English and History BA

   
   
  

Fact file - 2017 entry

UCAS code:QV31
Qualification:BA Jt Hons
Type and duration:3 year UG
Qualification name:English and History
UCAS code
UCAS code
QV31
Qualification
English and History | BA Jt Hons
Duration
3 years full-time (available part-time)
A level offer
AAA-AAB 
Required subjects
A in English and A in history at A level; four GCSEs at grade A or above, including English
IB score
36-34 (6 in English, 6 in history at Higher Level)
Course location
University Park Campus 
Course places
16 
School/department
 

This course may still be open to international applicants for 2016 entry. Please visit our international pages for details of courses and application procedures from now until the end of August.

Overview

This course combines the study of history with the opportunity to study English language, literature and drama from old English to the present day, while developing the skills required for the writing and debating of history.
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This course combines the study of history with the opportunity to study English language, literature and drama from old English to the present day, while developing the skills required for the writing and debating of history. In the second year you will undertake an independent history project which involves planning, researching and writing a 5,000-word analysis of the historiography of a topic of your choice.

Year one 

You gain familiarity with the practices of working at degree level in both subjects. In English, you have a choice of three core modules from the areas of English language and applied linguistics, English literature 1500 to the present, medieval languages and literatures, and drama and performance.

In history, you will take Learning History, a skill and methodology based core module, where the emphasis is on reflecting on the nature of history as a discipline and developing the skills required for the writing and debating of history. You will also choose from a range of options covering European and world history.

Year two

In English, you will choose from a wide range of options to develop deeper understanding of the issues and critical approaches across at least two areas of the discipline, depending on what areas of literature, language and drama most interest you.

The core element in History is provided by the Contemporary World since 1945, which deals not just with global developments, political and economic, social and cultural, environmental and demographic, but also explores key historical debates concerning the immediate origins of the world in which we now live. In addition, you will be able to select more specific optional modules from an extensive menu, covering an extremely wide chronological and geographical range.

Final year

You choose from a wide range of final year option modules enabling you to specialise in key areas of English. You will also undertake an individual research project.

In history, you will select a special subject, focusing on a specialised area of history, and one optional module.

More information 

See also the Department of History.
 

Entry requirements

A levels: AAA-AAB, including A in English and history at A level; 4 GCSE passes at grade A, including English

English language requirements 

IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

Students who require extra support to meet the English language requirements for their academic course can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) to prepare for their future studies. Students who pass at the required level can progress directly to their academic programme without needing to retake IELTS. Please visit the CELE webpages for more information.

Alternative qualifications

We recognize that applicants follow a variety of pathways into higher education, and accordingly we might accept applicants with alternative qualifications (besides A-levels and the International Baccalaureate). These can include:

  • Access to HE Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma
  • BTEC HND/HNC
  • BTEC Extended Diploma

Students with queries about the applicability of their qualification are encouraged to contact us.

For more information please see the alternative qualifications page.

 

Flexible admissions policy

In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, The University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.

 

 
 

Modules


Typical Year One Modules


Compulsory

Students have a choice of three out of the following four core English modules:

Language and Context

This module considers the main forms and functions of English vocabulary, grammar and discourse and explores how they are used in real social and cultural contexts. You’ll look at how language is used for different purposes and how people use language to reveal and conceal social realities as well other topics surrounding language and context. For this module you’ll have a one lecture and a one-hour seminar per week.

 
Beginnings of English

You will be introduced to the language, literature and culture of medieval England and study Old and Middle English texts. In this module you’ll familiarise yourself with the knowledge needed for the reading and understanding medieval texts. In addition you will be introduced to the basics of medieval grammar and spelling conventions. For this module you’ll have two 1-hour lectures and one 1-hour seminar per week.

 
Studying Literature

This module will introduce some of the core skills necessary for literary studies through focusing on specific poetry and prose texts. You will address topics including: close reading, constructing an argument and handling critical materials. For this module you’ll have a combination of lectures and seminars.

 
Drama, Theatre, Performance

This module, taught through a combination of practical workshops, seminars, and lectures, considers key concepts in the study of dramatic texts, theatre history and performance. The module frames these concepts, taking into consideration questions about who performs, where, to whom, why and how, through explorations of key moments in the Western theatrical tradition.

 

 

From History you will also need to take this core module:

Learning History

This module will provide you with the learning skills necessary to make the most of your studies in history. You will be introduced to different approaches in the study of history as well as to different understandings of the functions served by engagement with the past. The module aims to encourage more effective learning, bridge the transition from school or college to university, prepare you for more advanced work in the discipline, and enhance the skills listed. You will spend three hours in lectures and seminars each week.

 

 

Optional

Introduction to the Medieval World, 500-1500

This module provides an introduction to medieval European history in the period 500–1500. It offers a fresh and stimulating approach to the major forces instrumental in the shaping of politics, society and culture in Europe. Through a series of thematically linked lectures and seminars, you will be introduced to key factors determining changes in the European experience over time, as well as important continuities linking the period as a whole. Amongst the topics to be considered are: political structures and organization; social and economic life and cultural developments. You will have a one hour lecture and one hour seminar each week.

 
From Reformation to Revolution: an introduction to early modern history, 1500–1789

This module introduces you to major issues in the social, political and cultural history of Europe in the early modern period by analysing demographic, religious, social and cultural changes that took place between 1500 and 1789. You will examine the tensions produced by warfare, religious conflict, the changing relationships between rulers, subjects and political elites, trends in socio-economic development and the discovery of the ‘New World’. You will spend two hours per week in lectures and seminars.

