Your Guide to English at University

February 26, 2019

Do you want to study English Literature/ Language and Literature at university but aren’t exactly sure what that entails? This article is for you!

 

The skills you learn in an English degree - developing advanced reading and analysis skills - are transferable over a large array of opportunities. Some of these are listed below:

 

  • Journalist - magazine or newspaper

  • Editorial assistant

  • English as a foreign language teacher

  • Publishing editor

  • Writer

  • Librarian

  • Teacher

 

If you’re thinking about studying English at university, don’t think you are limited to the options above. English is a subject that adequately prepares you for a wide array of employment pathways, such as those mentioned above. An english degree can also act a stepping stone towards other graduate pathways, of which can be law and business. If you are in Year 11 and are starting to think about your interests and the potential courses you want study at university, or you are in Year 12 (it’s not too late to change classes!) taking HL English A Literature in the DP would be best suited. If you love to read and gain a deeper understanding of texts, HL English is an amazing subject to have.

 

Below is a list of 6 universities in the UK and the US and their requirements for studying English that you can use to give a broad understanding of English as a degree.

 

 

Durham University - UK

 

  • Ranked #1 in the UK for it’s English degree: 2019

  • Typical offer: 38 points with 666 at HL, including HL  English

  • English at Durham is considered one of the best in the world because if its exemplary teaching, research and publication standing

  • 86% of student are in the employment of their choice 6 months after graduation and 93% of students are satisfied with their degree

  • Students learn the full spectrum of english literature as well as various approaches to analyzing literature

    Columbia University - USA

 

  • Ranked #1 2019

  • Must complete the SAT or ACT

  • No specific IB Score, however keep in mind that this is one of the top universities in the US and therefore all applicants have very competitive academic achievements

  • Columbia is known for its academics and history and is famously an Ivy League school

  • The level of education it provides is one of the best in the world

  • US universities typically look for applicants taking very rigorous classes, excelling in them and maintaining a proficient list of extracurricular activities

 

St. Andrews University - UK
 

  • Ranked 2nd in the UK 2019 for English

  • Typical offer 35 - 38 points in total

  • English At St Andrews takes the fundamentals of English Literature and breaks it down in a systematic and rigorous way, making it one of the best universities to get an in depth and solid understanding of Literature over the past couple thousand years

 

University of Chicago - USA

 

  • UChicago is a top private school in the bustling city of chicago, illinois

  • Ranked #7 2019 for English in the US due to its outstanding facilities and degree program

  • Must complete the SAT or ACT

  • No specific IB score, however keep in mind that this is one of the top universities in the US and therefore all applicants have very competitive academic achievements

  • *Refer back to the Columbia University section as the same applies here

 

King’s College London - UK
 

  • Ranked #15 in the UK 2019 for English

  • Typical offer 35 points with 666 at HL, including English

  • Total points includes points gained from TOK and the EE

  • Studying in London allows students to engage with the city’s extensive literature history

  • Students get access to Shakespeare's globe as well as many other buildings in London that are rich in history

 

University of Southern California - USA

 

  • Ranked #15 in the US for English

  • Must complete either the SAT or the ACT

  • Gives credits for obtaining a grade 5 or above in HL subjects

  • No minimum grade requirement - bare in mind that this is a very competitive school to get into in the US.

  • USC is one of the best private schools in America, and should definitely be on your radar if you are thinking about universities in the US

  • *Refer back to the Columbia University section as the same applies here

 

 

 

 

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