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Year of Entry 2021/22
BA (Honours)

History with Foundation Year

Course in clearing
Full-time History

Expand your horizons through the study of global and modern history, with an initial foundation year to prepare for the course.

Places available in clearing

Apply for a place on this course starting in 2021. Call us now on 0330 024 6390.

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Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £13,995 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 4/5 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 48 UCAS points through clearing
What is the UCAS code? C011
When do I start? September 2021
Placement year available? Yes

Course summary

  • Study a range of historical contexts in Britain, Europe and beyond
  • Examine how different perspectives on the past help us understand real-world issues today
  • Cultivate a range of practical and professional skills, including research, analysis and communication
  • Join at the foundation year and develop your personal skills, awareness of resources and commitment to the subject

On this course, you’ll create your own pathway across the globe — studying modules from Britain and Europe, to the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia. You’ll hone your ability to think critically about how the past is understood, and how it relates to the present.

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

Throughout your studies you will be taught by published historians who are experts in their fields but, in the foundation year, will also have contact with a wider range of experts from the Department. You’ll have access to a wide variety of academic texts and primary sources to learn the skills of a historian, and explore the wider significance of modern history in contemporary society.

You learn through

  • large group lectures
  • small group seminars and workshops
  • group work activities
  • live brief projects and working with external partners
  • field trips and away days
  • group projects

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities .You may also be able to work or study abroad with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing Scheme.

Applied learning

Live projects

Throughout the course, you’ll have the opportunity to work on real-world projects through live briefs with partner organisations (including in the foundation year).

Work experience

In the second year, of the full degree, you’ll raise your professional profile through a placement module. You’ll have the chance to collaborate with external partners, undertake a work placement or develop your own enterprise. 

Previous placements have included local primary and secondary schools, local museums such as Kelham Island Industrial Museum, and other heritage organisations and local businesses.

Field trips

You’ll also learn by going on field trips to a range of locations, including the Manchester People's History Museum and the Museum of London. This starts right from the foundation year, where you will make a series of visits to cultural institutions and discuss their relevance to contemporary life.

Networking Opportunities

There are opportunities to study abroad and take elective language modules. We have connections with a wide variety of institutions across the world, including universities in Europe, North America and Australia.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in 

  • teaching
  • local government
  • the civil service
  • journalism
  • librarianship
  • the heritage industry
  • human resources
  • advertising/marketing
  • law
  • financial services
  • non-governmental organisations (NGOs)

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • Sheffield City Archive
  • Sheffield Museums
  • Barnsley Museum
  • local and national newspapers
  • primary and secondary education
  • the civil service
  • local government

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you’ll work with

  • library services and study space at the Adsetts Learning Centre
  • a range of digital collections to enhance your learning and support your research
  • taught sessions in dedicated computer suites
  • support for your learning through integrated use of the Online Learning Platform.
  • a dedicated Humanities student lounge equipped with flexible desks, large screens, a laptop library, comfy seating, and a shared kitchen where you can collaborate with other students in the Department of Humanities.

Entry requirements

All students

48 UCAS Points, including 24 from one A level or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course.

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Talent Accelerator Credits: 120 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Britain Transformed: Economic And Social Change Since 1800 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Communicating History Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Making History Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Nations, Regions And Borders In Modern Europe, C.1870-1970 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Revolutions In The Atlantic World, 1760-1848 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Empires And Encounters Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Britain Between The Wars: Crisis, Transformation And The People, 1918-1939 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: European And American Encounters With Asia Since The 19Th Century Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Germany, 1890 - 1933: From Reich To Republic Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: London: Literary And Historical Perspectives 1728-1914 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Race: Difference And Power In The Modern World Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Slavery And Anti-Slavery In The British Atlantic, 1763-1838 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: The City Of London And The British Economy Since 1870 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: The Cold War Era Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 4

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: History Research Project Credits: 40
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: American Politics And Society Since 1968 Credits: 20
Module: Australia - From Penal Settlement To Nation, 1788-2000 Credits: 20
Module: Chartism: Working-Class Politics And Culture In Britain, 1838-48 Credits: 20
Module: Citizenship, Violence And Race: Germans And Africans In Colonial And Postcolonial Encounters Credits: 20
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20
Module: India And The British Raj, 1765-1947 Credits: 20
Module: Industrial Warfare And The Great War, 1914 To 1918 Credits: 20
Module: Modern Europe C 1860-1939:Health, Environment, And Welfare Credits: 20
Module: Northern Soul: Constructing Regional Identities In The North Of England 1800-Present Credits: 20
Module: South Africa In The Twentieth Century Credits: 20
Module: The Third Reich And Its Aftermath: Germany, 1933-1961 Credits: 20

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £13,995 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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