Writers are the product of their times, so history and English is a perfect combination. You’ll explore great writers and works, from the middle ages to the near-present time, while studying the politics, cultural influences and societies of the corresponding periods.
The two subjects are fascinating in their own right, but studying them together is excellent training for analysing and expressing complex ideas generally. In other words, you’ll be developing abilities that will be useful in a vast range of careers and which employers especially value.
During the first year, you’ll develop an overview of the subject areas including Introduction to English Literature and Western Civilisation. You’ll then progress to more specialised study during Year 2, on modules such Shakespeare and his Contemporaries and History Today - before specialising further in Year 3, when you’ll study an English, history or combined subject in-depth for your dissertation.
Study skills classes and tutorials will help you meet the academic challenges of the course and you’ll learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and group work.
By the time you graduate you’ll be a confident presenter and debater, who can get to grips with complex arguments and ideas, challenge ‘accepted’ thinking and present well-supported arguments and opinions of your own.
You’ll also have a detailed grasp of two exciting subjects and will be well-equipped for postgraduate study or research, as well as the careers market.
Our graduates have gone on to postgraduate study, and many careers including teaching and lecturing, social work, the caring professions, journalism, business and management, and library or museum work.
We’ll assess your progress mostly from your coursework (including essays, reviews and your major project), but there’ll be some oral and written exams.
Whether you aim to work in the creative industries or the social sciences, the legal profession or public service, the Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need for professional life.
Our lively, diverse community and ambitious academic environment will broaden your horizons and help you develop your full potential - many of our courses give you the chance to learn another language, study abroad or undertake work placements as you study.
If you’re interested in art, music, drama or film, check out our packed programme of events. Together with our partners in the creative and cultural industries, we’re always working to enrich the cultural life of the university and the wider community.
Our research is groundbreaking and internationally recognised, with real social impact. We support the StoryLab Research Institute, whose projects include interactive music apps and documenting lifesaving childbirth procedures, the Policing Institute for the Eastern Region (PIER), as well as nine international research clusters including the Centre for Children's Book Studies and the Labour History Research Unit.
In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, six of our subject areas were awarded world-leading status: Law; Art and Design; English Language and Literature, Communication, Cultural and Media Studies; History; Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts.
You can pay your fees in the following ways.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree with us can access an £800 bursary.
Meanwhile, our £400 Books Plus scheme helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.
2 Ds at A level, or a Pass at Access with three units at Merit or above, but each application is considered on an individual basis.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
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