FdA English with History

Welcome to Petroc, one of the largest colleges in Devon, awarded 'Silver' from the Teaching Excellence Framework (July 2017) and rated 'Good with Outstanding Features' by Ofsted (November 2015). Petroc is the South West Regional Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Centre, recognised by the award of a Skills for Health Quality Mark, and plays a key part in the economic, cultural and social development of the county’s rural communities. We offer around 40 degree-level courses from foundation to BA (Hons) level across our three campus sites, making a 'degree on your doorstep' a possibility for hundreds of successful graduates to date.

We have strong links with local employers - so you can gain invaluable, hands-on experience during your degree-level studies. Based at our North Devon, Mid Devon, or at our dedicated University Centre at the Brannams campus, our award-winning courses offer small group sizes, workable and flexible study options, and represent outstanding value. And, when you’re ready to move on, you have a degree from the University of Plymouth – one of the top three modern universities in the UK, as ranked by the Sunday Times University Guide 2017

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Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • PETR1011 Critical Theory

      This module willintroduce 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.

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

      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 It will invite them to consider the nature, use and problems associated with using historical documents.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.

    • PETR1049 Introduction to Poetry

      In this module learners will be introduced to the study of poetry both as critics and writers. A diverse range of poetry will be studied and learners will examine the conventions of poetry such as lineation, diction, verse form, imagery, metre and rhyme. Learners will be expected to analyse as critics and explore the conventions in their own writing.

    • PETR1150 Research and Context

      This module is designed to enable students to gain knowledge of theory and principles relating to their area of study and trsnferable 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 engagment.

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • PETR1012 Aspects of Early Modern English History 1485 -1714

      This broad module serves as an introduction to the studdy 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.

    • PETR1047 Drama, Text and Performance

      This module will introduce students to the history of drama and theatre from the Greeks through to 1945. It will explore a range of theoretical perspectives and key innovations in the understanding of the purposes and scope of writing for the stage, and the different ways in which texts have been interpreted over time, both critically and in performance. It will also allow students to understand the key differences between dramatic texts and plays in production and their impacts on different readers and audiences.

    • PETR2055 Romanticism

      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.

    • PETR2058 Victorian Literature and Culture

      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.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • PETR2024 The Wars of the Roses 1455-1485

      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.

    • PETR2025 Modern World Literature

      This module examines literatures written in English from around the world. Focusing primarily on the period from 1945 to present, it will explore what literature can tell us about a range of cultural imaginings in an era in which global interactions have increasingly come to shape our lives.

    • PETR2056 Writing for Different Audiences and Purposes

      This module looks at the skill of writing for different audiences with a specific focus on employability. Combining literary knowledge, industrial context and practical ability are vital skills for English graduates. This module will help students develop this synthesis as well as create a portfolio of work for future employment opportunities.

    • PETR2057 Civil Rights in the USA 1945-1968

      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.

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

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

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. 

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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