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History BA (Hons)

This degree involves the study of modern British, Irish and world history, with the latter covering continental Europe, America, Asia and Africa. You’ll approach your studies from cultural, diplomatic, political, public, and social angles, and you will be taught by enthusiastic, skilled and friendly lecturers who are also respected historians. There will be the chance to participate in field trips, and there is a community history project along with work placement modules to enhance your employment prospects. It’s no wonder this course has high levels of student satisfaction, given the range of opportunities, and given how almost a quarter of our students in 2017 achieved first-class honours degrees!

National Student Survey 2017

Did you know? 100% of BA (Hons) History students who participated in the NSS 2017 expressed overall satisfaction with their course!

A central feature of the course is an emphasis on developing the skills of historical analysis. Our aim is that you will come to act as a historian yourself, discovering and analysing evidence in order to produce your own arguments and interpretations. You will also acquire historical knowledge and understanding of different periods of history in different parts of the world. Some modules of large scope cover the broad sweep of history, while other provide intensive studies based on the latest research by members of staff. We also offer modules designed to provide an insight into various heritage-related careers.

As a history student at UCLan you will enjoy field trips to heritage sites, such as the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool. Some of our history students have even visited China recently. The course is great for enhancing your employment skills. In the second year, you can take the Community History Project, which allows you to work to a project brief devised by a ‘real’ client, to undertake relevant research, and to convey your findings through a display, exhibition, teaching pack, archive guide or town trail. These are often displayed in public museums, including the Harris Museum or the Museum of Lancashire in Preston.

In your third year, you’ll have the opportunity to undertake a work placement with host organisations, such as the People’s History Museum, the Lancashire Museum Service or a school. You can also take advantage of national and international voluntary placements available through the Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership


Testimonials 

"The best thing about studying history at UCLan is the wide range of knowledge, expertise and active research among the tutors. Many of them have travelled far and wide for their research, and they are all passionate, inspiring and most importantly, student focused. I loved every minute at UCLan and my academic success is largely down to the time and energy the staff put into their students' experiences."

Laura Anton, BA (hons) History First Class, 2017. 



There are modules of large scope covering the broad sweep of history, and intensive studies based on the latest research by members of staff. A central feature of the course is an emphasis on the development of the skills of historical analysis as well as the acquisition of historical understanding. We also offer modules designed to provide an insight into various heritage-related careers.

History

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Usually five years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:

    V100; Short form: BA/H

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
    Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access Course: 106 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent .

Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

Courses at a glance

There are three strands to this degree: 

  • British and Irish history
  • World history
  • Heritage.

The modules focus on the following regions and periods:

  • Britain, c.1688-2000
  • Ireland, c.1688-Present
  • Europe, c.1789-2000
  • America, c.1750-1970
  • Africa, c.1652-1982
  • Asia, c.1857-2003

You can tailor your studies around subjects that are of particular interest to you. You will also benefit from a spine of history skills modules from the first to the final year that train you in the art of the historian. Through these modules you’ll learn to analyse evidence, formulate research questions and put forward your own arguments and interpretations as you become a historian yourself. You will then be in an excellent position to do well in your final-year research dissertation on a topic of your choice. 

 

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As well as preparing our graduates for a wide range of careers, UCLan’s BA (Hons) History degree is well-suited to those who would like to become a teacher. The first year module ‘Understanding History’ includes mini-projects such as creating teaching resources for a particular Key Stage, while the second year ‘Community History’ and ‘Public History in Practice’ modules offer museum and education elements. In year three, students can complete a work placement module at a secondary school.

We are Professionally Accreditated

Gain international work experience through the Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership with second and third year modules which are accredited by the ILM.

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This degree involves the study of modern British, Irish and world history, with the latter covering continental Europe, America, Asia and Africa. You’ll approach your studies from cultural, diplomatic, political, public, and social angles, and you will be taught by enthusiastic, skilled and friendly lecturers who are also respected historians. There will be the chance to participate in field trips, and there is a community history project along with work placement modules to enhance your employment prospects. It’s no wonder this course has high levels of student satisfaction, given the range of opportunities, and given how almost a quarter of our students in 2017 achieved first-class honours degrees! 

Learning Environment

This degree involves the study of modern British, Irish and world history, with the latter covering continental Europe, America, Asia and Africa. You’ll approach your studies from cultural, diplomatic, political, public, and social angles, and you will be taught by enthusiastic, skilled and friendly lecturers who are also respected historians. There will be the chance to participate in field trips, and there is a community history project along with work placement modules to enhance your employment prospects. It’s no wonder this course has high levels of student satisfaction, given the range of opportunities, and given how almost a quarter of our students in 2017 achieved first-class honours degrees! 

Your Opportunities

We are very much attuned to the needs of the graduate jobs market. With this in mind, we offer a range of employability modules which aim to combine direct workplace experience and project management with the wider qualities and transferable skills that the study of history necessarily entails - including the capacity for rigorous research, critical judgement, and intellectual independence. Our history graduates have gone on to very successful careers in business management, the civil service, teaching, museum, library and archive work.

You can choose to support the international dimension of your history degree and to enhance your international career opportunities by learning a language or travelling abroad, with awards and bursaries available through our Worldwise Learning Centre. You’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad. We can provide access to over 300 universities in 50 different countries, in Europe, North America and beyond! Students who study abroad for a full year through either one of our direct partners or through the ISEP programme will receive a £1000 bursary.  Students will pay UCLan their tuition fees which will only be £1380 for the full year!

Important Information

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

* Tuition Fees

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated. Currently the 2018/19 fee level, which is due to increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rates has not been announced by the Government.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.