Literature, Drama and Creative Writing

BA (Hons) LITERATURE AND HISTORY

Key details 

BA (HONS) LITERATURE AND HISTORY

Start Year
2023
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Bachelor of Arts
UCAS course code
QV31
Entry Requirements
AAB
Duration (years)
3

Assessment for Year 1

Assessment 
On the literature side of your degree, all your work is assessed by written coursework: you'll develop renewed enthusiasm for writing academic essays, and will express your thinking in a diverse variety of forms, like reviews or personal reflective writing. In history, you'll be assessed by a dynamic mix of essays, presentations, document commentaries, and (occasionally) group projects, to help build your skills in collaboration and confidence in presenting to new audiences.  

Feedback 
To prepare for coursework, you'll receive feedback on pieces of 'formative' work from your tutors, e.g. in one-to-one tutorials. Feedback on assessed work will be returned within 20 working days (after it has been carefully marked and moderated). As your first year does not count toward your overall degree result, it's a great time to experiment and take risks.  

 

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Assessment for Year 2

Assessment 
You'll continue to submit coursework for all your literature modules, taking your essay writing to new heights (in projects of around 2500 words) and becoming increasingly daring in your work. In history, you'll be assessed by coursework, document analyses, presentations, quizzes and exams; this range of assessments helps you to master both careful planning and thinking on the spot. While essay writing remains the cornerstone of your degree work, in literature you might also experiment with 'creative criticism', for instance by writing a short story to show off what you've learnt about that form. 

Feedback 
You'll continue to have the support and feedback of your tutors, which your academic adviser can help you incorporate into your work. Formative work might take all sorts of forms, from videos and podcasts to conference papers. As your marks begin to count toward your final degree classification, you might draw on the support offered by our Learning Enhancement Team (who are there to help with everything from study skills to academic writing).  

 

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Assessment for Year 3

Assessment 
In your study of literature, you'll perfect the craft of essay writing in more substantial and independently-conceived projects (3500-5000 words), and you might choose to embark on an 8000-word dissertation on a topic of your choice. In history, your final year will be assessed through a combination of coursework and document work, along with examinations and an extended essay on your specialist subject. If you wish, you might continue to experiment with the forms in which you express your ideas about literature, perhaps by writing Shakespearean sonnets, ghost stories, ecopoetry, apocalyptic fiction, biography, and so much more. 
  
Feedback 
You’ll receive detailed and focused feedback to help hone your abilities even further, enabling you to graduate at the end of your final year with highly developed skills in writing and argument which are hugely valued by employers. 

 

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Register interest   
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Assessment for Year 1

Assessment 
On the literature side of your degree, all your work is assessed by written coursework: you'll develop renewed enthusiasm for writing academic essays, and will express your thinking in a diverse variety of forms, like reviews or personal reflective writing. In history, you'll be assessed by a dynamic mix of essays, presentations, document commentaries, and (occasionally) group projects, to help build your skills in collaboration and confidence in presenting to new audiences.  

Feedback 
To prepare for coursework, you'll receive feedback on pieces of 'formative' work from your tutors, e.g. in one-to-one tutorials. Feedback on assessed work will be returned within 20 working days (after it has been carefully marked and moderated). As your first year does not count toward your overall degree result, it's a great time to experiment and take risks.  

 

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Register interest   
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Important Information

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring and review of modules. Where this activity leads to significant change to a programme and modules, the University will endeavour to consult with affected students. The University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. Availability of optional modules may be restricted owing to timetabling, lack of demand, or limited places. Where this is the case, you will be asked to make alternative module choices and you will be supported during this process.

In Year 2 students take 120 credits in total. Students must take at least 40 credits from Literature and at least 40 credits from History.Students should consult with the Study Abroad Co-ordinator before choosing Semester Abroad modules. Students opting for the Semester Abroad modules must ensure that, during the semester in which they are at UEA, they take at least one module (20 credits) from Literature and at least one module (20 credits) from History.

Assessment for Year 2

Assessment 
You'll continue to submit coursework for all your literature modules, taking your essay writing to new heights (in projects of around 2500 words) and becoming increasingly daring in your work. In history, you'll be assessed by coursework, document analyses, presentations, quizzes and exams; this range of assessments helps you to master both careful planning and thinking on the spot. While essay writing remains the cornerstone of your degree work, in literature you might also experiment with 'creative criticism', for instance by writing a short story to show off what you've learnt about that form. 

Feedback 
You'll continue to have the support and feedback of your tutors, which your academic adviser can help you incorporate into your work. Formative work might take all sorts of forms, from videos and podcasts to conference papers. As your marks begin to count toward your final degree classification, you might draw on the support offered by our Learning Enhancement Team (who are there to help with everything from study skills to academic writing).  

 

Clearing and Admissions Live Chat   
Register interest   
Open Days   

Important Information

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring and review of modules. Where this activity leads to significant change to a programme and modules, the University will endeavour to consult with affected students. The University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. Availability of optional modules may be restricted owing to timetabling, lack of demand, or limited places. Where this is the case, you will be asked to make alternative module choices and you will be supported during this process.

In Year 3, students must take 120 credits from Literature and History, of which at least 30 credits must come from Literature and at least 30 credits must come from History. Students should select no more than one dissertation per academic year and should not select a dissertation module if choosing a HIS Special Subject (60 credit HIS module).

Assessment for Year 3

Assessment 
In your study of literature, you'll perfect the craft of essay writing in more substantial and independently-conceived projects (3500-5000 words), and you might choose to embark on an 8000-word dissertation on a topic of your choice. In history, your final year will be assessed through a combination of coursework and document work, along with examinations and an extended essay on your specialist subject. If you wish, you might continue to experiment with the forms in which you express your ideas about literature, perhaps by writing Shakespearean sonnets, ghost stories, ecopoetry, apocalyptic fiction, biography, and so much more. 
  
