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BA English and French

Catalog id : QR31
 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

15295 GBP
9000 GBP
9000 GBP

Application fee

International 75 GBP
National 75 GBP
Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)110
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
SAT (avg)1470
ACT (avg)32

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About this course

The English side of the course offers you a choice from a list of papers covering all literature written in the English language from its origins in Anglo-Saxon through to works produced in English-speaking countries across the world in the present day.

  • The Modern Language side of the course will give you practical linguistic training, encourage you to think coherently about language as a subject of study and introduce you to an extensive and fascinating field of Western literature and thought.
  • The course is extremely flexible. In the first year you will do practical work in your chosen language and study a selection of important texts from its literature.
  • On the English side, you will be introduced to the conceptual and technical tools used in the study of language and literature, and to a wide range of different critical assumptions and approaches.
  • You will also do tutorial work on either early medieval, Victorian or modern literature. In the second year, a wide range of options opens up for you.
  • Language work in your modern language will continue and you will study literature from a wide range of periods in English and in your language.
  • The third year of the four-year course is spent abroad – see below for more information. On your return, you will choose from a range of special option papers in both English and Modern Languages, and in comparative literature.

EML Careers:

  • Graduates in English and Modern Languages go on to careers in fields including broadcasting, publishing, teaching, journalism, the theatre, administration, management, advertising, translation, librarianship and law.
  • Knowledge of a modern language opens up opportunities for internationally focused careers or careers with international companies or organisations.

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Eligibility Criteria


  • A-levels: AAA
  • Advanced Highers: AA/AAB
  • IB: 38 (including core points) with 666 at HL
  • Or any other equivalent

For English

Candidates are expected to have English Literature, or English Language and Literature, to A-level, Advanced Higher, Higher Level in the IB or any other equivalent. The language requirements are detailed below:

For French, German, Russian and Spanish

Candidates would usually be expected to have the language or languages to A-level, Advanced Higher, Higher Level in the IB or another academic equivalent.
For Czech, Italian, Modern Greek and Portuguese

Please note the different course codes for Czech, Beginners’ Czech, Italian, Beginners’ Italian, Modern Greek, Beginners’ Modern Greek, Portuguese and Beginners’ Portuguese.

  • Candidates applying for a non-beginners' language course would be expected to have an A-level, or academic equivalent, in that language. Beginners’ courses allow students to start studying one of these languages from scratch.
  • In Czech, Italian, Modern Greek, and Portuguese, beginners will receive additional language support, but study together with those who already have A-level (or equivalent) and take the same first year exam. 

English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS: overall score of 7.0 (with at least 7.0 in each of the four components)
  • TOEFL (paper-based): overall score of 600 with a Test of Written English score of 5.5
  • TOEFL (internet-based): overall score of 110 with component scores of at least: Listening 22, Reading 24, Speaking 25, and Writing 24.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced, also known as the Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): grade A if taken before January 2015, or a score of at least 185.
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency, also known as the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): grade B if taken before January 2015, or a score of at least 185.
  • English Language GCSE, or O-level: grade B (for IGCSE, please see below)
  • International Baccalaureate Standard Level (SL): score of 5 in English (as Language A or B)
  • European Baccalaureate: score of 70% in English.

Exemptions from this requirement will be considered for applicants who have

  • studied the International Baccalaureate programme, if it is taught in English
  • studied the Singapore Integrated Programme (SIPCAL) 
  • been educated full-time in the medium of the English language throughout the two most recent years before the 15 October application deadline, and who remain in full-time education conducted in the English language until the end of the school year in their home country.

Other qualifications:

International Baccalaureate

A total score of 38, 39 or 40 points (depending on the course) including core points. Specific scores may be required in subjects taken at the Higher level. Please see the individual course pages for details.

American education system   

SAT Reasoning Test with at least 1,400 in Critical Reading and Mathematics and also 700 or more in Writing, giving a combined score of at least 2,100 (or equivalent)
ACT with a score of at least 32 out of 36.


