On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students.
- Being an Historian (part one): Concepts and Methods: You'll be introduced to what history is and to what it means to be an historian in the digital age.
- Being an Historian (part two): Sources and Archives: Alongside books and public records, you'll be introduced to a wide range of materials including newspapers, letters, diaries, photographs, artefacts and oral testimony as well as film, websites, exhibitions, television and radio programmes as historical sources.
- Media, Communications and Society in Britain (part one): 1500-1900: The development of media and communications in Britain coincided with major social, political and cultural transformations and this unit considers how these impacted on our understanding and perception of Britain and the wider world.
- Media, Communications and Society in Britain (part two): 1900-2000: The second part of this unit focuses on the twentieth century exploring the history and development of modern mass media and its impact on British society.
- History of Political Thought: This unit introduces the development of political thought and to key and contested concepts in political theory. You'll consider both the historical and the contemporary with a focus on how historical debates and disputed meanings relate to current political realities.
- History in the Public World: The focus of this unit is the creation and interpretation of history in the public sphere, exploring how history is disseminated outside the confines of academia.
The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during the first year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.
- Learning and teaching: 216 hours (estimated)
- Independent learning: 984 hours (estimated)
- European Histories 1800 - 2000: This unit explores European political, social and cultural history from a range of historical perspectives including revolution, national unification, war and peace and the development of the contemporary European Union.
- The Home Front: From the Napoleonic Wars to Afghanistan: You'll study the Home Front in times of war and look at how civilian populations have responded to the emotional, practical and militaristic impact of conflict.
- Interpreting History: You'll be introduced to the diversity of specialisms within the discipline such as family history, women’s history, gender history, black history, and ‘history from below,’ and to the ways this history is presented.
- Community Histories: This unit builds on your understanding of local history and ‘people’s history’, focussing on the ways in which individuals have discovered recorded and presented the history of the locality or community in which they have lived and worked.
Option units (choose two)
- Being Victorian: This unit examines Victorian society through the lens of the human life-cycle, such as birth, childhood, education, marriage, work and old age, with a focus on contemporary works.
- Women and Equal Rights 1850-2000: This unit traces the campaigns and changes in British society that led to women being granted equal rights, with a focus on material culture.
- Inter-War Britain: Continuity and Change: You'll explore key themes and approaches to inter-war history, a period that ranged from the Bright Young Things to chronic unemployment.
- The Cold War 1945-1991: You'll discover the key developments of the Cold War and its impact on politics, culture and society, drawing heavily on media sources.
- Youth Culture and Politics: an International 1945 to the Present: This unit explores the intersections of youth culture and politics drawing on political and cultural movements from around the world.
- Strikes, Riots and Black-outs: Britain in the 1970s: This unit will explore the intense political and ideological social divisions of the time, often expressed in cultural forms including Punk and alternative and community media.
- Migration Histories 1800-1989: You will explore histories of migration and will examine different historical and geographical examples such as the Swedish, German, Italian and Eastern European emigration from Europe to North America in the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth century, the Caribbean and Asian immigration to Britain in the post-war period, and East-West migration in the Cold War.
Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.
The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during the second year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.
- Learning and teaching: 258 hours (estimated)
- Independent learning: 804 hours (estimated)
- Placement: 144 hours (estimated)
A minimum 4-week or optional 40 week placement (30-weeks for 2017 entry), intended to develop your abilities and understanding of the workplace. It also provides a platform for successful entry into the workplace following graduation.
Year 3/4 (final year)
- Dissertation: You'll carry out a significant piece of academic work on a topic of your choice (in consultation with the university). This takes the form of a 10,000-word dissertation which develops and demonstrates critical, analytical and research skills.
- Graduate Project: Working in small teams, you'll work on a proposal for a public history event in collaboration with a heritage/history-focussed external organisation. This will culminate in both a group presentation and an individual evaluation.
Option units (choose two)
- The Suez Crisis: You'll consider the social and political impact of the Suez Crisis of 1956, one of the most significant and dramatic moments in twentieth century British history.
- Woman’s Hour: Being History, Making History, Telling History: This unit explores sixty years of British women’s history and social change through the lens of the long-running radio programme.
