History and English Literature (BA (Hons))

the United Kingdom

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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 - 6 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 8490 per year

How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
find out

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About History and English Literature at Anglia Ruskin University ARU

History and English are fascinating subjects in their own right, but studying them together is excellent training for analysing and expressing complex ideas generally. In other words, you'll be developing abilities that will be useful in a vast range of careers and which employers especially value.

First of all, you'll develop an overview of the subject areas including Introduction to English Literature and Western Civilisation. You'll then progress to more specialised study, on modules such as Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, Romantic and Victorian Literature and Culture, Modernist Writing, Film and Art, and History Today - before specialising further and studying English, history or a combined subject in-depth for your dissertation.

This course is as much about knowledge as it is about developing important advanced skills. The course has prided itself on its supportive ethos that recognises the challenges inherent in studying two subjects simultaneously and that helps you become an independent, critically alert, competent thinker, writer and speaker.

You will learn primarily through a combination of lectures, seminars and group work. In order to help you get the best from your studies, you will attend Study Skills classes in year one to assist in developing your academic skills and you are also allocated an academic tutor to give more specific help where required. You are also supported through assignment workshops and personal development plans which help you reflect on your studies and plan for future progress.

As a History and English student, you will be able to present independent opinions in arguments, support them effectively by relevant evidence and learn to organise and express these well in writing. Your vocabulary will be sophisticated and your thoughts well-judged. You will have shown the ability to plan and carry out individual and group presentations to deadlines and to handle word-processing and presentation packages. Your IT skills will further involve the ability to extract information from and effectively evaluate electronic resources such as academic online databases, blogs, or wikis. Your research skills will involve the ability to collect and select judiciously from a wide range of written material and evaluate its significance.

A substantial proportion of our graduates have gone on to postgraduate study. Graduates seeking a career in primary and secondary school teaching have very quickly been offered full-time jobs with on-the-job teacher training in either English or History or both subjects. Many of our graduates are now in leadership positions in their respective schools, colleges or local authorities. Others have progressed from teaching into education management and special needs support. Graduates also seek careers in journalism, publishing, marketing and PR, in public administration, social work, the caring professions, and in library or museum work.

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  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBA (Hons)How you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study3 - 6 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 8490 per yearInternational course fees find out

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