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St Mary's University, Twickenham

English Literature and History

UCAS Code: QV32

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C-B,B,C

Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 60 credits including 45 credits at Level 3

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24-28

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MMM-DMM

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

MMM-DMM

UCAS Tariff

96-112

One A Level should ideally be in English (either Language or Literature), but we may be able to consider applicants who are doing at least one other essay-writing subject, and can demonstrate an interest in English. We will generally make you an offer if your predicted grades are at the top of this range and you meet any subject specific requirements (where applicable). If your predicted grades are towards the lower end of this range we can still consider your application but will also take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSE (or equivalent) profile and/or relevant non-academic achievements, references and your motivation for study.

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Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

History

English literature

When you study literature you are not just reading and thinking about great books, you are also asking questions about society’s past and future, and ultimately interrogating your own past and future.

During your time here you will be studying literature from the Renaissance to the present day, all within the vicinity of Horace Walpole’s Gothic mansion, Strawberry Hill House, which is located on our campus.

The programme has a traditional and rigorous core of compulsory modules covering: Tragedy, Critical Theory, Renaissance Literature (including Shakespeare), Romanticism and Modernism. The literary training provided ensures that you will cover the conventional ‘classics’ meticulously.

You will develop skills that will complement the unique and innovative optional units, which you can tailor to your interests and passions.

Our History programme is designed to give you a broad overview of historical development and change over time, as well the opportunity to study particular periods and historical themes in more detail. It will enable you to develop the analytical and communication skills that are vital for gaining rewarding graduate-level employment. you can follow a general programme of modules or follow a pathway in Modern History or Early-Modern History.

Modules

Contemporary Drama, Contemporary Fiction, Critical Theory, Foundations in Literature: Tragedy, Approaches to History, Revolutions and Rebellions, The Atlantic World, The Mediterranean World and War and Society

Assessment methods

For History modules most of our assessment is by coursework (about 90%) with a small number of revealed exams (about 10%).

Our assessment models are different for each module, so you can develop a range of demonstrable skills during your degree programme. Many modules are assessed through essays, but you will also write critical commentaries about primary sources, or review books and articles. In some modules you may participate in mini-conferences where you'll present your work to your peers in a supportive and encouraging environment.

You will receive written feedback on all assignments and are encouraged to meet regularly with tutors to discuss your work individually.

For English Literature most of the modules are assessed with essays and other written forms, supplemented, where appropriate, with examinations, presentations, and contributions to digital content such as blogs, wikis and the like.

The Uni


Course location:

St Mary's University, Twickenham

Department:

Department of 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.

84%
med
History
94%
high
English literature

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
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
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

88%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
74%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
51%
Male students
49%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
B

English studies (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

100%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
100%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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

77%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
29%
Male students
71%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
19%
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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Childcare and related personal services
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

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
90%
low
Employed or in further education
81%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Teaching and educational professionals
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
14%
Childcare and related personal services
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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