History BA(Hons)

2020-21 (also available for 2019-20)

Start date

21 September 2020

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year
5 years part-time

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB

BTEC - DDM

See full entry requirements

UCAS Code

V100

Places available (subject to change)

50

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472606

About the course

Studying history enables us to put ourselves and our society in perspective, understanding the connections and events that have led up to the world we now live in. Here at Huddersfield you’ll be able to engage with a range of approaches to history, and work with primary source materials in interesting and innovative ways.

  • History has a 94% student satisfaction rating (NSS 2018).
  • Our History modules cover a range of eras from medieval to modern times, and are geographically diverse allowing you to investigate the periods that fascinate and inspire you most.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to gain valuable real world experience. The 5-week work related project in Year 2 and the year-long optional placement after the second year could help open up your graduate employment prospects.
  • Get creative with opportunities to design a marketing pitch for a historical film, or an interactive soundwalk.
  • Opportunities to study abroad, explore our innovative award-winning archive at Heritage Quay and the newly opened Holocaust Learning and Exhibition Centre.
  • You could also join the Student History Society, and organise trips, debates and social events.

Our course also gives you a range of skills that you can take out into the world of work - good communication and analytical skills, independent and team working, and problem solving.

I was extremely impressed by the level of knowledge and skills demonstrated by students across the entire programme.  I was particularly pleased to see students reflecting so thoughtfully, imaginatively and eloquently on the types of skills that their history degree provides them with particularly in the reflective essay written by second year students as part of the work placement module. It strikes me that too often we take ‘transferable skills’ for granted, rather than really encouraging students to reflect critically on what this actually means for them in terms of their own future career plans, and it is heartening to see this happening at Huddersfield.

jonathan-willis

Dr Jonathan Willis, External Examiner

Course detail

Core modules:

Early Medieval Europe: c500 - 1215

This module covers the history of, what was to become, Europe from the decline of the Western Roman Empire to the end of the 11th Century. It explores the religious and social history of the period, in a range of geographic locations and ethnic groups, from Scandinavia to the Eastern Mediterranean. You’ll have the opportunity to examine written sources alongside visual representations and material culture. You’ll also be advised how to find, evaluate and reference supporting material for your work; how to identify arguments and structure essays and document analyses; and how to present material orally, as well as in writing.

Twentieth Century Britain

Using a chronological and thematic approach, you'll be introduced to the major political, social, economic and cultural developments affecting British society in the 20th Century. This module falls within the ‘Communities and Welfare Research Group’ at the University and explores how Britons identified themselves with a variety of communities, relating to place, gender, class and other affiliations. It also explores the development of social policy in relation to the welfare state.

The Modern World

This module will focus on the political and social histories of a number of case studies focussing on the period from the end of the 19th Century until the eve of the Second World War. We cover countries from a range of European and World powers, including the USSR, the USA and France. In each case the focus will be on the main political themes of the era, such as democracy, fascism and communism, considering them in wider social contexts.

Britons Abroad 1500-2000

This module covers the history of the British activities in other areas of the world from the early modern era to the 20th Century. It looks at reasons why the British decided to leave their home over a 500 year period, examining religion, exile, economic factors and the development of Empire.

Entry requirements

BBBat A Level including a minimum grade B in History

120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a minimum grade B at A Level in History

DDM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

  • Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above including modules in History
  • 120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications, including Higher Level History at grade 6.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

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Placements


The course offers a compulsory 5-week work placement in Year 2. The course also offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects. Our Placement Unit and academic staff have excellent industry links and can support you in applying for and finding your placement(s), as well as during your placement year.

Previous placement students have worked at places like National Coal Mining Museum, Barclays Group Archive, the Isle of Man Motor Museum, West Yorkshire Archives and a range of primary and secondary schools.

The work placement allows you to gain the skills you need and gives you the opportunity to express yourself in a professional work environment. I think the placement has given me so much more confidence in my own ability that I never had before.

Jack Barron

Jack Barron, History BA(Hons)

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Research Excellence

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry.

100% of research produced by History at Huddersfield is internationally recognised, and two thirds of this is internationally excellent or world-leading; we more than doubled the amount of world-leading research we produced since the last REF. Our impact case studies scored particularly highly, being rated 20% world leading and 50% internationally excellent (REF 2014).

We extend our knowledge and understanding of History through the production of high quality work, with funding coming from the AHRC, ESRC, the Wellcome Institute, the Leverhulme Trust and other significant grant providers. As part of this process we have also invested in early career members of staff with great success.

For more information, see the Research section of our website.

Our Department

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Your Career


As a History graduate, you are valued for the advanced skills you have developed in analysis and communication, self-motivation, teamwork, creative problem solving and persuasiveness.

A selection of organisations that have employed Huddersfield graduates in recent years include BT, the Civil Service, The Royal Armouries Museum, House of Commons, British Red Cross, the British Library, West Yorkshire Police, The Department for Education and Emerald Group Publishing. Others have opted for PGCE study and have become teachers, or continued their studies at Master's level.*

*Percentage of graduates from this course who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17)

**Source: LinkedIn

 

100% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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