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What makes History at Worcester special?

History matters: understanding our shared past is essential for making sense of the world around us, and for planning its future.

Our wide-ranging undergraduate curriculum introduces you to a variety of topics and approaches, including social, political, religious and media history. Our modules focus on British and European history from the 16th century to modern times, but also reach out to the wider world.

You’ll tackle exciting and challenging issues such as imperialism, slavery, warfare and the home front and the evolution of mass media. You’ll gain valuable skills, including the ability to analyse various types of cultural artefacts, challenge presumptions, identify causal links and trends, conduct independent research and present your ideas in well-ordered and supported arguments.

Key features

  • Benefit from a wealth of primary and secondary sources via the University’s world-class library, which houses special collections of rare books as well the archives for the Worcestershire Archaeology and Archive Service
  • e-books, journals and websites provide access to a huge range of British parliamentary records, early modern and modern newspapers. The Early English Books Online and Eighteenth Century Collections Online databases alone give you access to digital versions of virtually every surviving publication in English from the invention of printing until 1800
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework over half of the research carried out in the department was judged to be in the highest categories of 4* (world-leading) and 3* (internationally excellent)

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

G. R. Elton

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

280 UCAS tariff points (single honours)
260 UCAS tariff points (joint honours)

From 2017 there will be a change in the UCAS point system. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Other information

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

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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. Visit our Academic Quality Unit pages for full programme specifications for each course.

Year 1

30 credit modules

  • World History
  • The Early Modern World
  • Ideology and Conflict in Europe Since 1789

15 credit modules

  • How to do History (mandatory)
  • Reconstructing the Past
  • Twentieth-Century Britain
  • TV History
  • Improving English: usage and style in academic writing

Year 2

30 credit modules

  • Methods and Debates in History (mandatory for single honours)
  • Twentieth-Century USA
  • Britain in the Long Nineteenth Century, 1789-1914

(NB: 15 credit versions of some of these modules may be offered in a particular year)

15 credit modules

  • The German Empire, 1862-1918
  • Modern Japan, 1854-1951
  • History Work Experience Module
  • Visions of England: History, Heritage and Identity
  • Politics, Religion and Society in Ireland, 1690- 1848     

Year 3

30 credit modules

  • Independent Study (mandatory for single honours)
  • The USA and World War Two
  • Witchcraft and the Devil
  • Home Fronts: Myths, Narratives, Images and Experiences
  • British Imperialism c. 1784-1972

15 credit modules

  • Nationalism
  • The Atlantic Slave Trade
  • Nazi Germany
  • History Extension Module

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?

You will learn how to:

  • Locate relevant, reliable information from the huge range of print and electronic sources available to you.
  • Critically evaluate and synthesise complex historical arguments and relate them to the wider historiographical literature.
  • Analyse and interpret critically a wide range of primary source materials.
  • Develop the ability to communicate well informed personal interpretations in a confident, concise and coherent fashion.
  • Prepare yourself for the workplace through CV building, work experience and volunteering opportunities and the acquisition of academic and professional skills valued by employers.


History modules are typically delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and directed learning. 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

Tutorial Support

Module tutors are available throughout the teaching semester for one-to-one tutorials. You can arrange such tutorials as often as you please.All students are also allocated an Academic Tutor whom you will meet regularly throughout your time at university. Academic Tutors will advise you in study skills, module choices, career planning and can offer support and advice if you are experiencing any difficulties that are affecting your academic performance.


The majority of assessment is by course work. While the most obvious purpose of assessment is to judge your ability to research and communicate historical knowledge, it is equally important that assessment strategies give you the opportunity to develop and acquire key transferable skills which will serve you well in the workplace.

Assessment, therefore, takes a variety of forms - essays, document analyses, oral presentations, book, article and film reviews, research proposals, examinations and a final year Independent Study (dissertation).

Meet the team

Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:

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    Prof. 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).

  • darren-oldridge-humanities-university-worcester

    Prof. Darren Oldridge

    Darren Oldridge is a specialist in early modern religious history, with a particular interest in witchcraft and the Devil. He has published widely in this area: his most recent books are The Supernatural in Tudor and Stuart England (Routledge: 2016), The Devil: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press 2012), The Devil in Tudor and Stuart England (2nd edition: History Press 2010) and, as editor, The Witchcraft Reader (2nd edition: Routledge 2008).

    At Worcester Darren teaches modules that reflect these interests, including ‘Religion and Society in England’ and ‘Witchcraft and the Devil’.  He has also worked on the history of media and sexuality, and teaches modules in these fields.  More broadly, he is interested in the interdisciplinary study of the concept of evil, including its treatment in theology, poetry and film.



  • professor-maggie-andrew-university-worcester

    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.


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. A letter written by an employer to a national newspaper highlights the value of a History degree in the modern workplace:


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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard annual fee for full-time UK and EU students enrolling in 2016 is £9,000 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard annual fee for full-time international (non-EU) students enrolling in 2016 is £11,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fees for part-time UK and EU students enrolling on this course in 2016 are £1,180 per 15-credit module, £1,575 per 20 credit module and £2,360 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.

Visit our Money Advice pages for information on how much you should budget for your course.

Financial support

£1,000 ABB or equivalent scholarships

The University of Worcester offers a £1,000 first-year scholarship to all new undergraduate students to the University who achieve at least ABB at A Level, or the equivalent qualification (such as distinction, distinction, merit at BTEC), and who are responsible for paying their own tuition fees.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.

£1,000 academic achievement scholarships

Based solely on academic performance, the University awards up to 100 scholarships of £1,000 each to eligible high-achieving undergraduate students after completion of their first and second year of a degree course, or first year of a foundation degree or HND.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.


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, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £89 per week to the £145 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


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
Geography and History 
BA - LV71
History and Politics: People & Power 
BA - VL12
History and Sociology 
BA - VL13
Human Geography and History - 7L6V
History and Journalism - 4Q23 

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



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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 tutor

Dr Darren Oldridge
01905  855302