BA (Hons) English Language and Literature: 7 students per year.
We also admit undergraduates for joint degrees in English & Modern Languages, and in Classics & English; these numbers vary year by year.
People come to study English at Worcester from a wide variety of backgrounds, and they bring with them all kinds of interests, but what they have in common is a passion for the subject, a love of reading, and an irrepressible intellectual curiosity. Here we value individuality, energy and commitment; we want people who will work hard, think hard, and make the most of everything we can offer. English at Worcester is an equally intensive and extensive education, from the beginnings of literature in Old English to the global English writing of the present day; from line-by-line reading and interpretation of a sonnet, to a seminar debate on the nature of literature and of experience. During the three years of the degree, students have the constant close attention of the weekly essay and tutorial (an hour's discussion with a Tutor, either alone or with one or two other students); they develop their ideas in discussion with their peers in classes and seminars (often including giving presentations on individually-researched topics); and they have access to the vast resources of the Oxford English Faculty and the University's libraries, lectures, and special events.
When students' particular interests carry them into areas beyond our own specialisms, teaching arrangements are made with tutors and lecturers in other colleges, so that students have access to the full range of expertise in the English Faculty across the University.
Further information about the English undergraduate course, and the joint degree courses, can be found on the English Faculty website at www.english.ox.ac.uk and on the university website at www.ox.ac.uk/courses.