- The Shaping of the Middle East by Colonial Britain: This unit explores the post-First World War origins of today’s Middle East countries, and how and why they were created by the Allied victors.
- Weimar Republic: Aesthetic & Propaganda: This unit uses film, photography and literature to explore the social, cultural and political impact of the Weimar Republic of post- 1918 Germany.
- Britain Through Three Exhibitions: This unit explores Britain through three public exhibitions; the Great Exhibition, 1851; the Festival of Britain, 1951; and the Millennium Experience, 2000.
- History and Political Struggle: International Perspectives through Film: You'll explore how key political events, ideas and conflicts in history are represented in fiction and non-fiction film.
Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.
The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during the final year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.
- Learning and teaching: 108 hours
- Independent learning: 1094 hours
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At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career; therefore we now offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.
We will provide a great deal of support to help you find the most appropriate work placement for the subject you’re studying and the career you’re interested in, which means you could be based anywhere in the UK, or even overseas.
A placement should be a highly rewarding experience for you and the employing company and we do our best to ensure that everyone involved feels that they have got the most that they can from the experience.
The benefits to you as a placement student are many. You will have the chance to:
- Put the theory learnt throughout the course into professional practice
- Enhance your study and help you decide on subject options (where appropriate)
- Learn a wide range of skills such as time management, problem solving and team work (all of these are important to succeed in any career)
- Make contacts, as it is not uncommon for our students to be offered permanent positions to return to after graduating
- Gain a real insight into how the industry operates in roles that would be almost impossible to achieve for an outsider
- Many of our students, during their placement, are given responsibilities normally associated with graduate trainees.
How long is my placement?
You will begin your placement after completion of your second year of study and will undertake a compulsory 4 week placement or can choose to complete a minimum 30 week placement.
Find out more about placements and our student experiences here.
Background and experience
We want astute, eager, driven students who are going to make a real difference to the course they are studying. Our students learn from each other, as well as from academic staff, so it is really important to us that you can show how much you care about the course you are interested in.
Your UCAS personal statement is a great place to do this. Tell us about your personal achievements or any relevant work experience you have done, and show us how they make you the ideal candidate for a place on the course.
We’ll be selecting the candidates for this course by looking at their UCAS applications, there are no interviews or selection activities needed. For that reason, make sure your application really stands out from the crowd, and leave us in no doubt as to why you should be joining BU. You can find some handy hints about filling in your UCAS form on our how to apply web pages.
Our offer making process
Our offer making will typically be based on your three main graded qualifications, including any required subjects. Additional study may be valuable for breadth of study, and we will look at a range of qualifications and subjects, including the Extended Project Qualification and General Studies, although these may not be part of our offer.
If you do not meet the criteria of your original offer, we may still offer you a place. We will review your whole application and consider all academic qualifications (including those not in the offer) and the rest of the application to see if you have the academic potential to succeed on the course. If we feel the answer is yes, we will still confirm your place.
How we'll assess your application
We look at individual applications and make a tailored offer based on your potential to succeed on the course considering a range of factors, including your academic achievements, work and other experience, predicted grades, reference and personal statement, and in some cases, your performance at an interview/selection test.
If you meet one or more of our contextual data indicators for educational disadvantage (such as being in care, living in a low participation neighbourhood or in an area with less advantaged socio-economic characteristics), your offer could be between 20-60 points below the published tariff.
Unconditional offer scheme - for September 2016 entry
Our Unconditional Offer Scheme seeks to reward exceptional applicants who are predicted to achieve top academic results. The scheme is offered to applicants on all courses who are predicted AAA at A-level/triple Distinction in BTEC Extended Diploma, or above, or equivalent, subject to any course selection measures and meeting other entry criteria (i.e. required qualifications). What’s more we’ll recognise your achievement if you meet these grades with an Academic Excellence Scholarship from £1,500 when you arrive*.
We believe that unconditional offers will reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible. Excellent grades will become a part of applicants’ CVs and are also required for BU’s scholarships. International qualifications are considered in the scheme; however applicants must satisfy the English language requirements.
*Our scholarships are subject to terms, conditions and eligibility criteria, detailed on our scholarships pages.
2017 entry requirements
The new UCAS Tariff will be used for September 2017 entry. If you have applied in the 2016 UCAS admissions cycle, you will use the previous UCAS Tariff.
