BA (Hons) English Literature and History

English Literature and History at Winchester samples the past from the classical to the modern period in Britain, eastern and western Europe, the Americas and Japan exploring different cultures, wars and traditions. Students also gain an understanding of how literary texts work through a deep engagement with and exploration of literary history, theory and culture.

BA (Hons) English Literature and History at University of Winchester

UCAS code: QV31

Entry Requirements* 

Typical offer: 

2018 Entry: 96-112 points 

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

An A level A*-C  pass is required  in an English subject (this can be in English Literature, English Language, English Language and Literature, or Creative Writing)  and in one of the following: History, Archaeology, Classical Civilisation, History of Art, Economics or Politics

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing

Degree duration: 

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. For international students, the first year fee is £12,950. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students and £38,850 for International students. Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

2018 Entry Full-time £9,250 p/a.

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,938

International Students

2018 Entry Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.

**International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.


Additional costs: 


  • Core texts: Multiple copies of core text are held within the library and e-books are identified where possible, however due the nature of the course students are recommended to purchase a copy for their own use. It is also possible for students purchase second hand copies. Cost £50-£200 per academic year.
  • Field Trip: Third year students have the option to go on a day trip to London with the chance to visit an exhibition. The cost of this trip will depend on the entry price of any exhibitions visited. Cost £48 - £63. 
  • Printing and binding: Students are required to pay for the costs of dissertation printing and binding. Cost £2.50. 

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as text books and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information


Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Terms and Conditions

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here

Students are encouraged to critically evaluate historical sources, assessing their value to our understanding of the past, and introduced to a breadth of study that includes modern and traditional literature, cultural study and critical analysis, Shakespeare and rap poetry.

In Year 1, students undertake an introduction to a variety of historical periods, cultures, methods and the nature of history. English Literature modules provide an awareness of different  approaches to understanding texts which develop the skills of critical analysis, research and writing using an assortment of texts from various periods in history  across the genres of prose fiction, poetry and drama.

In Year 2, students may choose to focus their studies on a range of historical themes or societies. Modules in English Literature involve study of a group of texts representative of a period of history, a particular  genre or a particular  area of the world. The programme has a comprehensive range of modules ranging from Anglo-Saxon to the contemporary. All the major literary figures and movements from Chaucer to the present day are available, including Shakespeare, Romantic poets, Victorian novelists and modern writers.

During Year 3, students may focus their studies on topics, periods or themes on the history of the Americas, Britain, Europe or East Asia from  the classical to the modern period. English Literature modules focus on a specific collection of writings, a particular theme or critical theory in detail. Students also carry out an independent piece of research on a subject of their choice in either English Literature or History.

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Introduction to English Studies
  • Critical Reading 1
  • Critical Reading 2
  • Early English Texts and Contexts
  • Case Studies I: Sources & Approaches in History
  • Case Studies II: Independent Study Project

Two Introductory Study modules from a choice of:

  • Introductory Study: Early Medieval Britain 400-1066
  • Introductory Study: The United States 
  • Introductory Study: Early Modern Europe
  • Introductory Study: Europe 1300-1500
  • Introductory Study: English History 1272-1500
  • Introductory Study: Twentieth Century Europe
  • Introductory Study: Victorian Britain 1815-1914
  • Introductory Study: East Asia 1900-present
  • Introductory Study: The Classical World 500-31BC
  • Introductory Study: Roman Britain 
  • Introductory Study: Tudor and Early Stuart England 1500-1660
  • Introductory Study: Rise and Fall of Modern Empires, 1783 - 1997
  • Introductory Study: Uniting The Kingdom? Britain, 1660-1837
  • Introductory Module: Europe in Long Nineteenth Century, 1789-1914
  • Introductory Module:  The Origins of Greek Civilisation: from the Aegean Bronze Age to Archaic Greece (2000-600BC)
  • Introductory Module: Europe in the High Middle Ages (c.800 - c.1200)
  • Introductory Module:  Modern Europe, 1789-2001
  • Introductory Module:  Seventeenth century England 
  • Introductory Study: Barbarians, Byzantines, and Beyond (400-814CE)
  • Introductory Study: Britain in the Twentieth Century
  • Introductory Study: Europe and The Americas (1763-1914) - change and interchange

