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History and English Literature BA (Hons)

University of Reading

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Course options

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    OCT-22

  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Our joint honours BA History and English Literature course allows you to explore the richness of English literature alongside the great variety of human history around the world.Our History Department's expertise covers a wide range of world regions – from Europe and Africa to America, South Asia and the Middle East – and historical periods, with module choices ranging from the Crusades to the 1960s, slavery in America to Tudor monarchy, and Cold War Berlin to medieval magic.In your first year, your core History modules will explore people, politics, and revolution – finding out how people struggled for power in past societies – and the culture and concepts those societies developed. We will teach you the skills you need to study and research history through an individual project of your choice.In your English literature modules, you'll read the authors and genres that you may already know (from tragedy to Gothic, from Shakespeare and Dickens to Plath and Beckett), and encounter aspects of literature that may be less familiar to you, from children’s literature to publishing studies and the history of the book. As you progress through your degree, your module choices become more diverse and specialised: you can do archive work on Studying Manuscripts, or look at the politics of literature in Writing Global Justice. We place a strong emphasis on small-group learning within a friendly and supportive environment. In your first and second years, you'll have a mix of lectures and seminars. Seminars are taught in small interactive groups, allowing you to discuss and debate topics with teaching staff and fellow students.You can study abroad for a term in your second year at one of the University's partner institutions, including those in Europe, the USA, and Australia. The University also offers all students the chance to learn a modern language alongside their core subjects.**Placement**Placements are a prominent feature of our courses and are highly encouraged. Staff in the History Department have close links with the University’s Institute of Education, Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) and Special Collections (archives), and with external organisations such as Cliveden House, English Heritage, Reading Museum, Reading Borough Library and the Berkshire Record Office.Placements allow you to demonstrate how the skills acquired through studying history can be applied in the real world. We ensure that placements are incorporated into your core learning. In the second year, we offer opportunities for short group placements in museums and heritage organisations, and encourage you to reflect on what you've learned from previous employment or voluntary work. For third years, two optional modules offer placements of 10 working days in local archives and secondary schools.In English literature, you can take a placement module on languages and literature in heritage, in education, and in the media. Students on our Communications at Work module also undertake a short placement to explore the ways in which the skills and knowledge gained in their studies have direct application to the workplace.You also have the option to study abroad for a term in the second year. Some of the universities we have links with include University of Ottawa, Canada; University of Maastricht, Netherlands; University of Georgia, USA; and Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.**Careers**93% of graduates from the Department of History are in work or further study 15 months after graduation (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18; First Degree responders from History). As a graduate, you'll have a range of transferable skills, including the ability to think clearly and critically, to communicate with confidence, and to work effectively both individually and as part of a team.

Application deadline

26 January

Tuition fees

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£ 19,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

Entry requirements

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A level : BBB

A level History, Ancient History, Medieval History or Classical Civilisation at grade B and English Literature or a related subject at grade B. Related subjects: English Language & Literature, English Language, Drama & Theatre Studies, Creative Writing.

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University information

University of Reading

  • University League Table

    36th

  • Campus address

    University of Reading, Whiteknights House, PO Box 217, Reading, Wokingham, RG6 6AH, England

The University of Reading is an international community with more than 25,000 students from around 160 countries.
Reading is a lively town just 22 minutes from London Paddington by train, and 45 minutes from Heathrow Airport by coach. Windsor and Oxford are also close by.
Reading supports undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students to maintain, improve and develop their academic English.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    35th out of 100 27

    24th out of 90 31

  • Entry standards

    / Max 206
    121 60%

    41st

    8
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    70.0 70%

    28th

    37
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.00 80%

    69th

    30
  • Entry standards

    / Max 213
    119 61%

    41st

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80.0 80%

    5th

    59
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.96 79%

    67th

    9

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