English Language and Literature

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A really flexible course which gives you the opportunity to study literature from 650AD right up to the present day!

Course Resources

Here are some general resources related to English Language and Literature.


Overview πŸ”— This is the official course overview on the University of Oxford website, which includes course structure, entry requirements and more.

Course Structure (more detailed) πŸ”— 🌟 The English Faculty website has a more detailed course overview, as well as lots of useful application information.

Alternative Prospectus πŸ”— The Oxford Student Union website includes guides to each course, written entirely by students. Expect favourite moments from their degrees, books they’ve loved, and what interviews are really like!

More things to explore

Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing πŸ”— This is the official website for the organisation which sets the admissions test you will need to take if you apply for an English course at either Oxford or Cambridge. All you need to do your very best on this test is on this website, including past papers and a video explaining the test in more detail and how to register for it.

English Faculty Undergraduate Admissions πŸ”— This is the part of the English Faculty website which is dedicated to admissions advice. The most important section of this is the Selection Criteria πŸ”—, which explains in detail exactly what makes a good personal statement, written work, interview and more, from the people who make the decisions!

Application Resources

Reading List πŸ”— 🌟 This reading list, compiled by Balliol College, is for the papers that first-years take. Don’t be intimidated by how long it is; the texts are 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.

Interviews Section of Oxford Website πŸ”— This resource from the University of Oxford website includes general information and advice about interviews, but it also includes some sample questions which are specific to each subject. Remember, these exact questions will almost definitely not be asked– but they can help you practice thinking in a new way about your subject.

Mock Interview πŸ”— 🌟 Oxford Classics and English student Molly participated in an English mock interview, to help students understand how to respond to the unseen passage part of the interview. She has also made lots of other videos on her YouTube channel πŸ”— which offer advice about applying to Oxford, so check that out too!

InsideUni Classics 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!