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Course Resources

Here are some general resources related to English.


Overview πŸ”— This is the English section of the University undergraduate prospectus. The most important information about the course is here, including entry requirements, course structure, and prerequisites.

Faculty website πŸ”—
This is the official Faculty webpage for prospective undergraduates, which links to various resources. The most important of them is the Faculty of English undergrad prospectus πŸ”— 🌟, which gives a general overview of what studying English at Cambridge is like.

Unofficial Prospectus πŸ”—
This is an unofficial prospectus put together by the Cambridge University Student Union; it’s written based on students’ perspectives and gives a better sense of what the day-to-day experience as an English student is like, compared to official materials.


Virtual Classroom πŸ”— 🌟 The Virtual Classroom should introduce you to new ways of thinking about literary texts. Given that it is provided by the Cambridge English faculty, similar concepts may come up in interviews or admissions assessments, so would strongly recommend taking a look.

Cambridge Authors website πŸ”— Another website produced by the English faculty, containing profiles of famous Cambridge-educated authors. Learn more about whose footsteps you could be following in!

Paradise Lost resource πŸ”— Christs College, Cambridge have produced this comprehensive guide to studying and understanding Milton's 'Paradise Lost'. Even if you've never studied this genre or poem before, it may be useful to undertake the challenge of studying such a complex text independently, which is valuable preparation for the course.

Application Resources

Reading Lists πŸ”— This is an example reading list provided by Downing College, Cambridge, relating to the papers that first-years take. Don’t be intimidated by how long they are; they’re intended to be worked through over the course of a full academic year, and honestly no one reads everything anyway.

FAQ πŸ”— 🌟 Some useful answers to common questions about the application process.

Admissions test specimens πŸ”— Have a look at the English admissions test.

InsideUni English interview experiences πŸ”— 🌟 Current students talk about their interview experience, as well as sharing some tips. We’re biased, but we think they’re useful!

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