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QV32 BA English and History with a year abroad (4 years)

You read widely, have a fascination with the past and enjoy the challenge of interpretation. English and History at Southampton offers you the opportunity to think about literature and history in absorbing and productive ways.

Introducing your degree

A BA English and History (with Year Abroad) degree provides the opportunity to study abroad as part of our Erasmus exchange programme or our ‘Year abroad’ programme. Study important periods in history, get introduced to a number of fictional proses and analyse a variety of narrative techniques. Careers in teaching, archiving, curating, the media, law and publishing are possible for graduates of this degree course.


Programme Structure

View the programme specification document for this course

Key Facts

We possess many collections of original historical documents, including the Wellington, Palmerston and Mountbatten papers and the Parkes Archives


Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
GCE A-level

AAB including Grades AB in English Literature (or a related subject*) and History (or a related subject*).

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on an A grade in the EPQ.

We accept all A levels except General Studies.

International Baccalaureate34 points, 17 at higher level, including 6 in higher level English Literature (or a related subject*) and History (or a related subject*)  

*A English literature related subject includes History, English Language and Literature, English Language, or Drama and Theatre Studies. A History related subject includes subjects such as English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects. We may interview students without a Literature component in their A levels, due to the literary emphasis of our degree programmes.

International applications

We welcome applications from international students. Helpful information on applying, meeting a University representative in your country, or improving your English language levels can be found on the International Office website. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in Reading and Writing, 6.5 in Listening and Speaking.

Alternative qualifications

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University to an A level applicant. Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here.

Contextual Offers


The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who flagged in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

A typical contextual offer is ABB from three A levels including Grades AB in English Literature (or a related subject*) and History (or a related subject*) or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Please see our contextual admission pages for more information. 


Selection process:
Average applications per place:

Selection is normally based on actual or predicted grades plus the reference and personal statement on your UCAS application. Exceptionally we may ask you to come for an interview before making an offer.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

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Year 1

The following is an indicative list of available optional modules, which are subject to change each academic year. Please note in some instances modules have limited spaces available.

Semester One
ENGL1004Credit: 15
ENGL1086Credit: 15
ENGL1089Credit: 15
Semester Two

You must take two history option courses, one of these must be a pre-1750 course.

ENGL1080Credit: 15
ENGL1087Credit: 15
ENGL1090Credit: 15
HIST1011Credit: 15
HIST1012Credit: 15
HIST1016Credit: 15
HIST1074Credit: 15
HIST1085Credit: 15
HIST1089Credit: 15
HIST1113Credit: 15
HIST1177Credit: 15

Year 2

The following is an indicative list of available optional modules, which are subject to change each academic year. Please note in some instances modules have limited spaces available.

Semester One

English: Students normally choose either one double OR two single English modules

History: Students normally choose one double history module

You may, if you wish, replace one optional, 15 credit, single module in each semester with an alternative subject.  One of these will replace the equivalent credits in English, the other the equivalent credits in History.

ENGL2005Credit: 30
ENGL2012Credit: 15
ENGL2027Credit: 15
ENGL2051Credit: 30
ENGL2094Credit: 15
FILM2019Credit: 15
HIST2049Credit: 30
HIST2051Credit: 30
HIST2064Credit: 30
HIST2069Credit: 15

HIST2084 Accommodation, Violence and Networks in Colonial America

HIST2097Credit: 15
HIST2107Credit: 30
HIST2110Credit: 15
HIST2221Credit: 15
Semester Two
ENGL2001Credit: 15
ENGL2052Credit: 15
ENGL2061Credit: 30
ENGL2078Credit: 15
ENGL2079Credit: 30
ENGL2085Credit: 15
ENGL2089Credit: 30
ENGL2096Credit: 15
ENGL2097Credit: 15
PHIL2001Credit: 15
HIST2004Credit: 30
HIST2031Credit: 30
HIST2036Credit: 30
HIST2045Credit: 30
HIST2086Credit: 30
HIST2108Credit: 15
HIST2109Credit: 15
HIST2223Credit: 15

Year 3

Your third year will be spent at one our partner institutions. More details can be found on the Exchange partners.

Year 4

The following is an indicative list of available optional modules, which are subject to change each academic year. Please note in some instances modules have limited spaces available.

