English

Course details

Number of students per year
10-12
Typical offer
A*AA at A-level; 40-42 points with 776 at Higher Level for the IB.
Essential subjects
English Literature
Useful subjects
English Language

Homerton has welcomed students taking single honours English since 2002, and makes offers to between 10 and 12 students for the subject each year. While the majority are British and whose first language is English, we have also had numerous very successful overseas students. Offer-holders come from a broad range of social and educational backgrounds, including an exceptionally high proportion of high-achieving state-educated students. At the time of writing, offer-holders have included students of colour every year English has been taught here, most of whom achieved their grades and took up their places.

At Cambridge

English at Cambridge enables you to explore literary output in English since 1300, with options in the final year to focus on more specialised areas of literary study, including theory, post-colonial, gender, and specific historical periods. There is ample chance for researching examinable coursework. The course is unique for its concentration on Practical Criticism - the close and detailed analysis of texts - and for its module on Tragedy in the third year.

Supervisions, hour-long weekly meetings with a supervisor and between one and four students, are arranged by the Director of Studies. The supervisor is very often a Fellow in English at Homerton College, although you will also see experts from other colleges for some papers. You will normally write a short but detailed essay on a different topic each week.

Seminars, groups of 10 to 15 students, are also offered for many papers, particularly at Part II. While led by a Faculty member, with set reading, discussions are relatively informal, and your contribution is encouraged.

Lectures are arranged centrally by the Faculty. Lecture courses take the form of four to eight lectures, in consecutive weeks of full term, each lasting about fifty minutes, and relating to the supervision courses run that term. Some are on general topics; others are on particular authors or specific texts.

How To Apply

Our offer is usually the Cambridge standard Arts, Humanities and Social Science subjects offer of A*AA or IB 40-42 points with 776 in Higher Level subjects; or the equivalent in other qualifying examinations.

Applicants for English will take a pre-interview written assessment in their schools or colleges in the October/November of the year of application. The ELAT is a shared test with Oxford and it is assess literary critical analysis and response rather than knowledge. Further information about the date, format and content for this assessment is available here.

Applicants are asked for written work to be submitted in advance of interview. This should be one or two already marked school essays that you would be happy to discuss further in the interviews, if asked. They should be as recent as possible, to showcase your abilities more readily, but should not be specially written for this purpose.

Homerton Teaching Fellows

Other Teaching Staff

At different times over the years English students from Homerton have been taught by the majority of colleagues listed as members of the Faculty of English, especially in their third year when specialist papers are selected. Supervisors are approached for their expertise as it relates to a student’s interests, to find the best match for teaching. A full list of English Faculty staff can be found here.