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BA (Honours) History

Explore modern history to gain a deep understanding of how it shapes the world today.

Course length 3 Years
Location City Campus
UCAS V100 Course code

Course description

What you study
History is not just about the past. It is a dialogue between the present and the past. Historians ask important questions about the evidence we select, the analyses we use and the stories we tell about the past – and its relationship with our lives in the present.

This innovative course is for people interested in studying the making of the modern world in a lively intellectual framework of controversy and debate. You focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

You study the social, cultural, political and economic history of a range of countries, continents and regions, including Britain, Europe, America, Australia, India and Africa in the late eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. You can also study imperial and global history. You can tailor your studies to suit your academic interests through our wide range of optional modules.

How you learn
As well as learning history in the classroom through lectures and seminars, you also learn on field trips to places such as Manchester Peoples’ History Museum, the Museum of London and in the archives and in computer suites with access to a range of academic digital collections.

You develop your research skills throughout the course. This leads to a dissertation on a topic of your choice in your final year.

Work-based learning and placements
We place a strong emphasis on developing your employability and career management skills, and are pioneering in the development of work-related learning in history.

As part of your degree, you can choose to complete a work-related project either based here or within an external organisation. Our students have
• completed research projects for community-based history projects, museums and a local playwright
• undertaken oral history interviews for a national organisation documenting the history of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement
• written for the South Yorkshire Through Time website
• worked with local MPs, charities and pressure groups

Alternatively, you can complete a placement in a school, typically one day a week from November to March.

Teaching and research
Your studies are led by a team of experts who are committed and enthusiastic teachers, researchers and writers. All of our teaching staff are published authors, including Kevin McDermott, author of the popular school text book 'Stalin: Revolutionary in an Era of War' (Palgrave, 2006).

The course is shaped by our research expertise – 67% of which was judged to be internationally excellent and world leading in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

Opportunities to study abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad during your second year, enabling you to experience another culture and improve your communication skills. Employers like to see these life experiences on a CV as they demonstrate independence, confidence and adaptability.

Sheffield Hallam University has Erasmus and international study exchange agreements with over 100 institutions in 25 different countries. Current exchange locations include • Prague, Czech Republic • Linköping, Sweden • Paris, France • Neuchatel, Switzerland • Georgia, USA • Ontario, Canada • Victoria, Australia.

Support

Formal classes are supplemented by academic advisor sessions held in small groups with a personal tutor. These sessions enable you to develop study skills and time management skills, and to discuss your career plans in a supportive environment. Each tutor offers drop-in hours every week and you can also book one-to-one meetings with your module and personal tutors. Each level of study has a year tutor who has overall responsibility for each year of study.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

GCSE English language at grade C or Grade 4 or above. We do not accept GCSE equivalents. Plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in a relevant* subject. We accept AS levels. We accept general studies.

Or

• 96 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in a relevant* subject. We accept general studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS average score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills.

* Relevant subjects are • history • classical civilisation • religious studies • sociology.

We also consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience will also be considered. We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these will also be considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

2018 entry requirements

GCSE English language at grade C or Grade 4 or above. We do not accept GCSE equivalents. Plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in a relevant* subject. We accept AS levels. We accept general studies.

Or

• 96 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in a relevant* subject. We accept general studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS average score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills.

* Relevant subjects are • history • classical civilisation • religious studies • sociology.

We also consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience will also be considered. We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these will also be considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

• the making of modern Britain 1780-1918 • nationalism, democracy and socialism in modern Europe • empires and encounters • enlightenment and revolutions • making history: Sheffield 1750-1945 • growth and transformation of the British economy

You can substitute one of the above with a foreign language.

Year two core modules

• the cold war era • race: difference and power in the modern world • the historian and research

Year two options

Choose three from • London: literary and historical perspectives 1728-1914 • Germany 1890-1933, from Reich to republic • the City of London and the British economy since 1870 • Eastern Europe 1945-1989 • total war in modern Europe, 1792-1945 • applied history: work and community • Britain and America in the interwar years

You can substitute one of the above with a foreign language.

Year three core module

• dissertation

Year three options

Choose four from • rise and decline of Soviet communism • Australia: from penal settlement to nation 1788-2000 • American politics and society since 1968 • the Third Reich and its aftermath • industrial warfare and Britain and the Great War 1914-1918 • India and the British Raj • Chartism: working-class politics and culture in Britain, 1838-1848 • citizenship, violence and race: Germans and Africans in colonial and post-colonial encounters • European orientalism, from colonisation to decolonisation • modern Armenia: genocide, nation, diaspora • northern soul: regional identities in the north of England: 1800 to the present • South Africa in the Twentieth Century

You can substitute one of the above with a foreign language.

Assessment
  • presentations
  • project work
  • portfolios
  • document analysis
  • essays
  • exams
  • dissertation

Employability

Our graduates have gained history-related careers in teaching and the heritage industry. Thanks to the many transferable skills that this course offers, our graduates have also developed careers in diverse fields, including • local government • personnel • advertising • law • financial services • journalism • librarianship.

The transferrable skills of the historian are highly valued by employers and include • gathering, assessing and interpreting evidence • evaluating arguments • presenting findings in written and oral forms • independence of thought • digital fluency.

Fees

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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

2018/19 academic year

£12,750 a year

Additional course costs

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Additional costs information

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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