English Literature and History at York St John University - UCAS

Course summary

The pairing of English Literature and History develops skills in critical thinking and analysis in response to a range of different types of texts. History is beneficial as a mode of engagement and inquiry in relation to literary texts, and literature can help historians to analyse the past. You might find yourself referring to historical sources as part of your literary studies, as well as reading literary works as a way of developing your understanding of history. Studied together, these subjects allow students to gain a detailed understanding of the written word in all its forms, from historical sources and documents to contemporary literary texts. English Literature In English Literature, our philosophy is simple: words matter. Words shape the world we live in (books can and have changed the world) and the connections between the written page and the concerns of the ‘real’ world are a crucial part of the programme. Overall, the degree will enable you to develop your expertise as a reader and critic of a range of literary materials, whilst also supporting you in the development of a portfolio of professional skills which will aid you in the wider job market. As you become adept at independent learning, you will become a more sophisticated reader of texts, and you will find that your confidence as a writer and as a critic will increase as your degree progresses. English Literature is a rich and vibrant area of study. At York St John University, we are a dynamic, engaged, and research-active team who are committed to providing our students with cutting-edge education. By studying English Literature, you will have the opportunity to learn about a range of different genres, historical periods, and literary forms. History On the History programme, you will experience a wide range of teaching methods and techniques. From lectures and interactive workshops to seminars with other students, we encourage both independent and collaborative learning. In class contact time, you will examine arguments made by historians and the key debates between them. You will interrogate primary sources in print and in other media. You will learn how to advance your own arguments and think critically about the past. There are also opportunities to go on field trips within the historic city of York and beyond, to uncover the past in fantastic archives and the built environment all around us. The History programme at York St John University offers a diverse range of modules, from medieval to modern history, with global scope. Studying history is not simply to understand the events of the past. Our team actively encourages your critical thinking and analytical skills to develop your abilities as an independent historian.


Modules may include: Level 1: Reading Texts 1; Forms of Narrative; Writing for Academic Success; Gender & Writing; The Making of Britain; War & Society; America’s Century; The Visible Past; Popular Protest. Level 2: Gothic & Horror; Cultures of Childhood; Literary Theory; Imaginary Worlds, Science Fiction; Romantic Period Writing; The Flowering of the Middle Ages; Plague, Piety & Power; The Age of Nationalism, 1848-1914; The Age of Anxiety the USA 1929-1960; China 1911-97; History, Film & Television. Level 3: American Literature in the 20th Century; Gender & Sexualities; Shakespeare: Perspectives; The Origins of World War II; The War of the Roses; Late Victorian & Edwardian Britain; The Great Society: America in the 1960s; Conflict on the East Asian Mainland; Dissertation.

Assessment method


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
Institution code:
Campus name:
York St John University
Campus code:

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

For Second Year entry, applicants must have completed the first year of Higher Education in a similar subject with a total of 120 credits. For Third Year entry, applicants must have completed the first and second year of Higher Education in a similar subject with a total of 240 credits. Applicants will need to submit a transcript of their completed study, and offers will be subject to a mapping exercise of modules to ensure an appropriate alignment of course content. Please be aware that transfer applications are subject to availablity of space on the selected academic year of your chosen course. For more information on the transfer process, please see https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/apply/transferring-to-york-st-john-university/. If transferring to the final year of a course containing a placement or study abroad year, you must have also completed a placement or study abroad year prior to starting the course.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course


Student Outcomes

Operated by the Office for Students
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. This data will be based on the subject area rather than the specific course. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £14000 Year 1
International £14000 Year 1

Additional fee information

For courses with an optional Placement Year, during the Placement Year your fees will be reduced to 15% of the annual fee value.
English Literature and History at York St John University - UCAS