English

A vibrant course balancing grounding in core literature with other art forms and the English language

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Preparation

General Information

Overview [Link]. A good overview of the course structure and entry requirements.

Course content [Link]. For more information on the content of the Cambridge English course, the Faculty have given more information here.

Best preparation before application

HE Plus [Link]. A brilliant website created by the Cambridge Admissions Office with wonderful reading, resources, exercises and answer sheets on a wide variety of topics from Shakespeare and Keats, to Woolf and Eliot, among many others. Definitely worth looking through - there’s something for everyone.

Virtual Classroom [Link]. A really useful resource from the English Faculty itself which has online material, exercises and quizzes on literary criticism in particular. It also includes suggestions for further reading.

Books and Authors [Link]. A great BBC Radio 4 podcast in which authors talk about their own works and guests discuss their favourite books.

Cambridge Authors [http://www.english.cam.ac.uk/cambridgeauthors/]. A project by the English Faculty looking in more detail at the lives and works of 10 famous authors who all went to Cambridge.

Peripeteia [Link]. A slightly confusing website/forum, but nonetheless a good resource if you want more detail and discussion on specific areas.

There are also very useful free experiences outside of what you can do at school or at home (although you’ll have to travel to get there). There’s absolutely no need to pay for the expensive courses often advertised online.

English Masterclass days [Link]. A fantastic way to experience sample lectures and put your questions directly to Cambridge staff. The cost of classes is £20, however, the university does have a few free places for students in need (see website for details).

Open days [Link]. These are a great chance not only to go the department and speak to current staff and students, but also to look round colleges and see which ones you like the look of. It’d be a good idea to have shortlist of colleges you would like to visit before you go, because there is a lot to see in one day!

Sutton Trust Summer School [Link]. A great residential course for state school students. Would be a perfect way to experience what studying at Cambridge is really like in a pretty fun and relaxed course.

Application and Interviews

Application

Common questions [Link]. This page has some really useful answers to common questions, including on personal statements, submitted work and what they are looking for in English applicants.

ELAT test [Link]. You can find details on the English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT), including lots of practice papers, here.

Interviews

Read interviews about English

General interview advice video [Link]. There are no filmed Cambridge English interviews available online, but this is a useful video by the University about interviews in general and how to approach them!

Common questions [Link]. This page (same as above) has a section called ‘what will we talk about at interview?’ which is very useful.

Colleges

Official College Websites