History and Literary Studies with Foundation Entry BA (Hons)

This course is validated by: Lancaster University

Course Information

Overview

Our BA (Hons) History and Literary Studies with foundation entry degree course is designed for students who want to study History and Literary Studies, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to start the Honours degree programme just yet.

This History and Literary Studies BA (Hons) course enables you to study both History and Literary Studies 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?

In the first year of this programme you will study 3 modules in total. These have all been designed to help you develop the skills you’ll need for higher level study of History and Literary Studies. You will also develop an understanding of the requirements of degree level study and it will give you an opportunity to practise studying and taking part in University level assessments. In short, you will gain a firm grounding for the subject you want study at degree level before starting your Honours degree.

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. Assignments are designed to develop a range of key critical and analytical skills, as well as subject knowledge.

Literary Studies

Our Literary Studies programme will introduce you to a range of literary themes, genres and theories. You will explore key trends and movements and develop an understanding of historical, thematic and interdisciplinary approaches to literary interpretation. The major historical periods are represented, as are influential, exciting and thought-provoking texts from all the major literary genres. You will benefit from a firm grounding in key works from the Anglophone canon, whilst also having the opportunity to develop specific interests in the study of contemporary literature across a range of themes such as gender and race. You will gain the critical understanding, cultural awareness and analytical skills to prepare you for a career in a wide variety of sectors.

First year modules include:

  • Preparing for Higher Education
  • Foundation in English Language & Literary Studies
  • Popular Culture and Leisure in Victorian and Edwardian Britain

In the second year of the course you will study the following modules:

  • Introduction to Historiography and Historical Sources
  • Local History
  • British Social & Economic History 1750-1939
  • Place in the Sun: Europe & the race for the Empire 1600-1914
  • Introduction to Literary Studies
  • Studying English
  • English Literature: History, Diversity and Change

 

In the third year you will study at least four history modules from a choice of:

 

  • The Long 18th Century in Perspective: British Social History
  • Totalitarian Regimes
  • Total Warfare: World Wars One and Two in Perspective
  • History of the USA 1775 - 1960
  • Never had it so Good: Britain 1945-1979
  • Witchcraft and Magic in Early Modern England
  • Jewel in the Crown: Indian History 1600-1990
  • Cromwell and the English Civil War

 

As well as four compulsory Literary Studies modules:

  • Shakespeare
  • Romantic Writings: Revolution and Reform
  • The Short Story: Sex, Symbolism and the Supernatural
  • Children’s Literature

 

In the final year you will study the following compulsory module:

 

  • Dissertation (Sociology or Literary Studies)

As well as a choice of the following History modules:

 

  • British Labour History 1792-1926
  • From Dynastic State to Nation-state: Politics and Government in a changing Europe, 1750-1900.
  • History as Film and Film as History
  • History of Ireland 1798-1921
  • From Medieval to Modern: Culture, Ideas and Society in Early Modern Europe
  • Debates on the Russian Revolution
  • The History of British Women 1800-2000

And the following Literary Studies modules:

  • Critical Approaches to the Victorian Novel
  • Post 1945 British Fiction
  • Critical Approaches to Textual Analysis
  • Critical Perspectives on English in Education

Soon you will be able to download the Programme Specification for BA (Hons) History & Literary Studies. 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

Applicants to the foundation year with A-level (or other level 3 qualifications) gained within 5 years of entry will required to have either a minimum 80 UCAS points from subjects related to their intended target award or a minimum of 120 UCAS points overall. Students meeting these criteria may be admitted without interview.

We welcome applications from mature students without formal qualifications for these courses or from mature students whose Level 3 qualifications were gained more than 5 years ago. If this applies to you will be interviewed before your course and offered a place on the basis of your previously gained skills and experience.

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 32 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?

In your first year your assessment is designed to give you a flavour of how you will be assessed in the later stages of the programme.

Modules in the second year are assessed by both examinations (50%) and coursework (50%). Year 3 and 4 modules are also assessed by examination and coursework combinations. You can also expect to take part in seminar presentations which will form part of the assessment for some modules. In the third year, you will undertake a dissertation which is assessed through coursework (100%).

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 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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