This course offers exciting opportunities to explore diverse past societies and cultures. It encourages students to develop their own skills in recovering and interpreting historical evidence, in formulating argument and in developing their own historical perspectives.Entry RequirementsUCAS Tariff - 300 points, from:GCE A and AS-level Tariff points typically from 3 A-levels plus 1 AS-level or Extended Project Qualification (typical offer BCC, including Grade C in History at A-level, plus a C in either an AS or EPQ). General Studies/Critical Thinking accepted.Irish Tariff points from 5 subjects.Scottish Tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers plus 1 Higher.Advanced Diploma Tariff points in Creative and Media, Society, Health and Development, Public Services or Business, Administration and Finance, including an A-level for Additional and Specialist Learning.BTEC ND DDM in a related subject.IB Diploma 31 points.Access Pass, including at least 50% of units with Merit or Distinction.
For all of the above, 5 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above are also required, to include English and Maths.Course AimsDistinctive in its range of approach and in its broad cover of time and place, the history programme offers exciting opportunities to explore diverse past societies and cultures.
Rich in its diversity and embracing the broad sweep of history, the programme is intended to encourage you to develop you own skills in recovering and interpreting historical evidence, in formulating argument and in developing your own historical perspectives. In addition, the programme also develops your power of independent enquiry, critical analysis and judgement, planning and time management.Course ContentYou can choose from a wide selection of modules each of which may have a discrete emphasis on social, economic, political, intellectual or cultural history, or may weave one or more of these perspectives together. They are intended to encourage you to develop your own skills in analysing and interpreting historical evidence, in formulating argument, and in developing your own historical viewpoints.Typical ModulesLevel 1Introduction to History American History to 1865
American History since 1865
US History to 1865
Europe since 1870
World HistoryLevel 2 (Core)US Foreign Policy
Gender in Early America
Birth of Industrial BritainLevel 2 (Optional modules)Revolutionary Russia 1894-1940
Modern South Asia
Total War in the Modern Era
Australian HistoryLevel 3
12,000 Word Dissertation Typical modules range from:Modern East West Encounters
Gender and Sexuality in Modern America
Media, Politics and Power
First World War
Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia
The Second World War
Women and War
Slavery and AbolitionFinal DissertationStudents produce a 12,000 word dissertation on a subject of their choice. This major piece of work, undertaken with the support of a dissertation tutor, will give you the valuable opportunity to demonstrate research and writing skills. It is written on a subject relevant to your particular course of study and may well relate to your future career plans.Teaching and LearningThe influence of scholarship and experienceStudents benefit directly, of course, from the expertise and experience of their teachers. All our courses are informed by the research of lecturers who write important books, publish well regarded scholarly articles, present papers at other universities and appear in the media, at home and abroad. As well as 250 undergraduates, we have over 40 postgraduate taught and research students.Student supportAs well as offering students some of the best teaching in our subject areas, we are committed to helping you progress confidently through the levels of your degree programme. To achieve this, we devote as much care to your initiation into higher education, both by entry-level courses and study skills teaching, as to the completion of your learning in Level 3.
By your final yeal, therefore, you will be in position to benefit from the specialist research-led courses and will be prepared for the research and writing involved in your dissertation.Study abroadWe offer the opportunity to study for three months at the State University of New York at Brockport. Some sandwich students also take up the opportunity to do their work placement in Washington or elsewhere in the USA.
We also run student exchange schemes in the Socrates Programme with the universities of Cyprus, Malta and Ireland, respectively.How will I be taught?Modules are generally taught by a mixture of lectures and seminars. Depending on its credit-rating, you can expect to have one or two hours of lectures per week for each module and a one-hour seminar each week or fortnight.
The bulk of every student's work, however, will undoubtedly consist of private study. On average this should absorb approximately 25-30 hours of your life each week.AssessmentLevel 1 does not count towards your final degree mark. Level 2 is worth a third - level 3 is worth two thirds. The final year dissertation is worth a third of level 3 marks.
Exact assessment patterns vary, but most are based on a combination of coursework and formal written exams. Typically, coursework marks constitute 25-50 per cent of overall module grades.CareersThe transferable skills you gain in the history course will equip you well for your subsequent careers. Past students have become managers in retailing and industry, chartered accountants, chartered surveyors, journalists, police officers, bankers, civil servants, teachers, lawyers, IT and business consultants, and researchers, to name just a few areas. Many also undertake further study in order to become specialists in a given field.Employable skillsEmphasis throughout your studies will be placed on gaining employable skills. You will develop your communications, report writing and presentation skills to a sound level.
There are opportunities to gain important IT skills and to learn or improve a foreign language. For students interested in media and journalism, there is a Students' Union radio station and student magazine where you can develop your news, presentation or production style.Facts and FiguresSchool of Social SciencesThe History programme introduces you to the study of societies in the past. It looks at the history of Britain, Europe and the wider world in the modern period. Through an examination of life as it was lived in the past, you begin to understand what it means to be human and begin to understand both how different the past is from the present and how connected present and past events are.