About the course

Study with a top History department and be taught from the cutting edge of historical research. Explore the English language, its uses and development.

Through our diverse and inclusive History curriculum you will learn about an array of cultures and identities. What links our work is our focus on people’s history and everyday lives. This is represented strongly in our first year programme, which will give you an insight into the making of the modern world through exploration of faith, magic and medicine, campaigns for freedom and equality, Africa and the world, and America from Hamilton to Trump.

The mix of modules in English Language focuses on the language itself; its sounds, words and structure; the development of the language; and how it is used to communicate.

Throughout your degree, the common link between the two disciplines will be effective communication. As historians you will learn to analyse historical documents and debates among historians and unpack their meaning, while in English Language you’ll learn about communicating in different scenarios – to explain, inspire, persuade and effect change.

Written communication is particularly important for history students, and, over the skills that you develop over the course of your studies will benefit you in the final year of History if you choose to write a dissertation. This extended piece of work will grow out of a topic that interests you. Previous students have been inspired by their year of study abroad, while others have worked on the history of jiu jitsu, women code breakers at Bletchley Park, the Notting Hill riots, and vice and sexuality in 17th -century London. You could also choose to blend your programme of study, writing for example, on an aspect of propaganda as a form of communication.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BA (Hons) History
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BA (Hons) History 2019 Programme specification 2 BA (Hons) English Language

Why choose this course?

We give you: 

  • An exceptional History team, conducting world-leading research (REF 2014),
  • Stimulating, innovative courses - our History students reported almost 94% overall satisfaction with their course (2018 National Student Survey)
  • A flexible programme of study, allowing you to concentrate on areas you find especially interesting and the scope to write a History dissertation on a topic about which you are passionate
  • The option to study abroad after your second year
  • CV-building potential through work placements and extra-curricular activities

Course details

What job can I get?

Employability is central to everything we do. History offers you the possibility of a placement in a local museum, archive or heritage site in your second year, enabling you to gain valuable transferable skills. As well as working in the huge heritage industry, past students have gone on to careers in teaching, the law, civil service, librarianship, information management, retail management, marketing, the voluntary sector, publishing and the media.

Teaching methods

Our history students benefit from being part of a diverse and active academic community. Our interactive seminars and workshops help you find your feet in the academic environment and establish ways of working confidently, creatively and collaboratively. We see our students as fellow researchers, and we place a great deal of importance on sharing and developing skills.

This teaching ethos is shared by our colleagues in English Language. From tutorials and group work to eye-opening psycholinguistic experiments, the English Language teams use a range of engaging, student-centred teaching methods. You’ll dive into real-life data, get involved in research and learn from guest experts.

As one of our students, you will have the opportunity to get involved in activities that will complement your studies. Not only do these enhance your experience, they also make for a more impressive CV. Our renowned staff-student Oral History team has taken students to Australia and produced a BBC Radio 4 documentary, which was commended at the 2018 Royal Historical Society Public History Awards.

Study Abroad

Taking a year’s study abroad is an excellent opportunity to broaden your understanding of the world. Living in another country opens up fresh perspectives and helps create global citizens. For our history students, immersing themselves in a host country enhances your learning, giving you a greater appreciation of other cultures and societies, and a deeper understanding of their everyday lives. Studying abroad is also a great opportunity to put your communication skills into practice! 

Find out more about our Study abroad opportunities.

Structure

  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Communication, Interaction, Context 15 Credits Compulsory
    Belief and Disbelief: Faith, Magic and Medicine, 1500 - 1800 15 Credits Compulsory
    Investigating Language 15 Credits Compulsory
    The Fight for Rights: Freedom and Oppression, 1790s-1990s 15 Credits Compulsory
    Historians' Toolkit 15 Credits Compulsory
    Africa and the World, 1450-1850 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to English Linguistics 1 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to English Linguistics 2 15 Credits Compulsory
    Language and Mind 15 Credits Optional
    Cashing In: Traders and Consumers, 1600 - 2001 15 Credits Optional
    Language in the Media 15 Credits Optional
    Introduction to Public History 15 Credits Optional
    The Heritage Industry in Britain 15 Credits Optional
    Leisure and Lifestyle: 20th Century American Music, Sport and Entertainment 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Graduate Skills 0 Credits Compulsory
    USA 1861 to 1969: From Civil War to Civil Rights A 15 Credits Optional
    Learning and Teaching Language 2 15 Credits Optional
    English Grammar 15 Credits Optional
    Language and Species 15 Credits Optional
    Language in Society 15 Credits Optional
    Sounds of English 15 Credits Optional
    Forensic Linguistics 15 Credits Optional
    Language Competencies in Career Development 15 Credits Optional
    History of the English Language 15 Credits Optional
    Research Methods in English Language & Communication 15 Credits Optional
    Learning and Teaching Language 1 15 Credits Optional
    Hearth & Heart: Family Life in the Long Eighteenth-Century 15 Credits Optional
    Propaganda in Twentieth-Century War and Politics 15 Credits Optional
    Nation & Identity: Newly Independent States in Interwar Europe, 1918-1939 15 Credits Optional
    Making a Historical Documentary 15 Credits Optional
    Making Histories: Public History Work Experience 15 Credits Optional
    Postcards from the Empire: Experiences of British Imperialism 15 Credits Optional
    Maladies and Medicine in Early Modern Europe 15 Credits Optional
    Crime and Society in England, 1550-1750 15 Credits Optional
    The Age of the Cold War, 1945-1991 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Child Language & Communication 15 Credits Optional
    Clinical Linguistics 15 Credits Optional
    Language & Communication Project 30 Credits Optional
    Language Processing 15 Credits Optional
    Communication and Cultures 15 Credits Optional
    Meaning and Context 15 Credits Optional
    Chunky Language: Investigating Formulaic Sequences 15 Credits Optional
    Gender in Language and Communication 15 Credits Optional
    Global Englishes 15 Credits Optional
    Corpus-based Studies in English Language 15 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

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    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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    Entry requirements

    UCAS points A Level BTEC IB requirement
    104 BCC DMM 104 points

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2020

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    23/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    23/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    23/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students