Grade 5 in three or more Advanced Placement Tests in appropriate subjects
SAT Subject Tests in three appropriate subjects at 700 or better.

A combination of APTs and SAT Subject Tests (or other equivalent qualifications) is also acceptable, if they are in different subjects.

We are aware that the SAT is undergoing major reform in 2016. As the old-system SAT is still being used up to and including the January 2016 test date, any candidates with a test date prior to or including January 2016 will be assessed according to the current offer wording above.

Oxford will accept both old and new-system SATs. The exact details of our requirements for the revised SATs will be published here following the release of the College Board concordance in May 2016. Further information on the redesigned SAT.


Candidates are asked to enter all their scores for any tests taken when they complete their UCAS application, showing the relevant dates for each. This gives tutors a complete picture of the candidates’ academic record, rather than just the ‘superscore’ of best results for the different sections of any test taken on multiple occasions.

Candidates are also asked to include any pending test scores on the UCAS application: that is, details of any test they intend to take up until the end of Senior Year. Again, this is to give tutors a complete picture of the candidates’ academic record, including studies which are still in progress.

European Baccalaureate

An average of 85% or above, with scores of between 8 and 9 in specified subjects.

For further details, go through https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/international-students/international-qualifications?wssl=1

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Course Modules

1st year


Six papers are taken:
Introduction to English Language and Literature
One period paper from single honours English Language and Literature
Two practical languages papers
Two literature papers in modern languages

2nd and 4th years (3rd year is spent abroad)


Three from papers 1–6 from single honours English Language and Literature
Modern Language (four papers) including: practical language work (two papers plus oral examination), a period of literature and options (prescribed authors and texts from the 12th to 20th centuries, a special subject or a linguistics paper)

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How to Apply

All candidates must follow the application procedure as shown in applying to Oxford. The information below gives specific details for students applying for this course.

Written work:

  • Candidates must submit written work by 10 November 2016 for each of the subjects forming this joint course. 
  • You will see that candidates are required to submit:
  • a piece of written work in English for the English part of the course
  • and also
  • a piece of written work in English for the Modern Languages part of the course (along with work in the chosen Modern Language)

Written test:

  • All candidates must take both the English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT) and the Modern Languages Admissions Tests (MLAT), normally at their own school or college, on 2 November 2016.
  • Separate registration for both tests is required and the final deadline for entries is 15 October 2016.
  • It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that they are registered for these tests. 
  • Please refer to the pages for English Language and Literature and which parts of the Modern Languages test you need to take.

English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT):

The English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT) is a pre-interview admissions test for applicants to English undergraduate courses at the University of Oxford.

ELAT is a paper-based test lasting 90 minutes. It tests candidates’ close reading skills, and their ability to shape and articulate an informed response to unfamiliar literary material. Candidates write one essay comparing two or three passages, focusing on elements such as:

  • language
  • imagery
  • allusion
  • syntax
  • form and structure.

Test format:

Candidates are given six poems or passages from drama and/or prose (fiction or non-fiction), and are asked to carry out this single task:

Select two or three of the passages (a) to (f) and compare and contrast them in any ways that seem interesting to you, paying particular attention to distinctive features of structure, language and style. In your introduction, indicate briefly what you intend to explore or illustrate through close reading of your chosen passages.

There will be some sort of link between the six passages, which will be explained in the introduction. Answer sheets will be provided to candidates.

Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT):

The MLAT is a paper-based test, which consist of several parts for different language and linguistics courses, as well as a Philosophy paper for the joint course of Philosophy and Modern Languages. Candidates will need to take a maximum of two papers. The Philosophy paper is 60 minutes long, and each other paper lasts 30 minutes.


The MLAT takes place on 2 November 2016 at 09.00 GMT. The scheduled start times for international centres will vary, depending upon where they are in the world. Most candidates will sit the MLAT at their own school or college. Other candidates can find a centre.


Test results are not published automatically, but candidates may request their test score as part of the usual University of Oxford feedback process.


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