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BA (Hons) English Literature and History

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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

3 Years Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees


2021/22?UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.


Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • UCAS?Tariff points:?104?- 120?(A levels or combination with AS /?EPQ?/?BTEC?/ Cambridge Technical)
  • A levels:?BBB - BCC?
  • Access to HE Diploma:?Pass with 12 level 3 credits worth of English units at Merit
  • International Baccalaureate:?28 points with English Higher at?4
  • IELTS?6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5?

Student view

Abigail Alder
English student
There was so many things I loved about the University of Chichester, but mainly the person I became and about how happy the place made me. It was a second home for me.

Course content

In year one you will?take two modules in Literary History entitled Victorian Literature and Modernism to the Present, as well developing your knowledge of British, European and international history.

In your second year, you will study the literature of the Renaissance, the Civil War, the Restoration and the Romantic period, as well as looking?at wars, revolutions, social, religious and gender issues that shape our very identities.

In year three, you will?develop your own research topic on a dissertation subject of your own choosing, working on a one-to-one basis with an expert tutor.

Our facilities

You can take advantage of our range of facilities including:

  • Specific subject librarians are there to offer advice and assistance for your study area, they can provide specialised reading lists and bibliographies if you are having difficulty finding the right materials
  • Additional academic support available such as referencing, essay planning, presentation skills, research and information gathering, plus general dissertation skills
  • Access to over 500,000 e-books, 4,500 e-journals and 100,000 streamed media clips
  • Library and IT services located on campus with Wi-Fi, open access workstations, individual study rooms and group working spaces

Where this can take you

Our graduates go on to a wide variety of careers including:

  • Teaching
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Personnel Work
  • Publishing
  • Gallery Work
  • Charity Management
  • Event Management
  • Tourism
  • Librarianship,
  • Social Work
  • Local Authority Employment
  • IT

Some also study further in such areas as English Literature, Archival Studies and Law. Graduates from Chichester have improved communication skills, confidence and cultural knowledge that make them attractive to prospective employers.

Work placements

We encourage our students to get culturally involved and gain experience, whether it is as a student blogger, with student societies, with local heritage projects or with our own vibrant research culture.

The Work Placement module allows you to work as, for example, a journalist or within a publishing environment, then to reflect critically upon the experience. Our Professional Writing module equips you with the skills needed to write in a whole range of professional modes. We also hope you’ll take advantage of careers advice available in the University, which is the home of ‘Graduate On’, designed to make the transition to graduate employment easier.

Indicative modules

Year One:

Language: Form and Function

Activating the Imagination: Poetry

Victorian Literature

Strategies for Reading

Language: Variety and Change

Activating the Imagination: Prose

Modernism to the Present

Critical Perspectives

Late Medieval England and Europe

The module begins by outlining the cultural and political landscape of Western Europe in the mid-12th century. It will then explore major themes and events in English History from the 12th to the 15th century including the Angevin Empire and its loss, Magna Carta and the role of the Papal Monarchy, the relative peace and prosperity of the mid- 13th century, Edward I’s campaigns in Wales and Scotland, the upheavals of 1307-27, the Black Death of 1348 and the Hundred Years’ War. The module will end by asking whether the Peasants’ Revolt (and similar rebellions) heralded the demise of ‘feudal’ social structures, and the end of the Middle Ages.

Research Spotlight – clothing the rural poor

Early Modern Europe and the Wider World, 1400-1800: From the Renaissance to the French Revolution

Twentieth-Century Britain and Europe

War Studies

Africa and the African Diaspora

The module is divided into four sections in order to explore four key areas in which Africa and the African Diaspora have played a major role in the making of the modern world. Section one examines the consequences of trans-Atlantic slavery for Africa and the modern world and the impact of the Haitian Revolution. Section two examines the consequences of colonialism in Africa. This section also focuses both on the ideologies of racism that accompanied slavery and colonial rule and presents an introduction to Pan-Africanism as an example of an ideological form of resistance and affirmation. Section three focuses on slavery and its consequences in the United States, including the emergence of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements in the period following World War Two. The final section focuses on post-war Britain and in particular the impact of mass migration from the Caribbean. It aims to introduce students not only to the demographic and political consequences of post-war migration but also and to the varied strategies of affirmation and resistance employed by Britain’s new Caribbean population.


