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History and Politics (Foundation Entry)

Entry requirements


64 UCAS points at A2

64 UCAS points

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.

64 UCAS points at Higher Level subjects

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

MM

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MPP

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MM

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MPP

64 UCAS points

64 UCAS points

T Level

P

P (D or E)

UCAS Tariff

64

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

History

Politics

**Course overview**
- If you’re interested in the connections between today's politics and their wider historical contexts, our History and Politics Foundation Entry degree is the course for you.

- Foundation Entry degree courses are ideal if you’ve got the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to directly join an honours programme. It’s a great stepping stone to a full degree.

- History and Politics are two academic disciplines which are distinctive, yet related. You’ll look at external developments, processes and questions in historical and contemporary form, and how they affect many aspects of our daily lives. It will be your role to understand, evaluate and critically respond to these challenges.

**Why study with us**
- History is rated in the top 20 in the UK for Academic Support - National Student Survey (NSS) 2020.

- You’ll be able to undertake a work placement with host organisations, such as the Lancashire Archives and the People’s History Museum.

- The politics element provides you with training in political analysis and research methods and skills.

Modules

Year 1: Compulsory Modules; Essential Study Skills for Higher Education, Developing Academic Knowledge, Target Award Extended Study, Learning by Experience. Year Long Modules; Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice, Introduction to Education, Childhood and Deaf Studies, Introduction to History, Introduction to Philosophy, Introduction to Sociology, Film and Media Theory, Introduction to Literature, Introduction to Creative Writing, Themes in Archaeology, Introduction to Psychology

Year 2: Compulsory Modules; Understanding History, Power, Politics and the State, British Politics. Optional Modules: The Making of Britain, 1688-1815, State and Society: Europe 1815-1914, Nations and Empires in Asia: China, India, Japan and Thailand 1857-1949, Colony to Nation: America 1750-1970, Public History, Heritage and Society, Alliances, Coalitions and Organisations in International Relations since 1945

Year 3: Compulsory Modules: Sources and Methods in History, Globalisation: History, Theories and Approaches, Research Methods in International Relations and Politics. Optional Modules: Europe in an Age of Atrocity, 1914-2000, Twentieth Century Britain, Rebellion to Partition: Ireland, c.1795-1921, Cold War in Asia: History, Conflict and Society 1949-89, Colonial Impacts: Africa 1652 - 1910, Good, Bad & Downright Evil: Perceptions of Crime and Punishment in England 1700-1900, America and the World 1898-2001, Community History Project, State and Society in Britain, c.1700-1918, Public History in Practice, History of Political Ideas, Radical Politics and Political Ideas from Lloyd George to Tony Blair

Year 4: Core Modules: History Dissertation, or Politics Dissertation. Optional Modules: Germany under the Nazis, c.1933-45, Public Space in the English City: A Social and Cultural History, c.1850-1910, Education, Society and Culture in England, c. 1790-1914, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan since 1947: International Conflict, Religion and Democracy, African Nationalism and Independence 1921-1982, Riots and Revolution: Popular Politics and the English Working Class, c.1770-1848, A Place Apart? The Northern Ireland Troubles, Kennedy, Johnson and the World, 1961-1969, Thatcher’s Britain 1979-1990, Work Placement in History, Museum Exhibition Design, Terrorism and Security, Ethics, War and Society, Contemporary Anglo-American Political Philosophy, Continuity and Change in British Politics, Terrorism and Security, Political Islam and Islamic Movements

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£6,000
per year
England
£6,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£6,000
per year
Scotland
£6,000
per year
Wales
£6,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Central Lancashire

Department:

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

81%
med
History
54%
low
Politics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

History

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
91%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

81%
Library resources
78%
IT resources
66%
Course specific equipment and facilities
78%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
54%
Male students
46%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
17%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

Politics

Teaching and learning

68%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
68%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
51%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

57%
Library resources
68%
IT resources
76%
Course specific equipment and facilities
46%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
75%
Male students
25%
Female students
53%
2:1 or above
33%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

History

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£15,015
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
43%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Other elementary services occupations
7%
Natural and social science professionals

History is a very popular subject (although numbers have fallen of late) — in 2015, over 10,000 UK students graduated in a history-related course. Obviously, there aren't 11,000 jobs as historians available every year, but history is a good, flexible degree that allows graduates to go into a wide range of different jobs, and consequently history graduates have an unemployment rate comparable to the national graduate average. Many — probably most — jobs for graduates don't ask for a particular degree to go into them and history graduates are well set to take advantage. That's why so many go into jobs in the finance industry, human resources, marketing, PR and events management, as well as the more obvious roles in education, welfare and the arts. Around one in five history graduates went into further study last year. History and teaching were the most popular further study subjects for history graduates, but law, journalism, and politics were also popular postgraduate courses.

Politics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
18%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Other elementary services occupations
16%
Protective service occupations
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

The numbers of people taking politics degrees fell sharply last year and we'll keep an eye on this one - it can't really be because of graduates getting poor outcomes as politics grads do about as well as graduates on average. Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Jobs in local and central government are also important. Other popular jobs include marketing and PR, youth and community work, finance roles, HR and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Because so many graduates get jobs in the civil service, a lot of graduates find themselves in London after graduating. Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in five politics graduates go on to take another course - usually a one-year Masters - after they finish their degrees.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

History and archaeology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£13k

£13k

£20k

£20k

£24k

£24k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Politics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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