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English and History (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

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

Page last updated 14 February 2018


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. You'll also develop 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?

You'll graduate ready for a wide range of rewarding careers in 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



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

Year zero (foundation year)

You will study:

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

You normally need to pass your foundation year before going into Year one.

Year one

You will study:

  • 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

You will study:

  • Forms of Reading/Reading Forms.

Plus one English module from:

  • 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.

And two History modules from:

  • 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.

Placement year (if applicable)

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

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development 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
  • Moving Words: Travel Writing and Modernity
  • Fiction in Britain since 1970
  • Literature and Culture in Britain 1885-1930
  • Contemporary American Narrative
  • Gothic Literature.

Plus two History modules from:

  • 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.

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

*You must take the History in Practice module in year two to take Applied Historical Research in your final year.

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.

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).

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.

To find out more, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities, each year:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check

Get involved

We have 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 the Western Eye and Westworld, 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, 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.

Percentage of time you'll spend on different assessment methods, each year: 

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check



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

You may be able to take a study year abroad through our Erasmus programme. Contact the programme leader for more information.

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

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.


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) Fee12500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563

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) Fee12500
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12500
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1563
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year10937

Indicative Additional Costs

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

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 five year course and then transfer to the four 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: 64
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above 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.

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.

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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