BA (Hons) English Literature and History

BA (Hons) English Literature and History

Studying English Literature and History together allows you to build your expertise in analysing the written word in all of its forms; from primary historical documents to experimental literary texts. On our Literature modules we emphasise the importance of considering texts alongside the social, cultural and historical issues of the time. Equally, the literature of a given era can be a useful historical source in understanding that time.

You will study the history and the literature of a broad range of time periods and geographical locations. On both sides of the course we offer a lot of flexibility, with many different modules to choose from. This allows you to study the topics and themes that interest you most. In Literature we will take you beyond the traditional canon of classic works and introduce you to voices you may not have heard from before. This may include Native American writing, African American writing, prison narratives, radical poetry and LGBTQIA+ rights literature.

Both teams are made up of active researchers across a range of specialisms. In History you will have the chance to engage with some of the current research taking place to explore new directions in their fields.

You will also have the opportunity to take part in work based learning on a dedicated employability module. This could mean exploring archives or helping to curate exhibitions through our partnerships in the city. You will also have the opportunity to take part in workshops, writing sessions and readings with prominent literary figures through the York Literature Festival.

If you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto this degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education, this is a great option for you. Passing a foundation year guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

Entry Requirements


  • 104 UCAS Tariff points
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Career Prospects

English Literature and History are versatile subjects which can lead to a variey of exciting career paths. This course teaches you to solve complex problems through independent critical thinking, use varied sources of information to form conclusions, and present your arguments both verbally and in writing. You will gain valuable skills in writing, analytical thinking, time management, problem solving, public speaking and more.

This degree could be the first step toward your career in:

  • Publishing
  • Journalism
  • Marketing or PR
  • Historical research
  • Heritage and Tourism
  • Archives

Course Details

Year 1

Researching and Presenting the Past
Introduction to Literary Studies 1
Introduction to Literary Studies 2
Global York: A Social and Cultural History of the City
War and Society
Writing, Research and Literature
The Visible Past
People and Nature: An Environmental History
European Revolutions
A Century in Crisis
Theorising Literature: Power and Identity
United States: Empire of Liberty?

Year 2

Literature at Work
History, Community and Culture
Making History
Pageantry, Power and Patriotism: Late Medieval England, 1300-1450
Watchers and the Watched: Society in Early Modern England, c. 1540-1670
Tudor Women: Agency and Authority
Reds! The Rise and Fall of Soviet Communism
Victorian Grubs: Food, Science and Society
From Slavery to Freedom
The Republic in Danger: France in the World 1914-62
A United Kingdom? Britain, 1707-1837
The Nation Divided: The Civil War Era in American Life
The Great Society: America in the 1960s
Mao’s China: From Empire to Communism
The Roman Empire: Tiberius to Domitian (14-96)
Historical Specialisms
Mapping America
Literary Theory
Civil War to Civil Society: British Literature, 1640-1740
Science Fiction for Survival
Gothic, Romanticism and Revolution
Sick Novels: Literature and Disease
Shakespeare: Perspectives
Conflicting Words

Year 3

English Literature Research Project OR Dissertation in History
History Special Subject modules
The Victorian Novel: Realism, Sensation, Naturalism
The Experimental Century: Cultural Change in the Twentieth Century
Gothic Origins
The Making of Modern Drama
Research Now I and II
American Radicals: Outside the Canon
Writing the Caribbean
Cultures of the Now: Contemporary Writing
Gender and Sexualities

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