How you Learn
The core of a student’s work in English consists of supervisions in small groups, usually involving two undergraduates meeting with a supervisor to discuss an essay each week. Supervisions are arranged by the Directors of Studies with appropriate specialists from across the University.
Writing and discussing your weekly essays are the principal focus of study, but there is also a wide range of classes, seminars and lectures organised by the English Faculty at the Sidgwick site, situated close by the University Library. There are also numerous talks by visiting speakers, as well as a diverse range of plays, films and other cultural events, such as drama workshops and poetry readings.
The College has no orthodoxy on how English should be studied, but prides itself on the intellectual freedom and resources it can offer students. Trinity Hall encourages a diversity of approaches and perspectives, using a wide range of different supervisors across the University. The College combines an informal and constructive atmosphere with the tradition of vigorous argument which has made Cambridge English one of the most challenging subjects in the University.
|Typical Offer Conditions
||41-42 points, with 776 at Higher Level
||See the University’s Entrance Requirements page
||English Literature (see General Comments below)
Two school essays written as part of your English course (excluding creative writing).
All applicants are required to take the English Literature Admission Test (ELAT)pre-interview for English at an authorised centre local to them (for a lot of applicants, this will be their school/college). Please see the Admissions Assessments page on the University website for further details.
Although we are prepared to consider applications from candidates offering the combined English Language and Literature A Level, we have a very strong preference for the single English Literature A Level since, in our experience, the combined course does not, by itself, provide adequate preparation for the demands of the Cambridge English Tripos. If you are reading this page for guidance in selecting your A Level subjects, then we would strongly recommend that you select English Literature if your school offers it. If your school does not offer English Literature and you have already embarked upon English Language and Literature then your application will nevertheless be considered.
Trinity Hall looks for students with a wide variety of intellectual, cultural and social backgrounds who will bring something distinctive and original to the study of English at the College. We are looking for candidates who genuinely relish academic challenges, who already engage in their own independent reading, and who are eager to deepen and extend their knowledge of several centuries of English (and other) literature.