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: 

2017 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.

Degree duration: 

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2017 Entry Full-time £9,250** p/a
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 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 £6,939.
Total Cost: £27,750** (3 years)

International Students

2017 Entry Full-time £11,600** p/a
Total Cost: £34,800** (3 years)

For further details click here

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

**Indicative Fees for 2017/18 Home and EU students are £9,250 per year. Whilst the inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval and the approval of The University of Winchester Board of Governors. International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

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:

  • Critical Reading 1
  • Critical Reading 2
  • Introduction to English Studies
  • Early English Texts and Contexts
  • Reading and Writing History
  • Creating and Consuming History

Two Introductory Study modules from a choice of:

  • Early Medieval Britain 400-1066
  • The United Kingdom in the 20th Century
  • The United States
  • Early Modern Europe
  • Europe 1300-1500
  • English History 1272-1500
  • British History 1660-1832
  • Twentieth Century Europe
  • Victorian Britain 1815-1914
  • East Asia 1900-present
  • The Classical World 500-31BC
  • Roman Britain
  • The Roman Empire
  • Tudor and Early Stuart England 1500-1660
  • Rise and Fall of Modern Empires, 1783 - 1997
  • Classical Worlds II: Barbarians, Byzantines, and Beyond (400-1050CE)
  • Europe And The Americas (1763-1914)
  • Uniting the Kingdom? Britain, 1660-1837

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Past Historians and Current Practice
  • Independent Study Module 

One Theme Study module from a choice of:

  • Age of Discovery
  • American Slavery
  • Early Medieval Kingship
  • Women in History
  • Soviet Communism
  • Reactions to Poverty
  • The Normans and their Worlds
  • The Crusades
  • The Urban History of Europe from the Black Death to the Industrial Revolution c.1350-1700
  • 'Subordinate Independence': Japan's Relationship with the US 1945-present
  • Medieval Movies: Cinematic Depictions of the Middle Ages
  • Exploring Past Localities
  • The History of Rock and Roll
  • Sport and Athletics in the Ancient World
  • Genocide: Mass Violence and the Making and Breaking of Empire
  • The Age of the Vikings
  • The Renaissance Court: Power. Politics and Patronage
  • Gender in Europe and North America, c. 1500-1914
  • Food and Drink in Medieval and Early Modern England
  • Anti-Imperialism
  • Societies at War - England and France, 1189-1529
  • Political Violence in Twentieth-Century Europe
  • Culture, Society and Economy in Early Modern England
  • The Roman Household
  • Classical World on Film
  • Neoplatonism  from Classical World to the Renaissance
  • The Atlantic  World, C.1700-1850
  • War As A Life Experience (18th-20th Centuries)
  • History's Eye - Photography And Conflict, Ethnography And Society
  • The Reign of King John
  • Dreams and Nightmares: Britain in 20th Century Europe

One Civilisation Study module from a choice of:

  • France in the Age of Louis XIV
  • The American South 1865-1970
  • The Carolingian Renaissance
  • Late Medieval Civilisation
  • The Third Reich
  • Victorian Culture and Society
  • Imperial Japan
  • From Austerity to Affluence: Post-war Britain
  • The Golden Age of Spain
  • Culture and Society in the Early Roman Empire 27BC- AD180
  • Edwardian Britain
  • Church and State in Late Anglo-Saxon England
  • Culture and Society in 5th Century Athens
  • Religion, Politics & Society in Early Tudor England, 1485- 1558
  • English Monasticism
  • La Serenissima: Renaissance Venice 1450-1650
  • Georgian England
  • The Byzantine Empire, 1025-1204
  • Nazism and the Holocaust
  • The British Raj, from the 'Indian Mutiny' to Gandhi - 1857-1947
  • The Global Hispanic World (1760s-1960s)
  • From Slavery To Freedom: The Caribbean 1763-1838
  • Byzantium In The Age Of Justinian And Theodora (527- 565CE)
  • England And Normandy In The Long Twelfth Century 

Four optional modules from a choice of:

  • Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama
  • Seventeenth-Century Literature and Revolution
  • Nineteenth-Century Romanticism 
  • The Modern Age
  • Chaucer and His World
  • Shakespeare and Seventeenth-Century Drama
  • Eighteenth-Century Romanticism
  • Victorian Fictions
  • British Literature in the Age of Reason 1688-1743
  • Literature in the Shadow of Revolution 1745-1775-1789
  • Gothic and Romantic Fiction
  • Postcolonial Fictions
  • The Postmodern Age
  • Individual Project
  • Literary Adaptations for Film and Television
  • Contemporary Children's Literature
  • Volunteering for English
  • American Gothic
  • American Science Fiction
  • Writing America
  • Literature and Film
  • Work and Money in American Literature
  • Middle English Texts in Context
  • Old English 1
  • Volunteering Placement/Field Trip (available instead of the Theme Study or Civilisation Study)

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Creative and Critical Extended Study
  • Research Methods (if Dissertation is in History)

Depth Study paired module from a choice of:

  • America 1919-1941
  • 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 French Revolution 1786-1795
  • The United States and the Cold War 1945-63
  • Japan in War and Occupation 1937-52
  • The Home Front: Britain 1939-1945
  • The Holocaust in History and Memory
  • Society, Culture and Everyday Life in Russia: 1928-1985
  • The Norman Conquest
  • Interwar Britain
  • The French Wars of Religion 1562-1598
  • The Pax Romana
  • The Italian Wars 1494-1516 and 1521-1559
  • Iberia in the Reign of Isabel and Ferdinand 1469-1492 and 1492-1516
  • The Henrician& Edwardian Reformation and the Marian Counter-Reformation
  • Life in Early Modern London
  • 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
  • The Carolingians: Charlemagne & Louis the Pious
  • The Ancient Greeks: War and Honour I & II
  • 'The Flag That Sets Us Free'? Britain, Empire and Anti-Slavery, 1787-1838 and 1838-1956
  • The Age of Speed: Time, Travel and the Media I (18th-19thc.) and II (19th-20thc)
  • Urban Life in Medieval Italy, 500-950CE and 950-1200CE
  • 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

Optional modules include:

  • The Shakespeare Phenomenon
  • Crime and Englishness
  • Women's Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century
  • Biography and the Body
  • William  Blake: Poet of Jerusalem
  • 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
  • Contemporary  Young Adult Fiction
  • The Figure of the Law in Literature
  • Post-Structuralism: Theory, Text, Culture
  • African American Literatures and Cultures
  • The Contemporary  American Novel
  • American Crime Fiction
  • Sex and the City and Beyond
  • Chick Lit/Womens Writing before Sex and the City
  • Old English 

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. 

The University aims to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time (i.e. lectures, seminars etc), students are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, personal tutors and the wide range of services to students within the University.

Further information

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

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.

Graduates often work in teaching, archives, museums and heritage sites, the arts, marketing and local, regional and national Government.

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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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