If you enjoy learning about the past and you’re also fascinated by the use of language and how it shapes the world around us, then this course is for you. We cover a broad range of topics enabling you to explore medieval and modern history, while also specialising within English language and linguistics. For the History side of the course, we'll give you the chance to shape your studies to your interests. Our modules are historically and geographically diverse, so you can pick the periods and places that fascinate you the most. You’ll be able to engage with a range of approaches to history, and work with primary source materials too. While you’re here you could build up some very useful and transferable skills: to analyse and communicate; to put together a convincing argument; to gain the self-discipline to work on your own; and to work with others to assess challenges and solve them. In your English Language studies, you’ll be introduced to the basic concepts and theories of linguistics. We’ll encourage you to study the role of language in society and how it helps humans understand things. How we acquire it, the way it changes, and the way it forms an array of ways to communicate. We’ll carry out conversation analysis, sociolinguistics and stylistics to get under the surface of the spoken or written word and understand more about what’s really going on. Each year you’ll be able to choose option modules to focus on topics that interest you. In your second year you’ll also have the chance to go on a work placement, designed to enhance your skills ready for employment. We also offer innovative assessments, so you could find yourself analysing children’s speech development, making a podcast on 1970s culture or creating a visitor trail for a national museum. By taking a creative approach, we give you the chance to develop your skills and look at your subjects in a new and inspiring way.