Semester One

History dissertation (HIST3021) students should take a HIST Special Subject part 1 (double module) or HIST Alternative History (double module) plus two English single modules OR, alternatively, HIST Special Subject part 1 (double module) or HIST Alternative History (double module) and one English double module.

English dissertation (ENGL3016) students should take a HIST Special Subject part 1 (double module) and either one English double module or two English single module.

You may, if you wish, replace one optional, 15 credit, single module in each semester with an alternative subject.  One of these will replace the equivalent credits in English, the other the equivalent credits in History.

ENGL3003Credit: 30
ENGL3004Credit: 30
ENGL3015Credit: 15
ENGL3053Credit: 15
ENGL3056Credit: 30
ENGL2012Credit: 15
GERM3016Credit: 15
HIST3054Credit: 30
HIST3060Credit: 30
HIST3119Credit: 30
HIST3126Credit: 30
HIST3150Credit: 30
HIST3187Credit: 30
HIST3203Credit: 30
HIST3224Credit: 30
HIST3229Credit: 30
HIST3230Credit: 30
Semester Two
ENGL3007Credit: 30
ENGL3044Credit: 30
ENGL3049Credit: 15
FILM3006Credit: 15
HIST3055Credit: 30
HIST3061Credit: 30
HIST3127Credit: 30
HIST3204Credit: 30

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

NameYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
BA English and History (with Year Abroad)2018Full-time£9,250£16,536
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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentIT - Computer discs or USB drives: Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device.
EquipmentIT - Software licenses: All software is provided.
EquipmentIT - Hardware: It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.
Printing and copyingWhere possible, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour) Please Note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account The University Print Centre also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service.
PlacementsStudents on placement programmes can expect to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses, travel costs and visa costs. This will vary depending on which country you are travelling to. Specific details on what additional costs there will be are detailed in the individual module profiles which can be found under the modules tab of the programme details of your programme.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Career Opportunities

Studying English and History at Southampton will help you acquire high-level critical thinking and communication skills that are essential to navigate your career. Our English and History graduates have progressed to careers in journalism, archiving, publishing, curating, management and administration, teaching, the media, law, creative writing, and many other areas.

You will be developing and practising the skills required for a successful career from day one of the course. Over three years you will learn to

  • write in different ways and for different formats
  • sharpen your analysis of the past to address the problems of the present
  • argue your case
  • make interesting and confident presentations
  • work effectively both on your own and in groups
  • identify and research areas that you think are important

These are all skills that are valued not just by us but by employers. As a student rep you might also take an active role in the governance of the department, of a student society, or of the Students' Union. English and History also offers some opportunities for direct work experience.

  • Find out more on our Careers and Employability on our English and History pages
  • Learn about the experience gained by our graduates during their time with us on the Alumni pages of our English and History websites
  • Read interesting employability facts about our English degrees on our Employability Facts and Figures pages on the English and History websites

Learning & Assessment

An English and History degree at Southampton provides you with an excellent education in literature, theory and past cultures. There are opportunities for field research, creative writing, as well as work experience in local schools. We are committed to providing a rich, rigorous, and above all enjoyable experience ensuring that you graduate as a confident, curious and independent self-starter equipped with the skills for a successful career.

  • Research-led teaching by English and History academics who are passionate about their subject
  • Talks by visiting speakers from international universities and by successful professionals
  • Specialist online learning resources for every module
  • An exciting range of assessment methods including presentations, group projects, portfolios, and dissertations, as well as essays and exams
  • An academic advisor to provide regular and supportive advice, guidance and feedback on your progress
  • Opportunities to visit Chawton House Library and the former home of Jane Austen, as well as visits to galleries, museums, and theatres
  • Access to the Wellington, Palmerston and Mountbatten papers and the Parkes archives
  • Opportunities to spend a semester, a year or a summer at one of our international partner universities in Asia, Europe, and the Americas to experience a new culture
  • Placements in schools and colleges as part of your degree such as international writing in schools, and the student associates scheme


Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Scheduled learning & teaching study15%16%0%9%
Independent study85%84%100%91%
Placement study0%0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Written exam assessment10%13%0%20%
Practical exam assessment11%0%0%1%
Coursework assessment79%87%100%79%

Study Locations

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