History BA

Overview
Learning
Assessment
Careers
Entry Requirements

Overview

Why study History at Shrewsbury?

At University Centre Shrewsbury you will be provided with a wealth of knowledge relating to the key historical periods of the last 2000 years in Britain and will have the opportunity to contextualise the effect of human activity on both the natural landscape and the built environment.

 

Features:

This programme blends theory and practice, with plenty of opportunity to become involved in field studies, gaining ‘hands-on’ experience and to participate in research projects with real life outputs. Additionally, not only do our tutors have experience of working in archives, record offices, museums and for heritage organisations themselves, but professionals from these areas also contribute to the programme. This will make you immediately more employable than those who have simply gained a standard degree in history.

Learning

Programme Structure:

The modules given below are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time for reasons which include curriculum enhancement, staff changes, student numbers, improvements in technology, changes to placements or regulatory or external body requirements.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Core modules include:

  • The Mystery of History  
  • The Making of Britain: From Roman Province to Modern Nation
  • Constructing Histories   

Optional Modules (choose two)

  • The History of Science (Optional)
  • Local Studies (Optional)
  • Public History and Heritage (Optional)
  • War and Society (Optional)

Year 2 (Level 5)

Core module:

  • Debates in History

Optional Modules (choose three)

  • Roman Occupation & Settlement – Cities & the Societal Revolution (Optional)
  • Norman Conquest – A Statement in Stone (Optional)
  • Tudor England – Trade, Economy & Prosperity (Optional)
  • The English Civil War – A Nation Divided (Optional)
  • Total War – British Conflict Experience in the 20th Century (Optional)
  • Heritage Resource Management (Optional)  

Core Experiential Learning Module:

  • Professional Practice

Year 3 (Level 6)

Core module:

  • History Dissertation  

Optional Modules (choose four)

  • Fortress Salopia – Warfare and the Landscape (Optional)
  • Men of Iron – Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution (Optional)
  • ‘England’s Finest Tudor Town’ – The Legacy of the Built Environment (Optional)
  • Collecting and Collectors – The Past in Museums (Optional)
  • The Past in the Present – The Uses and Abuses of Heritage (Optional)
  • Artistic Licence – History and Heritage in the Media (Optional)

How will I be taught?

Our course blends theory and practice, with plenty of opportunity to become involved in field studies, gaining ‘hands-on’ experience and to participate in research projects with real life outputs.

Teaching methods draw on a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and field visits. You will also benefit from the contribution of practising history and heritage professionals.

Year 1 (Level 4) has approximately 11 hours per week of contact time. This time will be reduced for Years 2 and 3. You will also be expected to dedicate a number of self-study hours to respond to the delivery and content of the course.

Throughout your studies, additional tutorial support will be available.

 

Assessment

Assessments include:

  • Written coursework (such as essays, reviews, reports – including group work)
  • Examinations and oral presentations (both individual and group work)

These assessments are designed to measure the key skills which you should acquire across three years of study, such as communication, working with others and problem solving.

Careers

One of the things that make a History degree at University Centre Shrewsbury different is the practical element. A range of optional heritage courses are available, which gives you skills that to take in to the heritage job market. Museum and heritage professionals also contribute to the programme. This also provides good networking opportunities. Many history graduates go on to work for the likes of English Heritage, the National Trust and museum services around the UK. Others gain places on highly competitive museum and heritage postgraduate courses across the country, including those offered at University Centre Shrewsbury. However, history graduates do not just become heritage professionals. History students receive an intellectual training which is both creative and methodical. They learn and are assessed in things that employers value, such as team work, problem solving, communication and written skills. History graduates go on to careers in a broad range of occupations, including:

  • business
  • administration
  • management
  • law
  • journalism
  • public relations
  • the arts
  • teaching
  • librarianship
  • archives.

Entry Requirements

UCAS points

A minimum of 120 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent including one of the following subjects Ancient History, Classical Civilisation, History, Politics or Sociology

BTEC

BTEC Extended Diploma/BTEC Diploma

Plus one of the GCE A Level subjects listed above

Irish/Scottish

BBBB including History

International Baccalaureate

28 points, including 5 or above in HL History

QAA

Access to HE Diploma, to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit (including 15 in History).

OCR

OCR National Extended/Diploma: Merit profile plus one of the GCE A level subjects listed above

Extra Information

A Level General Studies accepted; Welsh Baccalaureate accepted alongside A Levels/BTEC/OCRs

Course content enquiries

Dr James Pardoe

Director of Design, Heritage and the Built Environment

  • Email: j.pardoe@chester.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44(0)1244 512153