School of Social Sciences and Humanities

BA (Hons) English Literatures and History

BA (Hons) Full-time 3 years, Part-time 6 years

BA (Hons)
Start date(s)
16 September 2024
Course specifications
Course length
Full-time (3 years),Part-time (6 years)
Campus location
University: City Campus
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
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Why choose this course?

This course is designed to inspire your passion for and knowledge of literary and cultural texts and histories from the medieval to the present day, from the West Midlands to the wider world beyond. The degree will promote your understanding of the political and ideological significance of literature, history and culture in a wide range of social and historical contexts, especially in relation to gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, class, and disability. Your studies will develop your awareness of the significance of ethical evaluations of literature and history, supporting an understanding of equality, diversity, and inclusion in literature, history and culture. You will be encouraged to reflect critically on literary production and reception, value and cultural capital in a variety of historical contexts.

You will have the opportunity to advance your understanding of the different forms, aesthetics, genres, and functions of literary and cultural texts in a variety of historical contexts. You will also be able to enhance your verbal, written and digital communication skills for developing and sustaining a professional career. This degree fosters your skills in critical and creative thinking, analysis, research, and problem-solving, for academic success and employment beyond your degree.

The course is designed to develop your confidence in making your voice heard, at university, in employment, and in culture and society. Graduates from this course will be extremely attractive to any employer in the education sector, holding qualifications in two key components of the national curriculum. And whilst primary and secondary school teaching is the largest single destination for our graduates, Wolverhampton students from this course have gone onto careers in: journalism; publishing; art gallery, museum and archive research administration; advertising and marketing; public relations; human resources and many other posts within the commercial sector which require creativity and excellent skills in written and oral communication. A notable proportion of our graduates have also undertaken postgraduate education in recent years, studying for Masters and PhD degrees.

What happens on the course?

Explore a wide range of literatures, from the canonical to the popular, from diverse authors, and histories of and connections between different parts of the world and across different historical periods. Your course has a strong emphasis on the way in which literatures shape social and cultural identities, historically and in the contemporary moment. You will focus on the politics, ethics, and ideologies of cultural representation, and issues of equality and diversity in literatures and cultures in a variety of historical contexts. You will be taught by friendly, welcoming staff, who are dedicated to working with you to enable you to achieve your full potential. You will have the opportunity to participate in sessions with internationally renowned literary critics, award-winning novels and poets. You will have the opportunity to participate in our Literatures@Wolves Culture Programme, including visits to sites of regional, national and international interest, with regular events on campus, theatre performances, visits to museums, galleries and events. There will be embedded opportunities for assessment and work experience that plays to your strengths, and that will support your skills for employment on graduation. You will be supported to complete a Student Record of Achievement, a record of skills and experiences to present to prospective employers. You will also have the opportunity to go onto a Masters degree in English, History or Popular Culture, and considering entering our PhD programme.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!


  • An advanced understanding of the historical and theoretical contexts for developing an understanding of culture and cultural production
  • Sophisticated knowledge and understanding of literary and non-literary texts across a range of historical periods and a variety of regional, national and global cultural contexts
  • The ability to apply the critical theories and methodologies requisite to the advanced scholarly analysis of literary and non-literary texts
  • A range of transferable skills intrinsic to each subject area and of value to graduate employment
  • The ability to identify and employ a range of oral, written and digital resources in the production of advanced scholarly materials
  • Understanding of the value of ethical reading practices and civic responsibility in your outlook toward and relationships with others in a historical, literary, cultural and global context


Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2023-24
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2023-24
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2024-25
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
Home Part-time £4625 per year# 2023-24
Home Part-time £4625 per year# 2023-24
Home Part-time £4625 per year# 2024-25
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £14450 per year 2023-24
International Full-time £14450 per year 2023-24
International Full-time £14950 per year 2024-25

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades DD
  • Access to HE Diploma (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 (96 UCAS point equivalence, minimum 45 credits at merit)

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Other Requirements

Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see for further information.

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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