The entry requirements for this course are 112 - 120 tariff points from 3 A-Levels including 32 points in History. BTEC Extended Diploma DMM.
UCAS have created a helpful calculator so you can calculate points to use for courses starting from September 2017 onwards.
Excluded subjects: This course does not accept General Studies.
GCSEs: This course requires a minimum of 4 GCSEs grades A* - C (or grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSE grading) including Maths and English or equivalent qualifications.
Numeracy and literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes, but is not limited to, GCSEs, iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills Level 2. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application – please contact the askBU Enquiry Service to find out more.
We have outlined below other qualifications that we consider for this course. If you are studying a qualification that is not listed, please contact the askBU Enquiry Service, it may be that we can still consider it.
Access Course: BU welcomes Access to HE Diploma applicants. This course requires applicants to Pass the Access to HE Diploma (with 60 Credits - at least 45 at level 3, remainder at level 2 or equivalent). Any combination of grades to meet the overall tariff is acceptable.
- Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Merit, Merit.
- Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Merit in addition to A Level grade C.
- 90-credit Diploma: The 90-credit Diploma will be accepted as part of your overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.
- Subsidiary Diploma: This course requires at least a Distinction in addition to two A-Levels in relevant subjects to achieve the overall tariff.
A combination of BTEC qualifications to meet the overall course tariff is also acceptable.
Cambridge Pre-U: We welcome applicants studying the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma or a combination of Pre-U subjects and A-levels.
European Baccalaureate: Applicants are required to achieve a minimum score of 70%
International Baccalaureate (Diploma): The IB Diploma is welcomed as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB). This course requires 30 points including 5 points from each of the 3 Higher Level subjects.
Scottish Qualifications: Scottish Advanced Highers, Scottish Highers and other Scottish qualifications are all welcomed providing that your results meet the overall course tariff and include required subjects as appropriate.
Welsh Baccalaureate: The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma is welcomed alongside A-Levels or equivalent, to meet the overall course tariff.
OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Qualification: The OCR Extended Diploma or a combination of one Diploma plus one Introductory Diploma is acceptable for entry to this course.
Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Merit, Merit.
Other combinations of OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical qualifications to meet the overall course tariff may be acceptable.
Extended Project Qualification: The grade achieved for the Extended Project may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has marginally failed to meet the conditions of their offer.
Deferred Entry: We are happy to consider applicants for deferred entry.
International entry requirements
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
View further information about our English language requirements.
If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course. Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement, without the need to re-take IELTS.
Academic entry requirements
You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students’ page.
We offer a number of preparatory programmes through the Bournemouth University International College. These courses offer you progression from High School in your home country to a Bachelor’s degree at BU.
Our History degree examines modern British history with a slant on the media and will provide you with an excellent understanding of the academic study of history in a modern digital age. You'll develop a range of transferable skills during your course, giving you a variety of career options once you graduate.
Many of our graduates go on to find work in education, marketing, local and central government, tourism, publishing and broadcasting, as well as working within museums, historical attractions and the arts sector.
Industries worked in
Once you have completed an undergraduate Honours degree, you can further develop your education by studying for a postgraduate degree. Please visit our Postgraduate section for further details about our range of Master's degrees.
The National Student Survey
The below information all comes from the National Student Survey completed by some of the students who graduated from this course last year.
- Students agreed staff are good at explaining things - 98%
- Students agreed staff made the subject interesting - 100%
- Students were satisfied overall - 85%
- Students agreed they got sufficient advice and support - 79%
41% of the course is assessed by coursework
Assessment has been designed to be active, participatory and diverse and will include not only essays but reviews, reports, oral presentations (individual and group) and group projects. In the First and Second years there are also exams while in the Third year assessment centres on a dissertation and a public history project.
16% is scheduled learning and teaching activities
The course combines a programme of learning and teaching that includes traditional and guest lectures, master classes, workshops, group work, essay plans and essays, individual reports and seminar presentations. Students will be encouraged to participate in all teaching sessions. Where possible, field trips will be used to enhance the learning experience and visits to archives, museums and heritage sites will be a distinctive and regular feature of the course. There will also be plenty of scope for students to engage with primary source material and artefacts.