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What makes History at Worcester special?

With us, you can learn history as it’s being written. Your lecturers will be the authors of some of the books you’re using – and you’ll even get the chance to contribute to their research. And, as well as benefiting from the latest thinking, you can learn through a work placement – perhaps in archives, museums, local community groups, schools, or a National Trust property. So you understand the relevance of history to our culture and working life.

Throughout your studies, you’ll learn in small, informal groups. You’ll get a lot of individual support in a very friendly atmosphere.

Key features

  • Guest lectures, from experts such as the historical consultant for the BBC’s Peaky Blinders, Producer of Radio 4’s Home Front and opportunities to attend Women's History Network Conferences
  • Writing retreats to help you write your dissertation, with support from staff and other students
  • Excellent resources, including the County Archives, based in our library, the Hive, and the Cathedral libraries in Worcester and Hereford
  • Trips to various local, regional and national sites of historical interest, including the Infirmary Museum, Imperial War Museum and Slavery Museum

"The future is dark, the present burdensome. Only the past, dead and buried, bears contemplation."

G. R. Elton

Great lecturers who care and want to help as much as they can to help me achieve the best possible grades. Interesting new modules which I would not have considered taking prior to my undergraduate degree.

BA History student

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points (single honours)
104 UCAS tariff points (joint honours)

 

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com   

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

Mandatory      

  • Studying History 

Optional  

  • Making of the Modern World
  • Faith and Fire: The Early Modern World
  • Ideology and Conflict in Europe Since 1789
  • Reconstructing the Past
  • People, Politics and Power: Nineteenth-Century Britain
  • Improving English: usage and style in academic writing

Year 2

Mandatory  

  • Historical Research

Optional

  • The "American Century", 1917-2001
  • Conflict, Stability and Change: Twentieth-Century Britain
  • The German Empire, 1862-1918
  • Japan's World, 1854-1951
  • History Work Experience Module
  • The African American Experience, 1860-1960
  • Politics, Religion and Society in Ireland, 1690- 1848 
  • Suffrage, Sexuality and Struggle: Women’s History 1900-2000

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Independent Study         

 

Optional 

  • The "Good War":The USA and World War Two
  • Witchcraft and the Devil
  • Home Fronts: Myths, Narratives, Images and Experiences
  • British Imperialism c. 1784-1972
  • Nationalism
  • The Atlantic Slave Trade
  • Nazi Germany
  • Research Experience Module

The course is well taught, by knowledgeable lecturers, who give appropriate help where needed. The modules on the course are engaging, and there is a good choice of modules to take each year!

BA History student

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History and the City of Worcester

The city of Worcester resounds with history and provides an ideal environment for the study of the past. 

 

It is best known perhaps for its central role in the English Civil War. Worcester was the scene of its final battle when Oliver Cromwell defeated a Scottish army led by Charles II.  

 

The city also boasts one of the finest cathedrals in the country. King John, famous for agreeing to the Magna Carta, is buried there. During your time at the University you will be able to visit the cathedral library with its priceless collection of rare books and manuscripts, including letters signed by Charles I.

 

The city contains beautiful historic streets and many buildings dating from the seventeenth century.

 

 

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.  A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and directed study. Lectures are designed to introduce you to the historiography of the subject under consideration and to direct you to appropriate reading. Seminars are designed to encourage you to discuss your views on topics introduced in previous lectures based on research that you have undertaken in preparation for the seminar.

You will be able to locate relevant, reliable information from the huge range of print and electronic sources available. You will have the opportunity to evaluate and synthesise complex historical arguments and relate them to the wider historiographical literature. You will develop the ability to communicate well informed personal interpretations in a confident, concise and coherent fashion.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

You have an opportunity to book one-to-one tutorials with the lecturers on all modules (to discuss approaches to forthcoming assignments, for example).

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 9-12 contact hours of teaching.  The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to work on your independent study (dissertation). 

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars/Group work  

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 24 hours of personal self-study per week.  Typically, this will involve directed reading in preparation for the following week’s seminars and independent researching and writing upcoming assessments.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources (E-Books, E-Journals, historical databases, etc.).

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.  Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include essays, document analyses, oral presentations, examinations, dissertation, literature reviews, learning journals.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1
Coursework (eg. essays, document analyses, etc.)  85%
Examinations 15%

Year 2
Coursework (eg. essays, document analyses, etc.)  80%
Examinations 20%

Year 3
Coursework (eg. essays, document analyses, dissertation, etc.)  90%
Examinations 10%

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. You will also receive feedback on draft chapters of your dissertation. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a highly qualified and experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. Most teaching is directly related to the research and publications of the lecturers and 66 per cent of course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

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    Professor Suzanne Schwarz

    Suzanne Schwarz’s teaching at the University of Worcester focuses on the transatlantic slave trade and West Africa in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She also focuses on developing historical research skills for students through the study of regional and local history. She was the recipient of two student-led teaching awards in 2013 and 2014. Suzanne’s most recent publication is Suzanne Schwarz and Paul E. Lovejoy (eds.) Slavery, Abolition and the Transition to Colonialism in Sierra Leone (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press: 2015).

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    Professor Darren Oldridge

    Darren Oldridge is a specialist in early modern religious history, with a particular interest in witchcraft and the Devil. Darren teaches modules that reflect these interests, including ‘The Early Modern World’ and ‘Witchcraft and the Devil’. More broadly, he is interested in the interdisciplinary study of the concept of evil, including its treatment in theology, poetry and film.

     

     

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    Professor Maggie Andrews

    Professor Maggie Andrews is a cultural historian whose work covers the social and cultural history of twentieth century Britain and the representation of that history within popular culture. She was a lead expert on the BBC’s Home Front series, marking the centenary of WWI, and has spoken extensively at high profile conferences and across a host of radio and television channels on this topic, particularly exploring evacuations and the role of women.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Volunteering/Work Experience
During your time at Worcester you will have the opportunity to take part in subject-related work experience and volunteering activities. In Year 2 you can choose to take a History work experience module, and volunteering opportunities with local and regional historical organisations are regularly publicised to all History students.

Career Opportunities
The study of History equips you with a wide range of 'transferable skills' which will serve you well in subsequent paid employment.        

The course prepares you successfully to undertake further training or post-graduate research and to work in a range of areas including:

  • Law and policing
  • Accountancy and financial services
  • Media and marketing
  • Historical research and heritage industries
  • Hospitality and retail management
  • Public service and administration
  • Teaching and social work.

Thus, History remains an attractive and personally satisfying degree to study, with a strong track record of supporting graduate employability in a range of professional, managerial, administrative and media-related careers.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £153 per week.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours:
History BA - V100

Joint Honours:
Archaeology & Heritage Studies and History 
BA - NV91 
Creative & Professional Writing and History BA - WV81
English Literature and History 
BA - QV31
History and Politics: People & Power 
BA - VL12
History and Sociology 
BA - VL13
History and Journalism - 4Q23 

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS CODE:

V100

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.
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Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk  

Admissions tutor

Neil Fleming
01905 85 5323
n.fleming@worc.ac.uk