History and English - Liverpool John Moores University

2017 entry

BA (Hons) History and English

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £11,630 per annum
Full-time industrial placement year fee: £1007 per annum*

*Subject to yearly increases

Course type

BA (Hons)

UCAS info

Points required: 104

UCAS code: QV31

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

 This course is no longer accepting applications for 2017 entry

About your course

Studying BA (Hons) History and English at Liverpool John Moores University will provide you with an opportunity to not only discover the past but also how past and present is recorded in a variety of sources including novels, visual sources, films and poetry.

  • Taught by a passionate team of academics
  • In 2015 National Student Survey 91% of our students agreed that 'staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching'
  • Teaching from leading academics who have written scholarly works on topics ranging from American foreign policy to sport in the Soviet Union, through to Sherlock Holmes and Irish rock music
  • Emphasis on transferrable skills throughout the degree and specially devised employability modules that enable you to work closely with archives, heritage organisations and schools
  • A broad range of module topics that includes Britain, Ireland, Europe, Japan, Palestine and sub-Saharan Africa

My enjoyment of the course was only surpassed by the enthusiasm of the lecturers, making my three years at John Moores memorable, rewarding and invaluable.

Catherine Evans, History and English graduate.

LJMU offers diverse history modules and histories that stretch the globe - from the English Civil War to the Japanese Meiji Restoration period. You'll come across themes and issues in the literary texts and accumulate knowledge that you can apply to your history studies. The support you receive is excellent and the lecturers, from both departments, go above and beyond to provide entertaining, structured and worthwhile lectures.

David Godfrey, History and English graduate

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.

This programme is centred on helping you to develop first-rate skills in communication and critical analysis, which are highly valued by employers. There will also be specific work-based learning modules in your final year, so you have a chance to further develop key transferable skills that will boost your employability once you graduate. This is why a History and English degree is a good basis for so many different careers.

At Level 5, you also have the opportunity to spend at least one month on a work placement in the United States after undertaking a specially designed module to help you prepare for it. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get invaluable work experience in a different culture and could even lead to employment once you graduate.

Past students have worked for the editor of Vogue, an advertising agency and a film company in New York, a Hollywood celebrity magazine, theatres on Broadway, a jazz magazine in New Orleans, an architect’s office in California and theme parks in Florida and New Jersey.

Support and guidance

Supportive and approachable staff.

History and English students at LJMU form part of a lively and supportive learning environment. If you join us, you will be given the support needed to enable you to reach your full potential in your studies and to help you make a decision about your future career. Lecturers in history and English are supportive and approachable. We are proud of our students' achievements both during their studies and after graduation.

From the moment you begin your studies at LJMU, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will meet with you one-to-one to discuss course-related issues, monitor your progress and help you to put your career plans in place. They will be a point of contact for you throughout the degree. You will also receive advice and feedback on your assignments from module tutors.

Course details

History and English are two subject areas which are closely aligned in their pursuit of understanding people, places and culture in contemporary and historical perspectives.

By studying these dual subject areas you will develop skills in critical thinking and discourse through close engagement with source material. 

You will think about and debate specific cultures and societies in historical and contemporary periods, and be introduced to political, economic, social and cultural history alongside literary theory and criticism. Modules will encourage you to reconsider well-known topics such as the Second World War, the Russian Revolution and the rise and decline of the British Empire. Modules address periods, such as the Victorian era, the 1950s or the 21st century; genres such as poetry, short writing or Gothic literature; and, themes like madness, masculinity, adolescence, place and belonging, race in America or the crisis of contemporary capitalism.

History and English is defined by its broad geographical range. Starting with Europe, there are opportunities to study topics focused on Britain, Ireland, France, Germany and Russia - some lecturers also specialise in the history of the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. Moving further afield, we study the USA and its relationship with the wider world, Japan and the British Empire. We introduce you to many different sources that shed light on the histories of these nations. Alongside texts such as government records, literature, diaries and newspapers, you will have an opportunity to consider what film, music, art and architecture tells us about the lives of people in the past. There is also an option to specialise so that you can focus on those aspects of the subject that you find most rewarding.


Another distinctive feature of History and English is our commitment to internationalisation, both in terms of our modules and the opportunity to study abroad with a partner institution for six months or a year. We also offer a dedicated field trip module to an overseas destination that focuses on the way in which other countries present their history in museums, monuments and other commemorative sites. The course includes fieldtrips in Liverpool, the north-west and London so there are plenty of opportunities to learn outside the lecture hall or seminar room. Students on History and English can take advantage of our lively extra-curricular activities, which include talks by visiting academics and encourages students to make the most of Liverpool's rich cultural life. This course will expand your horizons and enhance your opportunities. 

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4
  • 19th century America, 1783-1917
  • Making History
  • Historical Skills Orientation for History and English
  • Reading English
  • Literature in Context   
Level 5
  • Literary and Cultural Theory

The following options are typically offered:

  • Lion Rampant Lion: The Rise and Fall of the British Empire, 1750 to the present day
  • The American Presidency
  • History at Work
  • Gendering the Past
  • Ireland, 1690 -1922
  • The Making of Modern Britons: Identity and Community 1901 to 1964
  • The Making of Modern Africa: Colonial and Post Colonial Histories, 1880 to the present
  • English Work Experience or Work Related Learning
  • Shakespeare
  • Prison Voices: Crime, Conviction and Confession, c.1700-1900
  • Modernism Now: Aesthetics, Politics and Culture
  • English Independent Study
  • Working in the USA
  • From Romanticism to Realism: The Literature of the Long Nineteenth Century
  • Empire and After: Colonial and Postcolonial Literature

