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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 - 4 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

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About English at City, University of London

The BA (Hons) English at City combines world-class literary scholarship with the opportunity to develop creative, professional and digital skills that will prepare you for exciting career and postgraduate study options.

Who is it for?

The English BA (Hons) is for students who want to explore a subject that is alive, active and continually evolving, and develop valuable intellectual and creative skills. This course will provide you with an informed, critical and applied understanding of the many forms of literary and professional English, which can be applied academically, creatively and professionally.

You will study different genres and periods, and explore the variety of career options within the discipline of English, including creative and professional writing, journalism, publishing, library science, translation and new media.

In an energised and supportive environment, you will develop critical and theoretical knowledge, along with transferable analytical, written and creative skills that are highly valued by today's employers.

Plus, to help you broaden your horizons and prepare you for a rewarding future, we offer you the option to take an exciting work placement and to study abroad during your degree.


City's BA(Hons) English is a unique, world-class degree that enables you to focus on three core strands: literature, professional writing, and creative writing.

As well as studying historical and contemporary literature in its many forms, you will explore how the knowledge and skills you gain can be applied to texts of all kinds, including your own creative writing (fiction and non-fiction). During your studies, you will experience literary forms as alive and evolving - especially in the digital environment.

This programme builds on our significant international reputation in creative writing, journalism and publishing. In a stimulating, supportive department, our expert staff will equip you with an informed and critical understanding of the many forms of literary and professional English, which you may go on to apply in a wide range of creative and professional contexts.

This course will encourage you to:

  • Read widely, including literature related to and written about London.
  • Analyse and produce narratives in various forms, including in different media.
  • Experience different forms of creative writing in performance.
  • Explore interdisciplinary knowledge and skills that are vital to success in the global cultural economy.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

  • 'A' Level: BBB (typically to include 'A' Level English Literature, English Language or English Language and Literature at grade B).
  • UCAS Tariff: 120 tariff points (typically BBB with a relevant EPQ). See the UCAS website for information on the new tariff system.
  • IB: 32 points (including Studies in Language and Literature).
  • GCSE: A minimum of grade 4(C) in GCSE English and Mathematics.

Other suitable qualifications

  • BTEC: DDM with a minimum grade B in 'A' Level English Literature, English Language or English Language and Literature.
  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ): We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an 'A' Level offer reduced by one grade.

INTO City, University of London

Don't meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You'll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the International Foundation programme in Business and Economics with Society and Culture or the International Foundation programme in Humanities and Law.

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

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you 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:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

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 2018 should arrive at UCAS between September 2017 and 15th January 2018. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2018 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.

Teaching and learning

Your modules will be delivered using a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Interactive sessions
  • Practical workshops
  • Small group classes
  • Personal tutorials.

Lectures will provide you with commentary and explanation of key content areas. Some modules also offer small group classes to develop your understanding by inviting you to participate in debates. You will also generate your own texts and content to reflect different readerships and functions in a variety of formats.

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 Project modules 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 skills in providing and receiving peer review. 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 2016/17 entry is as follows:

Year 1

34% written, 8% practical, 58% coursework

Year 2

10% written, 11% practical, 79% coursework

Year 3

0% written, 14% practical, 86% coursework.

Assessment weightings by year

Type%Year 110Year 230Year 360Year 3

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


The English BA (Hons) offers three core elements, corresponding to the three years of the full-time degree programme.

Core modules introduce and analyse literature in a range of forms, including in different media; and actively explore both creative writing and performance. Through active teaching to support 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.

Part One

You will develop a thorough grounding in the study of literature, literary forms and literary theory, with core modules which develop your knowledge through the study of key texts and related research. You will encounter a rich range of texts that reflect the rich history of English language's literary, social and popular forms, as well as more contemporary literary cultures and contexts.

Part Two

You will delve deeper into the scholarly content and also focus your studies in theoretical, creative writing or more applied modules (including a Work Placement module).

Part Three

In your final year, you can choose from a range of professional, research and creative module choices while also deepening your understanding through at least one Major Project.

Year 1

Part One is made up of six compulsory modules (120 credits).

In the first year, you will encounter poetic, literary and dramatic texts that reflect English's rich history and current practice of literary, social and popular forms, while also beginning to develop your skills in critical and creative writing.


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

Year 2

Part Two consists of modules that make up 120 credits. You will take three core modules, plus four elective modules (all elective modules are 15 credits).

The second year deepens the scholarly content alongside a core Creative Writing module, and allows you to begin to focus on literary analysis or developing your professional skills.

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
  • Work Placement - 15 credits
  • Web Creation and Design - 15 credits
  • The Representation of Journalists and the Press in Film and Fiction: 900 to Present Day - 15 credits
  • News and Society - 15 credits
  • Romanticism - 15 credits.

Year 3

Part Three is made up of 120 credits. You will choose from a broad selection of optional modules, reflecting diverse scholarly and applied disciplines, including journalism, publishing, library science, translation and English as a global language.

Alongside this you will complete one 30-credit major project module (or two, with prior approval).

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:

  • Information Literacy in the Digital Society - 15 credits
  • Literary Journalism - 15 credits
  • Publishing in the Digital Age - 15 credits
  • Global English and English Language Teaching - 15 credits
  • American Screenwriters - 15 credits
  • Intercultural Studies - 15 credits
  • Gender, Sexuality and the Media - 15 credits
  • New Media: From Cyberspace to Social Media - 15 credits
  • Crime and Media - 15 credits
  • Celebrity and Society - 15 credits.

Download the relevant programme specification

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 2016/17 entry is as follows:

Year 1

14% scheduled, 86% independent, 0% placement

Year 2

14% scheduled, 79% independent, 7% placement

Year 3

14% scheduled, 86% independent, 0% placement

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*The tuition fee for UK and EU students is determined by the UK Government and was £9,250 for the first year of study at City in 2017/18. The tuition fee for students commencing their studies in 2018/19 has not yet been confirmed: we will update these pages as soon as we receive confirmation. Fees in each subsequent year of study may be subject to an annual increase limited to the Student Fees Inflation Index as determined by the UK Government's Office for Budget Responsibility. However, this is subject to confirmation. The index is derived from the All Items Retail Prices Index. If fees do increase in each subsequent year of study, we will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study. Fees in each subsequent year of study will be subject to an annual increase limited by the All Items Retail Prices Index.

** The tuition fee for Non-UK/non-EU students was £14,280 for the first year of study in 2018/19. Each subsequent year of study may be subject to annual increase, as detailed above for UK and EU students, but this is also subject to confirmation.


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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

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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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At City, you will have the opportunity to explore the career options open to you and apply your skills and knowledge with a real-world work placement. You can spend four years completing your degree by undertaking a work placement between the second and third year of your degree.

Placements or internships will be supported by the second-year elective module, 'Work Placement', in which you will be encouraged to gain work experience to extend your understanding of the many professions that rely on the application of English skills and knowledge.

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) at City has been developed to broaden your horizons. The department has partnerships with many international institutions and you may have the opportunity to spend your third year studying abroad. We have strong links with universities such as:

  • Sciences Po, France
  • Danish School of Media and Journalism, Denmark
  • Hogeschool Utrecht in the Netherlands
  • Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
  • Ryerson University, Canada
  • Seoul National University, South Korea
  • Koç University, Turkey
  • Northeastern University, USA
  • RMIT, Australia
  • University of Tasmania, Australia.

These partnerships and their programmes may be subject to change.

Academic facilities

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.

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