Foundation Degree in English and History

Course Overview

This is a two-year programme designed to give students a broad range of knowledge and experience in the areas of English and History.

Foundation Degrees combine academic study with work-based learning. The educational aim of the programme is to facilitate acquisition of appropriate knowledge and understanding and the development of the necessary personal attributes.

In addition students will master the essential skills which will equip and prepare them for continuing personal development, academic study and professional training.

Updated January 2017

Entry Requirements

A typical offer is:

A Level = DD

BTEC L3 Extended Diploma = MP or PPP

Access = Pass

Other qualifications may be considered. All non-standard applications are referred to the course leader for approval.

Record of prior learning and transfers

For students wishing to be considered for entry, the University of South Wales Group or partner college is able, in many instances and taking into consideration the requirements of relevant professional bodies, to accredit prior learning in accordance with its published regulations.

Course Delivery

Modules are:

Year 1 (Level 4)

  • Intertexts
  • Thinking with texts
  • Writing media
  • Introduction to history
  • Nations and empires: The making of modern Europe 1750 - present
  • Europe 1750 – present
  • Local history: a digital approach

Year 2 (Level 5) 

  • 19th century literature
  • Writing non-fiction
  • Approaches to history
  • The Russian revolutions and the Soviet Union (1917-1953)
  • Reflecting on Learning in the Workplace

The Foundation Degree in English and History prepares students for careers in areas including: teaching; law; research; accountancy; journalism; administration; information management; marketing; sales and advertising; business and finance; social welfare; the media, educational work in schools/museums.

The work based element of the programme will have a local focus e.g. working with local history societies.

Progression Opportunities

Having achieved 240 credits and completed the FD English and History award, students may progress onto the final year of courses at University of South Wales including the BA (Hons) English and History

Additional Information

Delivery modes:
Full time – (two years, 120 credits each year)
Year 1: 120 credits Level 4 (Sept – June)
Year 2: 120 credits Level 5 (Sept – June)

Please ask about part time options. The course will be timetabled over three days.

UCAS institution code: G59, course code: Q3V1, institution code name: GCOLS, short form of course: Eng and Hist 

Most students will pay £2,900 per year (course fees are £7,500 - some of this is paid by the Welsh Government for Welsh students. For 17/18, students will need to pay or get a tuition fee loan for the first £4,296. The college is offering a £1,000 bursary towards this for full time courses starting in September 2017.)

For information on financial support - including tuition fee loans and fee grants - please visit


Jenny Hill on 01792 890720 or

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