British Studies

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The British Studies Oxford Study Programme introduces students to the key concepts within British History, British Culture and its influence on the world.

Start dates:Programme currently unavailable. Please go to our homepage for alternative courses. Location: Yarnton Manor, Oxford Duration: 1 term (10-12 weeks)
Price: £12,995 This course is ideal for: 19s – 25s English requirement: IELTS 5.5 (it is not compulsory to have taken an English test)


What does it mean to be British? Non-Brits often base their view of “Britishness” on film and television, but shows like Downton Abbey only tell part of the story – and a highly idealised version at that. This course gives you a more realistic appreciation of British culture through a thought-provoking exploration of its history, art, music and literature, as well as an examination of contemporary British culture and values.

Course Content

On the British Studies course at Oxford Royale Academy, you will learn about key events in British history and how they’ve shaped the nation Britain has become today. You will study important works of English literature by famous authors, playwrights and poets and you will explore the art and music of Britain through analysing specific paintings and pieces of music. You will consider the cultural impact of British arts and literature on the rest of Europe and the world. You’ll also explore modern British culture and the concept of Britishness, examining aspects of life in Britain such as the National Health Service (NHS) and the political and judiciary system.

As part of your exploration of British culture, you will study and debate topical issues affecting Britain today. To help illuminate what you’ve learned about Britain and British culture, you will make trips to important cultural and historic sites in Oxford and beyond. You will also dedicate a large proportion of your time to completing a thesis, in which you will research and write about a specific British artist, author or composer of your choice.

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Topics Covered

The first three weeks of your British Studies course will be taken up with tutorials, of which the following topics are examples of what you will study:

● A Brief History of Britain
● The Art, Literature and Music of Britain
● What is Britishness? An Exploration of British Culture

Example Trip

During your British Studies course, you will visit the picturesque Midlands town of Stratford-upon-Avon, which was once home to one of the greatest British writers of all time. You will visit the house in which William Shakespeare was born, and you will see a number of other residences linked with the playwright and his family, as well as the church in which Shakespeare was laid to rest. As well as visiting the houses Shakespeare himself would have known, you will be able to watch a performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company in the recently refurbished Royal Shakespeare Theatre, which will bring his words to life better than any reading of a play could ever do.

Why take the British Studies course?

The Oxford Royale Academy British Studies course is designed to give you an in-depth introduction to British culture and its enormous influence on the rest of the world. It will prove invaluable to anybody considering coming to Britain to work or complete longer-term study, giving you a well-rounded view of British identity and the things that have shaped it. You will have the rare opportunity to study a wide range of fascinating subjects through Oxford-style tutorials, as well as receiving guidance from highly-qualified tutors as you complete your own large piece of academic writing.

As well as the knowledge and understanding you will pick up about British culture, the unique teaching style of this course also gives you numerous transferable skills, such as academic discipline, clear communication and the ability to construct and defend an argument. On top of this, you will receive useful careers guidance that will help you consolidate your CV and successfully apply for jobs in Britain or elsewhere.