of Arts with Honours (BA (Hons)) in English and History Studies

BA (Hons) English and History Studies offers you the chance to study locally for a nationally recognised and highly respected degree by enrolling as a student of the University of Lincoln, but living and studying at home.

The emphasis of the English component of this course lies in fostering the student’s ability to analyse modern literary texts in a contemporary context and to justify an individual reading. No previous formal study of drama, the novel or poetry is required, as the skills needed will be developed during the first year of the course. History may be about the past but this degree takes a modern approach, concentrating on developing the ability to deal with primary sources and to undertake analysis of areas of personal interest.

British and European History to the present day will be considered and the approach is thematic, dealing with questions such as what causes revolution or how life has changed with nineteenth century industrialisation. Again, students are encouraged to put forward their own ideas to the rest of their group.

A mature approach with reasonably sized seminar groups encourages the students to put forward their own ideas and thus increase self-confidence and communication skills.

Applications from students without the traditional A level or equivalent qualifications are particularly welcomed.

UCAS Course Code: QV3C

If you are looking for a full-time or part-time course in Higher Education to study at UCNL, look no further as we explain the process of how to apply. You'll be on the path to success in no time at all!

All applications for entry to full time programmes must be made through the national Universities and College Admissions Service (UCAS)

When: as a general guide, applications can be made to UCAS between September and mid-January. Please check their website ( for further information. We do consider applications throughout the year, although the earlier you submit, the earlier you will receive a decision and can start to plan accordingly.

How: Once you have found the perfect course on the study at UCNL page and you are ready to apply, you have a couple of options:

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    The UCAS Code for the DN Colleges Group is: N64 (The University Campus North Lincolnshire (UCNL)

    Campus Code:
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    Campus Code: D (University Centre Doncaster) 

Please note that UCNL is part of the DN Colleges Group.

Once you have submitted your application, UCAS will send copies to all of your selected institutions.


Each will make a decision based on your application, and may invite you for an interview.


If we can offer you a place on a course, the offer will be communicated via UCAS TRACK.


If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for your chosen course, an institution could also offer you an alternative course, or will provide you with feedback about why they were unable to offer you a place.


If you receive an offer, it will either be:

  • Conditional – you must meet certain conditions which are usually based on exam results.
  • Unconditional – you have been accepted without any further conditions.

Offers should be accepted or declined. You may accept an offer as Firm or Insurance.

  • Firm is your preferred choice.
  • Insurance is your back-up choice.

All applications for part-time programmes should be made directly to UCNL, using a Higher Education Part Time Application form. This is available by emailing Alternatively, click the ‘enquire’ button located next to the course you wish to apply for.

Loans for tuition fees are available to full-time and part-time students (subject to current Government funding criteria), from Student Finance England and are known as 'Tuition Fee Loans'.


You will need to ensure that student finance is in place prior to the start of your course to ensure payments for tuition fees and maintenance grants are made in a timely fashion.

Please visit for more information and guidance. Should you need some assistance, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

UCNL has a range of financial support awards available for students. These include:

  • The Student Opportunity Fund
    This is also referred to as the Hardship Fund and is an amount of money UCNL holds in order to allocate to students facing financial hardship and difficulty. Applications to the fund can be made from late October throughout the academic year. This is NOT a loan and is not repayable.To qualify you must have applied for a student loan. If following this, you are still in hardship you may apply to the fund for help. Following a standard assessment, you may qualify for a termly payment based upon attendance or if you have an unexpected large expense you may qualify for a non-standard award to help towards the cost.Additionally, students facing unexpected financial difficulties may be eligible for a short term repayable loan. Information can be provided by the UCNL Information and Advice office.
  • Bursaries Students may also be able to apply for a number of financial bursaries. These include awards available to students who are care leavers and those from low participation neighbourhoods. Please note that there is a limited number of awards available. For further details, please contact the Information and Advice office.
  • Council Tax Certificates Exemption certificates can be arranged for full-time Students only. Please contact the UCNL Information and Advice Office for further details.

We encourage all students to become members of The Student Society which is proactively involved in UCNL and creates the opportunity for students to provide feedback and share ideas and suggestions with regards to their student experience. The Student Society allows students the chance to develop their interests, to network and engage with other students and staff, to work in partnership with UCNL to achieve goals and to discuss their student experience.

We are always trying to find creative and innovate ways of inspiring our students to enhance their experience. In previous years the Student Society has been engaged in UCNL's first student-led conference, 'UCNL's Got Talent', has helped develop UNCL’s LGBTQ+ Group and has been responsible for providing a forum to discuss student suggestions, leading to changes such as the introduction of microwaves in the Bistro for HE students. 

If you think that you could make a real difference and would like to join, please come to one of our advertised meetings or ask your Programme Leader about who you go to for more information.

This Student Charter has been developed in partnership between staff, students and members of the Student Society, setting out ways in which everyone will work together to make your time at UCNL enjoyable, successful and rewarding.

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Course Details

Level Four (Year 1)
• Introduction to Poetry
• Fiction, Film and Theory
• Victorian Literature
• Late Victorian to Edwardian Literature
• Representing the Past
• Urban Culture
• The Social History of Medicine
• Problems of Historical Interpretation: the English Revolution

Level Five (Year 2)
• Colonial and Post-Colonial Literatures
• Making it New: An Introduction to Literary Modernism
• Radical Cultures
• Children’s Literature
• Counter Cultures of the 1960s
• Early Modern Family: Households in England 1500 – 1800
• Life and Labour in Industrial Britain

Level 6 (Year 3)
• Eighteenth Century Literature
• Contemporary Fiction and Film
• Gothic in Literature and Film
• Cross-Cultural Representations
• The Social Construction of Sexuality 1780 – 1930
• The Middle Class in Urban Britain 1780-1900
• The Enemy Within
• Education and the State in Twentieth Century England
• Independent Study or Advanced Guided Study: an independent work in either English or History

Available by full or part-time mode of study.

Students study four modules per semester: each semester comprises 12 teaching weeks with supported assessment and there are 2 semesters each academic year.

Modules are offered in the daytime and evening thus making this a flexible and accessible mode of study.

Entry Requirements

32 UCAS Points

No previous formal study of the novel, poetry or historical study is required, as the skills needed will be developed during the first year of the course.

Applications from students without the traditional A level or equivalent qualifications are particularly welcomed.

Course Progression

The subject content of this degree makes it ideal for those wishing to train for a career in education at all levels: Primary and Secondary schools; Further Education; Higher Education; Adults (including teaching in a prison). There are, however, many other graduate careers such as the Civil Service, Local Government, Librarianship, Museum Curatorship, Archives, Public Relations, Community Development, Advertising and Publishing.

These areas of work are all available upon achieving this traditionally respected degree which develops the student’s ability to communicate, organise, analyse and work well with others. Some students undertake Higher Degrees.

Assessment Methods

There is a focus on individual essay writing throughout the programme although there are alternative forms of assessment which include presentations and examinations.

Course Fees

Your Tuition fees cover the majority of costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition and assessment).

There may be some extra costs that you might need to make or choose to pay.

Books (you will have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies).
Printing and photocopying.
If your programme includes a work placement, you may be required to pay for a Basic or Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

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Scholarship, Engagement and Employability (SEE)

When you study at the University Centre, we want you to leave with so much more than a qualification. We are committed to the philosophy of students as partners within a learning community. To this end, there are many opportunities to get involved, including:

  • Student conferences, exhibitions and poster presentations
  • Cross disciplinary event, at the annual science fair
  • Staff/student research, including publication and conference presentation
  • Student Society Group
  • Business & Management Exhibition