English Literature and History (Placement Year)

BA Hons

  • UCAS Code QV32
  • Entry Year 2024 or 2023
  • A Level Requirements AAB
  • Duration Full time 4 Years


Top reasons to study with us

  • 6

    6th for Creative Writing

    The Complete University Guide (2024)

  • 6

    6th for English

    The Guardian University Guide (2024)

  • UK Top 20 for History Complete University Guide 2024

Why Lancaster?

  • Design your degree, selecting from a wide range of modules, exploring history and literature from the ancient to the modern, and the local to the global
  • Study in a city steeped in history, and with the Lake District, home of the Romantic poets, on your doorstep
  • Hear from visiting authors and academics at our many literary events, on campus, online, and in Lancaster’s historic Castle Quarter
  • Enhance your knowledge in regular small-group seminars with inspiring, world-class scholars
  • Graduate with skills in analysis, communication, and persuasion that will make you stand out in the jobs market

Explore a vast range of literary works, from ancient myth to the contemporary graphic novel, and study a host of historical movements, from the fall of Rome to the rise of human rights. Through engagement with texts and artefacts crossing continents and centuries, our interdisciplinary programme will immerse you in both literature and history.

Map your own journey

You will be able to select from a wide range of modules (from ‘Medieval Theatre’ to ‘Urban Gothic’ and ‘The Normans in Italy’ to ‘The Cold War’) and, in your third-year dissertation, be free to explore a literary and/or historical topic or theme of your own choosing. In literature, this could be, say, Renaissance sermons or filmic representations of World War One; in history, this could be, say, a global phenomenon like the Transatlantic Slave Trade or a local story like the Lancashire ‘Witch’ Trials.

Support at every step of the way

We keep our seminars small so that we can really get to know our students. If you choose to write a dissertation, you’ll receive one-to-one guidance from your tutor to deep dive into a topic you’re passionate about.

To supplement your studies, you’ll have a range of opportunities to develop real-world skills that will prepare you for your future career. You might choose to get involved with one of our four student-run literary journals (Cake, Flash, Lux and Errant), giving you invaluable experience in writing or publishing. You may also wish to take part in our schools placement module or our heritage placement module, where past students have worked with organisations like The National Trust and the Duchy of Lancaster.


Throughout your degree here you will be learning vital professional skills, such as written and oral communication, thinking both critically and creatively, and presenting well-researched arguments.

A degree from Lancaster will help you to develop a versatile, transferable skillset that will open up a plethora of exciting career opportunities.

Some of the sectors you might choose to pursue a career in include:

  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Heritage organisations and museums
  • Charities
  • Marketing
  • Teaching

Many Lancaster graduates also choose to go on to further study, undertaking a Master’s degree or PhD.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring that you gain a highly reputable degree. We are also dedicated to ensuring that you graduate with relevant life and work-based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award, which offers you the opportunity to complete activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development.

Visit our Employability section for full details.

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level AAB

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and some which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.







Fees and Funding

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.

Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2024/25 are:

UK International
£9,250 £23,750

Scholarships and Bursaries

Details of our scholarships and bursaries for 2024-entry study are not yet available, but you can use our opportunities for 2023-entry applicants as guidance.

Check our current list of scholarships and bursaries.

Undergraduate open days 2023

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A tour of the Campus

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Important information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2024/2025 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

More information on limits to the University’s liability can be found in our legal information.

Our Students’ Charter

We believe in the importance of a strong and productive partnership between our students and staff. In order to ensure your time at Lancaster is a positive experience we have worked with the Students’ Union to articulate this relationship and the standards to which the University and its students aspire. View our Charter and other policies.