Regent’s admits 5-6 undergraduates a year for the single honours English course. The English course is incredibly broad and wide-ranging, covering the entire spectrum of literature from Old English to the 21st century. Tutors at Regent’s cover almost all of the undergraduate teaching. Despite the vast amount of literature studied, students are encouraged to develop their own individual interests to shape their degree in a personalised and exciting way.
The teaching in college is split between weekly tutorials (one or two students), discussing essays by the students and interrogating their ideas, and classes with the year group to tackle theories, history and broader issues. You can expect to write between one and two essays a week and write from six to ten essays a term. Students are expected and encouraged to initiate discussions, and the course is tailored to their interests and responses to texts and literary movements. A wide range of reading is expected, and the English course requires analytical thinking and close reading, as well as immersion in the historical contexts of the texts.
In the first year of the undergraduate course, students study Old English, Victorian and modern writers, as well as an introduction to language assessed by a submitted portfolio. In the second and third years, the vast majority of students opt to take Course I which offers four period papers ranging from 1350 to 1830. Students also take a Shakespeare paper, a special option (options recently have included Post War British Drama, the American Novel, Film Criticism, Writing Feminism and the Icelandic Saga amongst others) and a dissertation of any subject you choose. A few students sometimes opt to take Course II which focuses on a narrower time period but allows students to concentrate on Old and Middle English and engage with medieval manuscripts.
Regent’s English students have for many years been greatly involved in the wider university opportunities. Recent students have been editors of student newspapers, heavily involved in university drama at the highest level, and formed their own creative writing magazines. Within college, the Regent’s Park College English Society hosts talks, discussions and workshops by eminent figures in the field.
All candidates must take the English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT), normally at their school or college. Separate registration for this test is required. Details of the deadlines for ELAT entries can be found here. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that they are registered for this test.
More information about the course can be found on the Faculty website: http://www.english.ox.ac.uk/prospective-undergraduates