Liverpool John Moores University

History and English Literature with Foundation Year Liverpool John Moores University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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Studying BA (Hons) History and English Literature at Liverpool John Moores University will provide you with an opportunity to not only discover the past but also how past and present is recorded in a variety of sources including novels, visual sources, films and poetry.

  • Taught by a passionate team of academics

  • History at LJMU has been ranked 11th best in the country in the 2019 Guardian University League table

  • In 2016 National Student Survey 98% of our students agreed that 'staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching'

  • Teaching from leading academics who have written scholarly works on topics ranging from American foreign policy to sport in the Soviet Union, through to Sherlock Holmes and Irish rock music

  • Emphasis on transferrable skills throughout the degree and specially devised employability modules that enable you to work closely with archives, heritage organisations and schools

  • A broad range of module topics that includes Britain, Ireland, Europe, Japan, Palestine and sub-Saharan Africa.

Foundation Year

The Foundation Year is ideal if you have the interest and ability to study for a degree, but do not have the qualifications to enter directly onto the History and English Literature honours degree programme yet.

Once you pass the Foundation Year (level 3) you will progress directly onto the first year of the honours degree. If you are a full-time UK student, you will qualify for student financial support for the full duration of your course (subject to eligibility criteria).

Course details


Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 3

•Preparing for Success: Academic Skills
•Investigating Liverpool
•War: Conflict in the Arts & Humanities
•Peace: The Pursuit of Harmony in the Arts & Humanities

Level 4

•Modern European History: Myth, Memory and the Uses of the past
•Reading English
•Literary & Cultural theory
•Practices of History
•Literature in Context
•The American Age: People Politics and Power

Level 5

The following options are typically offered:

•The Soviet Experiment, 1917 – 1991
•Colonial Africa, 1880-1994
•Gendering the Past
•From Shogun to Showdown: Japan, 1853 – 1941
•Prison Voices: Crime, Conviction and Confession, c. 1700-1900
•Modernism and Modernity
•Romanticism: Revolution, Reaction and Representation
•Postcolonial Writing: Power, Art & Protest
•Body, Mind and Soul: Seventeenth Century Literature and Culture
•Relating Gender: Fiction from the 19th Century to the Present
•Stage Worlds: Early Modern Drama & Culture
•International Fieldwork in History: Modern France
•Age of Terror 1850-1914
•Gender, Race and Slavery in the United States

Level 6

The following options are typically offered:

•English Dissertation
•Professional Studies: Work-based learning
•Dissertation in History
•End of Empire: Historiographical and Southeast Asian Perspectives
•The Rise and Fall of Nazi Entertainment
•Independent Study in History
•Israel / Palestine in Context
•Violence in Nineteenth-Century Literature
•Queer Britain
•Victorian Cities
•Celebration and Commemoration in Irish History
•Transitions: identities in the Interwar Years
•Interpreting conflict in post-colonial Africa
•The Soviet Experience, 1917 - 1991
•Post-Millennial British Fiction
•Laws of War
•Vamps and Villains: Exploring Gothic Fiction
•Writing Lives: Collaborative Research Project – The Archive of Working-Class Writing
•English Independent Study
•Race in America
•Writing the Real: Contemporary Non-Fiction
•Terrorism and Modern Literature

Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Assessment method

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

We acknowledge that all students perform differently depending on the way they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. Half of your assessments will be coursework in the form of essays, portfolios, short written pieces, independent studies and dissertations. The rest of your assessment is by seen and unseen exam. Exam questions are available two weeks before the start of seen exams so you have the chance to prepare fully for them.

Your tutors will provide feedback on coursework assessments within 15 days of submission via Canvas, face-to-face or as written comments. We believe constructive feedback is vital in helping you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code V101
Institution code L51
Campus name Liverpool John Moores University
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 64 points
A level Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

• Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths
• NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
• Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
• Higher Diploma in Maths/ English
• Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English
• Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
• Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 * Year 1
International £10,600 * Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £9,250 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

All figures are subject to yearly increases. The Department for Education (DfE) have recently announced that they will be freezing tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year.

Provider information

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Liverpool John Moores University
Egerton Court (Headquarters)
2 Rodney Street
L1 2UA

Course contact details

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Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

0151 231 5175