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BA in History (Full Time)

University of Westminster

Course Description

Our degree courses with Foundation year offer the opportunity to prepare you for advanced study before you progress onto a full honours degree at the University of Westminster. Whether you do not feel ready for degree-level study, don’t have the right qualifications, want to change your subject specialism or return to study after an absence from education, we aim to encourage a broad range of students to undertake our Foundation year in order to progress onto their full honours degree with us.

The Foundation year is designed to give you the opportunity to explore new ideas, opening up new perspectives on the key debates within your chosen field. Core modules accelerate your academic and professional development and you will also take modules from areas closely related to your chosen field, giving you the chance to develop a cross-disciplinary perspective on your course.

On successful completion of the Foundation year (Year 0), you will be able to move on to study for the History BA Honours degree.

History remains among the most fascinating and best loved of the arts and social science disciplines, and this is an exceptional degree which makes the most of our unique West End location. The course is modern, with a focus on British and European history, but there are many opportunities to study American, imperial and global history as well. A distinctive element of the degree is its focus on the extraordinary history of London.

You’ll learn inside and outside the classroom, on stimulating modules in political, diplomatic, social, cultural and military history, many of which are unique to Westminster.

You’ll explore the streets of the capital, learn how to conduct your own research in London’s unique archives, and graduate as a well- trained and experienced historian, ready to launch yourself into the world of work – in careers such as the media, education, the Civil Service and the Law – or prepared for research or further study.

You will also gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

Research underpins much of our teaching, and we encourage you into a community of scholars, through teaching which will enthuse and inspire you. A wide range of assessments includes essays and exams, document and artefact analysis, presentations, book reviews, portfolio preparation and mini-projects. Through these you will learn essential skills that will enhance your employability.

You can study an elective module from across the university in each year, and also take a credit-bearing internship in an archive, library or museum. Previous interns have had placements in the Imperial War Museum, the House of Lords Record Of?ce and many other London institutions.

Our degree courses with Foundation year offer the opportunity to prepare you for advanced study before you progress onto a full honours degree at the University of Westminster. Whether you do not feel ready for degree-level study, don’t have the right qualifications, want to change your subject specialism or return to study after an absence from education, we aim to encourage a broad...

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Course Content

YEAR 0

Subjects of study include: 

  • Introduction to Academic Practice
  • Imagining Global Society and Politics
  • Law, Power and Authority
  • Critical Thinking for Academic and Professional Development 
  • Reading Identities
  • History, Memory and Belonging

There are no optional or elective modules offered at Level 3, as the focus is on the development of key academic skills through a broad understanding of social sciences and humanities.

Credit Level 3

YEAR 1

Subjects of study include:

  • Blood and Iron. The Making of the Modern World Part One: 1750-1914
  • History Matters 
  • History Tutorial 
  • Objects and Meaning: World Cultures in London Galleries and Museums
  • Swinging London: Revolution and Legacy
  • Rule Britannia. Researching Britain and the Empire 1750-1914
  • The Blitz: Image, Impact, Legacy 1940-1951

Credit Level 4

YEAR 2

Subjects of study include:

  • Civil War to Civil Rights: Race, Society and Politics in the USA 1850-1970
  • Democracy and Dictatorship. The Making of the Modern World Part Two: 1914-1990
  • Fenians to Free State: the Making of Modern Ireland 1868-1923
  • History Internship
  • Jack the Ripper: Myth, Reality, Culture and Popular History
  • New Liberals to New Labour: British Politics 1906-2010
  • Writing History: Approaches and Methods for History Dissertation
  • The Cinema as a Source for Historians

Credit Level 5

YEAR 3

Subjects of study include:

  • Divided Society: a Social History of Britain in the Twentieth Century
  • "Don't Mention the War!" Britain and Germany since 1945
  • History Dissertation
  • New World Order: International Organisations in an Age of Global Conflict and Change
  • Sex, Race and the Making of Modern Britain, 1800-1912
  • The End of History? Crisis and Conflict since the Cold War
  • The Troubles: Britain and Northern Ireland 1968-1998
  • Vichy: War, Occupation and the Holocaust in France 1940-1944
  • Transatlantic Feminisms: the Women's Movement in Twentieth-century Britain and Canada
  • Unruly Colossus: Churchill, Politician and Writer 1874-1965

Credit Level 6

YEAR 0 Subjects of study include:  Introduction to Academic Practice Imagining Global Society and Politics Law, Power and Authority Critical Thinking for Academic and Professional Development  Reading Identities History, Memory and Belonging There are no optional or...

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Entry Requirements

  • A Levels - DEE to CDD
  • International Baccalaureate - 24 points. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - MPP 
  • BTEC Diploma - MM to DM
  • Access - 56 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above.

A Levels - DEE to CDD International Baccalaureate - 24 points. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme BTEC Extended Diploma - MPP  BTEC Diploma - MM to DM Access - 56 to 80 UCAS...

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