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English and History (BA) (Full-Time, 2021 Entry)


UCAS Code
VQ32

Qualification
Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Duration
3 years full-time

Start Date
27 September 2021

Department of Study
Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies

Location of Study
University of Warwick


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.


Course overview

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. On this course you will 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 English and Comparative Literary Studies and History departments, this 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.


Course structure

In your first year you will take the core module History and Textuality, which will get you thinking about how the subjects of history and literature interact. In Making of the Modern World, you will 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 will 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 choose from the modules on offer in 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. You will also have a free choice of modules offered by - or beyond - the English and History departments and will have the opportunity to tailor your studies to your strengths and interests.


How will I learn?

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, plus extra-curricular workshops and reading groups. Seminars are usually 1, 1.5 or 2 hours each; lectures are an hour.


Class size

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


How will I be assessed?

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


Study abroad

As a student on our English degrees, you will have the opportunity to spend your third year at one of our partner institutions in the USA, Europe, China, Australia or Japan. 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.

General entry requirements

A level:

  • AAA/A*AB to include grade A in English Literature/English Language and Literature (combined) or History
  • You will also need one other Social Sciences/Humanities A level (see the subjects listed below in additional requirements)

IB:

  • 38 to include 6 at Higher Level in English Literature/English Language and Literature (combined) or 6 at Higher Level in History
  • You will also need one other Social Sciences/Humanities subject at Higher Level (see the subjects listed below in additional requirements)

BTEC:

  • We welcome applications from students taking BTECs alongside A level English Literature/English Language and Literature (combined) or History.
  • You will also need one other Social Sciences/Humanities A level (see the subjects listed below in additional requirements)

Additional requirements for BA English and History:

Social Sciences/Humanities subjects we will accept include:

  • Art/Design
  • Business
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Drama/Theatre/Performance
  • Economics
  • English Language
  • English Literature or English Language and Literature (combined)
  • Geography/Environmental Studies
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Languages (modern or classical)
  • Law
  • Media/Journalism
  • Music
  • Philosophy/Religious Studies
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.


International Students

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

Find out more about international entry 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).


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).

Find out more about standard offers and conditions for the IFP.


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.

Year One

History and Textuality

In this core first-year module for students taking BA English & History, you will explore the limits of history and narrative by considering subjects that have traditionally been said to be ahistorical, such as the emotions, sensation, the “primitive,” and the non-human world. By gaining exposure to a wide range of historical and literary topics and focusing attention on the theoretical frameworks that scholars use to study these topics, you will help develop your interests and concentrate your studies within the degree.

Making of the Modern World

We live in the here and now. But what got us here? This module studies the string of major social, political, and cultural developments that established our modern world. Radical (and not so radical) ideas from the Enlightenment, the industrial revolution’s structural transformations of how we work, build and buy things, and the struggles and stumbles of imperialism, capitalism and globalisation have gone far to set terms of life in the twenty-first century. The module will also help you develop your critical voice as a historian while asking comparative questions about historical difference across the world.

And EITHER

Medieval to Renaissance English Literature

Taking you from the mythical court of King Arthur to the real world of ambition, intrigue, and danger in the courts of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, this module introduces you to early literature written in a range of genres (romance, epic, fabliau) and poetic forms. You will study texts like Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Thomas More’s Utopia, Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, and Shakespeare’s Sonnets to explore some of the period’s highest ideals—‘trawthe’ or integrity—as well as some of humanity’s darkest impulses: greed, deception, revenge, and desire.

OR

Epic into Novel

Tracking the transition from the epics of the ancient world to the novels of modernity, this module introduces you to some of the most influential and formative works of world literature. You will study central texts of the classical world, such as Homer’s Iliad and Virgil’s Aeneid; ancient Indian epic The Mahābhārata; Milton’s Paradise Lost; as well as novels like Henry Fielding’s bawdy comedy Tom Jones and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o’s novel of decolonising Kenya, A Grain of Wheat. Reading across history and cultures, between languages and genres, you will develop the skills to analyse narrative, character, and style.

Plus one further first year English or first year History module of your choice


Year Two

In your second year, you will study 30 CATS of English modules, 30 CATS of History modules, and 30 CATS of your choice (which can be English or History modules, or selected modules from other departments). In addition, you will take our core module:

Writing History: Truth, Memory, and Fiction

You will combine theoretical study and practical workshops to explore the spaces in writing where fiction and history overlap. Your analytical skills will be brought to bear on an eclectic range of primary sources to explore questions regarding the nature of truth-telling and to understand how fiction may play into the accounts of what we understand as ‘history’.


Year Three

In your third year, you will study 30 CATS of English modules, 30 CATS of History modules, and 30 CATS of your choice (which can be English or History modules, or selected modules from other departments). In addition, you will take our core module:

English and History Dissertation


Examples of modules for current students:

  • American Horror Story
  • The English Nineteenth-Century Novel
  • Literature, Environment, Ecology
  • US Writing and Culture
  • Screenwriting
  • Literature, Environment, Ecology
  • US Writing and Culture, 1780-1920
  • Romantic and Victorian Poetry
  • Shakespeare and Selected Dramatists of his Time
  • Crime Fiction
  • Latin America: Themes and Problems
  • Mind, Body and Society
  • A History of Africa, 1830-1980
  • Slavery and Slave Life in the American South, 1619-1865
  • From the Blues to Hip Hop
  • The Drug Trade in the Americas
  • Slavery, Memory and Memorialisation

Tuition fees

Find out more about fees and funding


Additional course costs

There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.

Your career

Graduates from the English and History departments have gone on to work for employers including:

  • Archant
  • Barclays
  • Bloomsbury
  • British Council
  • Civil Service
  • Maidstone Borough Council
  • Newsquest Media Group
  • Pan Macmillan
  • Royal Opera House
  • The Sunday Times
  • Teach First
  • Tesco
  • Weber Shandwick

They have pursued roles such as:

  • Journalists, newspaper, and periodical editors
  • Publishers
  • Creative directors
  • Arts officers, producers, and directors
  • Authors, writers, and translators
  • Musicians and composers
  • Teachers
  • Advertising accounts managers
  • Business sales executives
  • Solicitors and legal associate professionals
  • Management consultants and business analysts
  • Marketing associate professionals
  • Academics and researchers

Helping you find the right career

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant to support you. They offer impartial advice and guidance, together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Understanding Assessment Centres
  • Careers following your English and Comparative Literary Studies Degree
  • Discovering Careers in the Creative Industries
  • Careers in Publishing and Journalism
  • Freelancing
  • Careers in the Public Sector
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year

Find out more about careers support at Warwick.

"I love studying both English and History. There is so much freedom in what I am studying, which only increases in Years 2 and 3. The course is largely modern, which is what I enjoy most. I’ve found each subject complements the other, and I am so glad I can study them at the same time."

Lucy

English and History Student Blogger

This information is applicable for 2021 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.