English Language and Literature

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A really flexible course which gives you the opportunity to study literature from 650AD right up to the present day!

Course Resources

Here are some general resources related to English Language and Literature.


Overview ๐Ÿ”— This is the official course overview on the University of Oxford website, which includes course structure, entry requirements and more.

Faculty website ๐Ÿ”— ๐ŸŒŸ The English Faculty website has a more detailed course overview, as well as lots of useful application information.

Alternative Prospectus ๐Ÿ”— The Oxford Student Union website includes guides to each course, written entirely by students. Expect favourite moments from their degrees, books theyโ€™ve loved, and what interviews are really like!

More things to explore

ELAT (English Literature Admissions Test) information ๐Ÿ”— This Oxford webpage explains what the ELAT is, how to register, and provides practice materials. All you need to do your very best on this test is on this website.

Selection Criteria ๐Ÿ”— An in-depth explanation from the English Faculty about exactly what makes a good personal statement, written work, interview and more, from the people who make the decisions!

Application Resources

Reading List ๐Ÿ”— ๐ŸŒŸ This reading list, compiled by Balliol College, is for the papers that first-years take. Donโ€™t be intimidated by how long it is; the texts are intended to be worked through over the course of a full academic year, and honestly no one reads everything anyway.

FAQ ๐Ÿ”— ๐ŸŒŸ Some useful answers to common questions about the application process.

Interviews Section of Oxford Website ๐Ÿ”— This resource from the University of Oxford website includes general information and advice about interviews, but it also includes some sample questions which are specific to each subject. Remember, these exact questions will almost definitely not be askedโ€“ but they can help you practice thinking in a new way about your subject.

InsideUni Classics interview experiences ๐Ÿ”— ๐ŸŒŸ Current students talk about their interview experience, as well as sharing some tips. Weโ€™re biased, but we think theyโ€™re useful!