BA English and Philosophy (QV35)

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UCAS code QV35
Application method Full time: UCAS/Common Application
Part time: Apply direct to the University
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study 6 year(s) part-time
Part-time study over six years with daytime, weekday teaching
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 13
Number of applications for 2015/16 106
Number of places for 2017/18 10

About BA English and Philosophy

This course gives you the opportunity to study two distinct disciplines:

  • Philosophy, which questions everyday assumptions and enquires into the foundations of other forms of knowledge;
  • English Literature, which involves the close, analytical study of poetry, fiction and drama written in English.

You will learn the fundamental principles of logic, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and political philosophy, and study literature written in English from the medieval period to the present day.

For English, in years one and two, the study of successive periods of English literature is complemented with work on individual authors, topics, and genres. In your second and third years you will be able to choose from a range of stimulating options and research-led special subjects. Year three is fully optional and includes the opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic of your own choosing.

The curriculum on both halves of the course is designed to give you full advantage of our staff's research expertise.

More about English

Find out more about studying English at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Critical Issues
  • Literature 1150-1550 or Literature 1550-1740
  • One of:
    • Critical Practice
    • Approaches to Poetry
    • Literature 1150-1550
    • Literature 1550-1740
    • Women Writers
    • Transformations
    • Texts in a Global Context
  • Introduction to Philosophy A
  • Introduction to Philosophy B
  • Introduction to Formal Logic
  • One unit from:
    • Philosophical Texts 1, 2 or 3
    • Introduction to Philosophy of Science

Second year

  • Either Literature 1740-1900 or Literature 1900-present
  • One of (indicative):
    • Old English Language and Literature
    • Chaucer and Chaucerians
    • Arthurian Literature
    • Shakespeare
    • Writing the City: London 1550-1740
  • Any English special subject or optional unit
  • Realism and Normativity
  • Plus at least two units from:
    • Epistemology
    • Political Philosophy
    • Philosophy of Mind
    • Ethics
    • Philosophy of Language
    • Logic 2
    • Philosophy of Science
    • Philosophy of Mathematics
    • Other second-year unit which may be available.

Third year

  • One of (indicative):
    • Eighteenth Century Prose Fiction
    • Victorian Fiction
    • Twentieth Century American Literature
    • British and Irish Poetry 1900 to the present
    • Decolonising Literature and Literary Studies
  • One of (indicative):
    • Literatures of Slavery
    • Prison Writing
    • Celebrity Culture
  • an English special subject or an English dissertation
  • three Philosophy optional units or two Philosophy optional units and a Philosophy extended essay.
Find out more about the course structure and units available for English and Philosophy

Typical offer for BA English and Philosophy - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
AAA including English Literature or combined English Literature and Language
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAB including A in English Literature or combined English Literature and Language
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level English
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level English
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma (Arts or Humanities) with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. Additional written work may be required.
BTEC offer DDD plus A in A-level English Literature or combined English Literature and Language
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAAAB and AH: AA including English Literature or combined English Literature and Language
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer85% overall with 8.5 in English
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Mathematics at grade B or above. In England, where numerical GCSE grades will start to replace letter GCSE grades, we will be aligning the two grading schemes as follows: 4 or 5 is C, 6 is B, 7 is A, and 8 or 9 is A*.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile A
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Considered but places are limited to ensure fairness to applicants applying the following year

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application. We may interview mature applicants and applicants with non-standard qualifications.

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