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BA (Hons) History

Studying our past to reveal the future

Year of entry: 2019

UCAS code

V100

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Typical offer

AAA or A*AB with a minimum A in History (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2019 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fees

£17,120 per year (2019/20)

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History gives you an in-depth view of the world. It enhances your understanding of the forces that play a part in economies, societies, cultures, power and faith.

Historians are critical readers of evidence. They understand how to construct knowledge. They're quick to recognise context. And they're adept at constructing engaging arguments and proposing alternative solutions.

Study in detail the topics that interest you, as well as exploring themes which span across the centuries. With more than 45 academic staff, the breadth and quality of the modules we offer will ensure that you'll find your niche.

Leading research

In the Times Higher Education's ranking of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment, the Department was second overall for research performance.

A huge range of modules

Our courses cross the globe and take in nearly two thousand years of history, from the fall of Rome to the present day.

Course content

The BA in History progresses from broad to specialised topics. Core modules in the first year introduce you to the broad sweep of history across time and place and historical problems. You develop this in the following years, which cultivate expertise, leading up to your 10,000-word dissertation

Study abroad

You can apply to study abroad during your second year, for the whole year or just a term. We also offer a four year course which includes a year abroad.

Year 1

Your first year will introduce the study of History at a degree level. You'll develop research skills and study prominent periods of interest.

Core modules

Instead of the two Thinking Through History modules, you can elect to study one Languages for All module (20 credits). You can choose to start a new language, or improve your skills in a language you know already.

Option modules

You'll also choose one Period Topic module (20 credits). You'll typically have around 15 options to choose from - these options may change from year to year.

Academic integrity module

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

Year 2

Your second year 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. You'll also broaden your knowledge on a particular theme or period.

Core modules

You'll study two Disciplines of History modules (10 credits each):

Option modules

You'll take two Histories and Contexts modules (20 credits each). You'll typically be able to choose from around eight options:

You'll also take two Explorations modules (30 credits each). We usually offer around 18 options for you to choose from:

Year 3

In your final year of the BA in History, you'll participate in Special Subject seminars focusing in depth on a historical process or problem. You'll also complete your dissertation, demonstrating the research skills you have learned during your time here.

Core modules

Option modules

You'll choose one Comparative module (40 credits), selected from around 12 options. These will allow you to examine an important theme in a comparative historical and geographical context.

You'll also choose a Special Subject module (40 credits), typically from around 16 options. These are an advanced, source-based course on specific historical topic, taught through seminars.

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 broad and deep understandings of historical scholarship, ranging from the medieval to the modern period, 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 of others and the assessment of the value and significance of different forms of evidence.
  • Analyse complexity by engaging with a range of perspectives, making comparisons and connections between different periods, places and societies, and assessing the relative importance of different factors that have shaped an event.
  • Demonstrate highly developed research skills, including identifying useful material, understanding sources in context, producing a research methodology and constructing meaningful and productive research questions
  • Have the versatility to interpret and deploy a variety of different types of information including digital resources, material culture, visual imagery, texts, databases and statistical information
  • Convey ideas with clarity and precision in both written and verbal form and make sophisticated, original and persuasive arguments based on evidence, including the production of an extended piece of writing.
  • Know how to extend their own knowledge and skills and manage their time effectively so that they can successfully execute a programme of work, alone or in a group, or lead a project without supervision
  • Use awareness of the multiple processes, issues and events that have shaped the modern world at both the local and global level to contribute to their communities and workplaces with an appreciation of the origins and value of diversity and difference.

Fees and funding

The fees and funding figures below are based on data from 2018 entry. If you take a year abroad or year in industry you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year.

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 £17,120

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 additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”

The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018

Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.

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

We believe that students learn better – and think better – when engaging with others. 

Small group teaching remains at the core of our the BA in History, accounting for half of our first-year teaching and rising to over 80 per cent in Year 3. Our tutors work closely with small student groups in seminars and weekly discussions. 

Overall workload

As a guide, students on this course typically spend their time as follows:

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Lectures and seminars168 hours180 hours108 hours

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

The rest of your time on the course will be spent on independent study. This 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 the Department of History on Campus West.

Over half of your teaching will take place in the Spring Lane building on campus. Other seminars and lectures will take place in buildings across Campus West. 

About our campus

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 that students are only beginning to develop over the course of their 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 essays, to collaborative projects, to open 'take-home' examinations.
  • Your dissertation should be a topic that is interesting to you. Don't be afraid to explore.

Percentage of the course typically assessed by coursework and exams

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Written exams42%8%33%
Coursework58%92%67%

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

Careers and skills

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

Career opportunities

Our graduates have gone on to work in the following sectors:

  • Education
  • Law
  • Social work and justice
  • Politics and government
  • Finance
  • Media
  • Business, commerce and public relations

Transferable skills

York History students graduate with a wide range of valuable transferable skills. These include:

  • critical thinking
  • excellent communication skills
  • project management
  • independent, high-level research skills
  • ability to work with a variety of media and sources
  • time management
I like teaching courses that are based on my own research, such as the Explorations modules in Year 2 and the Special Subject in Year 3, which make me consider my research topics in a new light.
Henrice Altink
Senior Lecturer in Modern History

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
A levels

AAA or A*AB with a minimum A in History

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

Access to Higher Education Diploma Obtain Access to HE Diploma with 39 credits at Distinction including at least 9 credits in History-related units and 6 credits at Merit or higher
BTEC BTEC National Extended Diploma (QCF): DDD. We accept a range of BTEC qualifications equivalent to 3 A Levels. An additional A Level or equivalent qualification in either History or Classical Civilisation is required alongside any BTEC qualification.
Cambridge Pre-U D3, D3, D3 including History (in conjunction with A levels)
European Baccalaureate 85 per cent overall, including 85 per cent in History
International Baccalaureate 36 points including Grade 6 in History at Higher Level
Irish leaving Certificate H2, H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, including H1 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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