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Goldsmiths, University of London

English and History

UCAS Code: QV31

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Including English Literature (or Language and Literature).

Access to HE Diploma

D:30

Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject specific modules.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

33

With three Higher Level subjects at 655 including English Literature (or Language and Literature).

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H2

Including English Literature (or Language and Literature).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

Including English Literature (or Language and Literature).

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,C

Grade B in English Literature (or Language and Literature) is required.

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B,C

Grade B in English Literature (or Language and Literature) is required.

UCAS Tariff

120-136

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

86%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Part-time | 2020

Subjects

History

English studies

If you love reading and interrogating literature, and are also interested in the historical context of its creation, BA English and History is a course that will help you combine these passions.

**Why study BA English and History at Goldsmiths?**
- You’ll look at how texts represented and defined the attitudes of their time, and how they challenged or shocked the readers of the past. You’ll learn to respect the power of the written word, and understand its potential for both positive and negative impacts.

- The best way to understand any words on a page is to understand the culture and society in which they were written. By studying both the texts themselves, and the history behind them, you’ll go beyond the boundaries of the text; understanding what you read as part of a wider discourse.

- You’ll be able to choose a range of modules from both English and History. In the final year, you’ll bring the two disciplines together with a dissertation that interrogates the literature we’ve studied and uses it to answer a historical question that has piqued your interest.

- Our optional History at Work module gives you the chance to learn about working as a historian.

- You’ll gain important skills including the ability to analyse and evaluate texts, spot biases, write summaries and draw evidence-based conclusions. The course is particularly useful for any career that involves analysing or processing large amounts of information.

Modules

At Level 4 you'll be introduced to essential concepts in literary study, encouraged to read a wide range of works covering the major literary genres, and become aware of changing views of the past, and theories of history. You'll choose between learning about cultural history, intellectual history, modern political history or religion, peace and conflict.

Level 5 consists of an interdisciplinary studies module or modules, plus a combination of English and history modules. For instance, (for English) you might want to: examine the literature and ideas of the 16th and 17th centuries; investigate how the concept of the American nation state was produced in 19th-century literature; make a literary and cultural analysis of Shakespeare’s or Chaucer’s work; and (for History): examine the medieval crusades or gender relations in the past; look into the cultural history of Buddhist Asia; or investigate the recent history of a range of European countries.

Your interdisciplinary studies at Level 6 are directed towards a written project, and you continue to deepen your knowledge by balancing your selection of English and History modules with those you took at Level 5.

Options currently available include: taking a creative writing option; exploring the close relationship between literature and film in the 20th century; investigating gender and culture in medieval Europe; considering contemporary moral problems; or studying aspects of African or South Asian history.

The Departments also offer each year a small number of single-term ‘option’ modules which can be combined in pairs to form the equivalent of full-year modules. You can also apply to take a ‘related study’ – an approved module from another department which is relevant to your overall module profile.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment methods

Coursework portfolios, long essays, examinations (various timescales and formats) and interdisciplinary project. The interdisciplinary project must be passed for the degree to be awarded.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Goldsmiths, University of London

Department:

English and Comparative Literature

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

76%
low
History
72%
low
English studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

History

Teaching and learning

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
71%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

70%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
70%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

77%
UK students
23%
International students
33%
Male students
67%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
22%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

English studies (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

76%
Staff make the subject interesting
81%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
69%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

84%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
71%
Course specific equipment and facilities
51%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
29%
Male students
71%
Female students
70%
2:1 or above
23%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

History

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
79%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
13%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
9%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

History is a very popular subject (although numbers have fallen of late) — in 2015, over 10,000 UK students graduated in a history-related course. Obviously, there aren't 11,000 jobs as historians available every year, but history is a good, flexible degree that allows graduates to go into a wide range of different jobs, and consequently history graduates have an unemployment rate comparable to the national graduate average. Many — probably most — jobs for graduates don't ask for a particular degree to go into them and history graduates are well set to take advantage. That's why so many go into jobs in the finance industry, human resources, marketing, PR and events management, as well as the more obvious roles in education, welfare and the arts. Around one in five history graduates went into further study last year. History and teaching were the most popular further study subjects for history graduates, but law, journalism, and politics were also popular postgraduate courses.

English studies (non-specific)

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,200
med
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
93%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Other elementary services occupations
10%
Childcare and related personal services
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

English is one of the most popular degree subjects and in 2015, more than 11,000 students graduated with English degrees - although this does represent a fall from recent years. As good communication is so important to modern business, you can find English graduates in all parts of the economy, although obviously, you can't expect to get a job in science or engineering (computing is a different matter - it's not common but good language skills can be useful in the computing industry). There's little difference in outcomes between English language and English literature degrees, so don't worry and choose the one that suits you best. More English grads took another postgraduate course when they finished their degree than grads from any other subject - this is an important option. Teacher training was a common choice of second degree, as was further study of English, and journalism courses. But many English graduates changed course and trained in law, marketing or other languages -or even subjects further afield such as computing, psychology and even nursing. This is a very flexible degree which gives you a lot of options

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