History (with Foundation Year)
This course is open for applications.
About this course
- Entry year:
- Course code:
- Tariff points:
- Arts and Cultural Industries
- Four years full-time; five years sandwich
- Full-time; sandwich
- Programme leader:
- Foundation Year: Dr Britta Martens; years one to three: Dr Elizabeth White
- 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 11 October 2018
Why study history?
History isn't just about facts. It's about the human experience in all its diversity. It's also about acquiring a sense of enquiry, which will sustain you during and after your studies.
History is a long-established discipline, much respected by employers because of the critical skills it gives you.
Understanding the past equips us to engage more intelligently with the present and to play a more valuable and informed part in society, whatever career path you decide to follow.
Why UWE Bristol?
BA(Hons) History shows you how to interrogate the past and expand your knowledge through challenging academic study.
Our staff are passionate about teaching and research. They'll help you deepen your historical knowledge and develop your critical thinking. Besides traditional forms of assessment such as essays, you'll have the opportunity to build practical skills, including film and documentary making and website design.
Nurture your imagination and creativity, and build on your fascination with the social, economic and political forces that have shaped history across centuries and continents.
Using primary sources from the start, explore events in their historical contexts and gain a unique insight into the important global issues of today.
Study a broad spectrum of history, working on individual and group research projects. Gain skills and experience that will help you succeed in your studies and in your chosen career.
Take a look at the UWE History Community blog a fantastic forum for student talent and creativity.
There are many opportunities to engage with Bristol's culture and fascinating history. We have strong links with Bristol's museums, galleries and archives, including M Shed, Watershed, the Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust and the National Trust.
In year three, you could negotiate a work placement with a local cultural provider, spending six months gaining real-world skills, experience and contacts.
Where can it take me?
The heritage sector, in particular, continues to grow dynamically and to attract history graduates.
However, graduates also enter into and succeed in a wide range of other sectors, including publishing, advertising and marketing, education, communications, IT, law, broadcasting, tourism and more. Many go on to further study.
Watch: The learning and teaching experience
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
Year zero (foundation year)
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
- The Power of Words.
You will study the Foundation year alongside students from other Arts, Creative Industries and Journalism courses.
The normal expectation is that you must pass all Foundation year modules before progressing to Year one.
You will study:
- Sources for Courses: History and Evidence
- British History from The Black Death to the Present Day
- Foundations of Modern Europe
- International History 1890-2000: The Century of the Superpowers.
You will study:
- History in Practice.
Plus optional modules from:
- 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.
- Britain and the World: Pirates, Merchants and Colonizers, c.1497-1688
Placement year (if applicable)
If you study on the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.
You'll complete a placement learning module.
See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.
You will study:
- Applied Historical Research.
Plus, three optional modules (generally from a choice of eight which may include the following):
- 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
Our history community is welcoming and supportive. Our staff are active, published researchers and their research feeds directly into their teaching. We rank consistently highly in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and the National Student Survey (NSS).
Learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, using a range of digital resources.
Develop your awareness of the relevance the arts, creative and cultural industries will play in your professional life.
Your lectures will introduce you to each subject, and will be a chance to outline interpretations and approaches.Seminars and workshops provide opportunity to discuss and debate subjects in greater detail.
Feedback on your progress is provided in one-to-one tutorials, as well as in class time. Your personal tutor is on hand to provide advice and support throughout the year.
See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:
|Year||Scheduled learning and teaching study||Independent study||Placement study|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
Join our thriving History Society. You'll have plenty of opportunities to get involved and it'll look great on your CV.
Take part in trips and social events throughout the year, visiting places of historical interest. Regular socials include trips to historic pubs in Bristol.
You'll also be able to sharpen your skills writing for UWE Bristol student media. Publications include the Western Eye and Westworld, blogs such as UWE Bristol Lingo, and the English Society's Cellar Door magazine.
You can expect to be assessed through essays, document tests and exercises, assessed seminar papers and presentations, book and article reviews, projects, a dissertation and exams.
Some modules are almost entirely based on coursework or project work and others have split assessment with up to 50% of the module assessed by formal examination.
See our full glossary of assessment terms.
Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:
|Year||Written exam assessment||Coursework assessment||Practical exam assessment|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
Upon completion of the History in Practice module, you'll be awarded the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 3 Award in Management awarded by the City and Guilds of London Institute.
Students who get work experience often find that their degrees are more marketable among employers. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.
If you choose the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.
You may be able to undertake a study year abroad through our Erasmus programme. Contact the programme leader for more information.
Our award-winning careers and employability service will guide and support you to find the right placement.
You'll study at Frenchay Campus, which houses a library with over 60,000 history books and an impressive number of history journals. It also contains an extensive collection of historical primary material. You'll also have access to a wide variety of digital archives and library materials.
Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.
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 our history community and brings together all those with a shared passion for the subject. You can go on trips and social events throughout the year.
Careers / Further study
Graduates with a background in history and English are highly employable recognised for their transferable skills and broad knowledge.
You could find work in the heritage industry, leisure and tourism, local and central government, publishing, education, journalism, the health service, the armed forces and emergency services, the legal professions, financial services or education.
Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and help find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.
We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.
Visit our Employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.
There is currently no published fee data for this course.
Supplementary fee information
Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.
You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the five year course and then transfer to the four year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.
Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.
This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.
- Tariff points: 64
- GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above 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 one A-Level.
- 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.
Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BA(Hons) History.
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.
UWE Bristol's International College
If you are an international student your recommended route of study for this degree is through UWE Bristol's International College which, upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to Year 1 of the degree.
If you have not received your exam results, your offer from us will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.
If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that we will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.
To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies here, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.
How to apply
For further information
- Email: Admissions@uwe.ac.uk
- Telephone: +44(0)117 32 83333