English and History BA (Hons)

English and History BA (Hons)

School of Humanities and Social Sciences




Under- graduate



Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    Full time: Three years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    L4H7; Short form: BA/EH

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Join us to share your enthusiasm for English and History. This new course includes the study of traditional literature by figures such as Shakespeare and Dickens alongside options in American literature and culture, gothic, graphic novels, theatre, film, children’s literature and the fairy tale. You’ll approach history from many different directions, from cultural history, social and gender history to international history and politics. You’ll learn about the relationship between literature and culture, and explore a variety of eras from the early modern to the contemporary. You’ll also learn to communicate with clarity and precision, acquire expertise in literary and historical analysis and develop important research and presentation skills.

National Student Survey 2017
90.9% of History students agreed that teaching staff are good at explaining things and that the course is intellectually stimulating, Did you know? 90.9% of our History students were over all satisfied with their course

Entry Requirements

112-128 points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma:
Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction*
Pass Access To HE:112-128 UCAS points. 
International Baccalaureate: 28P
IELTS: grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSEs: 5 at grade C inc Maths & English or equivalent

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Your four core modules provide you with a good overview that will support your learning throughout your degree.

  • Introduction to Renaissance Literature
  • The History of English Literature
  • Understanding History
  • The Making of Britain 1688-1815

plus options in American Literature, Creative Writing, American Culture and History



Year 2

You have four compulsory modules – and can select from options in Literature and History, and an elective from another subject.

  • A World of Difference: Literature and Globalisation
  • Restoration to Revolution: Literary Culture 1660-1789
  • From Romantics to Decadents: Literary Culture 1798-1900
  • Britain and the World 1776-1949

plus options in The Fairy Tale, The Graphic Novel, Reading and Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction and 20th Century European and American History



Year 3

There is greater flexibility for you to select options, in addition to the compulsory modules which you need to complete the single honours programme.

  • Dissertation in English or History
  • The Shock of the New: Modern and Contemporary Literature
  • Thatcher’s Britain

plus options in Literature and Film, Children’s Literature, Gothic fiction, American Literature, Germany under the Nazis and Public Space in the English City 1850-1910



Further Information


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

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You should apply through UCAS to start September 2018 by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2018

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

Members of our team work with the media, including the BBC, both television and radio, as well as PBS America and have acted as consultants with a range of businesses, such as Lancaster Theatre Productions and The Lancaster Literature Festival. We are also involved with events at the Whitworth Gallery, The Harris Museum and Library and International Slavery Museum, Liverpool and Lancashire Archives.

We have links with a network of regional schools, for those interested in pursuing careers in teaching and education; students who wish to teach are able to go on to gain a PGCE in primary or secondary education, or certificates in TESOL. 

Learning Environment and Assessment

Modules are assessed by a wide variety of coursework assignments, including essays, reports and critical commentaries. We also assess though student presentation and group-work activities, such as a literary blog. Some modules include a written examination, which accounts for 50% or less of the overall module mark 


Our team consists of major researchers and we have recently launched an internationally recognised centre, the Institute for Black Atlantic Research. The team invites distinguished writers and guest speakers such as author and playwright Caryl Phillips, Jackie Kay and Jacqueline Wilson.

We visit Stratford every year, to watch a performance of a Shakespeare play. You can participate in our ‘literary tours’ project, an exploration of major literary centres (including Paris and Venice) and the relationship between literature and place.

You’ll have access to our International Travel Bursary Scheme, which enables you to spend some time overseas on a project related to your studies. If you wish to study abroad as part of your course, UCLan offers a scheme for a semester/year abroad as we have exchange agreements with overseas universities.

On this degree programme, you’ll acquire key recognised and valued in teaching, publishing, travel and tourism, advertising, journalism and the cultural/creative industries. Our graduates also pursue careers in management, commerce and public service. Further study is also available at Master’s or PhD level. We have alumni working for the BBC on Woman’s Hour, writing for the Guardian and Independent newspapers, in government advisory positions and in digital media in the UK and overseas.

We offer a wide range of postgraduate research MRes and PhD opportunities.