History BA (Hons)

This programme gives you the chance to study a broad range of types and periods of history, from medieval to modern, with opportunities for individual specialisation and research.

UCAS course code
V100
Location
York St John University
Course fees
2017 - 2018: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £10,000 per annum
Duration
3 years full-time | 6 years part-time
Study Abroad
Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information
Start date
September 2017 | September 2018

Course overview

The History degree programmes at York St John give you the chance to study a broad range of types and periods of history, from medieval to modern, with opportunities for individual specialisation and research. We provide an excellent learning environment in the historic centre of the City of York, with a rich selection of museums, libraries and historical sites to complement and enhance the academic programme.

This programme gives you the chance to study a broad range of types and periods of history, from medieval to modern, with opportunities for individual specialisation and research.

We offer exciting and innovative programmes which cover many different types and periods of history, from medieval to modern. The flexible structure of this degree programme allows you to choose your own modules, enabling you to construct your own study pathway. There is the opportunity to undertake independent research and to specialise in the kinds of history that interest you most. We welcome applications from anyone with a genuine enthusiasm for exploring the past.

We look forward to welcoming you to York St John.

Dr Wayne Johnson - Subject Director, History

Course structure

Overview

For each module there is a structured programme of classes and study activities, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and group work. You are encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning through independent study, supported by appropriate library resources and online study packages.

The History components of both the Specialist and the Joint Honours degrees follow a similar pattern. The first year is introductory, emphasising breadth of study across topics and periods. In the second year, modules focus on major periods of British, European, American or World history, and you have the option of concentrating on modern or medieval/early modern history if you wish to do so. The final year offers more in-depth study of particular topics or periods and includes a dissertation or research project.

The Specialist degree contains a distinctive Applied History strand which explores the practical application of historical skills, the relationship between history and areas such as heritage, tourism and the media, and preparation for careers or further study. Students on both the Specialist and Joint Honours programmes have the opportunity to undertake a practical career placement as part of their course. There are also a number of international academic exchange options which allow you to spend part of your second year studying at another university in Europe or North America.

Level 1

Modules may include:

  • The Making of Britain offers an introduction to British history from pre-Roman times to the present and examines the importance of national identities in the history of the British Isles.
  • War & Society examines war and its impact on society through case studies drawn from the middle ages, early modern Europe and the 20th century.
  • America’s Century traces the rise of the United States as a global superpower and its role in international relations since the late 19th century.
  • The Visible Past studies architectural evidence and what buildings can tell us about the past through class-based work and study visits.
  • Popular Protest

Level 2

Modules may include:

  • The Flowering of the Middle Ages studies the main social, cultural and political developments which shaped Europe in the period c1000-1300.
  • Plague, Piety & Power
  • The Age of Nationalism, 1848-1914 analyses the rise of nationalism in 19th century Europe and its impact on politics, society and international relations in the years before the First World War.
  • The Age of Anxiety the USA 1929-1960: is a social, cultural and political history of the United States from the Depression to the Cold War.
  • China 1911-97 studies the processes of revolution and change in 20th century China.
  • History, Film & Television examines the use and representation of history in the media, including news, documentaries and fictional features.

Level 3

Modules may include:

  • The Origins of World War II analyses the reasons for the outbreak of the Second World War by examining the international and diplomatic history of the 1930s in Europe, America and the Far East.
  • The War of the Roses
  • Late Victorian & Edwardian Britain examines the main themes in British history between the early 1880s and the First World War, including the so-called ‘Edwardian crisis’ of the years immediately prior to 1914.
  • The Great Society: America in the 1960s deals with the history of the United States in the era of Kennedy, Nixon and Vietnam.
  • Conflict on the East Asian Mainland examines the wars in Korea and Indochina from both western and Asian perspectives and the historical debates to which they have given rise.

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96 - 112 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English Language

For 2017 entry UCAS has altered how its tariff points are calculated. Calculate your tariff points.

Personal statement

Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for the ability to demonstrate knowledge and commitment to the subject. This can be done in a variety of ways, for example:

  • Through previous study (including qualifications in theology, classics and history)
  • Through general interest e.g.:
  • Wider reading
  • Volunteering
  • Visits to historical sites

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include:

  • Further study
  • Career plans
  • Demonstration of initiative and research skills
  • Visits to museums and/or sites of historical importance outside of academic courses
  • An interest in relevant documentaries
  • Other extra-curricular activities could include conference/lecture attendance, being a member of appropriate societies (e.g. film), subscribing to relevant journals/magazines, and involvement in overseas exchanges/summer camps

Strong candidates will also demonstrate transferrable skills such as time management and research ability.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Tuition fees for 2018 / 19 entry have not yet been confirmed.

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2017 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2017 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £10,000 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

Additional costs and financial support

Course-related costs

Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation webpages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Study abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad webpages.

Financial help and support

Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

International students

We welcome international students from all over the world at York St John University and have a vibrant international community. You can find out more on our International Pages about how you can study with us and what it’s like to live and learn in York, one of the UK’s most historic cities.

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