History and Literature (Including Year Abroad)

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Academic Year of Entry: 2024/25
Course overview
(BA) Bachelor of Arts
History and Literature (Including Year Abroad)
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
Philosophical, Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies (School of)
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
History
English
BA VQ12
08/05/2024

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Professional accreditation

None

Admission criteria

  • A-levels: BBB - BBC or 120 - 112 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of 2 full A-levels.
  • BTEC: DDM - DMM or 120 - 112 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of the equivalent of 2 full A-levels. The acceptability of BTECs is dependent on subject studied and optional units taken - email ugquery@essex.ac.uk for advice.
  • Combined qualifications on the UCAS tariff: 120 - 112 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of 2 full A levels or equivalent. Tariff point offers may be made if you are taking a qualification, or mixture of qualifications, from the list on our undergraduate application information page.
  • IB: 30 - 29 points or three Higher Level certificates with 555-554.
  • IB Career-related Programme: We consider combinations of IB Diploma Programme courses with BTECs or other qualifications. Advice on acceptability can be provided, email Undergraduate Admissions.
  • QAA-approved Access to HE Diploma: 6 level 3 credits at Distinction and 39 level 3 credits at Merit, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided, email Undergraduate Admissions
  • T-levels: We consider T-levels on a case-by-case basis, depending on subject studied. The offer for most courses is Distinction overall. Depending on the course applied for there may be additional requirements, which may include a specific grade in the Core.

Contextual Offers:

We are committed to ensuring that all students with the merit and potential to benefit from an Essex education are supported to do so. For October 2024 entry, if you are a home fee paying student residing in the UK you may be eligible for a Contextual Offer of up to two A-level grades, or equivalent, below our standard conditional offer.
Factors we consider:

  • Applicants from underrepresented groups
  • Applicants progressing from University of Essex Schools Membership schools/colleges
  • Applicants who attend a compulsory admissions interview
  • Applicants who attend an Offer Holder Day at our Colchester or Southend campus

Our contextual offers policy outlines additional circumstances and eligibility criteria.

For further information about what a contextual offer may look like for your specific qualification profile, email ugquery@essex.ac.uk.

If you haven't got the grades you hoped for, have a non-traditional academic background, are a mature student, or have any questions about eligibility for your course, more information can be found on our undergraduate application information page. or get in touch with our Undergraduate Admissions Team.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall, or specified score in another equivalent test that we accept.

Details of English language requirements, including component scores, and the tests we accept for applicants who require a Student visa (excluding Nationals of Majority English Speaking Countries) can be found here

If we accept the English component of an international qualification it will be included in the academic levels listed above for the relevant countries.

English language shelf-life

Most English language qualifications have a validity period of 5 years. The validity period of Pearson Test of English, TOEFL and CBSE or CISCE English is 2 years.

If you require a Student visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

Pre-sessional English courses

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Pending English language qualifications

You don’t need to achieve the required level before making your application, but it will be one of the conditions of your offer.

If you cannot find the qualification that you have achieved or are pending, then please email ugquery@essex.ac.uk .

Requirements for second and final year entry

Different requirements apply for second and final year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a visa to study in the UK. Details of English language requirements, including UK Visas and Immigration minimum component scores, and the tests we accept for applicants who require a Student visa (excluding Nationals of Majority English Speaking Countries) can be found here

Additional Notes

If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to this degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College

Course qualifiers

A course qualifier is a bracketed addition to your course title to denote a specialisation or pathway that you have achieved via the completion of specific modules during your course. The specific module requirements for each qualifier title are noted below. Eligibility for any selected qualifier will be determined by the department and confirmed by the final year Board of Examiners. If the required modules are not successfully completed, your course title will remain as described above without any bracketed addition. Selection of a course qualifier is optional and student can register preferences or opt-out via Online Module Enrolment (eNROL).

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Rules of assessment

Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.

Additional notes

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External examiners

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2024 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.

Key

Core You must take this module.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory You must take this module.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Optional You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.

Year 1 - 2024/25

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  HR173-4-FY-CO  Rebellious Pasts: Challenging and Creating Histories  Compulsory  30  30 
02  LT111-4-FY-CO  Origins and Transformations in Literature and Drama  Compulsory  30  30 
03    Option(s) from list  Optional  30  30 
04    Option(s) from list  Optional  30  30 
05  CS107-4-SP-CO  Beyond the BA: Skills for the Next Step  Compulsory 

Year 2 - 2025/26

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  HR242-5-FY-CO  Exploring History: Research Workshop  Compulsory  30  30 
02    History option(s)  Optional  30  30 
03    Literature option(s) from list  Optional  30  30 
04    Literature option(s) from list  Optional  30  30 
05  CS207-5-AU-CO  Beyond the BA: Building Career and Employability Readiness   Compulsory 

Year Abroad/Placement - 2026/27

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  AW121-6-FY-CO  Abroad Module 120 Credits  Compulsory  120  120 

Year 3 - 2027/28

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01    HR831-6-FY or LT831-6-FY  Compulsory with Options  30  30 
02    History option(s)  Optional  30  30 
03    Literature option(s)  Optional  30  30 
04    History or Literature option(s)  Optional  30  30 
05  CS307-6-AU-CO  Beyond the BA: Preparing for Life as a Graduate  Compulsory 

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

  • To impart to students essential skills and methods of historical and literary analysis, and a capacity to bring these to bear upon primary and secondary sources.
  • To provide a wide-ranging curriculum encompassing several genres, periods and themes.
  • To develop the capacity to bring the disciplines of history and literature together.
  • To enable students to arrive at a critical appreciation of the relationship of phenomena and texts to context.
  • To enable students to design and conduct an independent study on a specialist topic of their choice.
  • To develop in students those skills:
    • of research, critical enquiry, argument, communication and presentation
    • that can be applied in further study and in a wide range of occupations.


