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BA (Hons) English/History

University of York
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024

Program description

BA (Hons) English/History

A combined English and History course offers one of the most wide-ranging and adventurous of university degrees, tackling key aspects of human culture.

Our pioneering curriculum offers an international outlook. Our modules span the globe, encompassing over two millennia of history and literature.

Admission requirements

  • A levels: AAA, including English Literature and History (English Language and Literature is also acceptable)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 39 credits at Distinction, including at least 6 credits in Literature-related units and 6 credits in History-related units, and 6 credits at Merit or higher
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma: DDD with additional A Levels or equivalent qualifications in English Literature and History at grade A.
  • Cambridge Pre-U: D3, D3, D3 including English Literature and History
  • European Baccalaureate: 85% overall, with 85% in English Literature and 85% in History.
  • International Baccalaureate: 36 points, with 6 in all Higher Level subjects, including English Literature and History

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS: 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component
  • GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language): Grade C
  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency: 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component
  • Trinity ISE III: Merit in all components
  • Duolingo: 110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component
  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT: B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component

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Program content

Year 1

In the first year of your degree, we’ll introduce you to the undergraduate study of English and History. Our modules will give you the skills you need to start undertaking literary and historical research, and advice on how to combine the two disciplines.

Core modules

You'll take the following three modules in English (20 credits each). These modules are designed to lay the foundation of literary study for your whole degree.

Get a feel for the shape of literary history by studying works from the medieval, early modern, eighteenth-century and Romantic, and modern periods with our "Approaches to Literature" modules:

  • Approaches to Literature I: Writing Modernity
  • Approaches to Literature II: Other Worlds

Key Concepts is a year-long foundation module that provides you with important critical and methodological contexts for the study of literature. In addition, you will be introduced to strategies for developing essay-writing skills, engaging with criticism and critical theory, and revising work to improve its fluency and persuasiveness, as part of the English Department's innovative Writing at York provision.

  • Key Concepts: An Introduction to Genre, Theory, and Writing


You'll study three modules in History totalling 60 credits.

Core modules

  • Evidence and Methods
  • Group Research Project
  • Knowledge and Beliefs in World History

Year 2

All English/History students take our bridge module:

  • Texts and Histories

It is designed specifically for their degree pathway and taught by a member of staff from each department. This module is the cornerstone of your combined course programme; it will provide you with a range of critical and analytical skills that are applicable across periods, and that will highlight the possibilities offered by studying two disciplines.

In addition, you’ll choose from a range of intermediate modules across the English and History departments.


Option modules

  • Age of Extremes: Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature
  • American Literature: From the First World War to the End of Empire
  • Inventing Britain, 1700-1830
  • The Renaissance
  • The Shock of the New: Medieval Literature
  • Victorians: British Literature, 1832-1901


Option modules

  • one Histories and Contexts module, typically choosing from around eight options, and
  • one Explorations module (30 credits), usually from around 18 options

Year 3

In your third year you will concentrate on your dissertation and take three option modules.

Option modules

  • History special subject
  • English advanced option modules


  • Bridge Dissertation

Program delivery

3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Tuition fees

  • UK (home) fees: £9,250 per year
  • International and EU fees: £18,350 per year


Transferable skills

  • Ability to analyse and compare complex texts
  • Capacity to write clearly and fluently for a variety of audiences
  • Communication and teamwork skills
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Data interpretation
  • Experience of researching and debating challenging topics
  • Independent study skills
  • Logic and rhetoric
  • Proficiency in presenting findings cogently and persuasively using information technology

Career opportunities

  • Advertising, marketing, social media, and public relations
  • Arts Administration
  • Civil and Diplomatic Services
  • Film, radio, television, and theatre
  • Journalism and broadcasting
  • Law
  • Librarianship
  • Member of Parliament
  • Publishing
  • Teaching

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University of York

Founded on principles of excellence, equality and opportunity for all, the University of York opened in 1963 with just 230 students. Since then we have become one of the world's leading universities, carving out a reputation as an academic powerhouse...

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University of York

YO10 5DD York
United Kingdom

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