History BA (Hons)

Join our BA (Hons) History programme and study modern British, Irish and world history, covering Europe, America, Asia and Africa, from cultural, diplomatic, political, public, and social angles. You will be taught by enthusiastic, skilled and friendly lecturers who are also respected historians. You can participate in regional and international field trips, and there is a community history project along with a work placement module to enhance your employment prospects.

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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Usually five 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. 
  • You can undertake a work placement with host organisations such as the Lancashire Archives, the People’s History Museum and the Lancashire Museum Service.
  • You can learn about cultures or languages through our Worldwise Learning Centre or study abroad, with awards and bursaries available for Europe or North America.

Course Overview

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. 


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 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 .

International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

Scholarships and Bursaries

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

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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

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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

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.

Our Industry Links

Many history graduates forge successful careers in teaching, museum work, and in archives, but opportunities are also available in business and commerce,  media, law, the public sector, and finance, because many employers accept qualifications from graduates with any degree subject. However, UCLan’s BA (Hons) History degree is especially 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. Many of our students also go on to gain further qualifications in history, including UCLan’s successful M.Res in History.

We are Professionally Accredited

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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Your Opportunities

We are highly attuned to the needs of the graduate jobs market. With this in mind, our community history project and work placement modules 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. 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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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.