Lucy Cavendish aims to admit six undergraduates in English each year, and a number of Erasmus students follow related pathways, making English one of the most vibrant and active subject communities in College. Our recent students have performed strongly in their academic studies, as well as staging plays, publishing novels, and speaking at academic conferences.

The BA in English is internationally renowned, and balances a strong grounding in the core of English literature with the chance to specialise or branch out from that core into the literature of other parts of the world, such as the USA or South Asia, other art forms, the English language and related intellectual traditions. Many graduates pursue careers in information management, teaching and academia; others go on to work in media and the creative industries.

Further information about the course can be found on the Faculty and University websites.

Course Requirements

  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have studied English Literature or English Literature and Language to A-level standard (or equivalent).
  • A range of British and international qualifications may be acceptable

For more information, see the general Entrance Requirements and FAQs, or contact our Admissions Office (

Admissions Assessment

  • Pre-interview assessment is not required for Lucy Cavendish. 
  • Applicants invited for interview sit a written assessment on the day of interview.  This assessment will last no longer than one hour, and will be similar in content and format to the ELAT assessment used by other colleges, prior to interview. Specifications can be found here.

Director of Studies:  Dr Isobel Maddison

We also have a University Lecturer in English, Dr Ruth Abbott.






Student Profiles







Kassi came to Lucy Cavendish with Open University credits, having previously trained in drama and ballet, and worked in retail, fitness and the nightclub more 

Aisha was working in local government when she enrolled at Greenwich Community College to add an A-level in English Literature to the set she had acquired some years more

Annabel trained as an electrical-mechanical fitter and made Formula One car parts before taking A-levels at New College more

Nicola had worked in the City and had children when she enrolled on an Access to HE Diploma at Huntingdonshire Regional more