History is essential to understanding ourselves and the world in which we live. It’s not about the ‘dead past’. After all, we’re not at the end of history; we’re in the middle of it. Our History degree will offer you new perspectives on the past. You’ll examine history from the close of the European middle ages to the present day.
USW’s History degree covers British and European history, the Americas from the colonial period to the present, and aspects of global history from Chile to China and back again. We place emphasis on ‘doing’ history. This means developing your skills in gathering and evaluating evidence, and learning how to build arguments that are rational and well-presented. Find out more about History at USW on Facebook and Twitter.
In the first year of your History degree, we introduce you to some major historical themes and show you how new approaches and new topics can illuminate the past.
The second and third years of the history degree allow you to specialise in areas that most interest you.
You will also study 100 credits of optional modules. Options available include:
You will also study 80 credits of optional modules. Options available include:
The BA (Hons) History is also available as a four year course including an integrated Foundation Year, and is designed for students who do not currently meet admissions criteria for direct entry onto the degree.
You will start by completing a foundation year, which provides well structured support, allowing you to develop your skills and knowledge before continuing onto a three year degree programme.
Find out more: Foundation Year (Humanities)
We place an emphasis on the skills of ‘doing’ history – the use of evidence, the nature of historical argument and the interpretation of documents. Throughout the history degree, you will develop your own research skills and learn to present your findings in written or oral form. In addition to lectures, you will participate actively in document based seminar and group discussions, individual presentations, workshop sessions and practical activities. You can also incorporate work from other humanities or social science subjects in your studies.
You will be taught by a team of enthusiastic staff who are active in research and writing. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework – the government’s official measure of research capability – 64% of our History research output was rated in the top two categories: ‘world-leading’ and ’internationally excellent’, so you’ll benefit from a cutting-edge curriculum that embodies the latest in historical research.
You will usually have to complete coursework as you progress, and normally sit exams at the end of each academic year.
In your second and third years, your options include a work-based learning module. You’ll develop a project to use historians’ skills in a professional workplace, supported and assessed by our historians. Work-based learning can be based on paid work, placement within a company, or volunteering: the module is adapted to your circumstances, interests and ambitions. For example, you could help with history teaching in a secondary school, organise special events at a museum, or sort through newly received items in an archive.
History students can choose to apply to spend half or all of their second year of study at one of our partner universities, studying abroad. This is a great way of boosting your CV.
The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.
BCC - CDD (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes in a relevant subject (106 UCAS Tariff Points)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes in a relevant subject (80 UCAS Tariff Points)
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.
All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are significant additional costs either obligatory or optional these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
|Field Trips||£0 - £250||
Costs covered for domestic trips starting from campus (with exception of local transport in some cases). Any international trips vary from 0-250 depending on subsidies available.
Students may require a DBS check if they choose to undertake a work placement with young / vulnerable people. In this case, they are responsible for covering the cost. The fee covers the cost of the enhanced check, online admin fees and the post office checks.
|Placement expenses: Work Placement||£0 - £100||
Students undertake a work placement of their choice for optional modules offered in the second and third year. In this case, they will be responsible for travel costs and may need to budget for suitable workplace attire depending on their chosen placement. These figures assume at most two hours' local travel for a six-day (30 hour placement) and purchase of one work outfit.
|Other : Textbooks||£120||
No compulsory textbooks required. However, students are asked to read particular books, but there are multiple copies in the library. If bought, these costs would average across the three years at £40 p.a.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
During your studies, you will gain skills that are in demand by employers, such as analytical thinking, how to gather and interpret evidence, and the ability to construct and evaluate arguments. You’ll be able to offer employers evidence of skills in public presentation, group work, digital communication, and independent research. Career planning is part of the history degree from the first year. We work with every student to discuss plans and identify relevant skills, experiences and placements. History students can also participate in our ‘Future Leaders’ programme – exclusive talks and tips from Humanities and Social Science graduates who’ve become leaders in their fields, and a chance to qualify for elite training opportunities.
History graduates from the University of South Wales have established a wide variety of careers in education, industry and commerce, public services, the voluntary sector and the media. Many also progress to postgraduate study and research. Many graduate careers are directly related to history: you can use our history degree to apply for a PGCE and train as a secondary school teacher, or you can gain knowledge and experience of the heritage sector in the course of your degree. Whilst others go on to careers which aren’t directly related to the subject, but require professionals who can work independently and creatively, master a subject and communicate clearly. As a widely respected degree subject, history can lead to jobs in public and private sector management, banking, finance, politics, journalism, new media, public relations and charities.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.