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Philosophy and English Literature [with Foundation Year] BA (Hons)

Anglia Ruskin University

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Cambridge Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Explore the big questions and the works of English literature that have enthralled people for centuries by studying our BA (Hons) Philosophy and English Literature degree in Cambridge.Study Philosophy and English literature together, and learn to make your point of view stand out with substance, as well as style.You’ll consider big questions such as ‘Who are we?’, ‘What can we know?’, and ‘What should we do to lead worthwhile lives?’ and discover how great minds have tried to answer them. Alongside this, you’ll explore how English literature is shaped by its historical and cultural context, and how, in turn, it influences readers and society. In doing this you’ll also explore other subjects such as history, politics, religion, psychology and history of art.Your studies will be supported by our expert lecturers, who offer one-to-one tutoring and personalised feedback. This support helped our philosophy courses rank first in the UK in the National Student Survey 2020, and top in the UK for “Satisfied with Feedback) (The Guardian University Guide 2021).You’ll develop your problem solving, critical thinking and judgement skills by analysing major philosophical ideas alongside classic literary texts in a range of genres including science fiction and children’s literature.You’ll gain valuable research skills by using bibliographies, databases and information technology to answer important questions about literature.You can also choose to focus on areas of particular interest to you, such as Victorian literature, poetry, contemporary fiction, and the work of philosophers including Kant, Descartes and Heidegger.These are important skills, with the World Economic Forum ranking complex problem solving and critical thinking among the top ten skills needed to succeed in today’s job market ( can also engage in philosophical discussions and debates through our student-led Philosophy Society, attend events such as our Royal Institute of Philosophy lecture series or boost your employability by learning a language with our Anglia Language Programme.**Careers**Our BA Philosophy and English Literature graduates go on to work in a variety of fields, including teaching, journalism, local government, publishing, charity administration and management, librarianship, digital and media, project management, PR and marketing, start-ups and online companies.The problem-solving, critical and creative thinking, judgement, research, analysis and communication skills our Philosophy and English Literature students gain are highly valued by employers. You’ll also learn to work well independently and as part of a team.You could also learn more, develop a specialism or start an exciting career in research with our Masters degrees in English Literature, Children’s Literature, Creative Writing and Publishing. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

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15 January

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GCSE/National 4/National 5 : D

Entry requirements for foundation year study at ARU College: five GCSE passes at grade 3 or D or above and evidence of two years post-GCSE study at Level 3; if you have achieved at least grade E in one A level, or equivalent, you are exempt from the two year post-GCSE study requirement, but you still have to meet the GCSE requirements.


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Anglia Ruskin University

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  • Campus address

    Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 1PT, England

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Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    84th out of 100 9

  • Entry standards

    / Max 206
    102 50%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    50.0 50%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.09 82%



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