The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)English and History

Why choose this course?

The English and History integrated joint gives students an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of their heritage and cultural identity, along with the chance to explore other cultures and traditions. Using a wide range of literary and non-literary materials, the programme examines the dynamic relationship which links all forms of cultural activity to the passions and prejudices, hopes and fears of real people facing the specific challenges of their times. Students on this course will develop a greater appreciation of social and political forces which shape our world and its communities. They will acquire the ability to identify and employ a range of oral, written and digital resources, enhancing their skills in information gathering and self-expression which are valued so highly by future employers.

What happens on the course?

The English modules on this course begin with an integrated approach to literary study, with broad introduction to critical skills in first half, followed by survey of literary history from Medieval Period to the Twentieth Century. In Levels Five and Six, modules become more focused, with studies on Shakespeare, the Eighteenth Century, Romanticism, Victorian and Modernist literatures, and others on particular areas of interest, such as literary representations of class, gender, travel literature, the culture of 1960s, or the literary influence of Milton.

Within History, you will be introduced to the main themes and methods of historical analysis in the first year and then get the opportunity to apply these skills to a range of historical events, periods and controversies. In Level Five, you can explore such diverse topics as sexuality in the eighteenth century, the British working class, Migrant stories and Victorian Britain. Level Six offers a broad curriculum that includes material culture, 1600-1830, youth culture in twentieth-century Britain, the Country House and consumer society, 1800-1939. All students will also undertake a research based project in one or other of the core subjects.

Level 4 (1)

Take all Core Modules

Semester 1

Semester 2

C

4EN001 Reading Literature

20

C

4EN005 Literature and History

20

C

4HS001 The Pursuit of History

20

C

4HS003 The Making of the Modern Britain: c. 1750-1850

20

Take one module in Semester 1 and one module in Semester 2

Semester 1

Semester 2

O

4GK005 Campaigning and Citizenship

20

O

4HU002 Popular Culture

20

O

4GK006 Success in Higher Education

20

O

4GK004 Volunteering in the Community

20

O

4HU003 First Year Seminars

20

O

4HU003 First Year Seminars

20

O

4GK009 The Holocaust

20

O

4GK006 Success in Higher Education

20

O

4WL002 Basic Language

20

O

4WL002 Basic Language

20

O

4WL003 Elementary Language

20

O

4WL003 Elementary Language

20

Level 5 (2)

Take all Core Modules

Semester 1

Semester 2

C

5EN001 Critical Theory/ Textual Practice

20

C

5EN008 The Realist Novel

20

C

5HS006 The Social History of Victorian Britain c1850-c1901

20

C

5HS003 Sex and the City: Sexuality in the Long Eighteenth-Century

20

Take one module in Semester 1 and one module in Semester 2

Semester 1

Semester 2

O

5HU002 Popular Texts

20

O

5EN004 Shakespeare and the English Renaissance

20

O

5HU001 The Enlightenment

20

O

5HS007 Preserving the Past: Heritage, History and Identity

20

O

5WL001 Basic Language

20

O

5GK005 Volunteering in Action

20

O

5WL002 Elementary Language

20

O

5WL001 Basic Language

20

O

5WL002 Elementary Language

20

Level 6 (3)

Choose FIVE of these Options, balancing 3 overall for each Semester and equal weighting to your subjects

Semester 1

Semester 2

O

6EN004 Victorian Literature, Art, Culture

20

O

6EN002 The 1960s: Subculture, Pop Culture, Counter-Culture

20

O

6EN011 Eighteenth-Century Literature: Pirates, Princes, Prostitutes

20

O

6EN006 Romanticisms

20

O

6EN007 Positions: Literature, Society, Geography

20

O

6HS002 A Consumer Society? Britain c.1800-1839

20

O

6HS003 Consumption and the World of Goods: Drink, Drugs and Shopping in Britain, c.1650-1830

20

O

6HS006 Youth Culture in 20th-Century Britain

20

O

6HS008 History in the Community

20

O

6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language

20

O

6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language

20

Choose ONE of these Independent Study modules

Semester 1

Semester 2

6HS004 Independent Study in History

OR

6GK008 Business and Community Link

C

6EN013 Independent Study in English

OR

6HS004 Independent Study in History

Why Wolverhampton?

The course allows you to study a full range of topics from both English and History in an innovative, supportive and exciting environment.

The course is one of the few new universities to offer modules in every literary period from the Renaissance to the present day.

The course is recognised nationally as a leader in the incorporation of IT and digital resources in the classroom.

You will be taught by leading scholars and academic experts, with a proven and respected research and publications record.

Comments from our External Examiners on provision:

For English:

"The subject curriculum continues to be highly relevant both in terms of the student experience at Wolverhampton and in terms of reflecting the benchmark statements for English, which stress the importance of providing a full range of modules and a diversity of teaching and assessment methods. The English team is to be congratulated once again on ensuring that standards are maintained through the provision of a varied diet of modules, combining traditional and non-traditional courses, with a variety of teaching and assessment methods. The detailed level of feedback provided on all modules remains an example of good practice".

For History:

"I have been impressed by the student assignments and module documents that I read. It is clear that the History degree programme at Wolverhampton is delivered by dedicated, hard-working and expert staff. As I have mentioned in previous reports, the use of source material in assessments is particularly impressive: images and artefacts are used very effectively as well as more traditional documentary material. Students evidently respond to these sources well in their written work. I have copied the use of online collections of sources in the assessment of some of my own modules … and feel that this approach encourages the kind of independence and critical thinking that is essential at degree level.

In my discussions with staff I have been impressed by their knowledge of individual students, and the obvious time and consideration that they give to all the undergraduates that they teach. The feedback provided to students is generally very clear and positive: students at all levels of ability are given explicit and helpful advice on how to improve their work.

In my time here I have found the staff to be excellent in their teaching and subject knowledge, their assessment and their concern for the students".

What our students think

Comments from Julie Kingston (2010 UG Prospectus, P. 114) can be used here

Career path

Graduates from this course will be extremely attractive to any employer in the education sector, holding qualifications in two key components of the national curriculum. And whilst primary and secondary school teaching is the largest single destination for our graduates, Wolverhampton students from this course have gone onto careers in: journalism; publishing; art gallery, museum and archive research administration; advertising and marketing; public relations; human resources and many other posts within the commercial sector which require creativity and excellent skills in written and oral communication. A notable proportion of our graduates have also undertaken postgraduate education in recent years, studying for Masters and PhD degrees.

What skills will you gain?

On successful completion of this course you will have:

  • an appreciation of the historical and theoretical contexts for developing an understanding of culture and cultural production;
  • knowledge and understanding of literary and non-literary texts across a range of historical periods and a variety of regional, national and global cultural contexts;
  • the ability to apply the critical theories and methodologies requisite to the scholarly analysis of literary and non-literary texts;
  • a range of transferable skills intrinsic to each subject area and of value in graduate employment;
  • the ability to identify and employ a range of oral, written and digital resources in the production of advanced scholarly materials.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • 240-280 UCAS points with a minimum of 180 points from at least two ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • Successful completion of the foundation year of our BA (Hons) Law and Social Sciences with Foundation Year guarantees entry on to this course
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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Telephone

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Email

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