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Reading History
  • Practising History 

One Theme Study module from a choice of:

  • Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama
  • Nineteenth - Century Romanticism 
  • The Modern Age
  • Chaucer and His World
  • Shakespeare and Seventeenth - Century Drama
  • Eighteenth - Century Romanticism 
  • Victorian Fictions 
  • Gothic and Romantic Fiction
  • Postcolonial Fictions
  • The Postmodern Age
  • Literary Adaptations for Film and Television 
  • Sex and Sensibility in 18th Century Print Culture
  • 18th Century Performance and Censorship
  • Textual Editing in Theory and Practice
  • Children's Literature and Young Adult Fiction
  • Volunteering for BA English
  • Group Project 
  • Political and Religious Themes in the Modern Near and Middle East
  • Middle English: Texts in Context
  • Values Studies 
  • Field Trip
  • The War on Terror

Students choose 2 modules from the following:

  • Culture and Society in 5th Century Athens 
  • The World of Alexander the Great 
  • Greco-Roman Egypt 331-31 BC 
  • Culture and Society in Republican Rome 506-44 B.C. 
  •  The Carolingian Renaissance 
  • The Vikings and the Frankish World 
  • The Investiture Contest 
  • Norman Sicily, ca 1000-1197 
  • English Monasticism 
  • The First English Empire: c. 1100 to c. 1350 
  • The Reign of King John 
  • Culture and Society in Late Medieval England 
  • The Golden Age of Spain 
  • Political Medievalisms 
  • Religion, Politics & Society in Early Tudor England, 1485-1558 
  • The Global Hispanic World (1760s-1960s) 
  • War as a Life Experience (18th-20th Centuries) 
  • Enlightened Absolutism in East-Central Europe, 1740-1790 
  • Victorian Culture and Society 
  • Imperial Japan 
  • The British Raj, from the 'Indian Mutiny' to Gandhi - 1857-1947 
  • The American South 1865-1970 
  •  Edwardian Britain 
  •  Revolutionary Russia, 1900-1924 
  • Nazism and the Holocaust 
  • From Austerity to Affluence: Everyday Life in Post-war Britain 
  • The Kinks: English Culture and Identity from the Post-War through to the 21st Century 

Students choose 2 modules from the following:

  • The Symposium: Ancient Greek Drinking Culture 
  • Sport and Leisure in Classical Greece and Rome 
  • Classical World on Film 
  • The Age of the Vikings 
  • Post-Carolingian Rulership 
  • The Crusades 
  • Societies at War - England and France, 1189-1529 
  • Textiles in the Medieval World 
  • Food and Drink in Medieval and Early Modern England 
  • The Urban History of Europe from the Black Death to the Industrial Revolution c.1350-1700 
  • The Renaissance Court: Power. Politics and Patronage 
  • Gender in Europe and North America, c. 1500-1914 
  • Culture, Society and Economy in Early Modern England 
  • Exploring Past Localities 
  • Age of Discovery 
  • The Rise of the High Speed Society (18th-20th centuries) 
  •  American Slavery 
  • Reactions to Poverty 
  • Power to the People: Energy, Industrialization and the Creation of the Modern World 
  • Photography and Society 
  • Sisterhood - Before and After: Feminism in Twentieth Century Britain 
  • Political Violence in Twentieth-Century Europe 
  • Soviet Communism 
  • 'Subordinate Independence': Japan's Relationship with the US 1945-present 
  • Stalinism 
  • Dreams and Nightmares: Britain in 20th Century Europe 
  • The History of Rock and Roll 
  • Political and Religious Themes in the Modern Near and Middle East
  • 'The War on Terror' and the 'Axis of Evil' and Beyond
  •  Middle English: Texts in Context 
  • Old English I


Year 3

Core modules:

  • Dissertation
    Dissertation in History 
    Writing History

Optional modules

Students choose one module from the following: 

