticism – 30 credits
  • Literature in Historical Context – 30 credits
  • Forms and Performances of Creative Writing – 15 credits
  • Developing Creative and Professional Narratives – 15 credits
  • The Novel, Authorship and Creativity – 15 credits
  • Postcolonialism - 15 credits.

Year 2

Year two is made up of three core and four elective modules (120 credits).

In the second year, three core modules will develop your knowledge and understanding of scholarly content. You will also choose from a range of theoretical, analytical and practical modules (including a Work Placement module) as you begin to specialise your studies.

Core modules:

  • Shakespeare: Authorship, Dramatic Texts and Audiences – 30 credits
  • 21st Century English and Digital Writing – 15 credits
  • Creative Writing Workshop – 15 credits.

Elective modules:

  • Contemporary Genre Fictions – 15 credits
  • Reading London 1 - 15 credits
  • Reading London 2 - 15 credits
  • Work Placement – 15 credits
  • Web Creation and Digital Storytelling – 15 credits
  • The Representation of Journalists and the Press in Film and Fiction: 900 to Present Day – 15 credits
  • Romanticism - 15 credits
  • Humanitarian Reporting - 15 credits
  • Reporting Conflict - 15 credits
  • Sports Journalism - 15 credits
  • Global Popular Musics - 15 credits.

Year 3

Year three is made up of a broad selection of elective modules, which reflect current trends in literary scholarship and in applied disciplines such as journalism and publishing. You will also complete at least one 30-credit major project module. Total: 120 credits.

Choose one or two from the following core modules:

  • Major Project: Dissertation – 30 credits
  • Major Project: Professional Portfolio – 30 credits
  • Major Project: Creative Writing – 30 credits.

Elective modules include:

  • Literary Journalism – 15 credits
  • Publishing in the Digital Age – 15 credits
  • Intercultural Studies – 15 credits
  • American Screenwriters – 15 credits
  • Global English and English Language Teaching - 15 credits
  • Writing Women - 15 credits
  • Place and Space - 15 credits
  • Reporting Science and the Environment - 15 credits
  • Global Popular Musics - 15 credits
  • Micro-placement - 15 credits.

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

Overall workload

Most contact hours will take the form of lectures, seminars and practical workshops, supported by a personal tutorial system.

Approximate study time based on 2018/19 entry is as follows:

Year 1

Scheduled learning: 15% Independent learning: 85%

Year 2

Scheduled learning: 14% Independent learning: 86%

Year 3

Scheduled learning: 14% Independent learning: 86%
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After you graduate

Career prospects

As a BA English graduate, you will have a unique blend of intellectual and creative skills, as well as experience relating to the application of the English language in contemporary culture. Delivered through world-class, research-informed teaching, this course prepares you for a range of possible career options, including:

  • Journalism
  • Creative writing
  • Publishing
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Library science
  • Digital media
  • Charities
  • English Language Teaching
  • Translation.

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