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University of East Anglia UEA

Literature and History

UCAS Code: QV31

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

including English Literature and preferably also including History

Access to HE Diploma

D:36,M:9

including English Literature modules at level 3 and preferably also History modules at level 3. Humanities or Social Sciences pathway preferred. Other pathways are acceptable, please contact the University directly for further information.

English Literature required and preferably History too. Principal subjects and A-level combinations are considered - please contact us.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

33

including grade 5 in higher level English and preferably grade 5 in higher level History too . If no GCSE equivalent is held, offer will include Mathematics and English requirements.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DDD

Accepted alongside A-level English Literature at grade B or above and preferably History A-level at grade B or above. BTEC Public Services is not accepted.

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,C

including English Literature and preferably History too. A combination of Advanced Highers and Highers may be acceptable.

Only accepted in combination with Scottish Advanced Highers.

UCAS Tariff

128-136

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

100%
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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subjects

History

English literature

Study literary texts and the social and political worlds they were created in. This degree is offered by UEA’s School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, in collaboration with our renowned School of History. You will learn from a diverse range of experts in each school on a programme that is both flexible and distinctive.

This course is ideal for people who are motivated and stimulated by the idea of interdisciplinarity, and excited by the wealth of historical and literary culture present in Norwich, England’s first UNESCO City of Literature. You’ll be keen to explore the rich archives of historical and literary material available to you here, from the famous ‘Boleyn Bible’ to the scrawled opening pages of a recent Ian Rankin thriller.

We welcome students with non-traditional qualifications and experience, including mature students.

After the course you’ll be in demand from employers in the arts, media, publishing and politics, charities and NGOs, teaching and the commercial sector. You’ll also be well placed to study for a higher degree.

On this degree you will hone your skills as a historian and a literary critic. You will dive into the great works of literature and examine them through the lens of their historical circumstances. You’ll also discover how literature shapes our view of historical events and sources. You will develop sophisticated critical skills and use them to understand the context not just of books, but of a range of creative work. You will graduate with a refined knowledge of history and literature and how they can shape each other, and define our culture and our lives.

Historians and literary critics sometimes read the same documents, but they have different approaches and employ different methods of analysis. This course will give you the opportunity to explore both approaches. The combination will lead you towards an understanding not simply of literature and history, but of culture and cultural studies too.

In learning the skills of close textual analysis and engaging with narrative form, you will become a historian with a marked sensitivity to sources and a lively and engaging writing style. As you encounter arguments about historical causality and assess conflicting accounts of historical events, you will become a literary critic, with a complex grasp of the social, political and cultural contexts in which literature is produced.

You will learn from leading historians, literary critics and prize-winning writers who make up the faculty at UEA.

On ‘bridge’ modules, taught by academics from both disciplines, you will gain a firm grounding in the core knowledge and methodologies essential to each subject, as well as discovering the interrelations between them.

Alongside this you can choose from a diverse and exciting range of optional modules from both disciplines. You may wish to concentrate some of your work around the literature and history of a particular period or alternatively, you could focus on the history of a literary genre, or select modules that deal with topics such as feminist theory or visual culture. For your literature units, you might focus on a particular genre (such as satire), a theme (literature and desire, for example), a historical period (contemporary fiction, or the 17th century, for example), or an author.

In your third year you can write a dissertation, or take a ‘special subject’ in the School of History, where you work closely with an academic and a group of students to develop a dissertation-length piece of work in a specialised area of study. You will also specialise as a literature student, choosing from a wealth of module options.

In your second year you might decide to spend a semester studying abroad. During your degree you will have the opportunity to gain work experience in copywriting and arts administration. The Writers’ Centre Norwich provides internship opportunities to help students understand the workings of a small arts organisation.

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
International
£15,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of East Anglia UEA

Department:

School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing

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.

87%
med
History
83%
med
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

96%
Staff make the subject interesting
98%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
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

82%
Library resources
78%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
81%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
40%
Male students
60%
Female students
97%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate
412

English studies

Teaching and learning

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
96%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
68%
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

82%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
31%
Male students
69%
Female students
94%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
B
434

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.

98%
high
Employed or in further education
87%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

9%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
8%
Other elementary services occupations
6%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
83%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

11%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
9%
Other administrative occupations
8%
Public services and other associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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.

Language and area 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.

£17k

£17k

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

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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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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