History and English Literature BA (Hons)

Course length: 3 years full-time


Why study History and English Literature?

This exciting and diverse interdisciplinary programme gives you the opportunity to explore a wide range of literary and historical texts, across a variety of different eras and contexts. You will read books with changed societies, and study societies which have produced great works of literature. This combination is also attractive to employers seeking graduates with a confident command of both written and verbal English and excellent critical thinking skills.

What does the course cover?

In your first year you will take a short introduction to interdisciplinary humanities study. You will go on to study a range of modules focusing on Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern British History, and you will also be introduced to the Ancient World by looking at both Greece and Rome. From a literary perspective, you will begin to explore the three main genres of prose, poetry and drama. In your second year, you will undertake a work placement which may be in a subject-specific area such as archives, libraries, marketing or museums, or you may want to diversify into other professions such as teaching, law or management. In the second and third years, you will develop your interests by choosing from a range of options. You may prefer a traditional route, tracing the development of English Literature from Shakespeare, through the writing of Coleridge, Wordsworth, Dickens and the Brontës to contemporary English writers. Alternatively, you may wish to focus your studies more around American literature and culture, postcolonial writing, and neo-Victorianism. In History, you can specialise in the politics, society, and culture of exciting eras.


How will this course be delivered?

This course is delivered by both Solihull College & University Centre, and Newman University staff. You will spend time in lectures, seminars, and workshops on both campuses. You will be enrolled at both institutions.

How will I be assessed?

As well as regular attendance and active involvement in classes, you will be required to produce essays, sit examinations and produce other coursework including a dissertation in your final year

What makes this course noteworthy?

• Course includes theatre visits, and opportunities to attend The Birmingham Literature Festival.

• Benefit from our strong links with regional museums, heritage sites and heritage organisations, including the Black Country Living Museum

• Chance to meet published writers in sessions and at extra-curricular events

• Superb digital resources

• Work placement opportunities to enhance career opportunities

What careers can I consider?

Typical careers for English graduates include subject-related careers which use your knowledge of English, such as publishing, arts management, journalism, librarianship, teaching and work in museums and archives. However, your creative and analytical skills combined with your excellent communication abilities mean that other professions are also open to you. English graduates frequently progress onto very successful careers in law, education, health or personnel management, the civil service, business and management positions in a variety of sectors.

Newman University would like to draw your attention to our Academic Regulations. These regulations are your Terms of Reference and should be considered when making a decision to study with our institution.

Entry requirements

September 2018 Entry Requirements

You must achieve either at least 96 UCAS points including a minimum of CC at A level or equivalent (e.g.MM at BTEC Diploma), or a total of 88 points from a maximum of 3 A levels.

Access Students can achieve the requirements with the following combination of Distinction, Merit and/ or Pass grades at level 3 achieved from a completed Access course. 96 UCAS Points: D21-M3-P21; D18-M9-P18; D15-M15-P15; D12-M21-P12; D9 M27-P9; D6-M33-P6; D3-M39-P3; D0-M45-P0.

5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English or a recognised equivalent, are also required.


Fees per academic year: 2018/19 

Full-time UK/EU Students: £9,250*
Part-time UK/EU Students: £4,950*

* Please note for 2018/19 the University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Finance and Scholarship information


Course code


 UCAS course code V101

For all enquiries relating to admissions or entry requirements, email us at admissions@newman.ac.uk

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