Education and History

Education and History BA (Hons)

This degree is perfect if you have aspirations to teach history at secondary school level or beyond. The Education aspect of the course allows you to develop an understanding of educational theories, policies and practice, and apply these to past and present educational issues, whilst the History modules cover different periods, topics, places and approaches, from early modern times to contemporary history; different areas including North America, Europe, Asia and Africa; and additional insights into museums and heritage. This means you will be well equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to teach with a high level of subject expertise, and you will also have broader skills as a team-worker and communicator which will be huge assets in any graduate workplace.   

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Five to six years.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • According to the National Student Survey 2020, over 90% of History students were satisfied overall with their course. Plus, History was rated in the top 20 in the UK for Academic Support. 
  • Work placement opportunities within an educational setting at each stage of your degree.
  • You can take the Community History Project, which involves working to a project brief devised by a real client.
  • The Education team hosts regular trips to destinations such as Cyprus, China, and other international locations.

Course Overview

Year 1

  • Introduction to Education Studies
  • Education for Everyone?
  • Observing Education in Action
  • Understanding History

And a choice of 2 modules from the following:

  • Colonies to Nation: America c.1700-1945
  • State and Society: Europe c 1815-1914
  • Nations and Empires in Asia: China, India, Japan and Thailand 1857-1949
  • History, heritage and society
  • British Politics

Year 2

  • Sources and Methods

And a choice of 3 Education modules from the following:

  • Preparing for Academic Writing and Research in Education
  • Models of Teaching and Learning
  • Sociology and Education
  • Experiential Learning in Educational Settings (a placement module)
  • Representations of Education in Literature and Film
  • Diversity and Inclusive Practice with Children and Adults
  • Student Initiated Module

And a choice of 2 History modules from the following:

  • Community History
  • 'The good the bad and the downright evil': perceptions of crime and punishment in England 1700-1900
  • America since 1945
  • Radical Politics and Political ideas in Britain: from Lloyd George to Tony Blair
  • Insight into Museums
  • 1945-89: History, Society and Conflict
  • America and the World, 1898-2001Cold War in Asia
  • History of Political Ideas

Year 3

  • ED3991 Dissertation or ED3993 Double Dissertation
  • OR History Dissertation or Extended History Dissertation plus Education, Society & Culture in England c.1790 - 1914

And a choice of modules from the following:

  • Education in Developing Countries
  • The Education of Vulnerable Children
  • Policy and practice in Educational Settings
  • Families, Schools and Society
  • The professional Role and its Context
  • Learning Curriculum and Assessment
  • Reflective Practice in Educational Settings
  • Student Initiated Module
  • India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Middle East since 1945: International Conflict and Democracy
  • African Nationalism and Independence 1921-1982
  • Riots and Revolution: Popular Politics and the English Working Class c1770-1848
  • A Place Apart? The Northern Ireland Troubles
  • History, Politics and Deafness
  • Kennedy, Johnson and the World: US Foreign Policy 1961-69
  • Education, Society and Culture in England, c. 1790-1914
  • Work Placement

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

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

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 - 112 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: Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction - Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access to HE with 106 - 112 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma including 104 - 112 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

International Students

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Scholarships and Bursaries

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

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

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DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Further Information

Within the History modules you will cover a wide range of material, which will provide you with useful historical topics that are part of the school curriculum at both GCSE and A Level. In addition, you may also wish to undertake modules with a more practical focus such as the Community History Project. The course has strong elements of local, national and international history.

Students can take the Community History Project, which involves them working to a project brief devised by a real client, undertaking relevant research and feeding back their findings through a display, exhibition, teaching pack, archive guide or town trail.

All final year students will undertake a dissertation in either Education or History. 

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

Course facilities include well equipped classrooms and extensive Blackboard (Virtual Learning Environment) resources for independent study.

Assessment strategies are varied. Modules are assessed by coursework, with no exams, including student presentations (both individual and group), reflective diaries, project work, videos, poster, and reflective essays.

Industry Links

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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You will have an opportunity to join a work placement within an educational setting at each stage of your degree.

Work placement opportunities in your third year exist in a historical setting, with regional and national host organisations, such as the Lancashire Archives, the Peoples’ History Museum and the Lancashire Museum Service.

This course can lead to: Secondary school or further education teaching following a PGCE or other postgraduate teacher training; Teaching support roles; Working with children and families; Youth work; Heritage sector.

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.