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What makes English Literature and History at Worcester special?

In combination, these subject areas enable you to explore English Literature in some of the immensely varied contexts of its production alongside investigating different aspects of History across a broad range of periods.

English Literature at Worcester will introduce you to cutting-edge thinking in spheres as diverse as Shakespeare in translation, children’s literature, contemporary American writing and ecocriticism.

History at Worcester offers you the opportunity to study the political, cultural and social history and introduces you to many of today’s debates surrounding approaches to historical study.



Key Features

  • A long, established and evolving course with highly-skilled and enthusiastic lecturers who are experienced teachers and published researchers
  • Strong emphasis on the development of advanced literacy, research, analysis and communication – all of which are highly valued by employers
  • A wide range of modules in British, European and World History from the sixteenth through to the twenty-first centuries and encompassing both ‘canonical’ and ‘marginal’ texts
  • Opportunities to gain work experience, to study abroad for a semester and to play an active role in local and regional literature festivals.
  • Ready access to the nationally significant resources of Worcestershire County Archives Service, which is based in The Hive (the university library)
  • Tailor your course to your individual needs with a joint honours course  
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

UCAS tariff points

Entry Requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points

Shortlisted applicants are invited to attend for interview and to provide a portfolio and a piece of written work for consideration

Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Toni Brookes, English Literature graduate

“Studying English at Worcester undoubtedly provided me with three of the most academically stimulating years I’ve had so far. I was given the opportunity to study literature from the 16th century through to the contemporary, with the chance to focus on specific research interests through the final year dissertation project. We covered a diverse range of periods and genres, with assessment including traditional academic essays, creative portfolios, reflective journals and group presentations. Throughout my studies I always felt supported, both personally and professionally, by academic staff who were encouraging, responsive and passionate about their subjects.

"Since graduating from the University of Worcester I have held professional roles in copywriting, marketing more generally, and currently, higher education. Having enjoyed my final year dissertation so much, I also decided to pursue postgraduate study and recently graduated with a Master’s degree in Contemporary Literature and Culture, obtaining a distinction classification. There is no doubt that the skills in critical thinking and analysis I developed throughout my degree were fundamental to successfully completing postgraduate work, and I often find myself thinking about the wonderfully transformative environment I was able to study in as an undergraduate.”

Great lecturers who care and want to help as much as they can to help me achieve the best possible grades. Interesting new modules which I would not have considered taking prior to my undergraduate degree.

BA History student

Course content

What will you study?

Year 1

Mandatory modules:

  • Literary Forms and Genres
  • Ways of Reading, Ways of Writing
  • Places and Spaces
  • How to do History

Module options:

  • Bodies and Beings
  • Writing Worcester Past and Present
  • Improving English Usage and Style in Academic Writing 
  • World History 
  • The Early Modern World 
  • Ideology and Conflict in Europe Since 1789 
  • Reconstructing the Past Twentieth-Century Britain: Conflict,
  • Stability and Change
  • An Introduction to Media History 
  • TV History
  • Introduction to Heritage 
  • Improving English Usage and Style in Academic Writing
  • French Stage 1 
  • German Stage 1 
  • Spanish Stage 1 
  • Italian Stage 1

Year 2

Mandatory modules:

  • Exploding the Canon: Literary Theory and Practice

Module options:

  • Movement and Migration
  • Politics, Sex and Identity in the Early Modern World
  • Shakespeare: Stage, Page and Screen
  • Gothic and Romantic Literature
  • Spaces of Modernity
  • Children’s Literature
  • Work Project
  • Methods and Debates in History 
  • Politics, Religion and Society in Ireland Since 1690 
  • Twentieth-Century USA 
  • Religion and Society in Early Modern England, 1532 – 1660
  • The German Lands in the Nineteenth Century
  • British Women’s History, 1790 – 2000 
  • Britain in the Long Nineteenth-Century, 1789 – 1914
  • From Slavery to Civil Rights: African Americans, 1860 – 1960
  • British Women’s History, 1900 – 2000 
  • The German Empire, 1862 – 1918 
  • The Victorian Century
  • (Re)Presenting the Past: History in Film
  • History Work Experience Module 
  • The Civil Rights Movement in the USA, 1890 – 1960
  • Sex and Society in England, 1600 – 1900 
  • Modern Japan, 1854 – 1951 
  • Politics and Society in the Twentieth-Century Russia
  • Displaying the Past: Museums, Artefacts and Collections 
  • Visions of England: History, Heritage and Identity 
  • Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion

Year 3

Mandatory modules:


Module options:

  • Independent Research Project
  • Justice and Revenge: from Tragedy to the Western
  • Postcolonial Encounters
  • Writing and the Environment
  • War and Conflict
  • Gendering Voices
  • Partnerships and Rivalries
  • Literatures and Cultures: International Explorations
  • Queer Bodies, Queer Texts
  • Independent Study
  • Nationalism 
  • The Atlantic Slave Trade
  • The USA and World War Two 
  • The Home Front: Britain 1939 – 45 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. and his Opponents 
  • Hollywood Goes to War 
  • Nazi Germany 
  • Empire and Appeasement 
  • Jack the Ripper: History, Literature and Myth
  • Propaganda and Politics in the 20th Century 
  • Witchcraft 
  • Ireland Since 1848
  • History Extension Module
  • Britain in the Global Economy 
  • Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion 
  • Remembrance, Memory and Memorial

Joint Honours

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Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for English Literature and History.


Where could it take you?


Many English Literature graduates will take a fourth year postgraduate Certificate in Education before entering the teaching profession. Other students will take a certificate in TEFL and become teachers of English as a second language at home or abroad. Those graduates who achieve particularly good results in their first degree will choose to progress to a Masters course, which will then often lead to a career as a researcher or further study to PhD. Many students progress to careers requiring good communication skills such as Public Relations or develop research careers with media or publishing companies. Throughout the English Literature degree there is a focus on developing employability which includes attractive opportunities for work experience, a credited work project module, and a career and professional development module. Students are also strongly encouraged to take up the opportunity to study abroad for a semester.

History graduates from Worcester have progressed in recent years to take up work in a variety of career sectors, including teaching, accountancy, law, the media industries, local government, the police, retailing, administration, marketing, management and university lecturing and research. A growing number of our graduates progress to postgraduate research in history, both at the University of Worcester and at other universities. Thus, History remains an attractive and personally satisfying degree to study, with a strong track record of supporting graduate employability in a range of professional, managerial, administrative and media-related careers.

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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £12,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2020/21 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Apply through UCAS

English Literature and History BA (Hons) - QV31

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Dr Lucy Arnold

Admissions Tutor, English Literature

Dr Neil Fleming

Admissions Tutor, History