The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)History

Why choose this course?

History is important: it shapes our lives and moulds our identities. This fascinating and thorough course allows you to examine a wide range of themes and issues in the history of Britain, Europe and the Americas from the sixteenth century to the present day. Focusing on the cultural, political, social and economic aspects of historical change, you will be encouraged to study particular areas of historical interest and controversy in depth. Subjects include the study of youth culture, crime, labour movements, consumption, globalisation, migration, and the impact and conduct of war.

In your studies, you will learn the essential historical techniques of critical analysis, research methods and the skills required for handling and processing information. You will also be given the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of different historical approaches through a varied and dynamic learning and teaching environment. Using traditional and enhanced electronic forms of learning, this degree enables you to achieve your full potential, developing the skills for successful study and future employment.

The course actively encourages intellectual curiosity and digital literacy and lets you apply the skills you have learned in the classroom to relevant work situations. Our graduates are in high demand and employers value the critical awareness, communication skills, initiative and organisational abilities the course instils in our students.

What happens on the course?

Year 1 provides a general introduction to the study and practice of history and an introduction to the key analytical skills needed for academic enquiry. You will explore early modern England, the making of modern Britain and Europe and America, 1776-1914. In addition, you can study the Holocaust or the role of women in Britain and its Empire.

Year 2 focuses upon a very broad curriculum that includes Victorian Britain, revolutionary Ireland and the Spanish Civil War. You can also explore modules as diverse as sexuality and crime in the eighteenth century, the British working class, and migration in Europe. Other options include the Cold War or the field-trip based Battle for Normandy.

Year 3 allows you to work on the aspects of history that most interest you. You will undertake an independently-researched project and can also select an optional work study placement. You may choose from Material Culture in the long eighteenth century, The British Army in the second world war, Youth Culture in post-war Britain, the English Country House, and Consumer Society in Britain. We also offer modules covering the history and development of Latin America, the United States, and nineteenth and early twentieth century Germany.

Why Wolverhampton?

The course allows you to study a full range of historical topics in an innovative, supportive and exciting environment. You will be taught by leading scholars and academic experts, with a proven and respected research and publications record. You will be able to study particular themes and issues that interest you, rather than undertaking surveys of long periods of history, and you will develop key historical and transferable skills in a stimulating environment that is geared towards academic achievement, personal development and future employability.

Comment from our External Examiner on provision:

For History:

"I have been impressed by the student assignments and module documents that I read. It is clear that the History degree programme at Wolverhampton is delivered by dedicated, hard-working and expert staff. As I have mentioned in previous reports, the use of source material in assessments is particularly impressive: images and artefacts are used very effectively as well as more traditional documentary material. Students evidently respond to these sources well in their written work. I have copied the use of online collections of sources in the assessment of some of my own modules … and feel that this approach encourages the kind of independence and critical thinking that is essential at degree level".

"In my discussions with staff I have been impressed by their knowledge of individual students, and the obvious time and consideration that they give to all the undergraduates that they teach. The feedback provided to students is generally very clear and positive: students at all levels of ability are given explicit and helpful advice on how to improve their work".

"In my time here I have found the staff to be excellent in their teaching and subject knowledge, their assessment and their concern for the students".

What our students think

"I returned to University at 43 to study History and found the experience one I would never have missed."

"The way staff made time to be available and helped with what seemed simple questions made the progression from year to year simpler. The campus allowed time to meet and support fellow students of all disciplines."

"With the market for jobs being critical at the moment, university allows you the insight on what is required for the workplace. I hope to return at some point to Wolverhampton and follow my studies in the form of a MA. Perhaps that says more about the place than I can ever do."

Career path

The skills, competencies and knowledge you learn through historical study are directly relevant to a wide variety of careers. Librarianship and information work, archive management, museum administration and heritage management are professions that actively employ our history graduates.

History also provides the key analytical and digitally literate skills that are much sought after in the fields of local government, the civil service, the media and a wide range of business and commercial activities. In addition, history is an ideal course for students wishing to enter the teaching profession. Many of our graduates have taken a PGCE course or further teaching qualifications and have become successful teachers in the primary sector and history specialists in secondary schools and FE colleges. A sizeable number of our graduates have also chosen to extend their interest in the subject by undertaking applied historical research at postgraduate level.

What skills will you gain?

As a graduate of this course you will be able to demonstrate:

  • a critical understanding of the problematic nature of interpreting the past, the variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to the subject, and the multiplicity of sources available to historians
  • an informed appreciation of the processes of continuity and change over an extended time-span and how these have been affected by the contested exercise of power
  • the ability to analyse the historical construction and changing nature of identities, as defined principally by place, ethnicity, gender and class
  • a critical engagement with key historiographical debates and the ability to address these in depth using primary and secondary sources
  • the use of appropriate technologies in digitally literate and enterprising ways to support historical research, process data and produce written work and presentational material
  • an understanding of the value of civic responsibility in your outlook toward and relationships with others in a global context.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • 240-280 UCAS points with a minimum of 180 points from at least two ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • Successful completion of the foundation year of our BA (Hons) Law and Social Sciences with Foundation Year guarantees entry on to this course
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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