History and English - Liverpool John Moores University

2018 entry

BA (Hons) History and English Literature with Foundation Year

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £10,050 per annum*
Full-time industrial placement year fee: £1,850 per annum*

*The Department for Education (DFE) have recently announced that they intend to freeze tuition fees for the 2018/19 year. This is still subject to parliamentary approval. Once confirmed we will update our web pages accordingly.

Course type

BA (Hons)

UCAS info

Points required: 72

UCAS code: V101

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Four years full time or five years with one year spent on industrial placement

About your course

Studying BA (Hons) History and English Literature 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 2016 National Student Survey 98% 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 Literature 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 Literature 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 Literature 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.

Foundation Year

The Foundation Year is ideal if you have the interest and ability to study for a degree, but do not have the qualifications to enter directly onto the History and English Literature honours degree programme yet.

Once you pass the Foundation Year (level 3) you will progress directly onto the first year of the honours degree. If you are a full-time UK student, you will qualify for student financial support for the full duration of your course (subject to eligibility criteria).

 

Another distinctive feature of History and English Literature 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 Literature 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 3

  • Preparing for Success: Academic Skills
  • Investigating Liverpool
  • War: Conflict in the Arts & Humanities
  • Peace: The Pursuit of Harmony in the Arts & Humanities
 
Level 4
  • Modern European History: Myth, Memory and the Uses of the past
  • Reading English
  • Literary & Cultural theory
  • Practices of History
  • Literature in Context: Britain in the 1950s
  • The American Age: People Politics and Power
Level 5

The following options are typically offered:

  • Global France, Empire and Society in Modern French History
  • The Soviet Experiment, 1917 – 1991
  • Colonial Africa, 1880-1994
  • The Making of Modern Britons: Identity and Community 1901 to 1964
  • Gendering the Past
  • Ireland, 1690-1920
  • The International Crisis, 1919 – 1939
  • From Shogun to Showdown: Japan, 1853 – 1941
  • Prison Voices: Crime, Conviction and Confession, c. 1700-1900
  • Modernism and Modernity
  • Romanticism: Revolution, Reaction and Representation
  • Postcolonial Writing: Power, Art & Protest
  • Body, Mind and Soul: Seventeenth Century Literature and Culture
  • Relating Gender: Fiction from the 19th Century to the Present
  • Stage Worlds: Early Modern Drama & Culture

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
  • 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 Canvas (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 Blackboard, 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

72

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
  • 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: 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: 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 24 Merits and 21 Passes, including English at Level 3, or any other combination that equates to 72 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: 72 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

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes

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 that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. Scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. The annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees

In 2018 LJMU will charge Home and EU students a tuition fee of £9,250* for the majority of its full time undergraduate programmes and £6,935* per year for part time courses. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

*Subject to parliamentary approval.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.

You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £21,000.** Please note that the Department for Education who govern student support for students from England have recently announced it intends to increase this threshold to £25,000. This remains subject to parliamentary approval and we will update our website once further information is confirmed.

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover your living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

The government has stated that it intends to introduce a pro rata maintenance loan for part time students from England from the 2018/19 academic year.

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

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £21,000* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £21,000).* Please note that the Department for Education who govern student support for students from England have recently announced it intends to increase this threshold to £25,000.  This remains subject to parliamentary approval and we will update our website once further information is released.

*Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

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.

Foundation year fees

If you are studying on a foundation year of a degree programme you will be charged a reduced fee for your 1st year only. This means you will only pay £10,050 tuition fees for the first (foundation) year of your course.

After your first year, your annual tuition fees will increase to the standard tuition fee charged for our undergraduate courses (£13,250/£14,000).

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.

LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.

For details on application processes and eligibility criteria, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/scholarships

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, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.

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 or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fee deposits

International students are liable to pay a minimum deposit of 50% of their tuition fees before their CAS can be issued. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of the given 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. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.

We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.

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 for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.

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.

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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