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Undergraduate Course

English Literature and History BA (Hons)

Bring the past to life by exploring both the history and the literature of many different times, places and peoples.

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Literature and History often inform and interact with each other, offering different perspectives on the events of the past and the people behind them. Studied together these subjects will give you a deeper understanding of people, the world around us and how we got to where we are today.

96% of English Literature students felt that their lecturers were good at explaining things. (National Student Survey 2021)

90% of History students were satisfied with their course. (National Student Survey 2021)

York campus

  • UCAS Code – QV31
  • Duration – 3 years full time, 6 years part time
  • Start date – September 2022
  • School – School of Humanities

Minimum Entry Requirements

    104 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

Course overview

Studying English Literature and History together allows you to build your expertise in analysing the written word in all of its forms; from primary historical documents to experimental literary texts. On our Literature modules we emphasise the importance of considering texts alongside the social, cultural and historical issues of the time. Equally, the literature of a given era can be a useful historical source in understanding that time.

You will study the history and the literature of a broad range of time periods and geographical locations. On both sides of the course we offer a lot of flexibility, with many different modules to choose from. This allows you to study the topics and themes that interest you most. In Literature we will take you beyond the traditional canon of classic works and introduce you to voices you may not have heard from before. This may include Native American writing, African American writing, prison narratives, radical poetry and LGBTQIA+ rights literature.

Both teams are made up of active researchers across a range of specialisms. In History you will have the chance to engage with some of the current research taking place to explore new directions in their fields.

You will also have the opportunity to take part in work based learning on a dedicated employability module. This could mean exploring archives or helping to curate exhibitions through our partnerships in the city. You will also have the opportunity to take part in workshops, writing sessions and readings with prominent literary figures through the York Literature Festival.

Course structure

Year 1

Our academic year is split into 2 semesters. How many modules you take each semester will depend on whether you are studying full time or part time.

In your first year, if you are a full time student, you will study:

  • 2 compulsory modules and 1 optional module in semester 1
  • 1 compulsory and 2 optional modules in semester 2.

If you are a part time student, the modules above will be split over 2 years.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

You must choose at least 1 module from each subject every semester.

Optional modules will run if they receive enough interest. It is not guaranteed that all modules will run every year.

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module will help you gain the most important skills needed to be a successful historian. Focusing on analytical interpretation rather than historical narrative, this module will prepare you for the independent study skills required for degree level study. You will explore how historians:

  • Examine primary sources
  • Write and engage with secondary sources
  • Construct arguments and apply theories
  • Work with established historical concepts
  • Question conventions and established time periods in history.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module will help you to become more confident in working with literature at degree level. You will engage with a range of texts written before the 19th century. This includes prose, drama, poetry, speeches, letters and articles. Through this you will start to think about how literature and history can be brought together, and why the study of English Literature remains a popular and important subject.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module we will examine some well known classic texts alongside more unusual selections. These texts will help you to question the social, political, cultural and historical values through which we approach literature. This includes an exciting range of texts across different media and forms, from 19th century poetry to early cinema and 1930s nonfiction. Along the way we will consider questions of gender, class, war, empire, form, genre and much more.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module is your introduction to the history of York, from medieval to the Regency period. This will mean exploring the city, making use of its resources and thinking critically about how we can assess changes through time. Taking York as a case study, the module explores social and cultural development within the city. You will also consider the dialogue between York’s evolution and changes in national and global history. We will take a thematic approach, focusing on ongoing developments such as trade, public health and religion.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will focus on how war impacts society. Examining different types of war from different periods will build your skills in comparative analysis. You will also engage with contemporary historical debates about the relationship between war and society. We will examine case studies to discuss themes such as:

  • The causes of war
  • Who wins wars and why
  • The effect of war on technological and historical development
  • The role of citizens
  • The importance of the state.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will learn the basics of academic writing and research at university level. Drawing on a range of classic and contemporary short stories and poems, you will develop skills such as:

  • Using the library catalogue
  • Choosing secondary sources
  • Planning essays
  • Developing arguments
  • Close reading texts.

