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Universities to look into for English language and literature

I'm interested in looking into English language and literature courses, but I don't really know where to start.

I'm targeted A* A* A, though I'm predicted/working at AAB-AAA. I'm not studying English language at A level, but I'd like to do some reading/etc. into English language and linguistics (so recommendations for books, videos, podcasts etc. would also be appreciated).

My main concern is finding a varied and interesting course, though other factors (e.g. employability) are important too.
Original post by bowlingforsoph
I'm interested in looking into English language and literature courses, but I don't really know where to start.

I'm targeted A* A* A, though I'm predicted/working at AAB-AAA. I'm not studying English language at A level, but I'd like to do some reading/etc. into English language and linguistics (so recommendations for books, videos, podcasts etc. would also be appreciated).

My main concern is finding a varied and interesting course, though other factors (e.g. employability) are important too.


Is there a certain split you would like between literature and language (e.g. 80 literature, 20 language)? Or would you prefer an even split? I would be weary as several unis will call their course 'English' when they really just mean English Literature and the Language side of it tends to be more under linguistic degrees.

I do know that University of Nottingham have a good English course which does include both literature and language, allowing you to split your time among them as you wish! It's 3 A's to get in for a standard applicant so may be a reasonable choice based on your grades. I have an offer from Nottingham for English and History (I prefer literature though by far and am not interested in doing language), but the open day there showed me how great the breadth was if you would like to study language and literature (or even drama or creative writing within the same degree).

Newcastle also do a joint English Language and Literature degree but I don't know too much about it as I didn't apply there!

University of York do a joint English/Linguistics degree (which is what you would want as their English single degree only covers literature). My friend who's firmed York for linguistics single was really impressed by the breadth of that course and from a literature POV, I applied there and it really does have an amazing range of choices!

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