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English and History (with Foundation Year)

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About this course

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Arts and Cultural Industries
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr Mariadele Boccardi
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The BA(Hons) English and History combines an in-depth study of literature with a fascinating insight into historical context.

Page last updated 4 July 2017


Why English and History?

Our BA(Hons) English and History will give you a deep understanding of the relationship between history and literature over time.

Specialist pathways in English include Contemporary Literature, American Literature and Children's Literature, while in History you will study events in different eras worldwide medieval, modern and contemporary history in Britain, Ireland, Europe, Russia and America. Topics such as the history of 20th-century Superpowers offer a fascinating insight into key historical periods.

You will develop into an expert reader of primary texts, gain advanced skills in traditional and multimedia research, and become an excellent writer able to respond clearly and intelligently to a broad range of issues. You will develop into an independent thinker, communicator and critic, ideally placed for a rewarding career or further study.

Why study this course?

Our staff are renowned academics and published researchers. Both subjects rank consistently highly for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) and we are internationally recognised for conducting leading research.

Internal UWE Bristol student media such as the Western Eye newspaper, the English Society's Cellar Door creative magazine and the UWE Bristol Lingo and UWE History Community blog are fantastic forums for student talent and creativity. The History Society organises trips and social events throughout the year.

Real-world experience

You will have many opportunities to work and volunteer in Bristol's vibrant and diverse cultural scene. We have strong links with Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives (BMGA), including M ShedWatershed, the Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust and the National Trust. You could benefit from a history work placement with a local, culturally focused organisation in your third year, spending a semester gaining real-world skills, experience and contacts.

Where it can take you

Our graduates enter careers in publishing, teaching, advertising and marketing, communications, charities, the civil service, broadcasting, tourism, and more. Many go on to further study.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



In the Foundation year (Year zero), the content is designed to develop your academic skills. It also raises awareness of the relevance the disciplines which span the arts, creative and cultural industries will play in your future, professional lives.

The four modules will have three hours of teaching each week (12 hours of scheduled class time in total). A unique feature of the offer is the focus on Bristol as a centre of arts and culture you will be testing concepts, theories and ideas within the city as a living brief.

Foundation year (Year zero)

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Academic Skills for Arts and Humanities
  • Thought, Ideas and Myths: past, present and future
  • Bristol, Arts and Culture
  • Extended Project.

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from other Arts, Creative Industries and Education courses, and so you may transfer to another course in one of these areas at the end of a successful Foundation year.

The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year zero modules before progressing to Year one.

Year one

In your first year, modules are designed to build on your current abilities and enjoyment of literature and history.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Creativity, Critique and Literature
  • Literature and Ideas
  • Sources for Courses: History and Evidence
  • British History from the Black Death to the Present Day.

Year two

As you progress, you will hone your written and presentation skills. Enhanced research skills will help you to develop informed opinions on literature and historical sources. Throughout you will be challenged by the latest methods of critical analysis and encouraged to develop an independent approach.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Forms of Reading/Reading Forms.

In addition, you will study one of the following English modules:

  • Shakespeare's World of Words
  • Romanticism Unbound
  • Exploring the Eighteenth Century
  • British Writing 1900-1950
  • Victorian Frictions
  • Imagining America: Cultural and Literary Legacies of the United States, 1830-1970.

As well as the above, you will study two of the following History modules:

  • History in Practice*
  • Mediated History
  • Crime and Protest, 1750-1930
  • The Making of Modern South Africa: Segregation, the State, and the Origins of Apartheid 1820-1948
  • The Third Reich: Origins, State, and Society, 1914-45
  • Problems of Power: US History from 1776-Present
  • Politics and Society in Ireland since 1750
  • Men and Women in Imperial Britain c. 1700-1800
  • War and Memory: Public History and Politics in Europe since 1945
  • The First English Empire - Britain, Ireland and France, c. 1000-1540
  • Divine Right, Regicide and Revolution: Politics in Tudor and Stuart Britain, 1509-1689
  • Themes in the Social and Political History of Fascism: Europe, 1890-1945
  • Britain's Second Empire: The Transformation from Empire to Commonwealth, 1820-1965.

If you choose to study on the four year sandwich route, you will spend your third year on placement. The curriculum in the second year provides support for the process of securing this.

Final year

In your final year, you can choose to focus on a specific topic of interest with the option to do an English Independent Project or History dissertation (or equivalent). You cannot take both of these modules together.

You will study two of the following English modules:

N.B. If a Study Year Abroad (SYA) or Placement Year has been completed, you will choose one less English or History module from the list below.

