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English and History (BA) (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)



Full-time 2019 entry, AAA, IB 38

Literature and History are vitally intertwined. Both subjects ask questions about how human experience is written and recorded – in the past and in the present – and both probe the relationship between what is real and what is represented.

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On this course you’ll think about, question, and blur the line between them: how history always involves modes of representation that are themselves literary, and how literature has imagined and influenced the political and social contours of history.

Taught across the Departments of History and English and Comparative Literary Studies, this innovative degree will allow you to explore these issues from a variety of angles and through a wide range of optional modules that span time and geography: from the medieval to the contemporary, and from Britain to America and the Caribbean. As well as developing your subject knowledge, we will encourage you to develop your own ideas and arguments, to critically analyse what others say and write – and to reflect upon how the disciplines of history and literature might best speak to one another, today and in the future.

In your first year you'll take the core module History and Textuality, which will get you thinking about how the subjects of history and literature interact. In The Making of the Modern World, you'll tackle the major concepts of modern history, such as democracy, imperialism, and revolution. And by taking either Epic into Novel or Medieval to Renaissance English Literature you'll delve into classic texts and ask questions about the forms and genres we've used to tell stories across the centuries.

In your second year you’ll get to choose from amongst the modules on offer by the English and History departments as well as taking a further core module, Writing History: Truth, Memory, and Fiction, which considers the myriad ways in which history has been written, re-written, imagined, and staged.

Finally, in your third year you will write a specific English and History dissertation, with a main supervisor in one department and a nominated contact in the other department. Then you’ll have a free choice of modules offered by – or beyond – the Departments and will have the opportunity to tailor your studies to your strengths and interests.

At Warwick you will experience a varied combination of seminars, tutorials, lectures and workshops. Some of your modules might include field trips. In your first year you lay the foundations for your future studies, and you will study modules that give you a strong grounding in the different approaches and skills central to the study of English and History.

Contact hours

Guided learning of typically eight contact hours per week. Seminars are usually 1.5 hours each.

Class size

Targeted teaching with class sizes of 10 - 15 students (on average)

Assessment will usually take the form of both coursework and examination, but some of your modules might have creative options as well. Coursework will include essays, reports, data analysis, oral presentations, mini-projects and a final-year dissertation based on your own research.

As a student on our English degrees, you will have the opportunity to spend your third year at one of our partner institutions in Europe, China or the USA. You will then return to Warwick to complete your fourth and final year of your degree.

You will be able to apply to transfer to the four-year course when you are in your second year at Warwick, subject to availability of places from the University's International Office.

A level: AAA to include A at A level in History and A at A level in English Literature or combined English Language and Literature. We make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances.

IB: 38 points to include 6 in Higher Level History and 6 in Higher Level English Literature or combined English Language and Literature.

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

  • Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).
  • Access/BTEC Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with Distinction grades in Level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1

  • Medieval to Renaissance English Literature or Epic into Novel

  • Making of the Modern World

  • History and Textuality

Plus one of the following:
  • Medieval to Renaissance English Literature
  • Modern World Literatures
  • Modes of Reading
  • Epic into Novel
  • The Medieval World
  • The Enlightenment
  • Latin America: Themes and Problems
  • North America: Themes and Problems

Year 2

  • Writing History: Truth, Memory, and Fiction

Year 3

  • English and History Dissertation
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:
  • US Writing and Culture, 1780-1920
  • Devolutionary British Fiction
  • Shakespeare and Selected Dramatists of his Time
  • Crime Fiction, Nation and Empire: Britain 1850-1947
  • States of Damage: Twenty-First Century US Writing and Culture
  • Literature and Empire: Britain and the Caribbean to c.1900
  • Reform, Revolt and Reaction in the US
  • The British Problem: Empire, Conflict and National Identities 1558-1714
  • Foreign Bodies, Contagious Communities: Migration in the Modern World

We’ll encourage you to think broadly about the possibilities open to you, and the networks you can form. A few graduates used their degrees to establish exciting ventures with friends, founding companies and theatre groups. Many are recognised in their fields or on their way to becoming so.
English graduates are much valued by both public and private sector employers, as they value enhanced communication skills coupled with an understanding of how to use language effectively.

Through your course and extra-curricular activities you will develop the high-level skills employers seek, including:

  • Advanced literacy and communication skills with the ability to apply these skills in appropriate contexts.

  • Ability to present persuasive written and oral arguments cogently and coherently.

  • Capacity to analyse and critically examine information

  • Ability to process complex information in a structured and systematic way

  • Capacity for independent thought and judgement – critical reasoning skills

  • Ability to understand, interrogate and apply a variety of theoretical positions and weigh the importance of different perspectives

Where are our graduates now?

Ben is a writer, currently writing a second comedy series as well as a new drama series for Radio 4. He is also a regular contributor of sketches to a variety of BBC3, ITV1 and E4 shows and pilots.

Lucy is a Resident Director, having freelanced as a youth theatre director, assistant director and BBC Steward. She’s previously worked at the Oxford Playhouse and Magdalen College School.

Tim is a historical fiction writer, author of The Last King of Lydia and The King and the Slave.

Helping you find the right career

Our department has a dedicated careers consultant to help boost your employability and prepare for a career. There are workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples include:

  • What to do with your English and Comparative Literary Studies degree
  • Working in the radio and TV sector
  • Working in the publishing sector
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • The Society of Young Publishers events with industry speakers, for students who want to break into publishing

A level: AAA to include A at A level in History and A at A level in English Literature or combined English Language and Literature. We make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances.

IB: 38 points to include 6 in Higher Level History and 6 in Higher Level English Literature or combined English Language and Literature.


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

3 years full time

Start Date

October 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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Additional costs

There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.

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