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English and History (Full-Time, 2018 Entry)

What will I learn?

This course considers history and literature as vitally intertwined disciplines. You will examine and reflect on how the recording of history involves modes of representation that are themselves literary, and also about how literary texts imagine historical events and ideas – and are themselves shaped by a given social and political moment.

The subjects of history and literary studies share many common concerns. Both ask questions about how human experience is written and recorded – in the past and present – and both probe the relationship between what is real and what is represented. Taught across the Departments of History and of English and Comparative Literary Studies, you will address these issues from a variety of angles and through a wide range of option modules that span time and geography: from the medieval to the contemporary, and from Britain to America and the Caribbean. You will become adept at reading in different ways: on the one hand assessing large quantities of information taken from historical sources (including texts, images, and film), and on the other hand carefully unpacking the details and techniques of just a few lines of a poem, play, or novel. First and foremost, 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.

How will I learn?

You will be taught through a combination of seminars, tutorials, lectures and workshops. Many modules will also include field trips. In your first year you will study modules that will give you a strong grounding in the different approaches and skills used in and across the two subjects.

The course’s core module, 'History and Textuality', is specially designed for this course and aims to get you thinking about how the subjects of history and literature interact. In your second year you’ll take a number of option modules from the two Departments along with 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’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.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will take the form of both coursework and examination. Coursework will include essays, reports, data analysis, oral presentations, mini-projects and a final-year dissertation based on your own research.

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

If you wish to spend a year abroad (which we thoroughly recommend), this will take place in your third year, meaning that you will complete your degree in four years instead of three. All students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities.

The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance. If you prefer to organise a work placement for yourself, we will support you in this as much as we can.

Entry Requirements

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.

International Baccalaureate: 38 points, including 6 in Higher Level History and 6 in Higher Level English Literature or combined English Language and Literature.

These normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

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 Warwick IFP for more information.

We welcome applicants with non-standard qualifications or relevant experience, and applicants with other recognised qualifications.

Further information

Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.

Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your predicted
and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.

Open Days All applicants who have been made an offer will be invoted to the Centre's Open Day in February or March. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

What modules could I study ?

In your first year, you’ll take one core module in both English (either Medieval to Renaissance English Literature or Epic into Novel) and History (Making of the Modern World), plus a course-specific module on History and Textuality. You’ll also be able to choose an option module from either History or English.

Your second year comprises one core English and History module, plus one optional module each from each discipline, and one further option. You’ll complete a dissertation in your third year, allowing you to explore an area of particular interest, alongside three further modules. Examples of optional modules currently and recently offered for English students can be found on the English department website.

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

Where can my degree take me?

This degree will equip you with a broad set of skills – writing, argumentation, critical analysis and debate, independence of thought and creativity, research – that are highly valued in many employment sectors.

Some of the recent graduate destinations for students from the English and History departments include Oxfam, Oxford University Press, Institute of Economic Affairs, government, Aequitas, KPMG, UBS, BBC and Teach Africa. Many graduates continue to postgraduate study at Warwick or elsewhere.

As this is a new course which is yet to admit its first cohort, the information to inform an accurate KIS widget is not available. Please visit the Unistats website for more information.

Essential information

Entry Requirements
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.

IB: 38 points, including 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 (30 weeks per academic year) including a year abroad

Department website

English and Comparative Literary Studies

Department of History

Student blogs

Sophie Miller - English

Phoebe Singer - History

Jamie Jenkins - History

Matt Woodrow - History

Bronwyn Edmonds - History

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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Other course costs

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

For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.

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This information is applicable for 2018 entry.