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  • Duration:

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

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    V100; Short form: BA/H

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

This degree combines the study of modern British, Irish and world history, focusing on Europe, America, Asia and Africa. You’ll approach history from many different directions, and a rich range of themes are present in our teaching: cultural history, economic and social history, gender history, public history, and political history.

You’ll experience a community history project, field trips and work placement modules in the second and third years. Given the range of opportunities, it’s no wonder this course has continuous high levels of student satisfaction. That’s why we ranked 18th in the UK and 2nd in the North West for overall student satisfaction in the 2015 Guardian League Table, outperforming Oxford University, Cambridge University, Lancaster University, Liverpool University and Manchester University in this category.


Entry Requirements 2017/18

104 points at A2; General Studies accepted 
BTEC Extended Diploma:
Merit, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access To HE:106 points
International Baccalaureate: 26P
IELTS: grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSEs: 5 at grade C inc Maths & English or equivalent

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.

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Course at a Glance

The degree is structured around 3 pathways.

  • British and Irish History
  • World History
  • Heritage.

Student choice is embedded within and across the pathways, which means that you can construct your studies around subjects that are of particular interest to you. Students also benefit from a spine of history skills modules 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.

History modules focus on the following subjects and periods:

  • Britain, c.1688-2000
  • Ireland, c.1688-Present
  • Europe, c.1789-2000
  • America, c.1750-2001
  • Africa, c.1652-1982
  • Asia, c.1857-2003

Further Information

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. Our aim is that you will come to act as a historian yourself, researching and analysing evidence in order to produce your own arguments and interpretations.

You will enjoy field trips to heritage sites, such as the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool.

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a work placement in with host organisations, such as Lancashire Archives, the People’s History Museum and the Lancashire Museum Service as well as national and international voluntary placements through the Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership.

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, undertake relevant research and feedback 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 (Preston).

I found the history degree at UCLan extremely stimulating, the resources that were offered by the lecturers were always relevant to the topic/module and there was always the opportunity for further study which was supported and encouraged by the teaching staff. They are all well versed in their chosen subject and I have always found them to be accessible. Enquiries are always answered quickly, with further one-to-one feedback offered if required.

Andy Henderson


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.


Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

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

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You can apply through Clearing now to start this September. Call us on 01772 830777.

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Fees 2017/18

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

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

The history team has strong links and partnerships with organisations of regional, national and international significance, including:

Professional Accreditation

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

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Learning Environment and Assessment

Each module consists of a lecture, workshop and/or a seminar discussion group each week. You will have a personal tutor who devotes time to seeing you on an individual basis. 

Most history modules are assessed by coursework alone, and assessment includes a wide range of forms, such as essays, projects, group seminar presentations, reviews and reports.

Studying for a history degree at UCLan has been a thoroughly rewarding experience, and the course has exceeded my expectations in every respect. The wide-ranging modules are practical, stimulating and well supported, and have inspired me to undertake postgraduate study at UCLan in order to pursue a career in history.

Lewis Darwen


We are 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: the capacity for rigorous research; critical judgement; intellectual independence.

Our history graduates have gone on to very successful careers in 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 have the opportunity to spend a semester overseas. Most commonly history students choose an American institution, although you can study in a range of European countries through the ERASMUS programme.

National Student Survey (NSS) 2015 Results

Students who completed the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS) and studied History rated the teaching on their course very highly. 93% said that staff are good at explaining things, while 90% said staff made the subject interesting.

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