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History (with Foundation Year)

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About this course

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Arts and Cultural Industries
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr Martin Simpson and John Fisher
Key fact:
Our BA(Hons) History covers medieval to contemporary history in Britain, Ireland, Europe, America and Africa. We use primary sources to develop critical thinking and apply historical perspectives to real-world situations.

Page last updated 4 July 2017


Why History?

History is not about facts. It is about interpreting human experience in all its diversity. In our BA(Hons) History you will discover new ways of interrogating the past alongside challenging academic study.

Our students have imagination, creativity and a fascination with the social, economic and political forces that have shaped history across centuries and continents. Using primary sources from the start, we will build your understanding of past events in their historical contexts, giving you a unique insight into the important global issues of today. On graduation, you will have developed the practical and transferable skills demanded in a wide range of rewarding careers.

Why study this course?

Our staff are passionate about teaching and research. Covering medieval to contemporary history in Britain, Ireland, Europe, America and Africa, the course is broad and we are determined to make history active and relevant. Projects could include producing a video, constructing a website or curating a small exhibition. UWE History Community blog is a fantastic forum for student talent and creativity.

Read what Gurjeet has to say about studying History at UWE Bristol.

Past subjects have included the 1980 Bristol riots, the Indian Mutiny of 1857, Rudolf Hess at Abergavenny, the Ashanti War and Prohibition in the USA. As well as deepening your historical knowledge and developing your critical thinking, these activities build practical skills in documentary, film and video, written, oral and social media, and exhibition staging.

Real-world experience

There are numerous opportunities to engage with Bristol's culture and fascinating history. We have strong links with Bristol's museums, galleries and archives, including M ShedWatershed, the Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust and the National Trust. In your third year, you could negotiate a work placement with a local cultural provider, spending six months gaining real-world skills, experience and contacts.

Where it can take you

Our graduates enter careers in the heritage industry, publishing, advertising and marketing, communications, IT, law, broadcasting, tourism, and more. Many go on to further study. 

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



In the Foundation year (Year zero), the content is designed to develop your academic skills. It also raises awareness of the relevance the disciplines which span the arts, creative and cultural industries will play in your future, professional lives.

The four modules will have three hours of teaching each week (12 hours of scheduled class time in total). A unique feature of the offer is the focus on Bristol as a centre of arts and culture you will be testing concepts, theories and ideas within the city as a living brief.

Foundation year (Year zero)

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Academic Skills for Arts and Humanities
  • Thought, Ideas and Myths: past, present and future
  • Bristol, Arts and Culture
  • Extended Project.

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from other Arts, Creative Industries and Education courses, and so you may transfer to another course in one of these areas at the end of a successful Foundation year.

The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year zero modules before progressing to Year one.

Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Sources for Courses: History and Evidence
  • British History from The Black Death to the Modern Day
  • Foundations of Modern Europe
  • International History 1890-2000: The Century Of The Superpowers.

Year two

You will study the following compulsory module:

  • History in Practice.

In addition, you will study three optional modules from the list below:

  • Problems of Power: US History, 1766-Present
  • War and Memory: Public History and Politics in Europe since 1945
  • Politics and Society in Ireland since, 1750
  • Men and Women in Imperial Britain, c.1700-1800
  • The Third Reich: Origins, State, and Society, 1914-1945
  • Crime and Protest in England, 1750-1930
  • The First English Empire - Britain, Ireland and France, c.1000-1540
  • 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
  • International History 1914-1945: The End of European Dominance in World Politics
  • Mediated History
  • Themes in the 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 still study the following compulsory module:

  • Applied Historical Research.

In addition, you will study three optional modules from the list below OR two 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
  • Stalin and Stalinism
  • Crowds, Disorder and the Law in England, 1730-1820
  • The Collapse of Empire and Colonial War: British and French Decolonisation, 1918-1965
  • History in Public Space
  • Arc of Crisis: Great Power Rivalries in the near East, c1821-1991
  • Culture, Authority and Crisis: England and its Neighbours, 1348-c.1520
  • Mafias, Mythologies and Criminal Networks: The United States and the Globalisation of Crime
  • Youth and Youth Culture in Modern Britain.

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

With the exception of the dissertation, all modules in History are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, and the use of electronic resources is positively encouraged.

Lectures are intended to introduce the subject, discuss interpretations and approaches and provide guidance for further reading. 

A seminar programme is normally linked to the lectures and issues raised there may be subjected to more detailed scrutiny or criticism through discussion. The primary purpose of the seminar is to provide you with the opportunity to discuss ideas collectively in a critical and thoughtful manner.

We are serious about student support offering academic advice in the form of essay feedback tutorials and workshops. In addition, all tutors have allocated office hours when they are available to help you with your work. You will be provided with a personal tutor from the permanent History staff and professional student advisers are also on hand to offer advice and support.

Find out more about our academic staff, their teaching expertise and research interests.

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, assessed seminar papers and presentations, book and/or periodical reviews, projects, 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.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.



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

Study facilities

History is taught on the Frenchay campus. Frenchay library houses a history collection of over 60,000 books and an impressive number of history journals in English, French, German and Spanish. The library also contains an extensive collection of historical primary material. You have access to a range of networked computers, which enables you to use the UWE intranet, the internet and a wide variety of digital archives and library materials.

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

History community

History at UWE Bristol is a welcoming and supportive community. Staff are active published researchers whose research feeds directly into their teaching, with several internationally recognised leaders in their fields. We rank consistently highly in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and the National Student Survey (NSS).

The History Society lies at the heart of UWE Bristol's history community and brings together all those with a shared passion for the subject. The Society organises trips and social events throughout the year.


Careers / Further study

History is a recognised and respected subject, producing well-rounded, open-minded graduates with key transferable skills and a broad knowledge base, enabling them to enter a variety of rewarding careers.

Our students go on to work in the heritage industry, including museum and archive management, leisure and tourism, local and central government, publishing, journalism, the health service, the armed forces and emergency services, the legal professions, financial services, and teaching and lecturing.

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


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee11750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1469

Full Time Course with Placement Year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee11750
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year11750
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1469
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1469
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year10281

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year80

Supplementary fee information

Further information about fees and funding.


Students starting this course in September 2017 should follow this link to view their joining instructions.

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Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 64
  • 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 2 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; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BA(Hons) History course.

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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If you do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Please apply through UCAS.

Please see the general information about applications.

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