Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code QV31
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects English Literature History

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Undergraduate admissions team
School of English
Telephone +44 (0) 114 222 8480
Email english@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/english/ugc

School of English

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Course description

As a dual honours student you'll take half your modules in the School of English and half in the Department of History. The many optional modules mean you can design your degree around your individual interests.

The study of history and English language or literary cultures (including theatre, film and creative writing) as part of a dual degree provides you with a complementary set of skills to comprehend and elucidate the literary qualities of historical texts (ambiguity, style, figurative language), the historical context of literary texts, as well as the developments that contributed to the evolution of the English Language. English and History are mutually supportive subjects, providing distinct but corresponding methodologies for a deep understanding and rigorous analysis of the processes of historical change, and the cultures that reflect, and encourage, that change.

Each department has research strengths from the Early Modern period through to the present day, including knowledge of American history and culture.

Modules: what you study and when

About dual honours and major/minor degrees

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels AAB including History or Classical Civilisation and typically including English Literature, English Language & Literature, or English Language*
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification ABB including History or Classical Civilisation and typically including English Language, English Literature or English Language & Literature* + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject. Evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement required
International Baccalaureate 34, 6 in Higher Level History or Classical Civilisation
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject. An additional History qualification may be required
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2 including History or Classical Civilisation and typically including English Language, English Literature or English Language & Literature*
Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AAABB + AA in including History or Classical Civilisation and typically including English Language, English Literature or English Language & Literature*
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AA including History or Classical Civilisation and typically including English Language, English Literature or English Language & Literature*
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • *Applicants without English Literature or English Language may be considered where relevant interest and experience in the subject can be demonstrated
  • International students need an overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

You can find out more by:

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the two single honours courses on which this dual degree is based. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 14%
Independent study 86%
Placement 0%

Assessment
Exams/tests 25%
Coursework 68%
Practical 7%

School of English

Jessop West

Our staff are researchers, critics, writers and practitioners. They're also passionate, dedicated teachers who work tirelessly to ensure their students are inspired. Two members of the department, Professor Brendan Stone and Dr Duco van Oostrum, are National Teaching Fellows. Many others have received awards for their teaching, as well as for their research and creative practice.

We keep seminar groups small because we believe that's the best way to stimulate discussion and debate. You will have regular timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. But it doesn't stop there. We organise extra lectures, reading groups and study sessions. All our modules are supported by online resources - many of our students work on blogs and discussion boards each week.

We're famous for our pioneering work with communities and we encourage all our students to get involved. This could mean helping people find a voice through our Storying Sheffield project or working on Lyric, our annual city-wide festival of music and words.

School of English website

Department of History

We are the 3rd best History department in the UK for world-leading research according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. Our research is world-class, wide-ranging and innovative. But what really sets Sheffield apart is our passion for public engagement. Finding new ways for people to access historical research is vitally important to us.

You'll work with award-winning academics on projects outside the lecture room to bring history to life. From an online history blog, New Histories - run entirely by students - to WikiAmerica, the history of America all in one place. Our students are passionate about what they do and it shows. You can also learn the craft of the historian on our History Workshop module. You'll work closely with one of our academics on real-life research, giving you an insight into what historians actually do..

Department of History website


What our graduates do

Our graduates go into a wide range of careers. Teaching is a popular option for those who want to make direct use of their subject knowledge. Others apply the transferable skills they have acquired in many different sectors. Their job titles include Radio Presenter, Charity Administrator, Retail Management Trainee, Copywriter, Language Assistant, Marketing Officer, TV Researcher, Parliamentary Researcher, Press Assistant, Learning Disabilities Key Worker, Informatics Assistant, Recruitment Consultant, Assistant Brand Manager, Audit Associate, HR Assistant, Assistant Export Administrator, Public Relations Account Executive, and Pastoral Support Worker.

Some graduates stay on for postgraduate study. Approximately half of students taking a masters course choose to study aspects of English in greater depth. Other choices for further study include journalism, law conversion courses, human resources and other types of management.

Student profile


"I've always been pretty interested in language innovation and language use, and the degree can be related to the outside world. So we focus on, say, how texting and social media affect language."

Lewis Clarke
English



"I came on an Open Day and fell in love with this University and Sheffield. This department is always quite good in the league tables so it's a great place to do history."

Sarah Bramham
History

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