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What is it Like to Study English at University?

What is it Like to Study English at University?

What is it Like to Study English at University?

What it’s like to study the course that they’re now doing. What are the usual pitfalls and clichés that you’re going to come across? Well, we’ve compiled a list of FAQ’s that students often have, check them out!


What do I need to study English?

A passion for the subject that you happen to be studying is always helpful, but more than that, you need to have a real interest in it. With English, there can be everything from an English Literature and Language degree that you may need to study. Maybe you’re even doing creative writing; in which case, we recommend that you work on writing more and more. A lot of students spoke about creating a blog for their university or for themselves before they started so as to get into the routine of writing all the time.  

What grades do I need to study English?

English is an incredibly competitive subject – every year thousands of more people apply for the course, than actually get places. Because of this, a lot of universities are picky and most set very high-grade requirements. The reason for this is because of how difficult the course can be; they need people that are able to actually deal with the coursework and the workload. Lots of universities do as for certain GCSEs – typically a C or B. However, those with higher grades such as A or A* will probably be given priority, so make sure you nail your A-Levels!

How much reading is involved?

According to students studying English, there is a phenomenal amount of reading. There is a huge amount of reading because you will be studying a lot of different authors and will have to be citing sources as you go along too. Also, you might want to look at refining your writing skills, in which case reading more will help you to do so. The reading itself will take up a lot of your time as you will have to be reading a number of books by certain deadlines. If you want to get into a routine with this, we recommend joining a book club or something along these lines before you go to university, as you’ll be more used to reading to a deadline by then.  

How difficult is it to study English?

English ranks among some of the hardest degrees you can do. The deadlines aren’t flexible, and there’s a lot of work to get through, and that’s just the first year! However, the degree is interchangeable, which means that you’re able to have a more varied pool of jobs to pick from than if you were to do something more vocational. That being said, as with every degree, it is often as difficult as you make it. If you work hard and meet the deadlines and so on, there should be no reason at all why you shouldn’t find it more suited to you.

How much coursework is there involved when studying English?

There is an awful lot of coursework in an English degree. Lots of essays and a huge amount of independent learning too. However, try not to be overwhelmed by this as many students have said that the workload can get a little easier in later years, but this will very much depend on not only the course you’re studying, but also the university you’re attending and the lecturers you have. It’s worth bearing in mind, that the coursework situation will also have varying degrees of things that you will and won’t want to talk about. Unlike a psychology degree, where all elements of the subject have to be both respected and studied, an English degree will be a little more scattered, so be prepared to write somethings that you won’t necessarily be interested in.

How much does it cost to study English?

It’s almost impossible to get the exact costing of an undergraduate English degree as costings really do tend to vary depending on the university that you happen to be studying at, however, an estimated £8,500 – £12,000 tuition fee undergraduate degree is a fair estimate. Prices can be either side of those prices depending on the university and the tier of the degree that you do.

What’s my job likelihood after studying English?

The likelihood of a job at the end of a degree is difficult for everyone, however, with an English degree, you’re more likely to find work, than those with more vocational degrees. However, the jobs in question won’t always be necessarily related to your degree, as an English degree can be interchangeable with so many different jobs. There are a huge amount of jobs that are offered by an English degree that are more focused to your area of study, which you can see below.

What jobs can I get after studying English?

  • Writer
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Primary school teacher
  • Newspaper journalist
  • Magazine journalist
  • Lexicographer
  • English as a foreign language teacher
  • Editorial assistant
  • Digital copywriter
  • Academic librarian
  • Advertising account executive
  • Advertising copywriter
  • Arts administrator
  • Information officer
  • Marketing executive
  • Public relations officer
  • Records manager

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