Feedback 
You’ll receive detailed and focused feedback to help hone your abilities even further, enabling you to graduate at the end of your final year with highly developed skills in writing and argument which are hugely valued by employers. 

 

Clearing and Admissions Live Chat   
Register interest   
Open Days   

Important Information

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring and review of modules. Where this activity leads to significant change to a programme and modules, the University will endeavour to consult with affected students. The University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. Availability of optional modules may be restricted owing to timetabling, lack of demand, or limited places. Where this is the case, you will be asked to make alternative module choices and you will be supported during this process.

Entry Requirements

A Levels

AAB including one of the following subjects: English Literature, English Language and Literature, English Language, History, Ancient History, History of Art, Archaeology, Anthropology, Classical Civilisation, Classical Studies, Politics, Government and Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Drama, Theatre Studies, Film Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Media Studies, Psychology, Law

T Levels

Not accepted

BTEC

DDD alongside grade B at A-level in one of the following subjects: English Literature, English Language and Literature, English Language, History, Ancient History, History of Art, Archaeology, Anthropology, Classical Civilisation, Classical Studies, Politics, Government and Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Drama, Theatre Studies, Film Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Media Studies, Psychology, Law. BTEC Public Services, Uniformed Services or Business Administration are not accepted

Scottish highers

AAAAA including one of the following subjects: English Literature, English Language and Literature, English Language, History, Ancient History, History of Art, Archaeology, Anthropology, Classical Civilisation, Classical Studies, Politics, Government and Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Drama, Theatre Studies, Film Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Media Studies, Psychology, Law

Scottish highers advanced

BBC including one of the following subjects: English Literature, English Language and Literature, English Language, History, Ancient History, History of Art, Archaeology, Anthropology, Classical Civilisation, Classical Studies, Politics, Government and Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Drama, Theatre Studies, Film Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Media Studies, Psychology, Law

Irish leaving certificate

4 subjects at H2, 2 subjects at H3 including one of the following subjects: English Literature, English Language and Literature, English Language, History, Ancient History, History of Art, Archaeology, Anthropology, Classical Civilisation, Classical Studies, Politics, Government and Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Drama, Theatre Studies, Film Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Media Studies, Psychology, Law

Access course

Access to Humanities and Social Sciences Pathway. Pass Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3

European Baccalaureate

80% including 7 in one of the following subjects: English Literature, English Language and Literature, English Language, History, Ancient History, History of Art, Archaeology, Anthropology, Classical Civilisation, Classical Studies, Politics, Government and Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Drama, Theatre Studies, Film Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Media Studies, Psychology, Law

International Baccalaureate

33 including HL 5 in one of the following subjects: English Literature, English Language and Literature, English Language, History, Ancient History, History of Art, Archaeology, Anthropology, Classical Civilisation, Classical Studies, Politics, Government and Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Drama, Theatre Studies, Film Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Media Studies, Psychology, Law

GCSE offer

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE

Additional entry requirements

We welcome and value a wide range of alternative qualifications.  If you have a qualification which is not listed here, please contact us via Admissions Enquiries.

If you do not have an A-Level or equivalent qualification in one of the subjects listed above, once you have submitted your UCAS form we may then contact you to ask you to submit a short analysis of a passage of a literary text in support of your application.

If you do not meet the academic requirements for direct entry, you may be interested in one of our Foundation Year programmes such as BA English Literature with a Foundation Year or BA History with a Foundation Year 

Important note 

Once enrolled onto your course at UEA, your progression and continuation (which may include your eligibility for study abroad, overseas experience, placement or year in industry opportunities) is contingent on meeting the assessment requirements which are relevant to the course on which you are enrolled. 

 

International Requirements

 

We accept many international qualifications for entry to this course. View our International Students pages for specific information about your country. 

Students for whom english is a foreign language

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):   

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) for year 1 entry  

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in all components) for year 2 entry    

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Review our English Language Equivalencies for a list of example qualifications that we may accept to meet this requirement.  

If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:   

Interviews

Most applicants will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some applicants an interview will be requested. Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a time.  

Gap year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry on your UCAS application.  

Intakes

This course is open to UK and International applicants. The annual intake is in September each year.  
Course Reference Number: 6775308

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees  

View our information for Tuition Fees. 

Scholarships and Bursaries 

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. View our range of Scholarships for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates. 

Course related costs

View our information about Additional Course Fees. 

Course Reference Number: 6775308

How to Apply

Apply for this course through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS), using UCAS Hub.  

UCAS Hub is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. 

Your application does not have to be completed all at once. Register or sign in to UCAS to get started.  

Once you submit your completed application, UCAS will process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges. 

The Institution code for the University of East Anglia is E14

View our guide to applying through UCAS for useful tips, key dates and further information: 

How to apply through UCAS 

Course Reference Number: 6775308
Key details
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Bachelor of Arts
UCAS course code
QV31
Entry Requirements
AAB
Duration (years)
3
Study the intertwined disciplines of literature and history under the guidance of our leading historians, literary critics, and creative writers at UEA. You’ll discover the benefits of working from a truly interdisciplinary perspective, as you delve into the diverse histories of different regions and cultures, and explore a wealth of literature from a variety of genres, traditions, and time periods. Based in Norwich – a city with a rich historic past and a vibrant cultural present – you’ll develop a unique set of skills by working across two subjects, ready to take what you’ve learnt forward into an exciting range of careers.
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