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English and History of Art BA (Full time) 2018 start

Key facts

UCAS code: QV33

Start date: September 2018

Duration/Mode
3 years full time

Typical A-level offer: AAA
(specific subjects required)

UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)

Language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component

Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes

Overview

This exciting degree gives you the chance to study two of humanity’s most popular forms of cultural expression – art and literature. You’ll develop a deep understanding of literature in English from the medieval period to the present day, as well as an awareness of how art has been produced and received.

You’ll combine core modules introducing you to the key approaches and themes of English literature and history of art with a wide range of optional modules, which span across nations and periods. The array of topics you could cover ranges from Arthurian literature to contemporary fiction and world theatre, aesthetics to museum studies, Buddhist monuments to the Danish “golden age”.

With so many galleries and museums nearby, such as the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, as well as a vibrant cultural scene, it’s a fantastic place to discover these two different but complementary disciplines.

Leeds has plenty of excellent resources for studying English and the history of art. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections – a great asset for original research. The University Library also offers a comprehensive training programme that will enable you to make the most of our extensive library resources.

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Course content

A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you’ll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.

In your first year, this means you’ll study core modules introducing you to key issues in the history of art as well as poetry, drama or prose in English.

This equips you with a firm foundation for the following two years, when you will choose to focus on specific periods from modules covering the full spectrum of English literature, from medieval romance to contemporary fiction. You’ll also select optional modules from a range which spans cultures and eras, including African art, the New York School and the art marketplace of today.

By your final year, you’ll have developed visual awareness alongside research, critical and analytical skills. You’ll have the chance to put them into practice when you complete your final year research project on a topic of your choice.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

You’ll choose from a wide range of optional modules while maintaining a balance across your subjects. Follow the links to the Programme Catalogue for more examples of optional modules and the full course structure.

Compulsory modules

A Story of Art I 20 credits
A Story of Art 2 20 credits
Studying and Researching English 5 credits

Optional modules

Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

Writing Critically 20 credits
Poetry: Reading and Interpretation 20 credits

Year 2

Optional modules

Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

The Wanderers. Critical Realism in Nineteenth Century Russia 20 credits
Art History and Art Historiography 20 credits
Art, Power and Portraiture 20 credits
Heritage and History 1: Whose Heritage? 20 credits
Medieval Literature 20 credits
Renaissance Literature 20 credits
Creative Writing 20 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Final Year Project

Optional modules

Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

Sins, Sinisters and Sciapods: The Margins of Medieval Art 20 credits
The Frankfurt School and Critical Theory 20 credits
Africa and the Atlantic World: History, Historiography and the Visual Arts 20 credits
Contemporary Literature 20 credits
American Words, American Worlds, 1900-Present 20 credits
Bowie, Reading, Writing 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read English and History of Art BA in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

Our tutors are all experts in their fields, and we help you benefit from their knowledge and experience by using different teaching and learning methods. They’ll include lectures, seminars and tutorials, and workshops may occasionally form part of some modules. However, we also put a lot of emphasis on independent study, which allows you to build your research and analytical skills.

Assessment


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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA including English (Literature, Language, or Language and Literature) and excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking.

  • Access to HE Diploma

    Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. An interview and a piece of written work may be required. The Access course must include English modules.

  • BTEC

    We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • Cambridge Pre-U

    D3, D3, M1 including D3 in English.

  • International Baccalaureate

    35 overall with 17 at Higher Level including 6 in English at Higher Level

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    H2, H2, H2, H2, H2, H2 including H2 in English

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    AA in Advanced Highers including an A in English and AABBB in Highers, or A in English in Advanced Highers and AAABB in Highers

  • Welsh Baccalaureate

    The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

  • Other Qualifications

    European Baccalaureate: 85% with 85% in English.


Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be AAB at A Level including A in English (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and grade A in the EPQ.

We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Typical Access to Leeds offer: ABB including A in English (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of English admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

School of English Undergraduate Admissions Policy

Fees

UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £17,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

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Career opportunities

This degree will equip you with a range of valuable transferable skills that are attractive to employers.

You will have analytical and critical skills that allow you to form your own conclusions, and you’ll be a strong communicator who can present and defend your views effectively. You’ll be able to work independently and in a team – and you’ll have the organisational skills and self-reliance that come with managing two different subjects.

Graduates have achieved success in a variety of careers such as curating, publishing, law, journalism, advertising and marketing, the civil service and education. Others have gone onto postgraduate study or further training.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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Placement opportunities

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.


Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.


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