University of Plymouth

English with History University of Plymouth Degree level: Undergraduate

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Enrich your study of English literature across six centuries by exploring the history behind it. Find out how writers are influenced by the times they live in, and how they affect history by shaping our cultural, political and moral values. Be empowered to read, think and write critically and creatively. You will have a wide choice of modules and the cross-disciplinary nature of the course will broaden your perspectives, preparing you for an interesting and fulfilling career path.

Enhance your learning through the history department's close relationship with Plymouth’s wider history community, giving you free access to lectures from world-renowned visiting historians. Boost your career prospects by working with a publishing house, literary agent, arts organisation or magazine on our work-based learning module or extra-curricular internships, and experience other cultures by studying or working abroad in either Europe or the US.

  • Choose from a wide variety of specialist modules, including period and cultural studies, and creative writing. You’ll be taking two thirds of your modules in English and one third in history. Your history modules will explore aspects of British, European and Global history, allowing you to make comparisons and connections with your English studies.

  • Receive free set texts for all core modules throughout the three years.

  • Benefit from assessment through coursework, with no written exams.

  • Boost your career prospects by working with a publishing house, literary agent, arts organisation or magazine on our work-based learning module or extra-curricular internships.

  • Make use of our open-door policy and talk to your lecturers in a friendly and supportive learning environment.

  • Learn from internationally recognised research-active staff, including published creative writers.

  • Experience other cultures by studying or working abroad in either Europe or the US.

  • Write and be published as part of INK, the English and Creative Writing student-run magazine.

  • Access resources at any time with the University library, open 24 hours 365 days a year, offering a vast range of electronic and print materials, including a rare books collection.

  • Enhance your learning through the history department's close relationship with Plymouth’s wider history community, giving you free access to lectures from world-renowned visiting historians.

  • Join the History Society and enjoy events and trips within a fun and supportive community, as well as getting experience in organising and coordinating events.

Course details

Modules

In your first year, you'll study historical, theoretical, and aesthetic approaches to literary analysis. You’ll read literature which investigates the making of the modern world; engage with exciting theories of reading such as eco-criticism, psychoanalysis and Marxism; and, if you choose, try your hand at creative writing. You will also learn key research and essay-writing skills. Your history modules in global and British history will inform and provide a context for your study of English.

In your second year, you’ll take core modules in Romantic and Victorian literature, studying these key periods from an interdisciplinary perspective, and engaging with debates in philosophy, science, psychology, politics, art, gender and race. Your history modules will focus on democracy, imperialism and colonialism, providing opportunities for comparisons with English. Select from a wide range of other specialist modules, including our work-based learning module (Working with Literature). Optional modules are available this year, but may be subject to change in subsequent years.

In your final year, you’ll complete your period studies core modules with the ground-breaking literature of early 20th-century Modernism. You’ll also choose from specialist modules, with a focus on 20th-century and contemporary literature. Your further engagement with history will deepen your understanding of the contexts that produce literary texts. Finally, you'll produce a year-long dissertation on any topic of your choice, which you'll work on with the support of your personal supervisor. Optional modules are available this year, but may be subject to change in subsequent years.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment method

100% of assessment is by coursework.


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 Q3V1
Institution code P60
Campus name Main Site
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:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

The University of Plymouth has a dedicated International Student Advice (ISA) service who will support you from the day you accept an offer at the University, right through to graduation. They will offer help and advice so you can get the most out of your studies, and your time in the UK, visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-life/services/international-students/international-student-advice for more information. Once you have applied through UCAS, your conditional offer letters will also be sent to you by email, so be sure to enter your current email address on your application and to check this email regularly. You'll need your unconditional letter, and the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) that we'll send you, when applying for your student visa to the UK. A minimum £2,000 tuition fee deposit will be required before we'll send you the CAS. We're a licenced Tier 4 Sponsor under the Points Based System. To comply with our duties as a Tier 4 sponsor, we're required to check other aspects of your application in addition to your academic achievements, for example any previous studies, financial status and your immigration history in the UK. For course entry requirements (inc. English requirements) please refer to the specific page for the course you are interested in (www.plymouth.ac.uk/study). A recognised English language qualification (e.g. IELTS) would be required or successful completion of one of the University's pre-sessional English Language courses. Check our country pages to find out more about application from your specific home country www.plymouth.ac.uk/international/study/international-students-country-guides. International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages www.plymouth.ac.uk/study/fees If you have any questions please contact international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 104 - 112 points Including a minimum of 2 A Levels, including Grade B at A level English Language, Literature or Creative Writing, or a related subject (e.g. History, Philosophy, Film Studies, Sociology), excluding General Studies.
A level 104-112 tariff points, including a minimum of 2 A Levels, including Grade B at A level English Language, Literature or Creative Writing, or a related subject (e.g. History, Philosophy, Film Studies, Sociology), excluding General Studies.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Usually in combination with other qualifications, please contact the Institution for further information.
Access to HE Diploma Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (e.g. Preferably English, Humanities or Combined), with at least 33 credits at Merit and/or Distinction.
Scottish Higher In combination with Advanced Highers
AS Considered in combination
Extended Project Considered in combination
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 26 - 28 points Including Higher Level English or a related subject (e.g. Creative Writing, History, Philosophy, Film Studies, Sociology) at Grade 5.
Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H4, H4 - H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 Including H3 or above in English Language, Literature or Creative Writing, or a related subject (e.g. History, Philosophy, Film Studies, Sociology).
Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D - D*D* Usually in combination with other qualifications, please contact the Institution for further information.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination
Scottish Advanced Higher 104-112 tariff points, including two Advanced Highers, including Grade B in English Language, Literature or Creative Writing, or a related subject (e.g. History, Philosophy, Film Studies, Sociology)
English and Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Considered in combination

GCSE Mathematics and English at Grade C / 4 required. If you do not meet this criteria please seek further advice with the Admission Team on admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with 5.5 in all elements.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 * Year 1
EU £9,250 * 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

* Please note fees are subject to change - for all information about tuition fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. ** International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. *** ‘Islands’ refers to fees for both the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

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