English literature focuses on the Renaissance and the long 19th Century, and the 20th Century; History gives students the ability to make sound judgements between competing explanations of a particular problem or set of problems; to write in a fluent and coherent way; to research, organise and present material in a logical and ordered manner. The course allows you to combine English and History giving you an excellent grounding and extensive choice in both subjects. Creative writing is an integral part of the learning experience at all levels and leads to an option to write a long Creative Writing project at level three. Our assessment is among the most diverse and exciting in the country and you will have the opportunity to edit anthologies, write critical reviews, engage in debate, develop your own creativity, write travelogues and pastiches, as well as become familiar with the rigour and depth of the traditional essay. History incorporates a broad chronology of history, including Medieval, Early Modern, Modern and Contemporary History in areas such as Britain, Ireland, Europe, Russia and America. Staff research expertise encompasses International, Imperial, Social, Political, Economic and Cultural History, all of which feeds directly into our teaching. Lectures are intended to introduce the subject, discuss interpretations and approaches and provide guidance for further reading. A seminar is normally linked to the lectures and issues raised there may be subjected to more detailed scrutiny or criticism through discussion. Its purpose is to provide you with the opportunity to discuss ideas collectively in a critical and thoughtful manner. On several occasions tutors will meet you individually to discuss your assessed work.