These will allow you to write about and discuss the works that inspire you with confidence and flair.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module we will introduce you to the study of historical buildings, and their role in history. You will explore how history is expressed in the built environment and how it lives on around us. Using the buildings, spaces and resources in and around York, you will immerse yourself in this important aspect of history. We will encourage you to challenge existing narratives and assumptions, as you consider the relationship between sites, history and heritage.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will explore how human societies and the natural world have interacted and reshaped each other through time. This involves taking environmental, social and cultural approaches to history simultaneously. You will discover how nature has influenced society and people’s understanding of their place in the world. You will also evaluate the impact that social developments have environmental issues. Through this you will be introduced to important concepts in social history, considering contemporary approaches to gender, race, power and the history of emotions.

Credits: 20

Optional module

The legacies of empire continue to influence the domestic and international political, economic, social and cultural landscapes today. On this module you will investigate the experience of imperialism by comparing empires from diverse geographical and chronological contexts. You will explore the concepts of empire, imperialism and colonialism, and discover the important role played by empires throughout history. We will look in depth at the emergence, internal relationships and legacies of empires, from European colonial powers to ancient civilizations.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will explore the theme of revolution across different times and places within European history. We will consider revolution in a broad way, defining it as episodes of significant and rapid political and social upheaval. You will consider the causes, developments and consequences of both successful and failed revolutions. The case studies we cover may include:

  • The English Revolution
  • The French Revolution
  • European revolutions of the early nineteenth century
  • Revolutions in the early twentieth century, including Russia, Germany and Hungary
  • Revolutions and the World Wars.

Credits: 20

Optional module

The 20th Century was defined by conflict, but it also saw the spread of democracy and the construction of international organisations dedicated to the preservation of peace. On this module you will explore these contradictions as you study international history from 1900 to the present day, focusing on case studies of major crises. You will analyse these with reference to some of the main themes in recent international history, including:

  • Imperialism
  • Decolonisation
  • International law
  • Democracy and dictatorship
  • Terrorism.

Credits: 20

Optional module

The critic Michel Foucault once wrote that ‘power is everywhere’. On this module we will uncover how economic, social and cultural power is portrayed and exerted through the written word. We will explore who has power in a literary text, and we as readers can identify this. We will discuss these issues as they relate to identity politics and the intersections between class, gender, race, sexuality, ability, nation, and age in selected literary works.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module we will introduce you to 2 key concepts that will recur throughout your academic study: the idea of literary value and the concept of the canon. This will provide a context for you to reflect on what you study at university and why. We will question how assumptions about what is and isn't great literature can influence our reading and writing choices, potentially restricting us from exploring beyond the classics.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module will give you a broad understanding of the history of the USA, from both a domestic and an international point of view. You will learn about America’s gradual emergence as a leading international power, economically, militarily and politically. We will explore historical developments in the American experience, including political, social and economic changes. You will consider the continuing tension between unity and diversity in American history, exploring topics such as the Civil War, industrialisation, consumer culture, foreign policy and immigration.

Year 2

In your second year, if you are a full time student, you will study:

  • 3 optional modules in semester 1
  • 3 optional modules in semester 2.

If you are a part time student, the modules above will be split over 2 years.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

You must choose at least 1 module from each subject every semester.

Optional modules will run if they receive enough interest. It is not guaranteed that all modules will run every year.

Modules

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module we will encourage you to think about your career options after graduation, and how the skills you are developing can help you to achieve these goals. We will focus on team work and project management skills, as you work in groups to develop, plan and execute a project. Alternatively, you could gain some industry experience with an external workplace placement. Guest speakers will share their experiences and introduce you to a variety of graduate career pathways, potentially including publishing, research, teaching, marketing and journalism.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module is a great opportunity to improve your employability and start thinking about your career. You will consider how history, and the skills you have developed by studying it, relate to potential career paths. As part of this module you will participate in a 75 hour work placement. You will need to secure this placement yourself, but you can take advantage of the many connections we have established with heritage organisations in York and the wider region.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module builds on the Year 1 module Research and Presenting the Past, allowing you to develop your research skills even further. You will conduct project work in groups and engage in independent research that will prepare you for the dissertation module in your final year. We will discuss the importance of primary sources for understanding an event, period or theme. This may include opportunities to work with local archives. We will also look in detail at various schools of historical theory and methodology.

