Writers are the product of their times, so history and English is a perfect combination. You’ll explore great writers and works, from the middle ages to the near-present time, while studying the politics, cultural influences and societies of the corresponding periods.
The two subjects are fascinating in their own right, but studying them together is excellent training for analysing and expressing complex ideas generally. In other words, you’ll be developing abilities that will be useful in a vast range of careers and which employers especially value.
During the first year, you’ll develop an overview of the subject areas including Introduction to English Literature and Western Civilisation. You’ll then progress to more specialised study during Year 2, on modules such Shakespeare and his Contemporaries and History Today - before specialising further in Year 3, when you’ll study an English, history or combined subject in-depth for your dissertation.
Study skills classes and tutorials will help you meet the academic challenges of the course and you’ll learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and group work.
By the time you graduate you’ll be a confident presenter and debater, who can get to grips with complex arguments and ideas, challenge ‘accepted’ thinking and present well-supported arguments and opinions of your own.
You’ll also have a detailed grasp of two exciting subjects and will be well-equipped for postgraduate study or research, as well as the careers market.
Our graduates have gone on to postgraduate study, and many careers including teaching and lecturing, social work, the caring professions, journalism, business and management, and library or museum work.
We’ll assess your progress mostly from your coursework (including essays, reviews and your major project), but there’ll be some oral and written exams.
In the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, we use our expertise and connections in Cambridge and beyond to nurture creativity through experimentation and risk-taking, and encourage critical thinking, in order to educate, entertain, inspire and understand, as well as to improve people’s lives.
You can pay your fees in the following ways.
You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
2 Ds at A level, or a Pass at Access with three units at Merit or above, but each application is considered on an individual basis.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
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