English Literature and History BA(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

16th-century drama to contemporary poetry, we look at a range of genres of English literature, criticism and theory, plus history from medieval to present day.

It’s not too late to apply for September 2018. Find out more

Start date

17 September 2018

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB

BTEC - DDM

See full entry requirements

UCAS Code

VQ32

Places available (subject to change)

20

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 478429

About the course

You are excited when you open up a new book. Great works of literature inspire you. And you’re fascinated by the events and the people that have shaped today’s modern world. The chance to study English literature and history side by side gives you a unique and enriching view of both subjects as they can both inform and underpin each other.

You are excited when you open up a new book. Great works of literature inspire you. And you’re fascinated by the events and the people that have shaped today’s modern world. The chance to study English literature and history side by side gives you a unique and enriching view of both subjects as they can both inform and underpin each other.

Our English Literature course spans hundreds of years of inspiration, from the English Renaissance of the 16th century right up to the present day. So whether you love Jacobean drama or contemporary poetry, you’ll be able to indulge your tastes and hopefully gain some new ones too.

Your choices on the History side of your degree are equally wide ranging. We’ll cover the cultural, societal, historical and political impact of events and eras that have had a huge impact on today’s civilisation. Along the way you’ll be able to study conflicts, empires, disasters and more, from the medieval period right through to contemporary society.

The course is an equal mixture of both subjects. In your first year in History you’ll have the chance to learn more about early medieval Europe and 20th-century Britain. And in your Literature modules you’ll start looking at a wide range of literature, as well as literary criticism and theory.

The topics we cover aren’t just exciting and rewarding to study, they could help you develop some transferable skills that employers are looking for too. You could go on to a career in fields such as teaching, librarianship, archives, the media, industry, the voluntary sector, PR, law and accountancy. In your second year, you’ll also have the opportunity to take a placement for five weeks.

The ERASMUS+ exchange scheme also offers a short-term opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities.

Placements


The course offers a compulsory 5 week work placement in Year 2. The course also offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects. Our Placement Unit and academic staff have excellent industry links and can support you in applying for and finding your placement(s), as well as during your placement year. Recent graduates have taken placements at The Royal Armouries, Wilson Solicitors, West Yorkshire Archives Service, Kirklees TV, Numberworks & Words and a range of primary and secondary schools.

The ERASMUS+ exchange provides an optional short term (12 or 24 weeks) opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities where you join in classes and receive credits towards your degree at the same time. We have partnerships with universities in Ghent, Malaga, Hanover, Hungary, Paris and the USA.

I was attracted to the University of Huddersfield because of the History department's good reputation. As part of the course I did a 6 week placement in a High school in Halifax. It was a useful, challenging experience, which allowed me to develop many transferable skills.

debbie-kearns

Debbie Kearns, English Literature and History BA(Hons) in 2016

Entry requirements

BBBat A Level including a minimum grade B in any form of English or History

120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a minimum grade B at A Level in any form of English or History

DDM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

  • Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above to include modules in any form of English or History
  • 120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications which should include modules in any form of English or History.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Why study English Literature?


Why choose to study English Literature and History at the University of Huddersfield? The University of Huddersfield offers a diverse and vibrant student environment, located on one central town centre campus site. Explore the facilities and resources available to Music, Humanities and Media students here at the University.

Course Detail

History

Core modules:

Early Medieval Europe: c500 - 1215

This module covers the history of, what was to become, Europe from the decline of the Western Roman Empire to the end of the 11th Century. It explores the religious and social history of the period, in a range of geographic locations and ethnic groups, from Scandinavia to the Eastern Mediterranean. You’ll have the opportunity to examine written sources alongside visual representations and material culture. You’ll also be advised how to find, evaluate and reference supporting material for your work; how to identify arguments and structure essays and document analyses; and how to present material orally, as well as in writing.

Twentieth Century Britain

Using a chronological and thematic approach, you'll be introduced to the major political, social, economic and cultural developments affecting British society in the 20th Century. This module falls within the ‘Communities and Welfare Research Group’ at the University and explores how Britons identified themselves with a variety of communities, relating to place, gender, class and other affiliations. It also explores the development of social policy in relation to the welfare state.

English Literature

Core modules:

Literary Genres

You'll be introduced to literary texts which represent the established genres that form the foundation of Western literary tradition. You'll have the opportunity to explore how they've been adapted, modified and reformed in later periods and across cultures. You'll also have the chance to explore literary conventions and innovations, along with concepts and terms used in the analysis of literary texts. The assessment for this module consists of a mixture of written coursework and presentational assignments.

Thinking Critically

This module introduces you to a range of potential approaches for the study of literature at university level. You'll have the opportunity to evaluate key ideas and concepts from a range of theoretical approaches, taking a critical perspective to the discipline as a whole. You'll then have the chance to explore how to apply these ideas to literary and other texts. The assessment for this module consists of a mixture of written coursework and presentational assignments.

Teaching and assessment

21.67% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc. Some of your submissions may involve producing a podcast, contributing to an exhibition or working on an archive. The assessment of this course will be based on both written and practical work including examinations, essays, oral presentations, research analysis reports, posters, research projects, screencasts and portfolios.

You will also take part in workshops where you might learn how to write better essays, produce a digital artifact or design a research project. You will also have regular meetings with your personal tutor who will help you to reflect on your strengths and identify ways in which you can improve.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (either written and/or verbal) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Further information

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration. You can study this course on a part-time basis but, as this is a full-time course, you may have to attend every day of the week.

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Our Department

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Your Career


As an English Literature and History graduate, you are valued for the advanced skills you have developed in communication, self-motivation, teamwork, analysis, creative problem solving and persuasiveness. Studying history alongside English allows you to keep your career options open. Depending on your specialism, your career choices are as varied and exciting as your degree course.

*Percentage of graduates from these subject areas at Huddersfield who go on to work and / or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2015/16).

85-95%Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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