Credits: 20

Optional module

Despite the horrors of the Black Death, devastation of famine and ravages of the Hundred Years War, 14th century England was also sparkled with artistic and literary achievement. On this module you will explore the ideals and ideas existing alongside the trauma of conflict to understand the complexities of the period. You will assess developments in political culture to better understand the challenges and achievements of the period.

Credits: 20

Optional module

Examine early modern English Society from the beginning of the Reformation in the 1540s to the Restoration in the 1660s. This module explores how people negotiated their everyday lives in a world that was becoming ever more watchful of their political loyalties and personal morality. You will investigate this period through a range of primary sources, engaging with them in creative ways to understand the everyday lived experiences of the time. These could include:

  • State papers
  • Court records
  • Petitions
  • Documents relating to parish life.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will take a gendered and cultural approach to 16th century British history. This is a fascinating period to study the changes in power, autonomy and image of women. You will find new perspectives on a much discussed period in history, exploring how political and religious movements affected the lived experiences of women from across society. We will consider how these women presented themselves, and how they have been represented since.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will study the history of the Soviet Union, from the October Revolution in 1917 to the collapse of the Soviet experiment in 1991. In doing so you will identify the underlying reasons for both the rise and the fall of the Soviet state, as well as assessing its impact on the rest of the world. You will examine Soviet communism from various different perspectives, taking in political, economic, social, military and cultural history.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will study the Victorian period from a social and cultural historical angle. We explore food and eating from various overlapping perspectives. You will consider how food and eating were shaped by broad historical changes such as:

  • Colonialism
  • Industrialisation
  • Science and technology
  • Medical advancements
  • Print culture.

You will examine cookbooks as historical documents, along with other primary sources relating to food production and consumption in Britain, France and their empires. Through case studies you will engage with debates about the connections between food and everyday life, class, gender, race and civilisation.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will focus on the experience of African Americans both as enslaved people and slavery and in the years following the abolition of slavery. You will learn about the origins, development and abolition of slavery in the USA, assessing the impact and nature of the American slave system. We will frame these discussions through the contemporary responses of both African Americans and white Americans concerning slavery, relationships between races after slavery ended, and the emergence of cultural expression among African Americans.

Credits: 20

Optional module

In the early 20th century France had a pivotal role in both world wars, suffering both invasion and conquest and undergoing a traumatic process of decolonisation. On this module you will learn about France’s role on the world stage as a political, military, imperial and cultural force. You will consider both the impact of international forces upon France and the country’s influence on the course of world history.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will learn about the social and political history of Britain from the union of Scotland and England in 1707 until the crowning of Queen Victoria. This was a period of enormous political, social and economic change, which also saw Britain rapidly assuming a leading position amongst the world’s major powers. Topics you cover may include:

  • The Hanoverian succession
  • The Jacobite rebellion
  • Imperial expansion
  • Industrialisation
  • Trade, commerce and capitalism, including the slave trade
  • The American Revolution
  • The Napoleonic Wars.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will examine, confront and evaluate the historical debates surrounding the American Civil War. You will learn about the campaigns and strategies of the war itself, as well as its social and political impact and its lasting cultural legacy. You will also consider the social and political forces that have shaped how this period has been retold in historical and pop culture representations. This will open wider discussion about how wars are remembered and commemorated.

