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English and History BA (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    This exciting and varied Joint Honours degree allows you to explore a huge range of literature in English alongside British, European and world history.

    You’ll be at the heart of our large and diverse Schools of English and History, developing your research skills and expanding your knowledge through core modules. In English, you’ll explore poetry, prose and drama across different literary periods, while in History you’ll focus on research methods and historiography. And as both Schools offer a fantastic variety of optional modules, you’ll have the chance to follow your own interests across periods and cultures in both subjects.

    You could study anything from Old English and the Arthurian legends to crime fiction and post-Apartheid narratives, as well as the Anglo-Saxons, Caribbean slavery and the Cold War. Whatever it is you’re looking for, the chances are you can find it at Leeds – and you’ll also gain valuable skills that really appeal to employers.

    The University of Leeds has excellent resources for historians and literature students. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections as well as extensive resources in all the areas we teach. The University Library offers comprehensive training programmes to help you make the most of the facilities we have.

  • Course content

    A joint honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each single honours course, but you’ll take fewer optional and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.

    Core modules in your first year will introduce you to texts across poetry, prose and drama and allow you to develop important skills such as historical methods and research. You’ll also have the chance to choose from discovery modules across a wide variety of subjects – an opportunity open to you throughout your degree.

    You’ll build on this knowledge over the next two years. You’ll choose from core English modules spanning from the medieval period to today, and study at least one history module in the modern period and one from earlier times. You’ll then pursue your interests across optional modules in both subjects, from the Crusades to twentieth-century Africa and from folklore to disability and sexuality in contemporary literature.

    Throughout the degree you’ll develop valuable interpretative and analytical skills, as well as becoming a confident researcher. You’ll demonstrate these qualities in your final year, when you undertake an independently researched dissertation on a topic of your choice.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Studying and Researching English 5 credits
    • Historiography and Historical Skills 20 credits
    • Primary Sources for the Historian: An Introduction to Documentary study 20 credits
    • Studying in a Digital Age (Arts) 5 credits

    Optional modules

    • Writing Critically 20 credits
    • Prose: Reading and Interpretation 20 credits
    • Poetry: Reading and Interpretation 20 credits
    • Drama: Reading and Interpretation 20 credits

    Year 2

    Optional modules

    • Literature of the Romantic Period 20 credits
    • Renaissance Literature 20 credits
    • Jewish Communities in Medieval Europe 20 credits
    • Communist Eastern Europe, 1945-89 20 credits
    • The Global Caribbean, 1756-1848 20 credits

    Year 3

    Optional modules

    • Postcolonial Literature 20 credits
    • Refugee Narratives 20 credits
    • The Harlem Renaissance: Black Culture and Politics 1919-1940 40 credits
    • White Africans: Intimacy, Race and Power 40 credits
    • 'Parasites' and 'Cockroaches': Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide in the Modern World 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read English and History BA in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    Our tutors in the Schools of English and History are leading researchers, and their teaching is informed by their work. We use a variety of teaching methods so you can benefit from their expertise, including lectures, seminars and tutorials. However, we also put a lot of emphasis on independent study, since this allows you to develop your research and critical skills.

    Watch a seminar in the School of English.


    We use different means of assessment to develop your skills, including exams and essays. Extended projects may also be assessed components in some modules. We offer plenty of support, including the chance to attend extra classes on issues such as exam technique, public speaking and structuring an essay if you need them.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAA including A in History and A in English (Literature, Language or Language and Literature), not including General Studies or Critical Thinking.

    • Access to HE Diploma

      Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required. The Access course must include English modules. This course has additional subject specific requirements for History. Contact the Admissions Office for more information.

    • BTEC

      We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      D3, D3, M1 including D3 in English and D3 in History

    • International Baccalaureate

      35 overall (17 higher including 6 in Higher level History and 6 in Higher level English)

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      H2, H2, H2, H2, H2, H2 including H2 in English and H2 in History

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      Please contact Admissions Office for more information.

    • Welsh Baccalaureate

      The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

    • Other Qualifications

      European Baccalaureate: 85% with 85% in English and History

    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be AAB at A Level including A in English and History (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and grade A in the EPQ.

    We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

    Alternative entry

    We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

    Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

    Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

    Typical Access to Leeds offer: ABB including A in English and B in History (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.


    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of English admissions team.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Admissions policy

    School of History Undergraduate Admissions Policy


    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £17,500 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

  • Career opportunities

    A Joint Honours degree in English and History gives you transferable skills that can help you succeed in a wide range of careers.

    You’ll have strong research skills and be confident working independently or within a team. You’ll be able to analyse information from a number of different sources and form your own conclusions about them. Then you’ll be able to communicate and present those views clearly, both verbally and in writing. You’ll also have the time management and organisational skills needed to manage two demanding subjects.

    Graduates have pursued careers in fields such as publishing, law, journalism, business and finance, advertising and marketing, the civil service, education and the charity sector. Many others have progressed to postgraduate study.

    We’re committed to helping you achieve your career ambitions. You could boost your CV with one of the internship opportunities offered by the School of History and the School of English each year, become a peer mentor or take any of our employability-related modules during your degree.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

  • Study abroad and work placements

    Study abroad

    On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

    Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

    Work placements

    Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

    Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.