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University of Huddersfield

History and Politics

UCAS Code: VL12

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

including a minimum grade B in History or Politics.

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications including either Higher Level History or Higher Level Politics at grade 6.

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

DDM

UCAS Tariff

120

from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a minimum grade B at A Level in History or Politics.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subjects

Politics

History

The decisions made by governments and other political institutions have a huge effect on people’s lives. Studying politics gives you the chance to see how and why these decisions are made, while studying history lets you explore the impact of past decision-making on people in many different eras and cultures.

* History has a 95% student satisfaction rating (NSS 2019).

* You can choose from a range of historically and geographically diverse option modules to focus on topics that interest you the most.

* Opportunities to build up some very useful and transferable skills: analysis and communication, constructing a convincing argument, motivating yourself to work on your own, and developing your ability to work with others, assessing and solving problems together.

* Gain valuable work experience in your chosen field. This could involve working for an MP, or helping at a non-governmental organisation (NGO), educational institution or museum.

* Get involved with the student History Society and/or the student Politics Society to immerse yourself in your subject and gain practical experience organising events and activities.

On the Politics side of the course, you'll gain a critical understanding of political processes and institutions, focusing specifically on British politics. Fort History, you can study a diverse range of eras and regions, seeing how politics interacts with culture and society over time. There are various extra-curricular activities you can attend, such as guest lectures from MPs or other political figures, and we often hold debates and encourage students to get involved with political blogging.

History is central to politics whether it is Donald Trump promising to Make America Great Again or campaigns to remove the symbols of slavery and colonial exploitation. Equally politics and politicians have been an essential component of history since the ancient Greeks. You can study the interaction of history and politics from the medieval period to the twenty first century and in locations as diverse as India, the US and Europe. ~ Professor Barry Doyle, Professor of Health Histories.

Additional Costs:
Placements The nature and suitability of your work placement is decided in consultation with your tutors. You are responsible for making your own arrangements for any travel or incurred costs in relation to the placement module, or in relation to the optional placement year if you chose to undertake one as part of your degree.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules:
The Modern World
Britons Abroad 1500-2000
Introduction to Politics
Issues in Justice; Ethics and Citizenship

Year 2
Core module:
Research Skills

Option modules:
Choose up to two options from a list which may include:
Work Related Project
Professional Work Placement Module

History - One option from a list which may include:
Hands on History: Voice Film and Material Culture
Holy Wars: The Age of Crusades
Reformation and Revolution
Modern India: from Raj to Independence C. 1860-1950
Hitler's Germany: Life and Death in the Third Reich
Digital Victorians
After the Black Death: Late Medieval Society
Medieval and Early Modern Warfare in England
Growing Up in the Past: Oral Histories of Childhood and Youth

Politics - Up to three options from a list which may include:
Competing Perspectives on Development
Ethnicity and Nationalism
British Party Politics
US Politics and Society
Democracy and Democratisation

Year 3 (optional placement year)

Final year
Core module:
History and Politics Dissertation

History Option modules:
Two options from a list which may include:
History and Myth: Writing and Re-writing the Middle Ages
Community and Identity in the Later Middle Ages
Henry's Empire
The Elizabethan Age
The Great War: Culture and Society
Britain on the Breadline
Mindsets, Institutions and Madness
The Body and the City
The Dark Years, 1940-1944: Collaboration, Resistance and Memory in Wartime France
Bloodlands: Historical Geography of Interwar East Central Europe
India’s ‘Tryst with Destiny’: The Making and Re-Making of the World’s Largest Democracy

Politics - Two options from a list which may include:
Terrorism and Conflict Resolution
Debates in Political Theory
The Government and Politics of Europe

Assessment methods

Assessment will include essays, reports, exams, oral presentations and a dissertation.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Please see our website for full details of the scholarship http://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-finance/undergraduate-scholarships/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Huddersfield

Department:

Department of History English Languages & Media

TEF rating:
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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.

79%
med
Politics
85%
med
History

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.

Politics

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
70%
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

100%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
78%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

66%
UK students
34%
International students
67%
Male students
33%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
18%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

History

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
92%
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

92%
Library resources
98%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
48%
Male students
52%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
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.

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.

£21,600
med
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
59%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Welfare professionals
8%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
7%
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.

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.

£17,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
40%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Other administrative occupations
9%
Business, finance and related associate 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.

What about your long term prospects?

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

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.

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£15k

£19k

£19k

£16k

£16k

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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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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