BA(Hons) English and History (with Foundation Year)

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Entry year
Course code
Tariff points
Creative and Cultural Industries
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader
Foundation Year: Dr Britta Martens; years one to three: Dr Mariadele Boccardi

Please note we are no longer offering this course to new applicants

If you would like information about our alternative courses please visit the BA(Hons) English Literature (with Foundation Year) or BA(Hons) History (with Foundation Year) course pages.

Page last updated 3 August 2020


An in-depth study of literature with a fascinating insight into historical context.

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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



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 the following compulsory modules:

  • Academic Skills for Arts and Humanities
  • Thought, Ideas and Myths: past, present and future
  • Bristol, Arts and Culture
  • The Power of Words.

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from other Arts, Creative Industries and Journalism courses.

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

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
  • History in Practice
  • Making History or Mediated Histories: Film.

Plus, two optional History modules from:

  • Exploring the Slum: Poverty and Urban Society in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Britain
  • Sex and the Social Order: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Britain
  • Pirates, Merchants, and Colonisers: Britain and the World, c.1497-1688
  • Chocolate, Spices, and Slavery: The World Comes to Britain, c.1497-1688
  • Crime and the Courts: Law, Criminal Justice and English Society from the Eighteenth-century
  • Punishment: Penal Policy in England
  • The Global Sixties: Utopia and Protest.

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 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.

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 the 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, 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 five 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.

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.

Tailoring what and how you study, you can shape the course towards your chosen career path.

You'll be well prepared 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.


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: 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: International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: No specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

If you exceed the entry requirements you may be eligible for BA(Hons) English and History.

International applicants

If you are an international student your recommended route of study for this degree is through ourInternational College, which upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to Year one of the degree.

Read more about entry requirements.

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