Level 6


The following options are typically offered:

  • English Dissertation
  • Professional Studies: Work-based learning
  • Dissertation in History
  • End of Empire: Historiographical and Southeast Asian Perspectives
  • The Rise and Fall of Nazi Entertainment
  • British Newspaper History 1855-1986:' Wholesale and Harmless Entertainment'?
  • Independent Study in History
  • Israel / Palestine in Context
  • Queer Britain
  • Victorian Cities
  • International Fieldwork in History
  • Celebration and Commemoration in Irish History
  • World War One: then and now
  • Transitions: identities in the Interwar Years
  • Interpreting conflict in post-colonial Africa
  • Living with Defeat: France and the Second World War, History and Legacies
  • The Soviet Experience, 1917 - 1991
  • Post-Millennial British Fiction
  • Laws of War
  • Vamps and Villains: Exploring Gothic Fiction
  • Writing Lives: Collaborative Research Project – The Archive of Working-Class Writing
  • English Independent Study
  • Race in America
  • Writing the Real: Contemporary Non-Fiction
  • Terrorism and Modern Literature

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources.

Teaching is delivered via a combination of lectures and tutorials, with additional information available on Blackboard (our virtual learning environment) and in our Learning Resource Centre. Tutorials are fairly informal and provide an opportunity to further discuss material covered in the lectures. Once you reach your final year, your dissertation offers the chance to work more independently and focus on an area that particularly interests you.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

The History lecturers are involved in a number of projects, both within and outside of the University. These projects involve working with local organisations and institutions, including the Merseyside Maritime Museum, and they provide opportunities for students to see the ways in which historians engage with the world beyond academia. You may also get the opportunity to contribute some of these projects, such as the Merseyside at War, 1914-1918 website, and gain experience of bringing the subject to the wider public. 

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

We acknowledge that all students perform differently depending on the way they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. Half of your assessments will be coursework in the form of essays, portfolios, short written pieces, independent studies and dissertations. The rest of your assessment is by seen and unseen exam. Exam questions are available two weeks before the start of seen exams so you have the chance to prepare fully for them.

Your tutors will provide feedback on coursework assessments within 15 days of submission via Canvas, face-to-face or as written comments. We believe constructive feedback is vital in helping you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work. 

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications


Application and selection

​An enthusiasm for the study of both History and English
Demonstrate a willingness to take on new ideas about and new perspectives on History and English, as well as a desire to seek out evidence to support such fresh perspectives.
An awareness of History as a discipline.
Desire in finding out about the societies and ideas that produce and infuse English.
Hence, if you have a love of history and literature, an enquiring mind and a desire to engage in debate and argument about the past and the nature of the contemporary world then we will be very happy to receive an application from you.

GCSE and equivalents

  • Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below: • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Subject specific requirements: Grade C in English Literature, English Language, or English Language & Literature
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Average A Level offer: BCC
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma subjects / grades required: 104 UCAS points accepted in combination with A2 English Literature, English Language or English Language & Literature grade C
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: 104 UCAS points accepted in combination with A2 English Literature, English Language or English Language & Literature grade C

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: At least 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits, including English at Level 3, or any other combination that equates to 104 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 24 IB Diploma Points, to include studies in language and literature at Higher Level (HL)

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 104 UCAS points to include English at Grade C at Higher Level, and a maximum of 20 UCAS Tariff points at Ordinary Level

Additional entry requirement information

​Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants may be required to submit an essay and/or attend an interview, and should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience.
International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.

Will I be interviewed?

Mature and non standard applicants may be invited to attend interview


6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?


Is a DBS check required?


Is RPL accepted on this programme?


International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities.

Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may be different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.

LJMU bursary

LJMU bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding.

The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.

Tuition fees

In line with most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 for most of our degrees.

If you opt to complete a foundation year as part of your degree, your first year tuition fee will be £7,700.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol.

Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning over the threshold. Currently the threshold is £21,000 for students resident in England.

As long as you have not been to University before and meet the residency rules both full and part-time students are eligible to apply for tuition fee loans.

For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
  • UK field trips
  • Educational visits
  • Student exchanges
  • Criminal Records Bureau checks
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership
  • Governing body awards

Living costs

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible students can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student.

The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning over the income threshold, currently £21,000 for those resident in England.

Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.

For more information on student loans, go to:www.gov.uk/student-finance

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Paying back your student loans

Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company.

The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.

Career prospects

The broad nature of this degree provides a sound basis for developing your communication, research and problem-solving skills and a well-rounded intellect, which are assets in any career.

Our former students are to be found working in occupations including advertising, marketing, museums, arts administration and publishing to industrial, retail, leisure and charitable organisation management, educational administration, accountancy, law, the social and Civil Services and teaching.

Some graduates complete teacher training PGDE courses at LJMU or other providers or use their skills in other types of teaching, such as English as a second language or adult education. Another option is to continue in education with a masters, PhD or vocational course such as journalism or marketing.

New for 2017 – CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

Each year, LJMU offers a range of prestigious international scholarships. Further details of the scholarships offered to applicants wishing to study at the University from September 2017 onwards will be available on this page in the coming months.

For the most up-to-date information about studying at Liverpool John Moores University, and the International Scholarship programme, please visit the International pages.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international  students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.

Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry Requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers (www.ljmuisc.com/) or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fees

International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKVI requires that students studying outside London must have £9,135 to pay for their living costs (or £1,015 per month).

LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £9,135. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £6,090.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (int-admissions@ljmu.ac.uk)for guidance.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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