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University of Winchester

English Literature and History

UCAS Code: QV31

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

Entry requirements


We welcome applications from students who are completing an Access to Higher Education Diploma. We normally look for applicants to have studied a course that is in a similar subject and offers are usually made in line with our published tariff point range.

UCAS Tariff

96-112

An A level A*-C pass is required in an English subject. This can be in English Literature, English language, English Language and Literature or Creative Writing. An A Level A*-C pass is required in one of the following: History, Archaeology, Classical Civilisation, Classics, Ancient History, History of Art, Economics or Politics. A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

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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

6.0 years | Part-time | 2020

Subjects

History

English literature

- Join a community passionate about the study of history, literature and the broad subject of English

- Tailor a programme to your interests from a diverse range of writers, genres and historical periods

- Attend the University of Winchester Writers’ Festival and Winchester Reading Series — an opportunity to meet authors, publishers and agents

Our English Literature and History programme pushes the boundaries of both disciplines, giving you the scope to enjoy a thought-provoking mix of traditional and modern materials.

You study English Literature, from Shakespeare to rap poetry, with a unique opportunity to put it into historical context. You learn how literary phenomena and historical events give rise and respond to each other. And you explore the complex but always fascinating dialogue between literature and history that has forged our modern world.

Guided by our supportive teaching staff, who are all part of the university’s thriving literary and historical research culture, this course allows you to investigate the past from the classical to the modern. You explore different cultures, traditions and conflicts in Britain, Europe, the Americas and Japan. At the same time you gain a deep understanding of how literary texts work and respond to their historical context through a profound engagement with literary history, theory and culture.

Year 1 provides an awareness of the range of different approaches to understanding texts and develops skills of critical analysis, research and writing. You study texts from various periods across genres of prose fiction, poetry and drama. Alongside this you are introduced to a variety of historical periods and cultures from early medieval Britain to modern East Asia, and from ancient Greece to 20th-century Europe.

In Year 2, you are able to drill down into the periods and genres that most interest you with a host of optional modules. These cover historical periods from fifth-century Athens to the British Raj, or Imperial Japan to the Holocaust. You explore English Literature in its world-historical context by studying a group of texts representative of a particular period, genre or geographical area.

In Year 3, you carry out a piece of independent research on a subject of your choice in either English Literature or History. In the former, you address a specific collection of writings, a particular theme or critical theory in detail. In the latter, you focus on more of the topics or periods that fascinate you most.

A degree in English Literature and Film opens many doors. Your analytical thinking, research and writing skills enable you to excel in a variety of fields not just confined to the arts. Graduates often work in teaching, archives, museums and heritage sites, the arts, marketing and local, regional and national government.

Modules

Please see the single honours course pages for modular structure. Usually combined honours study two modules from each subject to make up the four modules per semester (2 semesters) (8 modules per year.) These two modules are usually comprised of the core modules in 1st year and then core and optional modules in 2nd and 3rd year. You will find course specific leaflets as a PDF on our website, these give further details of modular structure for combined and single honours. It is normally possible to transfer to a single honours programme at the end of Year 1.

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
£13,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Winchester

Department:

Department of English, Creative Writing and American Studies

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%
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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

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
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

83%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
81%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
53%
Male students
47%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

Literature in english

Teaching and learning

95%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
100%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
92%
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

85%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
88%
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?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
22%
Male students
78%
Female students
91%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

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.

£19,500
med
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
89%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
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

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.

£17,500
med
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
89%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Childcare and related personal services
10%
Other administrative occupations
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.

English literature

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

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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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Post-six month graduation stats:

This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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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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