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University of Plymouth

English with History

UCAS Code: Q3V1

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

Entry requirements


104-112 tariff points, including a minimum of 2 A Levels, including Grade B at A level English Language, Literature or Creative Writing, or a related subject (e.g. History, Philosophy, Film Studies, Sociology), excluding General Studies.

Considered in combination

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (e.g. Preferably English, Humanities or Combined), with at least 33 credits at Merit and/or Distinction.

Considered in combination

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26-28

Including Higher Level English or a related subject (e.g. Creative Writing, History, Philosophy, Film Studies, Sociology) at Grade 5. Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

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

H3,H3,H3,H4,H4-H2,H2,H3,H3,H3


Including H3 or above in English Language, Literature or Creative Writing, or a related subject (e.g. History, Philosophy, Film Studies, Sociology). Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Considered in combination

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

D*D-D*D*

Usually in combination with other qualifications, please contact the Institution for further information.

Considered in combination

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

DMM

Usually in combination with other qualifications, please contact the Institution for further information.

Considered in combination

104-112 tariff points, including two Advanced Highers, including Grade B in English Language, Literature or Creative Writing, or a related subject (e.g. History, Philosophy, Film Studies, Sociology) English and Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

In combination with Advanced Highers

UCAS Tariff

104-112

Including a minimum of 2 A Levels, including Grade B at A level English Language, Literature or Creative Writing, or a related subject (e.g. History, Philosophy, Film Studies, Sociology), excluding General Studies.

Considered in combination

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

History

English studies

Enrich your study of English literature across six centuries by exploring the history behind it. Find out how writers are influenced by the times they live in, and how they affect history by shaping our cultural, political and moral values. Be empowered to read, think and write critically and creatively. You will have a wide choice of modules and the cross-disciplinary nature of the course will broaden your perspectives, preparing you for an interesting and fulfilling career path.

Enhance your learning through the history department's close relationship with Plymouth’s wider history community, giving you free access to lectures from world-renowned visiting historians. Boost your career prospects by working with a publishing house, literary agent, arts organisation or magazine on our work-based learning module or extra-curricular internships, and experience other cultures by studying or working abroad in either Europe or the US.

* Choose from a wide variety of specialist modules, including period and cultural studies, and creative writing. You’ll be taking two thirds of your modules in English and one third in history. Your history modules will explore aspects of British, European and Global history, allowing you to make comparisons and connections with your English studies.

* Receive free set texts for all core modules throughout the three years.

* Benefit from assessment through coursework, with no written exams.

* Boost your career prospects by working with a publishing house, literary agent, arts organisation or magazine on our work-based learning module or extra-curricular internships.

* Make use of our open-door policy and talk to your lecturers in a friendly and supportive learning environment.

* Learn from internationally recognised research-active staff, including published creative writers.

* Experience other cultures by studying or working abroad in either Europe or the US.

* Write and be published as part of INK, the English and Creative Writing student-run magazine.

* Access resources at any time with the University library, open 24 hours 365 days a year, offering a vast range of electronic and print materials, including a rare books collection.

* Enhance your learning through the history department's close relationship with Plymouth’s wider history community, giving you free access to lectures from world-renowned visiting historians.

* Join the History Society and enjoy events and trips within a fun and supportive community, as well as getting experience in organising and coordinating events.

Modules

In your first year, you'll study historical, theoretical, and aesthetic approaches to literary analysis. You’ll read literature which investigates the making of the modern world; engage with exciting theories of reading such as eco-criticism, psychoanalysis and Marxism; and, if you choose, try your hand at creative writing. You will also learn key research and essay-writing skills. Your history modules in global and British history will inform and provide a context for your study of English.

In your second year, you’ll take core modules in Romantic and Victorian literature, studying these key periods from an interdisciplinary perspective, and engaging with debates in philosophy, science, psychology, politics, art, gender and race. Your history modules will focus on democracy, imperialism and colonialism, providing opportunities for comparisons with English. Select from a wide range of other specialist modules, including our work-based learning module (Working with Literature). Optional modules are available this year, but may be subject to change in subsequent years.

In your final year, you’ll complete your period studies core modules with the ground-breaking literature of early 20th-century Modernism. You’ll also choose from specialist modules, with a focus on 20th-century and contemporary literature. Your further engagement with history will deepen your understanding of the contexts that produce literary texts. Finally, you'll produce a year-long dissertation on any topic of your choice, which you'll work on with the support of your personal supervisor. Optional modules are available this year, but may be subject to change in subsequent years.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment methods

100% of assessment is by coursework.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
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:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Humanities and Performing Arts

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.

80%
med
History
83%
med
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

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
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

92%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
54%
Male students
46%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

English studies (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

95%
Staff make the subject interesting
98%
Staff are good at explaining things
94%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
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

94%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
84%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
23%
Male students
77%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
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
92%
low
Employed or in further education
89%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
16%
Other elementary services occupations
8%
Administrative occupations: records
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.

£16,000
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
95%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Other elementary services occupations
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
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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