  • English Independent Project
  • Children's Fiction Since 1900
  • Moving Words: Travel Writing and Modernity
  • Fiction in Britain since 1970
  • Literature and Culture in Britain 1885-1930
  • Contemporary American Narrative
  • Gothic Literature.

In addition, you will study two of the following History modules:

  • Applied Historical Research (Dissertation)*
  • History in the Public Space
  • Mafias, Mythologies and Criminal Networks: The United States and the Globalisation of Crime
  • Arc of Crisis: Great Power Rivalries in the Near East, 1821-1991
  • Stalin and Stalinism
  • Crowds, Disorder and the Law in England, 1730-1820
  • The Collapse of Empire and Colonial War: British and French Decolonisation, 1918 -1965
  • Resistance to Fascism and Nazism in Western Europe: the Spanish Civil War and Occupied France, 1936-45
  • Youth and Youth Culture in Modern Britain.

* In your final year you if you choose to take Applied Historical Research you must take the History in Practice module in History at during Year two.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Hear what History and English students think about their time at UWE Bristol.

Learning and Teaching

Our teaching staff provide a supportive and inspiring environment for study. Members of the History department have developed History coursework at a national level. English staff have been praised for their 'energy and creativeness' (English Academic Review) and their teaching and learning is ranked as excellent by the QAA.

Our teaching methods are constantly reviewed, and we build variety into the delivery and assessment of modules. As well as lectures and seminars, you will learn through workshops, tutorials, independent library research and student-led group activities. In your history modules, you will also learn using computer assisted learning packages with access to a range of primary and secondary materials, and in English you will have opportunities to undertake Adobe desktop publishing training.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Find out more about our academic staff, their teaching expertise and research interests.

Study time

Lectures, workshops/seminars, group project work, and tutorials account for 12 hours of contact time per week. However, you will be expected to spend at least as much time again in essential independent study.


Assessment comprises coursework and examinations, and not only assesses what you know and can do but also develops graduate skills valued by employers.

We use a variety of assessment methods to help you build a broad skillset. These include essays, anthologies, document tests and exercises, assessed seminar papers, book and/or periodical reviews, online and multimedia projects, an optional dissertation and end of year examinations.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.



If you choose to study on the five year sandwich route, you will undertake a minimum 26-week placement relevant to your degree. Placements are taken after you have successfully completed the third year of study.

This is a valuable and rewarding aspect of your course allowing you to gain real-world experience, develop key skills and increase your employability on graduation. You will receive support in finding a placement and guidance throughout from our award-winning Careers and Employability service.

Study year abroad

There may be opportunities to undertake a study year abroad through our Erasmus programme. Contact the Programme Leader for further information.

Study facilities

English and History is taught on the Frenchay campus. Frenchay Library houses a large collection of books and other resources, including extensive collections of primary material. In addition to library materials such as academic journals, you will have access to a wide variety of digital archives.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Groups and Societies

UWE Bristol has thriving societies in English and History. Getting involved - whether it's on the committee or simply as a member - shows your commitment to the subject, looks great on a CV and is a good talking point in job interviews.

Nominated as the best new society in 2013, the English Society has started its own creative magazine, Cellar Door, featuring poetry, short stories, and articles on art and literature.

The History Society organises trips and social events throughout the year to places of historic interest some of which are related to History modules. Regular socials include trips to historic pubs in Bristol.


Careers / Further study

Studying English and History at UWE Bristol will equip you for a broad range of careers. Recent graduates have gone on to careers in publishing, teaching, advertising and marketing, communications, charities, the civil service, broadcasting, tourism, and more. Many go on to further study.

Both subjects are highly regarded and recognised by employers for producing well-rounded, open-minded graduates with transferable skills and a broad knowledge base.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Be inspired

'My placement at Arnos Vale has given me a strong desire to seek a career within the heritage sector - something I wouldn't have imagined three years ago.' Matthew, History student.

Useful links

Guardian - what to do with a degree in history


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee11750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1469

Full Time Course with Placement Year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee11750
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year11750
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1469
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1469
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year10281

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year80

Supplementary fee information

Further information about fees and funding.


Students starting this course in September 2017 should follow this link to view their joining instructions.

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For more information about joining the University, please see our New Students pages.

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 64
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Relevant subjects: English, History, Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BA(Hons) English and History course.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and the standard offer should be viewed as a guide. We will consider applications on the basis of evidence of personal, professional and educational experience which indicates an applicant's ability to meet the demands of the degree.

UWE Bristol's International College
If you do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Please apply through UCAS.

Please see the general information about applications.

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