History and English Language BA(Hons)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

Our History modules cover a range of eras from the medieval to modern times. In language and linguistics we look at topics like phonetics and morphology.

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

VQ31

Places available (subject to change)

20

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472606

About the course

If you enjoy learning about the past and you’re also fascinated by the use of language and how it shapes the world around us, then this course is for you. We cover a broad range of topics enabling you to explore medieval and modern history, while also specialising within English language and linguistics.

For the History side of the course, we'll give you the chance to shape your studies to your interests. Our modules are historically and geographically diverse, so you can pick the periods and places that fascinate you the most. You’ll be able to engage with a range of approaches to history, and work with primary source materials too.

While you’re here you could build up some very useful and transferable skills: to analyse and communicate; to put together a convincing argument; to gain the self-discipline to work on your own; and to work with others to assess challenges and solve them.

In your English Language studies, you’ll be introduced to the basic concepts and theories of linguistics. We’ll encourage you to study the role of language in society and how it helps humans understand things. How we acquire it, the way it changes, and the way it forms an array of ways to communicate.

We’ll carry out conversation analysis, sociolinguistics and stylistics to get under the surface of the spoken or written word and understand more about what’s really going on.

Each year you’ll be able to choose option modules to focus on topics that interest you. In your second year you’ll also have the chance to go on a work placement, designed to enhance your skills ready for employment.

We also offer innovative assessments, so you could find yourself analysing children’s speech development, making a podcast on 1970s culture or creating a visitor trail for a national museum. By taking a creative approach, we give you the chance to develop your skills and look at your subjects in a new and inspiring way.

I was extremely impressed by the level of knowledge and skills demonstrated by students across the entire programme.  I was particularly pleased to see students reflecting so thoughtfully, imaginatively and eloquently on the types of skills that their history degree provides them with particularly in the reflective essay written by second year students as part of the work placement module. It strikes me that too often we take ‘transferable skills’ for granted, rather than really encouraging students to reflect critically on what this actually means for them in terms of their own future career plans, and it is heartening to see this happening at Huddersfield.

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Dr Jonathan Willis, External Examiner

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 Museum, Wilsons Solicitors, Kirklees TV, West Yorkshire Archives Service, Barclays Archive Group, Aviva Insurance, the National Media Museum 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 Paris and the USA.

I did a 12-week placement during my second year at a secondary school. I also worked with a local primary school in preparing a series of history lessons for their Year 6 classes. Both of these experiences were fun and will be useful when I begin my teacher training. 

Larissa Jackson

Larissa Jackson, History BA(Hons)

Entry requirements

BBBat A Level including a minimum grade B in History or English Language

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

DDM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

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

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

Why Study History?


Why choose to study 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 Language

Core modules:

Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics

This module introduces you to the structure of language as a system. You'll be able to explore the basics of linguistic description, using mostly, but not only, the English language to illustrate. The module focuses on the fundamental linguistic concept of ‘levels’ of language, starting from the smallest (sounds) and building up to sentence structure. Emphasis is on the development of practical skills in analysing language structure. This module will be assessed by a mixture of coursework assessments and formal examinations.

Option modules:

Two options from a list which may include:

Approaches to Language Study

This module introduces you to a number of theoretical, analytical and methodological advances that have had a significant impact on the development of linguistics as a discipline. You will be introduced to principal ideas in linguistics and practical issues in carrying out research into language. The module thus acts as a precursor to many of the issues that will be explored in greater detail in years 2 and 3 of the course, and is designed to enthuse you about the value of studying language.

Introduction to Stylistics

This module introduces you to the linguistic analysis of literary and other texts. The focus is on describing and explaining the relationship between linguistic choices and poetic effects in the three major literary genres of poetry, drama and prose fiction. In the lectures you are introduced to a range of analytical tools for describing and explaining meaning and effect, and in seminars you are given the opportunity to test out your understanding by applying these tools to the analysis of a number of extracts from literary texts. The emphasis throughout the course is on you developing practical analytical skills.

History of English

This module introduces you to the history of the English language from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day. You'll have the opportunity to focus on how English has developed historically, from its earliest origins in the Old English period, through its development into Middle English and then Early Modern English, to its present-day status as a global language. The key theme of the module is how English varies over time, and you'll be encouraged to examine how intra- and extra-linguistic factors have caused this.

Teaching and assessment

12.33% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc. You'll have the opportunity to take part in interactive lectures and workshops; as well as seminars in which you'll be encouraged to participate – whether it be in smaller ‘buzz groups' or in role-playing sessions. IT is a strong feature of our teaching with opportunities to learn by using digital recording equipment, corpus databases, or by obtaining teaching resources online. Some of your submissions may involve producing a podcast, contributing to an exhibition or analysing large datasets of historic English. Assessment will include essays, reports, exams, oral presentations and a dissertation.

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.

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Your Career


86-87% of graduates from courses in this subject area go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating. Studying history and English allows you to keep your career options open. Our graduates have gone on to a variety of careers within libraries, archives, the media, industry and the voluntary sector, PR, law, politics and accountancy.

86-87%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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