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BA (Hons) English

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Introduction to our English degree

Explore English language and literature to understand how they reflect and are influenced by the culture, technology and economics of different places and historical periods. Develop transferable skills and knowledge for many careers on our BA (Hons) English degree in Cambridge.

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We're the Times Higher Education (THE) University of the Year. We've also been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework – a reflection of the outstanding education we offer our students.

Our English courses ranked 11th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2024, and seventh in the UK for student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide 2023.

On our BA (Hons) English degree you’ll study a range of texts, including classic literary forms such as the novel, poetry, and plays, but also theatrical performances, films, essays, pamphlets, reviews and works of critical and cultural theory, developing your ability to read and respond critically.

You’ll also explore the power of the English language in communication, and how it expresses and reflects crucial global issues such as ideologies, culture wars, conflict, social justice, equality, diversity, inclusion, and sustainability.

Studying English – by its nature a multi-disciplinary subject – will develop your understanding of history, politics, philosophy, religion, psychology and many other subjects, giving you a broad interdisciplinary experience where you can develop your own areas of interest and expertise.

Throughout the course, you’ll have opportunities to explore topics from other subjects too, including writing, film, media, sociology and politics.

Our English degree will help you develop many transferable skills valued by employers from all industries, including literacy, communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, research, and working both independently and collaboratively.

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Careers

Our BA (Hons) English will equip you with many skills that are transferable to a wide range of graduate occupations. These include research and communication, which lend themselves to careers close to the study of literature and language such as journalism and teaching, while the course’s emphasis on critical thinking and independent learning will transfer to professions including (but not limited to) business, law, consultancy, administration, librarianship, and civil service.

You’ll also develop a range of intellectual, research-based and practical skills that will give you the vital combination of flexible thinking and transferable expertise required for the 21st-century workplace, such as problem solving, data retrieval, persuasive writing, rigorous scrutiny of evidence, creative thinking, computer and digital resource skills, teamwork and communication.

Throughout the course, you’ll receive reflexive peer and tutor support with our Personal Development Tutoring programme, while your core modules at every level will include built-in employability sessions.

Live Briefs in years 1 and 2, and on the Year 3 module Research Communication, will give you opportunities to devise solutions for real-world industry professionals, at once giving you both work experience and potential connections for your future career.

You might also decide to further develop your specialisms or start an exciting career in research with our Masters degrees in English Literature or Creative Writing. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship to get 20% off your fees.

Employability and personal career development

Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.

To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.

Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.

Joanne

"I really wanted to be able see what it would be like to think and to dream in a different perspective. I think that learning a language opens up many more doors for you."

Joanne

BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics student

Joanne's story

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