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History and English, BA Hons

Our history and English degree is aimed at anyone with a love of literature and a passion for history. It combines modern British, European and world history with English literature, past and present.

Throughout this degree, you will explore five hundred years of historical ideas, events and literary creativity in Britain, Europe and the world. An array of option modules includes specialist topics such as gender and environmental histories, violence and war, American fiction, international bestsellers and Shakespeare.

You'll study on the Old Royal Naval College, part of a historical World Heritage Site near central London, giving you easy access to the capital's theatres, art galleries and museums. You'll have the opportunity to take a work placement in the creative, cultural, public or heritage sectors, boosting your future career options.

UCAS points

104 (view full requirements)(full requirements below)

Course/institution codes

VQ13 G BA/HisEng

Duration

  • 3 years full-time
  • 6 years part-time
  • 4 years sandwich

Start month

September

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What you should know about this course

  • The course explores the intersections between five hundred years of historical ideas, events and literary creativity in the place where east and west meet.
  • The history pathway engages with a wide range of historical topics, from global movements to community histories, from the 17th to the 20th centuries.
  • You’ll develop a substantial grounding in modern British, European and world history.
  • The English literature element of this course focuses on the last two centuries, including fiction and poetry, visual art, film and theatre.
  • The course takes advantage of our culturally and historically rich location near central London. Visits to theatres, art galleries and museums are integral to many of our modules.

What you will study

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About the course team

The History and English teams are all experts in their fields, leading the design and delivery of the innovative modules they teach. Many are active researchers in the areas that they teach in, as well as holding either a postgraduate teaching qualification, or fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE).

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Entry requirements

If you are

For entry, you will require:

  • 104 UCAS points, including 3 A-levels at grades BCC or above.
  • GCSEs in English Language or Literature and Mathematics at grade C / 4 or above. 

General Studies is not usually accepted.

We also accept:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Further information about entry

We welcome applications from mature students and those taking non-traditional routes into Higher Education.

You may be invited for an interview.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

For entry: applicants with non-traditional qualifications or other professional experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

For exemption: If you hold qualifications or courses from another higher education institution, these may exempt you from courses of this degree.

How you will learn

Teaching

In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • 1-to-1 tutorials

Further details to be confirmed.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Contact hours may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

The typical student intake for single honours History is around 20 students per year.

Core modules involve students on both single and combined honours History courses (35-45 students on average). Optional modules usually have smaller class sizes of around 20-30 students. This can vary if modules are available for more than one degree.

Lecture and workshop sessions are usually attended by all those registered on the module, while seminars usually involve smaller groups to enable discussion. This can vary for modules which are listed in more than one degree course.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled teaching sessions, you are also expected to dedicate time to independent study. Each module involves further reading, research and reflection, as well as time spent preparing for classwork, assessed coursework and examinations. This is around 8-10 hours per module per week, some of which may take place outside of teaching terms.

You can use Stockwell Street library and online resources to support further reading and research.

In addition, during the week you can also:

  • Attend additional support classes in some modules
  • Attend guest lectures from subject, business and industry experts
  • Take part in employability and enterprise workshops 
  • Join student societies.

Overall workload

Your overall workload will consist of contact hours (lectures, seminars, etc.), independent learning, assessments, and field trips.

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying.

Each module you study towards this degree is worth 15 or 30 credits. These represent around 150 or 300 study hours respectively. If you receive 50 contact hours for a 30-credit module, you should expect to commit 250 hours to independent study to complete it successfully.

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

Further details to be confirmed.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include ‘practice’ assessments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

We aim to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Trips: The cost of field trips is activity dependant. Some may be free, while others may require a contribution. You are not obliged to pay for field trips in order to complete your course.

Resources: Course texts and other study resources are available from our Stockwell Street Library, but you may wish to purchase your own copies.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

You can choose to take a 30-credit work placement in your final year alongside your other modules.

You can also opt to register on 'sandwich mode', which allows you to take a one-year full-time paid placement between your second and final years. 

Whilst on a sandwich placement you retain your student status and have full support from the university and your tutors as usual. Students are responsible for finding their own placements, though we will support you through the application process.

How long is my placement?

The 30-credit work placement requires you to gain a minimum of 150 hours of work experience.

Sandwich placements must last for a minimum of 36 weeks full-time, though they can be as long as 13 months.

What are the financial arrangements?

Credit-bearing work placements are unpaid. However, sandwich placements are usually paid full-time positions. The salary should reflect the going rate for an entry level role in the relevant industry.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

The skills you acquire through studying our courses will prepare you for careers in a wide range of industries and jobs. Graduates of this course have gone on to pursue careers in research, teaching, administration and government, librarianship and information services, museums and heritage management, journalism, publishing or the arts. Some career options may require further study.

Are internships available?

Students are encouraged to gain relevant work experience if possible, including internships, and can be paid or unpaid. Students are responsible for finding their own internships, though we will support you through the application process.

Do you provide employability services?

Employability activities take place all the time at Greenwich and students are encouraged to take part in as many opportunities as possible.

The central Employability and Careers Service provides support for students preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles, such as CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

Each School also has its own Employability Officer who provides specific opportunities relevant to your own course. They work closely with professionals in the industry to ensure you are well-prepared for the work-place and have already begun to build your professional network by the time you graduate.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Accommodation information

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History at the University of Greenwich

Where better to study for a history degree than a World Heritage Site? You’ll be taught at the Old Royal Naval College overlooking the Cutty Sark and National Maritime Museum.

Visit our history subject page.

Historic drawing discovered in Greenwich


A drawing by Sir James Thornhill, who also painted the famous ceiling in the Old Royal Naval College Painted Hall and the dome of St Paul's Cathedral, was unearthed in archive boxes in St Alfege Church.