Credits: 20

Optional module

The 1960s were a turbulent time for the USA. President Lyndon Johnson was embarking on a series of reforms aiming to create “the Great Society” at the same time as the seemingly endless war in Vietnam. It was also a time of great achievements, with America leading the first moon landings. Topics you will cover on this module include:

  • The image and domestic policies of the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon presidencies
  • Radicalism and dissent, including counterculture, urban riots and student protests
  • The domestic impact of the Vietnam War.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will examine the traumatic history of China throughout the lifetime of Mao Zedong. You will confront and evaluate the historical debates surrounding China’s transition from the world’s oldest imperial power to a revolutionary Communist state. In doing so you will consider the political, ideological, economic, military, social and cultural forces that shaped these events. Given China's modern status as a major world power, learning about its turbulent past and Mao's legacy will help you to understand wider global developments.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module will focus on the Roman Empire in the first century AD, exploring what life was really like under imperial rule across society and across the empire. This will mean looking in depth at famous figures like Tiberius, Caligula and Nero, known for their violence and cruelty, as well as those like Vespasian whose legacy is more favourable. You will engage closely with different kinds of primary materials, including written sources but also archaeology, art, coins and inscriptions.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will have the chance to get involved with some of the research taking place within our department. The content will be different every year, depending on the current research taking place in the academic team, the resources available and what you and your course mates are interested in. This is an opportunity to be part of our ongoing contribution to historical knowledge and to build your research skills before starting your dissertation in the final year.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module we will explore the different ways books and films tell stories, and what happens to literature and literary characters when they are translated onto the screen. We will introduce you to the theory, methods and conventions behind the process of adaptation. In addition to examining specific examples of film adaptation, you can choose to experiment creatively on an adaptation project of your own, using what you have learnt.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will consider the relationship between American literature and the physical and symbolic spaces of its settings. In American culture concepts of space and setting have a particular relevance that dates back to events such as the Declaration of Independence, the founding of civic spaces, and the Californian Gold Rush. You will be challenged to think creatively, critically, and innovatively about physical space and literature. We will explore the relationship between American socio-economic history and the development of a specifically American literary tradition.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module we will consider whether we can meaningfully approach literary texts outside of their historical contexts. We will question whether a text can mean anything to anybody, or if are there more objective ways of understanding them. This module engages with some of the most fundamental questions in literary studies. It will equip you with the theoretical background and skills to offer insightful readings of any text, irrespective of when and where it was published.

Credits: 20

Optional module

The English Civil War, the Commonwealth, the ‘Glorious Revolution’, and the Restoration of the Crown led to a period of great literary production – as well as suspicion from those in power towards writers and publishers. On this module we will discuss how literature challenged and negotiated what it meant to be ‘civil’ in this period. You will consider how new voices contributed to the conversation, including:

  • The working class
  • Women
  • Writers of colour
  • Dissenting writers

You will learn about the new kinds of literature which emerged to make sense of events, and the community that was created through reading.

Credits: 20

Optional module

Science Fiction has a history of encouraging readers and viewers to reflect on their post industrial choices, and consider how they have affected the wellbeing of the planet and its inhabitants. On this module we will draw on a range of critical perspectives around utopianism to approach landmark texts in the history of science fiction. You will have the opportunity to get involved with our ongoing science fiction writing project Terra Two: An Ark for Off-World Survival

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will explore the idea of revolution, considering how the literature of this time agitated for and responded to political upheavals and changes. In this era writers took advantage of an increasingly literate population to put forward their views through plays, poetry, novels, treatises, periodical, and newspapers. This gives us an exciting range of texts to draw upon. We will consider:

  • The impact of ‘revolutions’ in literary tastes and production
  • Gender roles and expectations
  • The role of literature
  • The relationship between individuals and society.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module we will consider how diseases are represented in novels from the late 18th century to the present day. You will investigate what disease can represent in literary texts, what associations come with different diseases and what anxieties about society diseases allow the author to explore. You will broaden your research skills by engaging with non literary texts such as medical handbooks and advertisements alongside literary works.

Credits: 20

Optional module

From Obama to Beyoncé to the Black Lives Matter movement, the African American experience is a major influence on our contemporary political, cultural, and social landscape. Starting with the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s and continuing through to the present day, we will discuss key African American novels, plays, and poems. We will consider these alongside music, film, art, and political writings to understand how black writers have responded to and shaped American culture and history.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This is an exciting module that will explore Shakespeare’s plays in their early modern contexts, while also considering their creative potential for performance. We will look at contemporary stagings of his plays. This may include debates around colour/gender-blind casting, and exploring the implications of casting on the way we read the texts. Through this module you will engage with a range of theoretical approaches, from new historicism, cultural materialism and postcolonialism to feminist and queer readings.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will encounter varied and interesting texts produced within and written about major conflicts of the 20th and early 21st centuries. We will start with depictions of the mechanised horror of the Western Front and progress through representations of:

  • The Second World War
  • The Spanish Civil War
  • Vietnam
  • The Troubles in Northern Ireland
  • 9/11 and the War on Terror.

