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English and History

BA Joint Honours

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English and History

BA Joint Honours



    Year of entry: Sept 2019 
  • Course Type: Full time (3 years)
  • Tariff Points: 104
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Course Overview

Do you enjoy finding out about the past – not just when things happened, but why? Are you interested in how works of literature relate to their context and the society which produced them? Are you fascinated by the history of the English language?

Our English and History degree explores history through research, creative and critical engagement with texts, and the history of the English language. Distinctive in its approach, it integrates the study of cultural innovation and revolution with the persistent survival of past objects, values, and outlooks.

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Why study with us

Develop core skills of literary and historical analysis by studying creative and innovative modules such as The Child and the Book.

Study the history of English language as well as English Literature.

Learn how to apply professional skills in English and History by completing two placements as part of your degree.

Learn from the experts. Our lecturers are active researchers who teach with enthusiasm and passion.

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of our students are satisfied with their course.

(National Student Survey 2017)


English courses at Leeds Trinity University are ranked 19th out of all UK universities for student satisfaction.

(National Student Survey 2017)


of our graduates are in work or further study, six months after graduation.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2016)


We are the top University in Yorkshire for overall student satisfaction and employability.

(National Student Survey 2017)

Course Information

About this course >

You’ll learn how to analyse literature by considering historical culture, as well as how to discover the historical past by analysing texts, images, and artefacts. You’ll look at how past events can be interpreted from a range of perspectives to very different effects. And you’ll explore history in another way by researching the development of the English language – from its origins to its early modern form.

You’ll have the opportunity to complete professional work placements during degree, gaining invaluable experiences that inform and challenge your understanding of academic theory and creative practice. You’ll benefit from our links with a wide range of organisations, which include museums, galleries, literary editors, publishers, and magazines.

By placing professional experience at the heart of your experience, we’ll show you the professional need for the skills you’ve developed during your degree, along with the career opportunities open to you.

Further Study

Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA Creative Writing, MA Marketing and MA Journalism, which we provide here at Leeds Trinity. You will also be eligible to apply to one of the postgraduate teacher training qualifications (Primary or Secondary) which we offer at Leeds Trinity. 

Modules >

Year 1

Our first year course is designed to set you up with the skills and confidence you need to get the most from your degree. In our Mapping Genres modules you will explore some great texts from the past and learn to compare them to popular modern texts in the same genres. You will be taught the basic outlines of historical periodisation and how past events can be interpreted from a range of perspectives to very different effects. And you will explore history in another way through researching the development of the English language from its origins to its early modern form.  At the end of the year you will complete a practical project and go on a professional placement to help you develop your future employability and relate your studies to the world of work.

Year 2

In Year 2 you will start to bring together the range of skills learnt in the previous year and to develop your ability to apply these skills creatively to discover your own insights and interpretations and to set these alongside the work of professional scholars and critics. To develop research and essay-writing skills, all students make a special study of a topic, such as Comedy or Gothic, focused on Victorian Literature. Beyond that, you choose the modules that most interest you. You can study Shakespearean drama, or Twentieth-Century Literature, or find out more about the roots of modern literature in the Bible and classical mythology in Roots of Stories, among a range of other option modules. Or you can continue to explore the history of English to the present day.  You will continue to analyse key episodes in history, from major historical events, to social and cultural developments, and the role of intellectual history, including investigating how History is communicated to public, rather than academic, audiences. Again at the end of the year you will go on a professional placement to gain valuable skills and experience to take forward to your future career.

Year 3

In your final year the research and essaywriting skills that you have developed through your programme will go into producing an 8000-word Dissertation on a topic of your choice. The emphasis in this year is on following up the interests you have already developed and exploring topics in more depth, using all the skills and expertise you have already gained. So whether it was the study of a historical or literary period that you liked, or a research project on a specific writer or historical figure, you can work on this with one of our staff who has specialist research expertise relevant to that topic. There are also opportunities to explore new topics in a range of option modules. There is an option to do a third professional placement on a part-time basis through the year.

Learning and Teaching >

Year 1 – 13.9% of scheduled learning and teaching; 186 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 874 hours of independent teaching; 280 hours on placement

Year 2 – 12.9% of scheduled learning and teaching; 161 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 934 hours of independent teaching; 150 hours on placement

Year 3 – 10.9% of scheduled learning and teaching; 131 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,069 hours of independent teaching

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.


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 - 94.2% coursework; 5.8% practical exams

Year 2 – 81.3% coursework; 11.7% written exams; 7.1% practical exams

Year 3 – 86.7% coursework; 13.3% practical exams

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.

Entry Requirements >

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.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. 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​​.

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2018-19. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

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

Additional Costs

​​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.

Placement Opportunities

We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You’ll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months’ professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out.

Placements can take place in schools, film production companies, MPs’ offices, recording studios, libraries, museums and local newspapers.

Graduate Opportunities

You’ll have the chance to develop skills that will prepare you for work as a digital copywriter, editorial assistant or, after further study a primary/secondary teacher. You’ll also be well-prepared for a range of roles within the heritage sector or civil service.

Campus Life

What is Unistats?

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.


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