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 and are taught by the College’s English Fellows as well as 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 encourages students to make the most of the wide range of texts, issues, approaches and perspectives that the English course enables. Your supervisors work closely with you each week, which means that you have a wonderful opportunity to develop your styles of writing and thinking in a way that will equip you well for whatever your choose to do once you have finished your degree. We aim to support all our students to achieve the best results they possibly can. We also aim to encourage them to navigate the many available options on the course in a way that leads to the most enjoyment, intellectual development, and personal enrichment.
|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 pre-interview English Literature Admission Test (ELAT) 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.