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What makes History and Politics at Worcester special?

In this Joint Honours course you will develop your historical understanding while exploring some of the most thought-provoking aspects of contemporary culture and society.

History at Worcester offers you the opportunity to study the political, cultural and social history and introduces you to many of today’s debates surrounding approaches to historical study.

Politics is structured to provide a ‘people centred’ view of politics, past and present. This course examines people’s struggles to change worlds and how they develop their systems of government to solve problems and address injustice.

Overview

Overview

Key Features

  • A wide range of modules in British, European and World History from the sixteenth through to the twenty-first centuries delivered by highly experienced, supportive and expert lecturers with international research profiles
  • The course encourages you to put aside your preconceptions about politics and consider people and the issues that are important to them
  • Opportunities to gain work experience, study abroad for a semester, be involved in volunteering activities and to act as a student representative and paid ambassador
  • Assessment is mostly by coursework and designed to enable you to acquire skills in research, analysis and communication – all of which are highly valued by employers
  • Ready access to the nationally significant resources of Worcestershire County Archives Service, which is based in The Hive (the university library)
  • Tailor your course to your individual needs with a joint honours degree

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

104
UCAS tariff points

Entry Requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points

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 UCAS.

Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Britain from the Age of Faith to the Rise of Class
  • Studying and Reconstructing the Past
  • Democracy, Politics, and Philosophy: from Plato to Present
  • Identity Politics

Year 2

Mandatory

  • European Political Philosophy: Enlightenment, Ideology, and Revolution

Options

  • Historical Research
  • The American Century, 1917-2001
  • Conflict, Stability and Change: Twentieth-Century Britain
  • The German Empire, 1862-1918
  • History Work Experience Module
  • Japan's World, 1854-1951
  • Politics, Religion and Society in Ireland, 1690-1848
  • Displaying the Past: Museums, Artefacts and Collections
  • Visions of England: History, Heritage and Identity
  • Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion
  • Politics Work Project
  • Language and Power
  • Geographies of Development
  • Reporting Politics I
  • 'Race' and Ethnicity in Contemporary Britain
  • People, Environment, and Social Change

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Politics: Westminster, Power, and International Relations

Options

  • Independent Study
  • The Atlantic Slave Trade
  • The Good War: The USA and World War Two
  • Nazi Germany
  • Jack the Ripper: History, Literature and Myth
  • Witchcraft and the Devil
  • Research Experience Module
  • British Imperialism c. 1784-1972
  • Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion
  • Politics Independent Project
  • The History and Politics of Anglo-Jewry, 1858-1945
  • Political Geography
  • Reporting Politics II
  • War, Democracy and the Media
  • Green Media
  • 'Race', Ethnicity and Education
  • Capitalism and Globalisation
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Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for History and Politics

History at Worcester is designed to enable you to study the types of history that appeal to you most. Informed by cutting-edge research on key questions of our time, it offers you the opportunity to study the political, cultural and social history of Britain, Europe and the wider world from the 16th to 20th centuries. The course begins with a broad introduction to many of today’s debates surrounding history and approaches to historical study. It ends with the opportunity for you to produce a major piece of work on a topic of your choice, supported by one-to-one supervision. History provides you with opportunities to benefit directly from your lecturers’ cutting-edge research and research interests – which include, amongst many others, the Devil in Tudor and Stuart England, US propaganda in the Second World War, appeasement, the transatlantic slave trade and the home front in World Wars 1 and 2.

Politics addresses the fact that increasing numbers of people are turning away from party politics and finding other ways of ‘speaking out’ (through pressure groups, for example, or development of online communities, through mass protest and other forms of ‘resistance’ or civil disobedience, or through new approaches to campaigning). It is structured to provide a ‘people centred’ view of politics past and present, examining people’s struggles to change worlds and to try to get things done and how they develop their systems of government, or interact with them, to solve problems and address injustice. At the centre of all these investigations are students’ developing understandings of the workings of power in all its forms.

Both subject areas aim to support your understanding of the range of opportunities that could be available to you on graduation. To this end, you can undertake work placements as part of your formal study, explore opportunities for postgraduate study and investigate, with those who are already working in them, career paths in teaching, the cultural industries, the media and PR, human relations and the many other sectors in which history and politics graduates find work. Volunteering opportunities with a wide variety of local organisations are available and promoted actively to students.

The majority of your learning takes place through a mixture of lectures, seminars, small group discussion and tutorials. Most assessment is by course work - in diverse forms, from essays to literature reviews, source analysis to blogs and oral presentations.

History and Politics, in combination, will be a particularly interesting prospect if your preoccupation with politics is tied to an interest in the historical formation of political ideas and understanding and attendant processes of social change.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification documents for History and Politics.

Careers

Where could it take you?

History graduates from Worcester have progressed in recent years to take up work in a variety of career sectors, including teaching, accountancy, law, the media industries, local government, the police, retailing, administration, marketing, management and university lecturing and research. A growing number of our graduates progress to postgraduate research in history, both at the University of Worcester and at other universities. 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.

This course will enable you to demonstrate an interest in the fast-changing world and will provide you with the ability to generate ideas, to show initiative and to communicate with people from all walks of life. Our students have a good record of gaining employment, and Politics graduates work in many different sectors including teaching, the police, the probation service, housing, the civil service, local government and planning, as well as pressure groups, voluntary organisations, charities, the media, journalism and social work. During your time at Worcester you will have the opportunity to experience subject-related work experience and volunteering activities. In Year 2 you can choose to take a Politics work experience module. Spend time each week working with an organisation such as a local council, or a political party (or MP), or a campaign group, and then write a reflective assignment about your experience.

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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 the academic year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £12,700 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 the academic year 2020/21 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 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.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

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 £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Apply through UCAS

History and Politics BA (Hons) - VL12

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

VL12

Get in touch

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

Dr Neil Fleming

Admissions Tutor, History

Dr Luke Devine

Course Leader, Politics