 
Roads to Modernity: an introduction to modern history, 1789-1945

In the first semester, the module provides a chronology of modern history from c.1789–1945 which concentrates principally on key political developments in European and global history such as the French Revolution, the expansion of the European empires and the two World Wars. The second semester will look more broadly at economic, social and cultural issues, such as industrialisation, urbanisation, changing artistic forms and ideological transformations in order to consider the nature of modernity. You will spend two hours per week in lectures and seminars.

 
 


Typical Year Two Modules


Compulsory

The Contemporary World since 1945

The module surveys and analyses some of the main developments in world affairs since the end of the Second World War. This includes major international events, particularly the course and aftermath of the Cold War, as well as national and regional histories, especially in Europe, East Asia and the Middle East; the module also looks at key political and social movements. Attention is paid to political, economic and social forces, with students spending five hours per week in lectures and seminars.

 


English Options

You must choose three modules in English covering at least two of the following areas:   

Literature 1500 to the present

Each of the modules offered will provide a comprehensive introduction to the changes in the genres of prose, poetry and drama across the period studied, placing the works encountered in the context of key aesthetic, social and political/historical contexts.

English language and applied linguistics

Building on the study of English language undertaken in year one, your second year language modules provide the exciting opportunity for you to explore aspects of language use in the mind, in society and in literature.

Medieval languages and literatures

You can choose to pursue one or more of the medieval areas introduced in year one, or you can opt to study a new but related area. In all cases you will develop your understanding of language change and variety, registers, styles, modes and genres, as they appear in medieval texts, and become more expert in reading with reference to wider medieval cultures.

Drama and performance

Year two modules provide the opportunity to develop approaches from the first year by studying 20th and 21st-century theatre; by exploring key critical approaches to drama in theory and practice, and by focusing on a key period in the development of our nation’s theatre.

For a sample of typical modules from each area please see our single honours BA English listing.

 


Typical Final Year Modules


Compulsory

History Dissertation
This module involves the in-depth study of a historical subject from which you will create a 10,000 word dissertation. You will have regular meetings with your supervisor and a weekly one hour lecture to guide you through this task.
 


English Options

The final year is when all the different strands of your teaching and learning experience as an undergraduate culminate in the opportunity to demonstrate and apply all the different kinds of skills you have acquired in researching a topic, extended analysis of specialist themes and areas, and in independent study. 

You will have the opportunity to study a range of authors, genres, linguistic approaches, and textual forms and contexts, in both national and international contexts, thinking about English in the broadest possible terms. You will also have the opportunity to specialise in areas for which you have developed genuine aptitude and passion during your undergraduate career.

A typical list of options available can be found on our single honours BA English listing.

 

 

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. The above list is a sample of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

 
 

Careers

A course in English and history fosters many vital skills in communication and professional practice. Researching and presenting your work involves a high degree of critical thinking and creativity, and you will also learn how to be careful and precise in carrying out analysis of a range of subjects.

You will learn to plan your work, and develop the qualities of self-discipline and self-motivation that are essential to any form of graduate employment. We will help you develop your ability to research and process a large amount of information quickly, and to present the results of your research in an articulate and effective way.

A degree in English and history from The University of Nottingham shows potential employers that you are an intelligent, hard-working individual who is bright and flexible enough to undertake any form of specific career training.

Graduate career destinations

Graduates in English and history, as with many arts graduates, find themselves faced with many choices when it comes to selecting a career. No matter what your initial choice may be, you will find that the skills and knowledge that you have developed during your degree will have equipped you for the demanding and often highly changeable nature of the 21st-century workplace.

Careers of our recent graduates have included:

  • broadcasting
  • publishing
  • TV research
  • Journalism
  • advertising and marketing
  • exhibition managers
  • acting
  • playwriting
  • librarianship
  • specialist archive and collection work
  • communications officers for charities, political organisations, government
  • business, banking, accountancy, law and insurance
  • social work
  • local and central government administration and politics
  • primary or secondary school teachers
  • teachers of English as a foreign language
  • university lecturers
  • public relations
  • events management
  • human resource management
  • financial services

Some students may decide that another year (or more) of study may give them an edge when it comes to seeking out a career and may, for example, choose to undertake postgraduate study or begin teacher training.

Careers support and advice

We have a Careers and Employability Service  on campus, with a dedicated careers adviser who works with the School of English to deliver an extensive range of careers services. As well as helping students individually, the service also hosts regular group events for English students. The School of English also has a careers advisor who is happy to meet students to talk through their career ideas.

Faculty of Arts Careers Team

The Faculty of Arts careers team have expertise in supporting arts students and graduates, and can assist greatly in the transition to the next stage of your career. The work with the Faculty of Arts to provide careers advice, CV reviews, drop-in sessions, graduate job fairs and help finding the latest vacancies listings.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2014, 95% of first-degree graduates in the School of English who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £20,420 with the highest being £42,000.*

In 2014, 95% of first-degree graduates in the Department of History who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £22,221 with the highest being £40,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home and EU first-degree graduates, 2013/14.

 

 
 

Fees and funding

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £2,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International/EU students

The University of Nottingham provides information and advice on financing your degree and managing your finances as an international student. The International Office offers a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees.

 
 
 

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Assessment

This course includes one or more pieces of formative assessment. 

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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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