Year Two:

Language and Authority

Reading Women's Writings

Renaissance to Restoration

Genre: Poetry

Language into Literature

This module aims to give students greater understanding of the various means by which language both embodies and resists notions of the ‘literary’ and ‘non-literary’ in texts. It explores the contribution of Linguistics to the study of literary texts, equipping students with a body of knowledge that will enable them to identify and explain salient textual features, across a range of genres. It introduces students to recent developments in the field of Stylistics, giving them new ways and opportunities to define and discuss the ‘style’ of various authors and texts.

Postcolonial Readings

The Restoration to the Romantics

Genre: Prose Fiction

This module will explore the dynamic of change in the contemporary short story. Student writers will examine model short stories and how they invariably dramatise a significant change in character, and/or situation. In doing so, students will analyse the devices writers use to shape narrative, and to create tension and conflict.

Students will build on the skills learned in Level 4 modules (Source and Exploration, Creating Characters, Introduction to Writing Short Fiction) relating to the ‘building blocks’ of effective writing. Previously, students will have discovered how writers build the material world of a story through setting, character and research. At Level 5, students will continue to develop these skills at a more sophisticated level through exploration of the dynamic of change. They will also analyse how writers shape the world of a story through devices, including dramatisation, exposition, dialogue, patterns of imagery, metaphor, and suggestion. This will deepen students’ knowledge of the short story form and will inspire them to produce creative work that demonstrates their ability to handle a range of technical and imaginative elements involved in writing short fiction.

Students will also write an essay on one of the model short stories. In this essay, they will analyse one of the writing devices explored over the course of the module, assessing its workings in relation to the story’s central theme/s.

Victorian Britain

The United States of America: Politics, Identity and Culture

Theories and Methods in History

Heritage and Public History

Women’s and Gender History

The module will begin with theoretical considerations of the term ‘gender’ and its usefulness as a category of historical analysis. It will then explore major areas of research on gender and sexuality by medieval and early modern historians, examining women across all social strata, from queens and regents to prophets and peasants. Historiographical debates will receive attention, e.g. the allegedly detrimental effects of the Norman Conquest in England and of the social and religious upheavals of the late 15th and early 16th centuries. Although the main focus is on women, issues relating to masculinity will also be examined. Therefore, the module complements and prepares you for future modules such as ‘Chivalry, Knighthood and Masculinity’ at level six. Topics focused on will normally include patriarchy, matriarchy and authority; queenship, kingship and chivalry; marriage and the family; medicine and science; sexuality and prostitution; fertility and the body, and witchcraft and religion.


Year Three:

Dissertation (spread over 2 semesters)

The dissertation constitutes three modules at level 3. It will sustain a positioned argument (thesis) over 10500 words. Both primary and secondary sources will be used. The work will include explicit methodological and historiographical dimensions and where appropriate, theoretical discussions integrated into the text. Students will have taken the level two module, Approaches to Research, and have identified by its completion their dissertation subject. All choices made by the student will be approved by the tutor of this module for viability and appropriateness.

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment

At our University, you will find a friendly atmosphere and an encouraging team of staff which will work hard to support you throughout your learning. During your time with us, you will be challenged to develop your intellectual and practical skills and guided by a team of experienced and well-qualified teaching staff.

All of our tutors have recognised national and international research expertise and a passion for their respective subject areas, which means you will be studying at the cutting edge of the most recent developments in knowledge.

Students can also gain credits from attending seminars and lectures from guest speakers including nationally-recognized journalists, policy makers, politicians and international academics.

Additional Costs

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