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Sheffield Hallam University

English and History

UCAS Code: QV31

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

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

History

English studies

Discover the making of the modern world and explore how literature engages with it.

• Explore the relationship between English literature and modern history.
• Develop your skills by studying a module in a foreign language.
• Build your confidence through work placements or studying abroad.

Study Shakespeare, the remarkable 18th, 19th and 20th centuries through to the present day on this creative, compelling and challenging course. By combining modules from both disciplines you develop your interest in both English literature and modern history, while refining and strengthening a range of academic and professional skills.

**How you learn**

The majority of teaching and learning will be done through lectures, group seminars and independent study. You are taught by lecturers who are experts in their fields, delivering lessons informed by their own research experience and specialisms.

You learn through:

• lectures and seminars
• independent study
• field trips
• work placements
• studying abroad
• workshops

**Work placements**

In year two you have the opportunity to study Applied History, including a placement. Past placements have included local primary and secondary schools, local museums such as Kelham Island Industrial Museum, and other heritage organisations and local businesses.

You can study abroad as part of an exchange. Current exchange locations for students include Prague, Czech Republic, Sweden, France, Switzerland, USA, Canada and Australia.

**Live projects**

We place a strong emphasis on developing your employability and career management skills. Past students have worked on projects for community-based history projects, museums, a local playwright, the South Yorkshire Through Time website, ASSIST (Asylum Seeker Support Initiative Short Term), Settle Stories (Performing Arts Theatre), local MPs, and the Citizens Advice Bureau. Alternatively, you can complete a placement in a school.

You can also choose to be involved in Sheffield's annual Off the Shelf literary festival.

**Field trips**

Recent trips have included Manchester People's History Museum, the Museum of London, London's Globe Theatre, country houses and archives. We are situated close to Sheffield's Showroom cinema and we visit the Crucible Theatre.

This course prepares you for a career in:

• teaching
• museums and heritage
• charity and fundraising
• marketing and sales
• TV research
• journalism
• publishing

Others have continued their studies at postgraduate level following graduation.

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work in many diverse fields, including:

• local government
• human resources
• advertising
• financial services
• the media and journalism
• librarianship
• teaching
• the heritage industry
• law
• human resources

Modules

**Year one**- • epic transformations • the making of Modern Britain 1780-1918 • literature of war and peace • nationalism, democracy and socialism in Modern Europe • introduction to critical theory • empires and encounters • modern foreign languages

**Year two**- • London: literary and historical perspectives 1728-1914 • literary theory and the philosophy of literature • Germany 1890-1933: from Reich to republic • Britain and America in the interwar years • race and nation • the Cold War era • Eastern Europe 1945-1989 • total war and European society 1792-1945 • the city of London and the British economy since 1870 • Shakespearean drama • the Gothic • crossing over: power, death and desire • children's literature • literature of the 18th century and Romantic Period • applied history: work and community • modern foreign languages • international exchange

**Year three**- • English and history dissertation (you choose your own research topic) • censorship, conflict and scandal • literature of the twentieth century • renaissance literature • Victorian literature • in darkest England: fiction at work, 1880-1915 • history and the historical novel • American politics and society since 1968 • Australia: penal settlement to nation, 1788-2000 • Chartism: working-class politics and culture in Britain, 1838-48 • community engagement and civic activism • citizenship, violence and race: Germans and Africans in colonial and postcolonial encounters • European orientalism: from colonisation to decolonisation • India and the British Raj, 1765-1947 • industrial warfare and Britain and the great war 1914-1918 • northern soul: regional identities in the north of England, 1800 to the present • rise and decline of soviet communism • South Africa in the twentieth century • modern foreign language option

Assessment methods

• Presentations
• Posters
• Project work
• Portfolios
• Blogs
• Analysing electronic sources
• Essays
• Exams (including take-home exams)
• Dissertation

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

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.

82%
med
History
75%
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

95%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
98%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
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
90%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
90%
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
62%
Male students
38%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

English studies (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
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

86%
Library resources
98%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
66%
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
85%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
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.

£16,380
low
Average annual salary
90%
low
Employed or in further education
95%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
18%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
13%
Customer service 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.

£16,500
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
93%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Customer service occupations
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

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

English studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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