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Sheffield Hallam University

UCAS Code: C011 | Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language at grade C or 4 or equivalent

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This must include at least 24 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications excluding general studies. For example: DD at A Level PPP in BTEC Extended Diploma. Pass from a T level qualification with D or E from core A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels and EPQ.

About this course

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Full-time including foundation year | 2024

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5 years | Sandwich including foundation year | 2024



**Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.**

**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 also opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities, with the possibility of funding through 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


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.

Important notice: The structure for this course is currently being reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment are all likely to change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Once the changes have been confirmed, updated module information will be published on this page.

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**
Talent Accelerator

**Year 2**
**Compulsory modules**
Britain Transformed: Economic And Social Change Since 1800
Communicating History
Making History
Nations, Regions And Borders In Modern Europe, C.1870-1970
Revolutions In The Atlantic World, 1760-1848

**Elective modules**
Empires And Encounters
Foreign Language

**Year 3**
**Elective modules**
Britain Between The Wars: Crisis, Transformation And The People, 1918-1939
Enslavement And Emancipation In The British Atlantic, 1763-1838
European And American Encounters With Asia Since The 19Th Century
Foreign Language
Germany, 1890 - 1933: From Reich To Republic
London: Literary And Historical Perspectives 1728-1914
Race: Difference And Power In The Modern World
The City Of London And The British Economy Since 1870
The Cold War Era

**Year 4**
**Optional modules**
Placement Year

**Final year**

**Compulsory modules**
History Research Project

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

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