We will read texts by writers as diverse as Martha Gellhorn, George Orwell and Kurt Vonnegut and examine the complex relationship between language, experience and memory.

Year 3

In your third year, if you are a full time student, you will study:

  • A dissertation module across semesters 1 and 2
  • 2 optional modules in semester 1
  • 2 optional modules in semester 2.

If you are a part time student, the modules above will be split over 2 years.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

You must choose at least 1 module from each subject every semester.

Optional modules will run if they receive enough interest. It is not guaranteed that all modules will run every year.

Modules

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

As you progress towards your final year you will become increasingly independent in your learning. You will write a dissertation (an extended project which runs for the whole of the academic year) on a topic of your choice, and with the support of an academic supervisor. For many students this is one of the most enjoyable parts of their degree, as it gives you the opportunity to specialise in something you are passionate about and explore it in great depth.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This is an opportunity to study a specialist area within your chosen historical era. The topics are closely related to staff research interest, meaning your work will be aligned with current research. This will help you develop your skills in research and historical investigation.

Through these special subject modules you can choose to explore topics such as:

  • The Fall of the Roman Republic
  • The War of the Roses
  • The English Revolution
  • Britain against Napoleon
  • The Korean War
  • The Russian Revolution
  • The Vietnam War
  • Reagan and his America
  • The Social and cultural history of the First World War
  • International Origins of the Second World War.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will investigate how the novel form was developed, challenged, and experimented with in the Victorian period. You will consider how the novel engages with and represents social issues in the period, but also how the novel form itself adapted and transformed as a vehicle of expression. You will discover how novels transformed from realist texts which set out to depict believable and probable events and characters to varied and experimental genres, including:

  • Science fiction
  • The sensation novel
  • Romance
  • Mystery and adventure.

Credits: 20

Optional module

By the beginning of the 20th century many of the religious, philosophical and cultural assumptions of the West had been overturned, and new aesthetic movements emerged whose radical call was to ‘make it new’. On this module we will introduce you to these restless modernists and the consequences of their work in 20th century culture. You will examine how the Civil Rights Movement, feminism, and queer subcultures used emerging ideas and experimental aesthetics as tools in their politically radical activism.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module examines the origins of Gothic literature and conventions, exploring how the Gothic persists and adapts to different historical and cultural contexts. We will be reading poetry and prose, drama and non-fiction throughout the module, as well as considering other media such as art, film, and sound and critical theories of the Gothic.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will investigate the theatrical experimentation that took place over the last century, and consider its impact on the contemporary stage. You will consider the major movements and perspectives of the period against the background of wider intellectual, cultural and aesthetic debates. Through this we will explore the creative dynamics between:

  • Tradition and innovation
  • Word and image
  • Writing and performance
  • Reading and spectatorship.

Credits: 20 each

Optional module

This is an opportunity to get involved with a current staff research project. The topics on offer in any particular year will reflect the research being carried out by your tutors. This is a great way to be part of the research culture within the department and add to the creation of new knowledge. You will build further on the research skills you have already developed, which will help you with your own independent dissertation.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module will examine a selection of texts from 20th century American literature, and relate these works to their cultural, social and political backgrounds. We will focus on texts that demonstrate formal innovation and experimentation, and the selection will reflect the variety of twentieth century American experience. You will read Native American, African American and Chinese-American texts alongside literature produced in the wake of radical social change such as Beat writing, Vietnam narratives, and responses to 9/11.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module we will examine texts from the English speaking and Creole Caribbean, a region that has produced2 Nobel Prize winners in Literature. We will introduce you to a range of writing from and about the Caribbean, allowing you to appreciate the longstanding global impact of this writing and how it is currently being marked and remembered. We will particularly focus on the close connections of the past and present between Britain and the Caribbean.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will examine texts from a variety of locations, including Europe and the USA, Africa and the Asian subcontinent. Using these texts we will debate the contradictions of contemporary global society. You will consider:

