English Literature and History - BA (Hons)

Are you excited to explore different historical periods and literary works that will challenge and inspire you? English Literature and History at Keele delves into the details and impact of historical events and explores literature from Shakespeare to the present day. On this course, you will investigate the ways that people thought and lived in the past and how social, cultural and literary changes have shaped the world we live in today. You will explore these subjects on a global scale and become a confident reader, writer and researcher, equipping you with key graduate attributes.

Year of entry

Course type

  • Combined Honours

Location

Subject area / School

UCAS code

  • QV31

Duration of study

  • 3 years / 4 years with international or placement year

Why study English Literature and History at Keele University?

Become a skilled analyst of literature of all kinds, from poetry to graphic novels to political speeches
Gain insight into various eras, cultures, and society, building a foundation of knowledge and providing a broad interpretation of history
Learn to critically evaluate and reflect on historical events and how these have impacted the world we live in, supported by inspiring teachers
Engage in work placement opportunities that provide a rich experience, preparing you for employment after university
Opportunity to apply for an International Year at a partner university to explore diverse cultures
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"I had the opportunity to meet with different people within the local museum sector and gained some really valuable knowledge on how to provide effective content for a museum and how to modernise it without spending a lot of money (as most of these collections are funded by donations only). I was also able to create a conversation between myself and the visitors of the collection and used their feedback throughout the design process to make sure that what was being produced would be enjoyed by the public. This was one of the most rewarding aspects of the placement."

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Additional opportunities

There are a range of additional opportunities available when studying this course.
Please note, undertaking one may impact upon the availability of another.

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Foundation year

Our Foundation Year provides an excellent alternative route to Keele, providing a unique opportunity to better prepare for your chosen degree, and with guaranteed entry onto your undergraduate course once you successfully complete your Foundation Year.

This extra year of study can improve your academic skills, expand your subject knowledge, give you a better understanding of higher education and, perhaps most importantly of all, build your confidence.

Keele University is consistently ranked among the top universities for student satisfaction, and we have over 70 years' experience of teaching a foundation year to students. On the Keele Foundation Year, you'll study on campus, joining our undergraduate community from the outset, with access to all the facilities and support that you'd get as an undergraduate student at Keele.

The information within this page is for students wishing to start their studies in September. If you would like to start this course in January, please visit our January pages for further details.

Course content

Our Foundation Year allows you to develop your critical thinking, academic reading, writing, and communication study skills along with subject-specific knowledge and skills. Upon meeting the progression criteria and successfully completing our Foundation Year, you will automatically progress into your Keele undergraduate degree with the confidence that you have the skills, and knowledge needed to successfully complete your course.

The Keele Foundation Year is a two semester programme which provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the BA (Hons) English Literature and History degree. For example, the Foundations of Humanities 1 module introduces you to the broad range of source material across the Humanities disciplines – from music to media – which enable us to analyse political, social or economic perspectives and attitudes to individuals, marginal groups and ‘mainstream’ society. Course content has been developed in collaboration with degree teaching teams, so that by the time you begin Year 1, you will be ready to excel at your studies, as the majority of our Foundation Year students do. 

The information within this page is for students wishing to start their studies in September. If you would like to start this course in January, please visit our January pages for further details.

Course content

The module details given below are indicative, they are intended to provide you with an idea of the range of subjects that are taught to our current students. The modules that will be available for you to study in future years are prone to change as we regularly review our teaching to ensure that it is up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. The information presented is therefore not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules available in any given year. 

Semester one modules

In addition to the modules listed, students will study a further 15 credits in semester one. The optional modules available for students to choose from is dependent on the degree programme and timetabling restraints. 

FYO-00247 Foundations: Breaking the code - Understanding Academic Writing 15 credits
FYO-00257 Foundations of Humanities - 1 15 credits
FYO-00259 Foundations of Humanities - 2 15 credits


Semester two modules

FYO-00261 Advancing Humanities  30 credits
FYO-00271 University Research Portfolio 30 credits

Entry requirements

The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the likely offer or range of offers which would be made to candidates along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate’s application. Read more about our undergraduate entry requirements for United KingdomEuropean Union and International students.

  • Between 40-48 UCAS points from at least 1 A level/level 3 qualification or equivalent, or
  • Relevant work experience

  AND

  • GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C), or Level 2 Functional Skills, or
  • IELTS 5.5 (with 5.5 in all subtests) 

How to apply 

Combined Honours students will need to apply for BA (Hons) English Literature with Foundation Year (UCAS code: Q3VA) through UCAS at www.ucas.com.  You will then be contacted to confirm your second subject by a member of our team. 

Direct entry students

If you already have your qualifications, are not expecting any further results and only wish to apply to Keele, please contact the Admissions Office directly. 

Our International Foundation Year is delivered on campus through Keele University International College (KUIC). Find out more about the International Foundation Year options on the KUIC website.

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