History (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

History (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

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  • Duration:

    Full-time: Four years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    4W22; Short form: BA/Hfe

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. This degree combines the study of British and international history and enables you to explore a broad timespan from the early modern to the contemporary. 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, international history, and political history. You’ll learn to analyse evidence, formulate questions and put forward your own arguments and interpretations as you become a historian yourself. 

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 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, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 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

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

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

  • Essential Study Skills for Higher Education
  • Developing Academic Knowledge
  • Target Award Extended Study
  • Learning by Experience


Year Long Modules

  • Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Education, Childhood and Deaf Studies
  • Introduction to History
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Film and Media Theory
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Themes in Archaeology
  • Introduction to Psychology

Year 2 Onwards

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. 


Further Information

We will train you to become a historian yourself, discovering and analysing evidence and generating 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 highly focused studies based on cutting-edge research by members of staff. We also offer modules that provide valuable insights into various history and heritage careers.

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, can 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.


"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


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

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

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

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

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 ILM.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

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! 


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!

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