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History with Heritage

Please note we are no longer offering this course to new applicants. If you would like information about our alternative course, please visit the BA (Hons) History

About this course

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Arts and Cultural Industries
Three years full-time; four years sandwich; part-time
Full-time; sandwich; part-time
Study abroad:
Programme leader:
Professor Steve Poole

Page last updated 4 July 2017


Why study BA(Hons) History with Heritage?

Delivered in one of Britain's most historic cities and taking full advantage of the resources on offer, our new BA(Hons) History with Heritage combines rigorous academic study with vocational practise. The course is aimed at students who are interested in applying their fascination for history creatively and practically in the real world and provides excellent preparation for a career in the growing heritage industry.

Why study this course?

Heritage is about more than the physical remains of the past. It involves relationships between historical knowledge, place, memory and identity. This course will give you insight into those relationships and offers a unique opportunity to develop transferable skills in research, communication and interpretation in the public sphere.

You will also gain an in-depth understanding of the importance of heritage to leisure and tourism and its influence on the design of museums, galleries and historical sites. Practical projects could include making a film, producing an interactive game or curating a small exhibition. UWE History Community blog is a fantastic forum for student talent and creativity.

Real-world experience

You will have many opportunities to engage with Bristol's fascinating culture and history. We have strong links with Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives (BMGA), including M Shed, Watershed, the Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust and the National Trust. You will negotiate a work placement with a local cultural provider in your third year, spending a semester gaining real-world skills, experience and contacts.

Where it can take you

On graduation, you will be ideally placed to use your skills and imagination to contribute to the vibrant heritage sector. You could find yourself working at the new visitor centre at Stonehenge, curating an exhibition at one of London's world-leading museums, staging a multimedia event in Bristol, or even working abroad.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • An Introduction to Heritage
  • Sources for Courses: History and Evidence
  • Foundations of the Modern Europe
  • British History From the Black Death to the Present Day.

Year two

You will study one compulsory module:

  • Heritage in Practice.

In addition, you will study three of the following optional modules:

  • Problems of Power: US History, 1776-Present
  • Men and Women in Imperial Britain, c.1700-1800
  • The Third Reich: Origins, State and Society, 1914-1945
  • The First English Empire - Britain, Ireland and France, c. 1000-1540
  • Crime and Protest in England, 1750-1930
  • Politics and Society in Ireland since 1750
  • War and Memory: Public History and Politics in Europe since 1945
  • Mediated History
  • Modern South Africa: Segregation, the State and the Origins of Apartheid, 1820-1948
  • Divine Right, Regicide and Revolution: Politics in Tudor and Stuart Britain, 1509-1689
  • Themes in Social and Political History of Fascism: Europe 1890-1945
  • Britain's Second Empire: The Transformation from Empire to Commonwealth, 1820-1965

If you choose to study on the four year sandwich route, you will spend your third year on placement. The curriculum in the second year provides support for the process of securing this.

Final year

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • History in the Public Space
  • Applied Historical Research.

In addition, you will study two optional modules from the list below OR one if a Study Year Abroad (SYA) or Placement Year has been completed:

  • Resistance to Fascism and Nazism in Western Europe: The Spanish Civil War and Occupied France, 1936-1945
  • Politics, Culture and Society in Tudor and Stuart England, c. 1485-1689
  • Crowds, Disorder and the Law in England, 1730-1820
  • Stalin and Stalinism
  • The Collapse of Empire and Colonial War: British and French Decolonisation, 1918-1965
  • Arc of Crisis: Great Power Rivalries in the Near East, c.1821-1991
  • Culture, Authority and Crisis: England and its Neighbours, c.1348-1520
  • Mafias, Mythologies and Criminal Networks: The United States and the Globalisation of Crime
  • Youth and Youth Culture in Modern Britain.

For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

You will encounter a strong mix of teaching and learning methods from lectures and seminars to individual and group research project work.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.


Assessment methods, which vary for each module, may include essays, extended essays, document tests and exercises, short reports, documentary film-making, web-design, app design, assessed seminar papers and presentations, book and/or periodical reviews, group and individual project work, a dissertation and examinations.

The ratio of coursework to examinations varies greatly; some modules are almost entirely based on coursework or project work, while others have split assessment with up to a maximum of 50% of the module being assessed by formal examination. 



If you choose to study on the four year sandwich route, you will undertake a minimum 26-week placement relevant to your degree. Placements are taken after you have successfully completed the second year of study.

This is a valuable and rewarding aspect of your course allowing you to gain real-world experience, develop key skills and increase your employability on graduation. You will receive support in finding a placement and guidance throughout from our award-winning Careers and Employability service.

Study year abroad

There may be opportunities to undertake a study year abroad through our Erasmus programme. Contact the Programme Leader for further information.


There will be opportunities to visit and study heritage sites in the region throughout the course.

Study facilities

The UWE Bristol Library houses more than 60,000 history-related books and an impressive number of history journals. We also have an extensive collection of primary sources both online and in hard copy.

For practical project work, you will have access to the University's film and video facilities, handheld devices and other digital equipment.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

History Society

Our History Society lies at the heart of UWE Bristol's history community and brings together all those with a shared passion for the subject.


Careers / Further study

History is a recognised and respected subject. Our graduates enter a wide range of careers in local and central government, publishing, journalism, the health service, armed forces and emergency services, the legal professions, financial services, teaching and lecturing, retail, transport, leisure and tourism, museum and archive work.

The BA(Hons) History with Heritage course develops real-world skills that are valuable in a range of occupations. Graduates are particularly well placed for careers in heritage management, media and public presentation.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurial activity and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Useful links

Guardian - what to do with a degree in history


Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those you could reasonably expect to incur during your studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Further information about fees and funding.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level two Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Relevant subjects: History, Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and the standard offer should be viewed as a guide. We will consider applications on the basis of evidence of personal, professional and educational experience which indicates an applicant's ability to meet the demands of the degree.

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