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The English and History programme at Leeds Trinity University explores the critical and creative study of the relation of historical events and cultural products.

Course Benefits

  • Delivers core skills of literary and historical analysis through creative and innovative modules.
  • A genuinely interdisciplinary course designed to connect and apply skills in both English and History.
  • You will be taught by enthusiastic and highly-qualified, research-active staff.

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Course Information

You will explore aspects of cultural innovation and revolution, but also persistent survival of past objects, values, and outlooks. What makes our English and History programme distinct is the way all these elements are combined and integrated.

You will be able to learn how to analyse literature by considering historical culture and how to analyse the historical past through the analysis of texts, images, and artefacts.

The professional practice modules at each level provide extended experiences which will inform and challenge your knowledge and understanding of academic content and creative practice. These modules are supported by the University’s existing links with organisations such as museums, galleries, literary editors, publishers, and magazine and blog writers in Leeds.

Our emphasis on professional engagement is designed to draw together a range of creative skills so that you can acquire an understanding of the professional need for the skills you are learning and the range of employment opportunities that are open to you.

Read our full course terms and conditions.

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • The Historian’s Craft
  • Ethics and Society
  • From Beowulf to Chaucer
  • Reading Literature: Prose and Poetry
  • Research Methods
  • Shakespearean Drama
  • Research and Discovery
  • Victorian Cultures

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • ENG6162 - Seventeenth Century Literature
  • ENG6302 - Authors in Depth
  • ENG6522 - Literary Period: Victorian Literature
  • ENG6532 - Literary Period: Classicism and Romanticism
  • ENG6552 - The Continuing Middle Ages
  • ENG6562 - Elizabethan Love Poetry
  • ENG6702 - English Research Report
  • ENG6742 - Writing Practices 3: Experimental Writing
  • ENG6772 - The Child and the Book
  • ENG6912 - Postmodern Fiction
  • HIS6702 - Special Subject 1
  • HIS6712 - Special Subject II
  • HIS6732 - History Research Report
  • HIS6792 - History and Media: Reporting Crisis
  • HIS6822 - Presenting the Past
  • HUM6012 - Great Thinkers 2: Applying Political Ideas
  • HUM6252 - Professional Learning Through Work


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At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.  
Most of the modules on this programme are delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars, individual tutorials; and television and radio studio workshops.

On this programme students undertake two 20-credit Personal Development and Placement modules with the option to take a third. As part of the Level 4 module students will participate in a group project exploring and developing project management and teamwork skills. In the spring term of Level 5 there is a six-week work placement sandwiched between periods of preparation and reflection on students' learning. Finally, students can choose to take a Level 6 option module in which they negotiate and complete an individual project for an external institution or company.

At Level 6 all students complete a 40-credit Media Research project and a production project; students also have the opportunity to complete a 20-credit English Research Report, developing skills of literary analysis and critical thinking.

Students are offered opportunities throughout the programme to develop professional skills and links with employers and mentors, to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering related to their graduate prospects, and to publish and read their creative work.

We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions, and of e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus.

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

Assessments tailored to this programme include online quizzes, short individual and group presentations, and production of media artefacts.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme. 

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class. 

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.
Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 104 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language​.​ ​ In addition, applicants usually have an A Level (or equivalent) in an English-related subject but this is not essential.​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses.  We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates before a final decision is made. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email​​

UK & EU Students:

​​Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2017-18. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017. Find out more

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University 
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online

Professional Work Placements

More about placements

Graduates can go on to work as digital copywriters, editorial assistants or primary/secondary teachers (after further study) or within the heritage sector or civil service.
Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA Creative WritingMA Marketing and MA Journalism, which we provide here at Leeds Trinity. 

Our Campus

We can't help but brag – our campus has everything you need for an amazing student life. There is food, drink and entertainment for you and your friends to enjoy, day and night. You'll have access to our £2.2 million sports and fitness centre and find peace and quiet in the Chapel. 
Sleep through your alarm? You can wake up in one of our seven halls of residence, grab your breakfast and head to a lecture all within 15 minutes.  

Our Students’ Union (LTSU) is run by students, for the students so you'll be sure to get the most out of your university life with a range of social activities, clubs and societies whether on campus or in Leeds.

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What is Unistats?
Unistats is the official site that allows you to search for and compare data and information on university and college programmes from across the UK. The site draws together comparable information on those areas that students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study.

English and History Unistats
For some of the Unistats in the box to your right, the results you’ll see are actually a combination of results from our other related programmes, including English, English and Writing, English and Film Studies, Film and Television Studies, Media and Media and Marketing.  This is because we keep our programme sizes low at Leeds Trinity to create a better learning experience, which means there aren’t enough responses for English and History alone to be represented in the Unistats data.

This lack of published data within Unistats for English and History at Leeds Trinity doesn’t reflect the quality of the programme – it just reflects the smaller, more personalised learning experience which Leeds Trinity is famed for! If you need any further information on the Unistats data, please just contact us at or on 0113 283 7150.


93% of our English students are satisfied with learning resources (NSS 2016).

​Outstanding Support​

The Times Higher Education shortlisted us in the Outstanding Support for Students category in their 2015 Awards


93% of our English students agree that the library resources and services are good enough for their needs (NSS 2016).

​Top 10 

We're in the top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction (according to the Guardian University Guide 2015)

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