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BA (Hons) History/Politics

See the world by understanding its past

2018/19 entry

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UCAS code

VL12

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Typical offer

AAA (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2018 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

Fees for 2018/19 to be confirmed. See fees and funding.

International fees

£16,620 per year (2018/19)

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Understanding the past is crucial to responding to the political challenges of the future.

Our History and Politics degree will help you attain a global understanding of events, institutions and structures.

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The way history is taught at York... lends itself to an informal, sociable atmosphere. Tutors are always keen to provide a quick response to any question you may have and supervisor meetings one-on-one give you all the support you need.
Penny
History student

A wide range of modules

Both departments have a wide range of modules allowing you to tailor your degree to your interests.

Careers and employability

You'll have full access to services to help you explore new skills and build valuable experience.

Course content

One of the most exciting aspects of the History and Politics degree at York is living and learning in a city with such a long and varied history. You'll be surrounded by evidence of the city’s rich heritage. Stretching from the Romans, through the Vikings to the Georgians, there's a heritage that we actively draw on in our teaching.

Study abroad

You can apply to study abroad for your entire second year.

Year 1

You'll begin examining the broader concepts of how history has shaped the modern world. At the same time, your required Politics modules will focus on contemporary politics with an emphasis on the state. You'll also take one Politics module of your choice.

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

Your second year in the History and Politics degree will be about preparing for your final dissertation and reports. You'll begin to design your project and learn how to use the tools needed to complete it. Political Text and Process options examine underlying philosophies, and how they're put into practice.

Year 3

In your final year, you'll take a specialised, in-depth module on a particular historical topic, along with two Politics module options. You'll also write a 10,000-word dissertation on a political or history topic of your choice.

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Learning by design

Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Communicate in-depth understandings of historical scholarship, and a sophisticated appreciation of the origin and use of different approaches to interpreting the past 
  • Approach problems in a critical and questioning fashion, including the evaluation of the arguments and analytical methods of others and the assessment of the value and significance of different forms of evidence. 
  • Understand the origins, evolution and contemporary dynamics of politics. 
  • Undertake independent research by constructing meaningful and productive research questions, applying appropriate theories and concepts, producing a research methodology, understanding sources in context, gathering and interpreting data and arriving at appropriate conclusions 
  • Demonstrate versatility in their ability to interpret and deploy a variety of information types, including digital resources, material culture, visual imagery, texts, databases and statistical information. 
  • Convey ideas with clarity and precision and make sophisticated, distinctive and persuasive arguments based on evidence and the use of analytical frameworks. 
  • Achieve goals by demonstrating initiative, self-organization, and time management in individual or collaborative work. 
  • Use insights gained from the study of the factors that have shaped societies and their institutions across history, and around the world, to engage constructively and critically as global citizens with the political, cultural, social and ethical aspects of contemporary debates.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 (2017/18)

Fees for 2018/19 are subject to increase in line with government policy. Updated fees information will be published as soon as possible after the government announcement.
£16,620

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

More information

For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.

Funding

We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.

Home/EU students

International students

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

You'll spend much of your learning time at York with:

  • One-on-one meetings with dissertation advisors
  • Essay feedback sessions
  • Module briefings
  • Optional plenary lectures by visiting speakers
  • Webinars
  • Student hours, when staff hold weekly office hours for students to drop in and discuss questions.

How you'll spend your time

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Lectures and seminars216 hours
(18%)
168 hours
(14%)
120 hours
(10%)
Independent study984 hours
(82%)
1032 hours
(86%)
1080 hours
(90%)

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17. Subsequent years' courses may differ.

Independent study may include preparation for lectures and seminars, follow up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours will vary from person to person. In UK higher education the expectation is that full-time students will spend 1200 hours a year learning.

Teaching location

You will be based in both the Department of History and the Department of Politics on Campus West.

Nearly half of your teaching will take place in the Spring Lane building. The rest of your contact hours will take place in other locations on Campus West. 

Course location

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Your first-year work doesn't contribute toward your final marks. We recognise those students are only beginning to develop over the course of the History and Politics degree.

From Year 2 onward, formal assessments contribute toward your degree. In your third year, your 10,000-word dissertation focuses on a specific topic of your choice.

  • Assessments range from research essay to collaborative projects to open-note examinations.
  • Your dissertation should be an interesting topic to you. Don't be afraid to explore.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework and exams

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Written exams36%55%17%
Coursework51%45%83%
Practical exams13%0%0%

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17. Subsequent years' courses may differ.

Careers and skills

Some 60 per cent of our History and Politics degree graduates are in employment six months after completion of their studies. Many of our students also move on to postgraduate study.

Career opportunities

  • Law
  • Social work
  • Justice
  • Local and national government
  • Public administration and NGOs
  • Finance and accountancy
  • Teaching and academia

Transferable skills

  • Problem solving
  • Shaping arguments and debate
  • Communication
  • Analytical thinking

Entry requirements

Qualification Grade
A levels

AAA including an A in either History or Classical Civilisation

An A level in General Studies is usually excluded from conditional offers.

Access to Higher Education Diploma 60 credits overall with 45 at level 3
30 with Distinction and 15 at Merit or above
Distinctions are expected in History-related units.
BTEC BTEC National Extended Diploma (QCF): DDD An A Level or equivalent qualification in History is also required at a grade A
Cambridge Pre-U D3, D3, D3 including History (in conjunction with A Levels)
European Baccalaureate 80 per cent overall, including 85 per cent in History
International Baccalaureate 36 points including Grade 6 in History at Higher Level
Irish leaving Certificate AAAAAB including A1 in History
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers AAAAA at Higher Level
AA at Advanced Higher Level, including History

English language

IELTS
6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all units

Pearson (Academic PTE)
61 overall with 51 in all parts

Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)
Grade A

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
Grade C

Applying

To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

All applications must be made through UCAS. We also consider applications for deferred entry and requests, after taking up an offer, to take a gap year.

We encourage mature students to email the Admissions Tutor for consultation and advice.

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