History and English Language BA (Hons)

This course is validated by: Lancaster University

Course Information

Overview

This History and English Language BA (Hons) course enables you to study both History and English Language equally at the same level. Don’t worry, studying joint honours doesn’t mean more work. You’ll study the same number of credits as a single honours student, but just take fewer modules in each of the subjects. There are lots of reasons why students choose a joint honours qualification. Just some include: that you have two subject areas of interest, that you want to explore something new alongside a core subject area or that you want to keep your career options open to a range of professions.

What will I study?

History

Our Modern History programme is designed to introduce you to the essential skills of the historian, including an understanding of current debates and perspectives, alongside an ability to contextualise history from a local and global viewpoint. This is complemented by the necessary acquisition of advanced research and analytical skills, set against substantive material drawn from modern history from the eighteenth century to the present day. The degree is designed to help you form a deeper understanding of the relationship of the social and cultural present with that of the past. This degree also helps you develop powers of analysis and problem solving, research skills, critical thinking, team work and interpersonal skills. The skills learnt in undertaking the Modern History degree are valuable for the world of work on graduation.

In the first year you will take a common core of introductory modules designed to familiarise yourself with differing approaches to the study of History and to help you understand key theories, concepts and ideas. At second and third level you can choose from a range of modules based round a series of core topics plus options in order to ensure a balance across historic periods.

English Language

On this exciting and innovative Joint Honours programme you will also cover a broad range of contemporary issues in language. The course will introduce you to contemporary linguistic approaches to the study of language, aspects of linguistic structure and language variation in English. The introductory modules look at issues such as how our language changes according to the context in which it is being used, how men's and women's language use differs, how we acquire language and how and why it breaks down. You will also explore the history and diversity of the English Language, examine the impact of new media, such as the Internet, email and text messaging, develop your own web design skills and reflect on your own language use. You will gain the critical understanding, cultural awareness and analytical skills to prepare you for a career in a wide variety of sectors.

Modules include:

History

  • Approaches to History: A Case Study of Local History
  • From Medieval to Modern: Culture, Ideas and Society in Early Modern Europe
  • The 18th Century in Perspective: an Exploration of British Political and Social History
  • Totalitarian Regimes (Italy, Germany, Russia)
  • History of the United States 1850-1966
  • Total Warfare: World War I and II in Perspective
  • Women in History
  • Film in History and History in Film
  • A Place in the Sun: Europe and the Race for Empire 1650-1900
  • Witchcraft & Magic in Early Modern England
  • Never had it so good Britain: 1945 – 1979

English Language

  • Language and Style
  • English Language and Literature: History, Diversity and Change
  • Learning English Language Development
  • New Literacies
  • Communication Studies
  • Language, Identity and Representation in the Digital Age
  • E-literacies: Changing Forms of Communication
  • Language and Power in the Modern World
  • Language, Education and Social Change

Download the Programme Specification for BA (Hons) History & English Language. The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.

 

Entry Requirements

You’ll need 200 UCAS tariff points including at least a grade C in English Language at A-Level. All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you’ll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English. Please check the International section of the website for details. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have relevant work / life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.

Please note: For 2017 entry the UCAS Tariff is changing and the UCAS points required to enter this programme will be different from 2016. For those joining this programme in September 2017, you will need to have 80 UCAS Tariff points. All other entry criteria (as specified above) remain in place.

If you require more information on the UCAS tariff for 2017 entry please visit: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started/entry-requirements/tariff/new-tariff

If you are an International Student from outside of the EU it is a requirement for you to have a Tier 4 Visa in order to study with us. In order for you to undertake this particular programme of study, you will also need to demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken English and will require a UK VI Academic IELTS score of 6. Please note: the fees for International Students from outside of the EU, for this particular programme are £9,250 per year. Fees are subject to change in subsequent years.

How will I be assessed?

Modules in the first year are assessed by both examinations (50%) and coursework (50%). Year 2 and 3 modules are also assessed by examination and coursework combinations plus an assessed seminar. In the third year, you will undertake a dissertation.

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Summative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

What can I do next?

Employers like the Joint Honours degrees – for the reason that graduates come out with a range of skills from the different subjects they have studied. The degree will help you develop ‘soft’ transferrable skills such as presentation skills, synthesizing and analytical skills – and the ability to develop arguments for example. These are all skills that employers look for in graduates. The breadth of careers that you could move into is immense – this could include for example work in local government, civil service, work within the leisure industry, Politics, teaching via a PGCE, marketing, junior management roles and more. Postgraduate study will also be encouraged and students have progressed onto a variety of Masters programmes.

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"This has been my third year as external examiner for the history courses at Blackburn College and I have to say the general standard has been consistently on a par with any of the higher education institutions I have taught at including the Universities of Salford, Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester and for the last fifteen year at Manchester Metropolitan University." 

External Examiners Report 2014/15
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