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English and History

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Arts and Cultural Industries
Three years full-time, Four years sandwich, part-time
Full-time; sandwich; part-time
Programme leader:
Dr Mariadele Boccardi
Key fact:
An in-depth study of literature with a fascinating insight into historical context.

Page last updated 20 September 2019


Why study English and history?

What has led to the society we live in? What role has literature played in shaping the present, and can it help us understand the past?

These are the kinds of cultural questions that a degree in English and history encourages you to tackle.

Studying English and history shows you how to make interesting connections between texts and the world.

These two disciplines work well in combination, giving you sophisticated analytical and research skills that will prove invaluable in a range of careers.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) English and History gives you a deep understanding of the relationship between historical contexts and literature.

Become an expert reader of primary texts and an excellent writer, able to respond clearly to a broad range of issues.

Develop your independent thinking, communication and critical thinking abilities - valuable assets in the workplace. Advance your skills in traditional and multimedia research and graduate highly employable and ready for a rewarding career or further study.

Get involved 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. Embark on a placement with a local cultural organisation in your third year and gain valuable real world skills, experience and contacts.

We are internationally recognised for conducting leading research. Both English and history at UWE Bristol are consistently ranked highly for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) and you'll be taught by renowned academics and published researchers.

Where can it take me?

Focusing on the avenues that most interest you, through your modules and assessments, you'll graduate ready to pursue a wide range of careers.

You could go into publishing, teaching, advertising, marketing and communications, charity, the civil service, broadcasting, tourism and more.

You could also go on to an MA in English or History. We currently offer a Master's in Research (MRes) with pathways for English and History.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

  • Close Reading
  • Literature and Ideas
  • Imagined Worlds: Utopian and Dystopian Literature
  • British History from the Black Death to the Peterloo Massacre
  • Modern British History
  • History and Evidence
  • Working with History.

Year two

You will study:

  • Shakespeare's Heroes and Villains
  • Romanticism and Slavery in the Age of Revolution
  • Class and Culture in Victorian Literature
  • The Black Atlantic: from the Middle Passage to Hip Hop.

Plus, four optional History modules from:

  • History in Practice
  • Making History
  • Fascism in Europe, 1922-39: Italy, France, and the Spanish Civil War
  • Exploring the Slum: Poverty and Urban Society in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Britain
  • Sex and the Social Order: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Britain
  • The Defence of the Indian Empire, 1815 to 1947
  • War, Revolution and Diplomacy: Britain and the Middle East, 1815 to 1914
  • Pirates, Merchants, and Colonisers: Britain and the World, c.1497-1688
  • Chocolate, Spices, and Slavery: The World Comes to Britain, c.1497-1688
  • Painting the Nation: Art in Britain, 1768-1868
  • Crime and the Courts: Law, Criminal Justice and English Society from the Eighteenth-century
  • Punishment: Penal Policy in England
  • The Search for Order: US History, 1789-1914
  • Mapping the Contours of the British World: Migration, Culture and Identity
  • Imperialism and the Origins of World War One, 1870-1914
  • One Nation Divisible: US History, 1914-Present Day
  • Nazi Germany Visualised: Roots, Rituals, and Race
  • War and Memory I: Icons, Myths, and Memorials in Britain and Europe since 1936
  • War and Memory II: European Field Trip
  • The Global Sixties: Utopia and Protest
  • An Introduction to Heritage 
  • Mediated Histories: Film
  • Mediated Histories: Multi-Media
  • Enterprise in the Arts
  • Project Management in History*.

*If you wish to take Applied Historical Research at level 3 you must take this module.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.

You'll complete a placement learning module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study two English modules from:

  • English Independent Project*
  • Children's Fiction Since 1900
  • Contemporary British Fiction
  • Crime and Detection in Nineteenth-Century Literature
  • Contemporary American Narrative
  • Gothic Literature.

*If you choose this option you must not take Applied Historical Research from the History options below.

Plus, two history modules from:

  • Applied Historical Research*
  • 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.

*If you choose this option you must not take English Independent Project from the English options above.

If you complete a placement year, you'll take one less English or History module.

This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different.

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.

Learning and Teaching

Study in a supportive and inspiring environment and learn from expert staff. Learn through lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, independent library research and student-led group activities.

Develop as a trainee professional, craft your skills as a researcher and develop strong enterprise skills. You'll work with academics and partners helping to shape new thinking in the field, visit archives and gain experience working with historical documents.

Hone your written and presentation skills and enhance your research skills to develop informed opinions on literature and historical sources.

Focus on a specific topic of interest, with the option to do an English independent project or history dissertation (you can't take both of these modules together). Or design your own creative writing module.

Study using computer-assisted learning packages and access a range of primary and secondary materials. You'll also learn to use Adobe InDesign software.

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

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Get involved

Join our thriving English and history societies. You'll have plenty of opportunities to get involved as a committee or society member and show your commitment to your subject. It'll look great on your CV and makes a good talking point in job interviews.

Take part in trips and social events throughout the year, visiting places of historic interest. Regular socials include trips to historic pubs in Bristol.

Sharpen your skills writing for UWE Bristol student media. Publications include Hub Voice, blogs such as UWE Bristol Lingo, and the English Society's Cellar Door magazine.

Study time

You'll have 12 hours of contact time each week, attending lectures, workshops and seminars, and tutorials, and completing group project work. Allocating equal time for independent study is key.


You'll be assessed through essays, anthologies, document tests and exercises, assessed seminar papers, book and periodical reviews, online and multimedia projects, an optional dissertation and end of year exams.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year


Professional accreditation

Upon completion of the History in Practice or English Independent Project module, you'll be awarded the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 3 Award in Management awarded by the City and Guilds of London Institute.


Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

If you choose the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two. Your placement will be at least 26 weeks long, and must be relevant to your course.

Our award-winning careers and employability service will guide and support you to find the right placement for you.

Study facilities

You will study at Frenchay Campus, which houses a library with a large collection of books and other resources, including extensive collections of primary material. You'll also  have access to a wide variety of digital archives.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

Graduates with a background in history and English are recognised for their transferable skills and broad knowledge making them highly employable.

You'll prepare for an exciting future in publishing, teaching, marketing and communications, charity, the civil service or broadcasting.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and help find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


There is currently no published fee data for this course.

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.
  • Relevant subjects: English Language, English Literature, History, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: No specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
  • Irish Highers: No specific subjects required.
  • All applicants will also require:

  • GCSE subjects: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Literacy and Numeracy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement:

    If English is not your first language, you will need to meet the UK Border Agency's and the University's minimum English language requirements, such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for BA(Hons) English and History (with Foundation Year).

International applicants

For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the Country Information pages. If you are an international student and do not meet the academic requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

If you are applying to study at UWE Bristol and require additional support to meet our English language requirements, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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