  • The Shakespeare Phenomenon 
  • Women's Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century 
  • Twentieth Century Dramatic Texts: Brecht and Beckett
  • Consumer Culture
  • Jewish Identities
  • Keywords
  • Literature, Sexuality and Morality
  • The City in American Literature 1868-1925
  • Renaissance Poetry at the Court of Elizabeth I
  • Romantic Celebrity Culture
  • Globalization and Contemporary Fiction
  • Literature and Psychoanalysis  
  • Figure of the Law
  • Post-Structuralism: Theory, Text, Culture 
  • Utopian and Dystopian Fiction
  • The Victorian Art of Murder
  • Reflecting on History 

Students choose two modules as a comparative study:

  • Supernatural and Witchcraft Beliefs in the British Isles, Continental Europe and America c.1450-1800
  • Comparative Study: Chivalry
  • Comparative Study: Minorities in the Past
  • Mediterranean Fascism: Conflict and Dictatorship in Spain and Italy 1914-1947
  • War Crimes Trials and Memories of War: Japan and Germany
  • Religious Reform in Sixteenth-Century Europe
  • Communist regimes in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Greek and Roman Comedy Theatre
  • The Monstrous Regiment: Gender and Authority in Early Modern Europe
  • Nation Making in Early Modern Europ
  • Holocaust Memory and Representation in Europe, the United States & Israel
  • Ideas, Ideologies and Colonial Organisation in the British and French Empires
  • Borderlands and Commodities In History
  • The Black Death in Europe
  • Murder in the Ancient City
  •  Medieval Hostageships
  • Greek and Roman Epic
  • Plutarch's Parallel Lives
  • Gender and Authority in Early Medieval Europe
  •  Warfare in the Medieval West from the Ninth to the Twelfth Century
  • The Middle Ages in Computer Games
  • Mental Health and Illness
  • The People are Revolting! Protest, Rebellion and Popular Politics in the Modern World
  •  Anxiety and Hope: Meanings of Home in the Post-war World


Students choose two modules as a depth study:

  • The Hundred Years' War 1337-1453
  • Alfred the Great
  • The Wars of the Roses 1450-1499
  • Civil War and Revolution in the British Isles
  • The United States and the Cold War 1945-63
  • Japan at War and Under Occupation 1937-52
  • The Home Front: Britain 1939-1945
  • The French Wars of Religion 1562-1598
  • Society, Culture and Everyday Life in Russia: 1928-1985
  • The Norman Conquest
  • Interwar Britain
  • The Pax Romana 
  • The Italian Wars 1494-1516 and 1521-1559
  • The Henrician& Edwardian Reformation and the Marian Counter-Reformation
  • The French in North Africa: The Maghreb, 1830-1914 and North Africa and France: The Maghreb, 1914-present
  • Genocide in History and Memory I and II
  •  Ruling England in the Second Viking Age, Part I: Kingdoms Lost and Won and Part II: Political Cultures
  • The Medieval Life Cycle: Youth and Age
  • Epic Literature and History: Homer and Herodotus
  • Norman Worlds I (Normandy and the British Isles) and II (Southern Italy and Crusader Kingdoms)
  • The Anglo-Norman Civil War, 1120-1148 and 1148-1162  
  • The Emergence of the Italian City Communes (c.1050-c.1150) and The Dominance of the Italian City Communes (c.1150-c.1250).
  • The Rise of British Medicine 1650 - 1800 and 1800 - 1950
  • The Age of Napoleon in global perspective -  I and II
  • The Emergence of Modern Environmentalism I & II: The Discovery of Nature and The Crisis of Nature
  • The Post-war Teenager, 1945-1979 Part 1 and Part 2
  • The USSR after Stalin, 1953-1964 and 1964-1985
  • Greek Rhetoric: The Sophists and Lysias & Demosthenes


Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above. 

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 192 hours
  • Independent learning: 1008 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 180 hours
  • Independent learning: 1008 hours
  • Placement: 12 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 168 hours
  • Independent learning: 1032 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.                                      

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

  • 81 per cent coursework
  • 16 per cent written exams
  • 3 per cent practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

  • 77 per cent coursework
  • 15 per cent written exams
  • 8 per cent practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

  • 74 per cent coursework
  • 18 per cent written exams
  • 8 per cent practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

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At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement


The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

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