FdA History with English

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Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Critical Theory (PETR1011)

      This module will introduce some key critical theories relevant to the study of English Literature. It will familiarise students with a range of theoretical perspectives and enable them to develop an understanding of different methods of reading literature as well as wider contexts.

    • Aspects of Early Modern English History 1485 -1714 (PETR1012)

      This broad module serves as an introduction to the study of History at undergraduate level through making of the historical content of Early Modern England. It will focus on the main themes which emerge in the given centuries and focus on major developments, movements, events and turning points within them.

    • The 18th Century: Historical and Literary Themes and Perspectives (PETR1048)

      This module will introduce students to the analysis of literacy texts and primary historical sources on a selection of themes in the context of the 18th century. It will invite them to consider the nature, use and problems associated with using historical documents. It will give students the opportunity to consider the use of literary texts as historical sources and vice versa.

    • Research and Context (PETR1150)

      This module is designed to enable students to gain knowledge of theory and principles relating to their area of study and transferable skills necessary to support emerging professional practice. The application of that knowledge will embrace written responses and portfolio building (PDP). Within which the students demonstrate an appropriate awareness of their subject sector, its contemporary and traditional practice, employability and entrepreneurial requirements. This includes exercise of responsibility, evaluation, reflection and decision making and personal engagement.

  • Year 2

  • Core modules

    • Aspects of World History 1776 -1934 (PETR1013)

      Modern revolutions loom large within both modern history and literature. This module will address the American Revolutionary and the development of Germany from an Imperial Monarchy to a Fascist state. This fascinating contrast between a short revolution and a political revolution with revolutionary moments will provide valuable context to later modules.

    • Landscape History (PETR1050)

      This module introduces students to the skills and concepts required for the study of landscape history. It is focused on the concept of change and societal development over time, and the complexity of numerous cultural, ecological and economic factors. The module will focus upon the landscape of Britain including specific case studies relevant to the south west of England.

    • Romanticism (PETR2055)

      This module will explore literary Romanticism, in its rich and problematic diversity. There will be discussion of the political, social and aesthetic origins of Romanticism and we will trace the development of imaginative conceptions of the nature of the individual in writing between 1760 and 1830. There will be close focus on a selection of texts in verse - lyric and narrative - and prose: essayistic, theoretical and fictional.

    • Heritage (PETR2059)

      This module introduces students to the interpretation and presentation of the archaeological and historical heritage from prehistoric monuments to the towns of the industrial revolution. It also examines the function of the Heritage industry.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • The Wars of the Roses 1455-1485 (PETR2024)

      The War of the Roses has often been seen as the epitaph of the Medieval era in popular English History and little more than a prequel to the historiographical giants that are the Tudors. However, it has proven rich ground for popular authors such as Philippa Gregory, Conn Iggulden and George RR Martin. This module will give students an opportunity to develop contextual knowledge of the period and practice key skills in preparation for Honors level study.

    • Sources and Debates (PETR2026)

      This module is designed to enable students to develop source finding and evaluation skills and engage in the start of a research project. Students will also develop understanding of the importance of historical schools and methodologies towards the discipline of history. In doing this students will be better prepared for the rigours of study at level 6.

    • Civil Rights in the USA 1945-1968 (PETR2057)

      The module looks at origins, development and course of the civil rights movement within the USA. While focussing predominantly on the struggle for black civil rights in the south it also considers non-black civil rights and black civil rights outside the south.

    • Victorian Literature and Culture (PETR2058)

      The Victorian era was an incredibly dynamic era in history of the United Kingdom. This module affords students the opportunity to critically examine Victorian literature alongside cultural and historical developments of the era.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

Our partnership with Petroc

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Please contact Petroc to apply for this course:

Old Sticklepath Hill
EX31 2BQ

Tel: +441271345291

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with Petroc

With main campuses in Barnstaple, Tiverton and Brannams, if you decide to study at the combined college, you’ll be able to take advantage of increased resources and the plethora of learning opportunities associated with them.
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