  • Whether local traditions or global culture has more impact in the modern world
  • What those in one part of the world do or do not owe to those living in another
  • Whether the popularity of literary texts which aim to represent and understand ‘the other’ is something to celebrate, or simply another form of exoticism.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module we will explore issues surrounding gender and sexuality. We will debate whether various elements of gender are natural or cultural, as well as how different genders and sexualities are presented in film and literature. We will investigate how do different cultural groups use popular culture and literature to reinforce, challenge, transgress or disrupt traditional gender expectations. This module challenges you to draw on all of the skills, theories and approaches encountered throughout your degree to interrogate the representation of gender roles and sexuality in popular culture.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning

Discussions and debate is central to your learning on this course. We want you to be an active learner who is engaged in every aspect of the course. You will take part in:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Events
  • Field trips.

Your learning is also enhanced through field trips to uncover York’s literary history, investigate the past throughout archives and explore the built environment all around us.

Alongside your timetabled contact time, you will need to study independently. This will ensure that you get the most out of your degree, as well as building valuable time management skills.

You are encouraged to use the widest possible range of resources for your studies, including:

  • Books
  • Journals
  • Primary sources
  • Visual material
  • Archives
  • The resources of the local community and region, such as museums, galleries and historic buildings.

Our teaching draws on both our research and professional experience. This means your learning is informed by the most current thinking in the subject area. You can find out more about our research and backgrounds by visiting our staff pages.

Assessment

A wide range of assessment methods are used throughout your degree. This includes:

  • Essays
  • Primary source exercises
  • Reviews
  • Site reports
  • Open and closed examination
  • Reflective pieces
  • Coursework portfolios.

You will receive feedback on your work throughout each module. This will help you to improve your work for your graded assessments.

Career outcomes

Your future with a degree in English Literature and History

English Literature and History are versatile subjects which can lead to a variey of exciting career paths. This course teaches you to solve complex problems through independent critical thinking, use varied sources of information to form conclusions, and present your arguments both verbally and in writing. You will gain valuable skills in writing, analytical thinking, time management, problem solving, public speaking and more.

This degree could be the first step toward your career in:

  • Publishing
  • Journalism
  • Marketing or PR
  • Historical research
  • Heritage and Tourism
  • Archives.

Discover more career options on Prospects careers advice pages.

You could also progress onto a postgraduate degree and take your learning even further.

Postgraduate degrees at York St John University

History MA

International History MA

Contemporary Literature MA

Publishing MA

Creative Writing MA

Whatever your ambitions, we can help you get there.

Our careers service, LaunchPad provides career support tailored to your ambitions. Through this service you can access:

  • Employer events
  • LinkedIn, CV and cover letter sessions
  • Workshops on application writing and interview skills
  • Work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Personalised career advice.

This support doesn't end when you graduate. You can access our expert career advice for the rest of your life. We will help you gain experience and confidence to succeed. It's your career, your way.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

    104 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

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International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

This course is available with a foundation year

If you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto this degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education, this is a great option for you. Passing a foundation year guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

Liberal Arts foundation year

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Mature entry offer scheme

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. You can read them on our Admissions page.

Fees and Funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay depends on whether you live inside the UK or EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK and EU 2022 entry

The tuition fee for 2022 entry onto this course is

  • £9,250 per year for full time study
  • £6,935 per year for the first 4 years if you study part time.

These prices apply to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities

Placement year funding

If you choose to take a placement year, and your course offers it, you can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for your placement year. How much you are awarded is based on the type of placement being undertaken and whether it is a paid or unpaid placement. The tuition fee for your placement year will be reduced.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

International 2022 entry

The tuition fee for 2022 entry to this course is £12,750 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a Student Visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

For detailed information on accommodation and living costs, visit our Accommodation pages.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

For advice on everything from applying for scholarships to finding additional financial support email fundingadvice@yorksj.ac.uk

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