BA English and History with Employment Experience / Employment Experience Abroad
|UCAS code||QV4D / QV5D|
|Typical offer||AAB-ABB; IB: 34-32; BTEC DDD-DDM|
|Location||Cornwall (Penryn Campus)|
The BA English and History combines the investigation of English texts with a study of their historical context, developing your appreciation of the complex relationship between texts and the past. You will enhance your understanding of the ways in which literature reflects and recalls the past as well as the way in which knowledge of the past informs literary readings.You will learn to engage imaginatively in the process of understanding and analysing complex and sophisticated problems in the two disciplines by critical approaches that blend detailed and broad levels of analysis.
Academic staff in English at the Penryn Campus are world leaders in the study of literature and its relationship to place and identity, analysing the construction of identities in relation to a range of issues from technology to the natural environment. This research is an essential element in our undergraduate teaching, with students invited to explore literature from the classical period to the modern, combining the traditional lecture and seminar format with more innovative methods such as field-trips and problem-based learning.
Our expertise in History is concentrated in the modern period, from approximately 1600 to the present, incorporating international, economic, social and cultural history and many geographical areas, including the Americas, the Far East, the Middle East, Europe and Britain. You degree will introduce you to a stimulating range of periods, areas and approaches to history.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
The English and History degree programme is made up of compulsory (core) and optional modules, which are worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 120 credits each year.
Depending on your programme you can take up to 30 credits each year in another subject to develop career-related skills or just widen your intellectual horizons.
Please note that modules offered are subject to change, depending on staff availability, timetabling, and demand.
Students will spend the third year of their studies carrying out a graduate-level work placement or placements, either in the UK or abroad.
Full module descriptions
For full module descriptions please visit the English website and the History website.
Entry requirements 2019
AAB-ABB; IB: 34-32; BTEC DDD-DDM
GCE AL English Literature grade A; IB English HL6.
Candidates may offer either GCE AL English Literature or English Language and Literature. Candidates taking the IB should offer English syllabus A.
Applicants studying a BTEC Extended Diploma will also require GCE AL English Literature or English Language and Literature.
Additional selection criteria
We are looking for well-qualified students with a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for the subject.
We receive a large number of applications from well-qualified applicants and may not be able to make offers to all those applicants who have achieved or are predicted to achieve grades in line with the typical offer shown above.
In addition to the specific requirements listed above, we look for excellent A level* results/predictions and we may also take into account results up to and including GCSEs* and AS Levels* as part of our holistic assessment of an application.
*Equivalent qualifications will be considered. For more information about our equivalencies for specific qualifications please contact our Admissions Office.
International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programme for Humanities, Law and Social Science.
Please read the important information about our Typical offer.
For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.
Learning and teaching
We teach via a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars, as well as self-directed learning. Students are also encouraged to use the wide range of web-based course material that we make available. In the first two years, we place considerable emphasis on teaching in small groups, which gives you ample opportunity to participate, as well as providing close contact between you and members of staff. In the third year there are few formal lectures and much of your learning is through seminars, in which the usual format consists of students presenting reports followed by class discussion. You will also carry out a piece of research and write a dissertation on a topic of your choice under the close supervision of a member of staff with similar research interests.
The ambience of the department is one of informality. Members of the teaching staff either maintain an open-door policy for student enquiries, or have a regular set of times when they can be consulted. On day one, you are allocated a personal tutor who acts as a mentor on academic work, as well as sources of advice for accessing wider Student Services.
Assessment is via a combination of written examinations, continuous assessment essays, oral presentations, group project work and a dissertation.
You must pass your first year assessment in order to progress to the second year, but the results do not count towards your degree classification. For three-year programmes, the assessments in the second and third years contribute to your final degree classification. For four-year programmes the assessments in the second, third and fourth years all contribute to your final degree classification.
English graduates from the University of Exeter benefit from a degree which is internationally recognised and compete very successfully in the employment market. 6 months after graduation 97.2%* of our English graduates are in work and / or further study.
Graduating with a degree in English will put you in a great position to succeed in a range of different careers. Oral and written communication is at the heart of our programme and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Through a balance of independent study and teamwork you will learn to manage your time and workload effectively.
Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, arts management, publishing, journalism, marketing, finance and events management, working for companies such as:
- Palgrave Macmillan
- English Heritage
- Haymarket Media
- Amnesty International
Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:
- MA Cultural Heritage Management
- MA English Literary Studies
- PGCE English primary
- MA Magazine Journalism
- Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills
The services offered by the Humanities careers and employability team are complementary to the services offered by our central Career Zone where you can participate in practical sessions to develop your skills; access paid internships and volunteering opportunities; explore postgraduate study options; meet prospective employers; get one-to-one advice and learn how to secure the right job for you.
*First–degree University of Exeter graduates of English. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.
Employment experience in the UK or abroad
Spending up to a year carrying out a graduate-level work placement or placements as part of your degree programme is an invaluable opportunity. This unlocks a world of experience that allows you to develop essential employability and interpersonal skills that relate to your degree and future career. You will take full responsibility for finding and organising your placement (either in the UK or abroad), with preparation, support and approval from the University. This is a great way to demonstrate to employers your adaptability, cultural awareness, independence and resourcefulness.
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