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History and English (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    V1Q3

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years full time
    4 years part time

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £13,000

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 894503

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Overview


Studying History and English will provide you with a learning experience that will be challenging and highly rewarding. This course will develop your ability to understand and analyse literary texts and to have a true understanding of the historical context in which they are set. You will be actively engaged with the course through field trips to historical sites and will be introduced to a fascinating range of literary texts and periods, allowing you to develop your skills as a thinker, reader, writer and critic.

This dynamic and diverse course provides a thorough exploration of English Literature from the Early Middle Ages to the present day, all taught by globally-recognised, research-active tutors. It also allows you to pursue your own interests through a range of diverse core and option modules. We offer a supportive environment for learning where you can develop your love of literature and learn vital life skills for your future career.

We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating* we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.

*with a 2:2 degree classification or higher

Updated 26/11/2020

Highlights


  • Volunteering opportunities.
  • Optional work placements available.
  • Students offered a wide range of option modules in the second and third year.
  • Active academics that are published in their field.
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.

Course Content


  • From Beowulf to the comedies and tragedies of Shakespeare, the satire of the eighteenth century, chilling Gothic literature and contemporary women’s writing, the English degree at the University of Northampton will introduce you to detailed study of the core themes and topics of these periods and genres.

    In the History modules, you will study a wide range of topics and can tailor it to your own individual interests and ensure that they complement the content of the English modules you may chose. A research practice module will sharpen your skills in the second stage while the final stage allows you to take specialist modules, in which you work with tutors on your own specialist research areas.

    This course offers innovative, research-driven topics of English literature. In the first year you will study modules which analyse different genres of writing, how Shakespeare is represented in 21st Century texts and films, and the use of literary and creative language. Throughout, you will work with academics who regularly publish as experts in their fields.

    In the second and third years you will be able to choose from a range of option modules which include Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Literature, Children’s and YA Literature, American Literature, Gothic writing, Urban Literature, Creative Writing and the adaptation of literary texts for film and television. If you choose to major in English then in your third year you will also undertake an extended study of English Literature in your Dissertation which will enable you to explore in depth a topic, genre or author of your own choice. You can alternatively choose to undertake an Interdisciplinary Dissertation which will combine your two subject areas.

    The team of lecturers is big enough to offer a variety of modules, but small enough to provide you with a close-knit learning environment. You will know your tutors personally and see them regularly and there will always be someone to help you with your academic study, and to provide pastoral support hand-in-hand with Northampton’s excellent student support services.

    Methods of Learning

    This course is taught by a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutor groups, document groups, workshops, film analysis, visiting speakers and field trips and visits.

    English modules are assessed through a variety of methods, including essays, individual and group presentations, blogs, participation in online discussion groups, creative writing, podcasts and formal examinations. From the outset we teach you the skills you will need through your degree and transferrable skills that will be vital to your career.

    You will engage with texts through extensive reading and consolidate your own responses by studying intellectual, theoretical and historical contexts. You will be taught through seminars and group discussions which will critically inform your ideas and allow you to share and discuss them with your fellow students.

    Assessments

    Modules are assessed through a variety of modes of assessment, including academic essays, individual and group presentations, blogs, participation in online discussion groups, creative writing and formal examinations.

    In History there is a mix of coursework and examination assessment. Assessed coursework includes essays, shorter written reports, book reviews, information search exercises, document analyses, seminar contributions and presentations.

  • 21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    • International – Full Time: £13,000
    Additional Costs

    History: During the programme, you will have the opportunity to join study trips. Previously, these have included a Jack the Ripper tour along with visits to the Imperial War Museum and Bletchley Park.  These trips are optional and typically you will only be asked to pay for your travel; c. £20 for off-peak return fare to London for the Ripper trip and travel for IWM and Bletchley Park will vary depending on where you book them from.

    English:  We do ask that you buy the prescribed primary texts for each module. We carefully review the costs of every module each year, so that they do not exceed £100 per module. In practice, by using libraries, freely available online resources and second-hand copies of books, costs are often less than half of this total figure.

    You will have the chance to attend a range of research seminars, conferences, field trips and other activities beyond the curriculum for free or at minimal cost.

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK and EU – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK and EU – Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    • International – Full Time: £12,900
    Additional Costs

    History: During the programme, you will have the opportunity to join study trips. Previously, these have included a Jack the Ripper tour along with visits to the Imperial War Museum and Bletchley Park.  These trips are optional and typically you will only be asked to pay for your travel; c. £20 for off-peak return fare to London for the Ripper trip and travel for IWM and Bletchley Park will vary depending on where you book them from.

    English:  We do ask that you buy the prescribed primary texts for each module. We carefully review the costs of every module each year, so that they do not exceed £100 per module. In practice, by using libraries, freely available online resources and second-hand copies of books, costs are often less than half of this total figure.

    You will have the chance to attend a range of research seminars, conferences, field trips and other activities beyond the curriculum for free or at minimal cost.

     

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

  • Placement opportunities (Work Based Learning) and volunteering posts are available as part of the Second Year HIS2003 Research Skills module which is available to all Joint History and English undergraduates.

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