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Foundation Degree English and History

English and History are natural partners. By studying them together you will gain historical skills that can help you to understand the context in which poems, novels and other works of literature were written, along with developments that contributed to the evolution of the English Language.History helps us make sense of our world and understand what may lie ahead because the future is shaped by its history in so many ways. By the end of the course you will have gained important analytical skills and developed both the research skills of the historian and the communication skills of the literature student.


English Literature

A range of texts is included to cater for the needs of students in all educational contexts. There are texts that will be familiar, as well as new ones that will inspire readers. The literature specifications encourage independent study of a range of texts within a shared context from the sixteenth century to modern media text types and creative writing. Studied together they create an enriched understanding of English Literature that will deepen knowledge and love of the subject.


English Literature modules:

o   Shakespearean tragedies

o   Thinking with texts

o   Writing Media


The study of History helps you to understand how individuals, communities and societies have  lived in  the  past and how  those past experiences have helped  to shape the present world. History helps us make sense of our world and understand what may lie ahead because the future is shaped by its history in so many ways.

Our History course give you the opportunity to study a wide-range of historical periods and topics with elements in British, Irish, European and International History from the late medieval age to the twentieth century. By  studying with us, you can study a range of topics from the 18th century to the   modern period. You will  engage with a  wide variety of historical evidence throughout the whole of your programme.  History at Merthyr is part of the supportive and friendly environment of the Humanities Department.

During the course you will study:



Thinking With Texts

Writing Media

Nineteenth Century Literature Writing Non-fiction Introduction to History

Nations and Empires: The Making of Modern Europe, 1750 - Present

Local History: a Digital Approach Reflecting on Learning in the Workplace Approaches to History

The Russian Revolutions and the Soviet Union (1917-1953) Poor Lives: Poverty, Welfare and History


 As part of their studies learners will have the opportunity to:

·    Liaise with and discuss relevant materials with mentors and experts. This will be ongoing with visits form lecturers at USW and in the form of prestigious guest speakers and academics with distinct knowledge of the modules taught. For example, “Crime and Vice in the 19th century”.
·    Explore and research a variety of sources when assembling portfolios. Numerous sources and archives will be accessed via the Learning Resources Centre, Museums and internet sites to stimulate discussion and debate. These “Approaches to History” are designed to offer the student a multi – faceted experience in actually thinking about historical stereotypes and how certain attitudes towards history can determine how we perceive individuals and events.
·    Access local historical landmarks/archives and museums. These visits are arranged as part of the delivery of the modules taught and will be tailored to suit student preference and availability.
·    Present and discuss relevant topics in seminars and tutorials. An example of this will be via the digital literacy module whereby students will be offered the opportunity to research and collate various pieces of evidence in order to present their findings as part of the formative assessment process.
·     Access  mentoring and tutoring sessions. This is an ongoing process which consolidates student understanding and learning. It also allows the students to reflect upon their learning experience and speak about the types of research being undertaken. This is relevant to all modules.  
·     Access further materials via partnership programmes. For example, students will be offered the opportunity to attend Global Citizenship Lectures run by the USW in accordance with the English Speaking Union on current issues and affairs concerning the world. This is always a popular event which encourages students to broaden their horizons and thinking process on how events shape and effect society.


Course Type:

Full Time

Course Length:

2 years full-time

Course Levels:

4 & 5


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