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History

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B-B,C,C

104-120 points, to include A level History or another relevant subject, or equivalent.

106-122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (History based).

Cambridge Pre-U score of 44-50, to include a Principal Subject in History or another relevant subject.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, to include History or another relevant subject.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H4,H4-H3,H3,H3,H3,H3


To include Higher Level History or another relevant subject.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications. Must be with a History qualification or another relevant subject.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications. Must be with a History qualification or another relevant subject.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications. Must be with a History qualification or another relevant subject.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications. Must be with a History qualification or another relevant subject.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications. Must be with a History qualification or another relevant subject.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications. To include a History qualification or another relevant subject.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications. Must be with a History qualification or another relevant subject.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications. Must be with a History qualification or another relevant subject.

104-120 Tariff points, to include History or another relevant subject.

UCAS Tariff

104-120

104-120 points, to include A level History or another relevant subject, or equivalent.

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 | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Modern history

**Overview**
Portsmouth is one of the UK’s most historically rich cities, and here you’ll immerse yourself in the study of social and cultural history across the globe.

You’ll learn how to think like a historian and develop an expert understanding of how people in the past understood their world, how change and continuity shape human existence, and how knowledge of the past helps us understand the inequalities and challenges of the 21st century.

During your BA (Hons) History degree, you’ll also learn how to understand sources and bias, and can hone your skills in our Centre for European and International Studies Research, the largest facility of its kind in the UK.

With the analytical skills you’ll gain from this degree, you’ll be ready for roles that value research, analysis and building a convincing argument. After graduation, you could have a career in the heritage sector, journalism, research, teaching or local government.

**What you'll experience**
On this History degree course you’ll:
- Tailor your studies to your interests and the periods of history that excite you most

- Have access to primary and secondary historical sources through local organisations and archive subscriptions

- Learn from staff who are members of the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR), the UK's largest research centre of its kind

- Enhance your studies by taking advantage of our close links with the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Records Service and the D-Day Museum

- Explore current debates about the past and how it's interpreted, with expert scholars in the field

- Study in a city that has played a major role in the history of Britain

**Optional pathways**
You can follow optional sociology or politics pathways through this degree, or include it as a pathway in our English Literature, American Studies or International Relations courses. It'll lead to one of these awards at the end of the course:

- BA (Hons) History with American Studies

- BA (Hons) History with Politics

- BA (Hons) History with Sociology

"The history degree at Portsmouth has been very enjoyable and the city itself boasts a wealth of material that has been beneficial to my learning." – Connor Jones, BA Hons History student

**Careers and opportunities**
Employers from every area of industry value history graduates. When you complete the course, you'll have the ability to analyse and manage large amounts of information, communicate effectively, research in groups or independently, and write in a concise and informative way.

What can you do with a History degree?
Your History degree can open doors to further study and academic research. As a historian, you can also put your degree to work in areas such as:

- Teaching

- Archives and information management

- Museums and the heritage sector

- The law

Publishing and Media
- Corporate governance

What jobs can you do with a History degree?
Roles they've taken on include:

- Teacher

- Barrister

- Paralegal

- Archivist

- Cultural Development Officer at City Council

- Museum Curator

- Researcher and writer for TV production company

- Development Editor for Publishing House

- Workplace Financial Education Consultant

You could also continue your studies at Master's or PhD level.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

Modules

** Year 1 core modules:** Culture & Conflict in Europe, 1450-2000 (20 credits); Debating the Past: Historical Perspectives (20 credits); Fragments of the Past: Understanding Sources and Bias (20 credits); Going Global: Encounters & Exchanges, 1450-2000 (20 credits); Thinking Like An Historian (40 credits) | ** Year 2 core modules [all worth 20 credits each]: Dealing with Debates; Working with the Past | ** Year 2 optional modules [all worth 20 credits each]: ** British Political Leadership; Danger! Censorship, Power and the People; Empire and its Afterlives; Family, Career and Generation; Fear and Fun: Popular Culture and Elite Anxieties; Gender and Sexuality; Ideology and Politics; Imagined Communities: Ethnicity and National Identity; Introduction to Teaching; Learning from Experience; Race and Racism | ** Year 3 core modules [all worth 40 credits each – choose either]:** Dissertation; Major Project | ** Year 3 optional modules [all worth 20 credits]: ** African American History & Culture; Autocracy and Democracy; Consumer Society: Critical Themes and Issues; Equality Or Liberation? Theorising Social Justice; Looking for Utopia, Finding Dystopia? Ideas and Ideologies in the New Millennium; NGOs and Social Movements; Race and Racism; Security Challenges in the Twenty-First Century; Special Subject: Group Project 1; Special Subject: Group Project 2; Special Subject: Individual Research 1; Special Subject: Individual Research 2; Thomas Jefferson and the Making of the American Republic; US Masculinities

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through:

essays
close textual analysis
group and individual presentations
a dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

Year 1 students: 8% by written exams, 10% by practical exams and 82% by coursework
Year 2 students: 22% by practical exams and 78% by coursework
Year 3 students: 24% by practical exams and 76% by coursework

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
£16,200
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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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.

76%
low
Modern 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.

History

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
72%
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

76%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
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
65%
Male students
35%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
12%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
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.

£18,330
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
39%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

13%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
13%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
12%
Public services and other 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.

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.

£18k

£18k

£23k

£23k

£28k

£28k

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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