  • To provide students with opportunities to experience a different system of HE through a broad range of courses on the year abroad.
    To enable students to experience, engage with and integrate into another culture through the year abroad.

    Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

    On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

    A: Knowledge and understanding

    A1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of historical phenomena on the broader (continental or global) scale and/or a range of English literature from the early modern period to present-day, including knowledge of a variety of genres.

    A2: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of thematic historical topics and/or the major literary figures, tendencies of movements covered by the degree scheme

    A3: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of fundamental principles of historical analysis (such as concepts of continuity, change, and comparative analysis) and/or the basic methods of critical analysis and argument that pertain to the study of literature

    A4: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of sources available for historical research

    A101: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of aspects of HE in another culture

    Learning methods

    The structure of the degree is based on progression from outline topics in the first year (A1) to more specialised courses (A2 and A3) in the second and third years.

    Knowledge of A1-A4 are acquired through lectures, seminars, independent reading and coursework (with regular feedback, both oral and written, from tutors).

    The historical skills referred to in A4 are developed in particular in the second-year compulsory module.

    A4 is the focus of the third-year independent dissertation.

    Assessment methods

    Knowledge and understanding of A1-A4 is continuously assessed through coursework.

    Essays are the principal form of coursework assessment, supplemented by a range of other assessments which may include document analyses, reviews, and other shorter assignments; assessed presentations and oral contributions.

    The Capstone research project tests knowledge of A4 in particular.

    B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

    B1: Assemble, analyse and synthesise primary and secondary data

    B2: Formulate and answer historical questions and/or read complex texts and comment cogently on them

    B3: Evaluate and compare historical interpretations and/or identify and interrogate critical positions regarding literature

    B4: Explain historical events, contexts and change with reference to social, political, economic and cultural forces and factors

    B5: Reconstruct the mentalities of past societies

    B6: Formulate and present ideas, arguments and connections, using historical evidence and/or literary materials

    Learning methods

    All skills are introduced and developed through in-class discussions essays, and other written and oral assignments.

    The teaching environment of seminars, which emphasises student-focused discussion, enables students to develop all six skills through discussion and practice, and to receive feedback from peers and tutors.

    Assessment methods

    All skills are assessed through the usual means of coursework; a variety of types of coursework (including a Research Project) across the curriculum assess skills specifically.

    C: Practical skills

    C1: Critically read and evaluate historical and/or literary primary sources

    C2: Critically read and evaluate secondary sources relating to the study of literature and/or history

    C3: Work in groups to consider a question or clarify a topic

    C4: Ability to construct appropriate bibliographies and to present work according to academic conventions

    C5: Capacity to utilize terminology and methods appropriate for historical and/or literary analysis

    C6: Students will be able to apply the necessary organisational and cultural skills for living and working abroad

    Learning methods

    Participation in seminar discussion, focusing on prepared readings or set questions, develops skill C3; preparation of work for submission develops skills C1 and C2, with a strong emphasis on certain kinds of primary sources.

    The final year dissertation enables students to take skill C2 and in some cases skill C1 to a higher level.

    Students are strongly encouraged to discuss their dissertation with members of academic staff but are required to conduct their own bibliographic research and formulate their own lines of investigation.

    Skills C4 and C5 are developed through essay and project work.

    Assessment methods

    All skills are assessed through the usual means of coursework.

    In particular C1 is assessed by document analysis; C2 and C5 by essays; C3 by participation marks; C4 by coursework.

    D: Key skills

    D1: Communicate ideas effectively using oral and written means including essays, other written work, oral presentations or contributions, and discussion.

    D2: Make appropriate use of information technology to research and present materials

    D3: Analyse and explain evidence, understand and produce answers to essay questions, and manage work timetables

    D4: Participate effectively as a member of a group to the benefit of oneself and others

    D5: Use feedback from tutors to improve written and oral work and reflect on progress

    Learning methods

    Information technology is taught through independent learning supported by the University's online key skills package and the Computing Service.

    Use of email and the internet is part of effective course participation and students are required to check their university email account at least once a week during term-time.

    Students are strongly encouraged to produce coursework in work-processed form and it is formal requirement that the final-year independent research dissertaation is typed or word-processed.

    The use of electronic library catalogues and other relevant electronic bibliographic resources and the use and interpretation of relevant material via the internet is introduced in the first year.

    Students build on these skills in subsequent years.

    Where relevant (this will be in certain history modules), students are encouraged to evaluate information provided in numerical or statistical form.

    Problem-solving, communication, working with others and improving own learning and performance are implicit throughout the degree.

    Assessment methods

    Key skills are assessed through the usual methods of coursework, including evaluation of seminar performance.

    Management of work timetables is assessed by the requirement that students meet coursework deadlines and deadlines in the preparation and submission of their final year dissertation.

    D5 is assessed through a participation mark.


    Note

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