English Literature and History (Combined Degree) Course

University: Holy Cross College is offering a range of combined honours degree that will be delivered and validated by Liverpool Hope University.

Start Date: September 2020

Duration: Three years full time.
Attendance: Maximum two evenings per week 6-9pm, for your two combined subjects, plus independent study.

Date of delivery: To be confirmed.

Mode of application: UCAS, Institution code H51, Course code L7H4

Compulsory Events at Liverpool Hope University: All first year students are required to attend The Hope Experience, this is held at Liverpool Hope University usually in October.

Entry Criteria:
• For 2020 entry, our standard offer using the new UCAS tariff will be 96 points.
• For Access to HE applicants our standard offer is to Pass Access HE Diploma.
• An alternative entrance assessment may be possible for students who don’t meet standard entry criteria but who have other level 3 qualifications and/or experiential learning. This will be discussed by one of our Support Tutors at initial advice appointment.

English Literature

Studying English provides you with the opportunity to engage with a wide range of texts from the medieval period to the present day. Although the primary focus is on the literature of the British Isles, other literatures written in English and in translation are also included. Some of the texts you will be studying have excited the interest of generations of readers, stimulating admiration, criticism, and sometimes indignation. The English programme will enable you to analyse the way texts are constructed. We will help you to communicate your ideas more effectively, both orally and in writing, and to develop skills in research, analysis, and critique. We hope that, in the process, you will develop a life-long enthusiasm for literature, as you gain a fuller appreciation of the ways in which different critical approaches to literature enrich and deepen our understanding.


Our History course explores aspects of both modern and early modern British, Irish, and European history. In the first year you will study two key units, twentieth century European history and England 1530-1650: these two periods enable students to encounter a very wide range of historical issues and types of evidence. In the second year you will study a course on Nationalism and Imperialism which explores continental European developments and Anglo-Irish relations from the seventeenth to the late twentieth centuries. The final year enables you to study a selection of specialist subjects linked closely to staff research expertise. At all levels you will analyse primary sources and the work of historians, developing your understanding of challenging ideas and concepts. You will pursue an independent research assignment or two smaller ones.

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