An introduction to studying English Literature at University. Including courses, careers and application tips. Featuring the University of Chichester and the University of Reading.

Event Summary

This webinar is hosted by Jon Cheek, the Founder and Director of UniTasterDays. Guidance is provided for students to help them make good choices when considering university. The guest speakers for this event are Dr Chloë Houston, the Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Department of English Literature at the University of Reading and Dr Miles Leeson, the Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Admissions Tutor for English and Creative Writing at the University of Chichester.

Why study English Literature including application tips
Chloë speaks about what studying English literature is like at university – studying the world and your place in it. She talks about the advantages of studying this course and the career opportunities after you graduate.

English is a global subject and Chloë highlights why it is important to study it in the 21st century as well as the skills you will develop which are valued by employers. She goes on to speak about the course content and how English allows you to explore the classic texts, but also investigate all periods of history and cultures from across the globe. Chloë gives examples of modules you can choose, texts you would study and what you would learn on the course. Finally, she shares her application tips and gives advice for writing your personal statement.

Studying English Literature at university
Each university will differ with what they offer, clarifies Miles and he highlights what you can expect when studying English Literature. He explains why larger institutions offer more choices when studying different modules and talks about the different types of English degrees. He touches on what time of the year you will start and end your studies and how you will be taught.

Before choosing a university, it is important to take into consideration certain factors, explains Miles. Some of these include the type of university, moving away or living at home and course size. He talks about how university learning is different to a school and college environment and who to contact to find out more details about the course. Finally, he touches on transferable skills, virtual open days and careers after you graduate.

Session summary from Rubaya Zaman, a final year English Literature student at the University of Birmingham.

Event Recorded: Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 14:00

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