English and Modern Languages
English and Modern Languages (you choose one language to study from the range of options offered by the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages) is a challenging but highly rewarding degree – around 50% of our students achieve firsts. As well as studying English Literature and Language, you will learn and study the language of a foreign culture and its associated literature. You will also have the opportunity, if you wish, to compare and to find connections between these two cultures through their language and literature.
The joint school in English and Modern Languages offers you a very wide choice of options. It is largely open to you to design the course of study which meets your own interests: tutors in your college will offer advice and help you to select the subjects best suited to your strengths. The course trains you to set different kinds of writing, in different languages, in their full social, historical, literary and linguistic contexts. You will read widely in poetry, fiction, drama and criticism and will learn to analyse and to write critically about what you have read.
The course also usually includes a year abroad, offering you the opportunity to practise your language skills on an everyday basis, as well as acquiring first-hand experience of the culture you have been studying. The Modern Languages Faculty offers help with finding placements in your chosen country.
The English and Modern Languages degree will equip you with analytical and writing skills that are readily transferable into many other situations and many professions. It opens up the opportunity to go into a great variety of careers.
In your first year you will study equal amounts of English and your chosen modern language. From the modern language side, you will combine learning the language (through comprehension and translation exercises) with literary studies (through critical commentaries and wider essays on a small range of set texts. From the English side, you will take an introduction to literary studies course, and then study one period of literature selected from Early Medieval, Victorian or Modern.
In your second and final years, from the modern language side, you will continue with language work and translations in your chosen language, in addition to choosing options from a wide range of period papers, linguistic, and other language topics. From the English side, you will choose three papers from a broad range of options including period papers running from medieval times to the present day, Shakespeare and special topics. You will also offer a dissertation in any area of English Language or Literature, or combining the two aspects of your study.
For further details of all these courses, please see the websites for the single honours English course, and for the Modern Languages Faculty.
As your application and written work will be assessed by tutors in both English and Modern Languages and you will be interviewed by tutors from both Faculties, you should consult the admissions criteria provided on both Faculties’ websites.
Your UCAS form, English written work, and interview with the English tutors will be assessed by English tutors according to the criteria advertised for admission to the BA in English Language and Literature here.
Your UCAS form, Modern Languages written work, and interview with the Modern Language tutors will be assessed by Modern Language tutors according to the criteria advertised for admissions to the BA in Modern Languages here.
Application requirements: All candidates must take both the English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT) and the Modern Languages Admissions Tests (MLAT). Candidates are also required to submit a piece of written work in English for the English part of the course and also a piece of written work in English for the Modern Languages part of the course (along with work in the chosen Modern Language).
More information can be found here.