History (BA) Part time

Entry year


History at Cardiff is an exciting, cutting edge degree that teaches you to become an independent learner and researcher under the guidance of our approachable academic staff.

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Course overview

The BA History at Cardiff enables you to learn about the very different worlds of people in the past and to better understand the present.

It gives you an insight into processes of change from the ancient world through to the modern period. You may study the history of societies in diverse parts of the globe, including India, China, Germany, France, Russia, Britain and Wales.

Above all you will learn to 'do history' yourself and acquire the sorts of skills that employer's value. You will learn to think independently, assess the strengths and weaknesses of a body of historical evidence for yourself, and present your findings clearly. Our friendly academic staff will be on hand to guide you and provide full and constructive feedback throughout your studies.

Applying for 2018 or 2019

UCAS codeDirect entry
Next intakeSeptember 2019
Duration6 years
ModePart time
Typical places availableThe School of History, Archaeology and Religion typically has 320 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School of History, Archaeology and Religion typically receives 1800 applications.

Entry requirements

AAB - ABB including a B in History. Please note, General Studies will not be accepted.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

665 in 3 HL subjects including 6 in HL History.

Alternative qualifications may be accepted. For further information on entry requirements, see the School of History, Archaeology & Religion admissions criteria pages.

If you are an overseas applicant and your first language is not English, please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our accepted qualifications.

You will require GCSE English or Welsh Language at grade C or grade 4. Alternatively, IGCSE English First Language or English Second Language will be considered at grade C.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2019/20)

Tuition feeDeposit
£3,500None

Visit our tuition fee pages for the latest information.

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Students from outside the EU (2019/20)

Tuition feeDeposit
£8,475None

Tuition fees for international students are fixed for the majority of three year undergraduate courses. This means the price you pay in year one will be the same in years two and three. Some courses are exempt, including four and five year programmes and Medical and Dental courses. Visit our tuition fee pages for the latest information.

Additional costs

Accommodation

We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Course structure

The BA History (part-time) is a six year degree programme, with two semesters per year. You will study modules totalling 60 credits per year.

Our year-long modules are the product of rigorous design and continuous re-evaluation. Academic staff, students and outside experts work together to ensure that degree schemes meet quality standards in their disciplines. 

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2019/20 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2019.

Year one

You will study 120 credits in Year One. In Year One you will study 80 credits of modules in History and 40 credits from another subject in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion or from participating academic schools in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science.

All first-year History students take ‘History in Practice’ which introduces you to the different frameworks that underpin historical research and the many different ways of writing history, while providing training in the skills necessary to practice history at undergraduate level.

Part-time students will normally complete this period of study over two years, taking modules worth 60 credits per year.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Art, Archaeology and Culture in Ancient GreeceCE478310 credits
Medieval QueenshipCE521710 credits
Fiction vs History: The Real Game of ThronesCE527010 credits
Life, Love and Death in Early Modern EnglandCE527110 credits
A World Full of GodsHS000120 credits
Projecting the Past: Film, Media and HeritageHS000220 credits
The Making of The Modern World, 1750-1970HS110520 credits
Making Global Histories: Asia and the WestHS110820 credits
Inventing a Nation: Politics, Culture and HeritageHS110920 credits
Medieval Worlds, AD 500 -1500HS111220 credits
Renaissance, Reformation and RevolutionHS111720 credits
History in Practice Part 1: Questions, Frameworks and Audiences.HS111920 credits
History in Practice Part 2: Sources, Evidence and Argument.HS112020 credits
The Archaeology of Mediterranean Societies: Egypt, Greece and RomeHS212320 credits
Deep Histories: the Archaeology of BritainHS212420 credits
Introduction to Ancient History 1: Gods, Kings and Citizens, 1000-323 BCEHS310520 credits
Introduction to Ancient History 2: Empires East and West, 323 BCE to 680 CEHS310620 credits
Reading Latin1HS312120 credits
Reading Latin 2HS312220 credits
Reading Greek 1HS312320 credits
Reading Greek 2HS312420 credits
The Origins and Legacies of Religion in the Modern WorldRT010120 credits
Themes and Issues in the Study of ReligionRT010220 credits
Introduction to a Scriptural Language 1RT010320 credits
Introduction to a Scriptural Language 2RT010420 credits
Introduction to the BibleRT010520 credits
The Story of ChristianityRT010620 credits

Year two

In Years Two and Three, the emphasis shifts further towards seminar work, with individual supervision for extended essays and dissertations.

The core course comprises weekly lectures supplemented by fortnightly seminars in small groups. The Independent Study module has no lectures or seminars but is taught through individual supervisions with academic staff.

Part-time students will normally complete this period of study over two years, taking modules worth 60 credits per year.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Art, Archaeology and Culture in Ancient GreeceCE478310 credits
Medieval QueenshipCE521710 credits
Fiction vs History: The Real Game of ThronesCE527010 credits
Life, Love and Death in Early Modern EnglandCE527110 credits
A World Full of GodsHS000120 credits
Projecting the Past: Film, Media and HeritageHS000220 credits
The Making of The Modern World, 1750-1970HS110520 credits
Making Global Histories: Asia and the WestHS110820 credits
Inventing a Nation: Politics, Culture and HeritageHS110920 credits
Medieval Worlds, AD 500 -1500HS111220 credits
Renaissance, Reformation and RevolutionHS111720 credits
History in Practice Part 1: Questions, Frameworks and Audiences.HS111920 credits
History in Practice Part 2: Sources, Evidence and Argument.HS112020 credits
The Archaeology of Mediterranean Societies: Egypt, Greece and RomeHS212320 credits
Deep Histories: the Archaeology of BritainHS212420 credits
Introduction to Ancient History 1: Gods, Kings and Citizens, 1000-323 BCEHS310520 credits
Introduction to Ancient History 2: Empires East and West, 323 BCE to 680 CEHS310620 credits
Reading Latin1HS312120 credits
Reading Latin 2HS312220 credits
Reading Greek 1HS312320 credits
Reading Greek 2HS312420 credits
The Origins and Legacies of Religion in the Modern WorldRT010120 credits
Themes and Issues in the Study of ReligionRT010220 credits
Introduction to a Scriptural Language 1RT010320 credits
Introduction to a Scriptural Language 2RT010420 credits
Introduction to the BibleRT010520 credits
The Story of ChristianityRT010620 credits

Year three

In Year Three you will study the compulsory dissertation module, taught through individual supervisions with an academic adviser.

You will also take three optional modules.

Part-time students will normally complete this period of study over two years, taking modules worth 60 credits per year.

 

Year four

Year five

Year six

Module titleModule codeCredits
DissertationHS180130 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

The School of History, Archaeology and Religion enables you to develop in a high-quality learning environment, supported by a student-orientated approach to the acquisition of knowledge and skills.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, practicals, field trips, and one-to-one tutorials. You will also undertake independent study and research, with guidance from tutors.

Lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping you to carry out independent research for the seminars and to develop your own ideas.  Seminars provide an opportunity for you to explore the ideas outlined in the lecture in a small group environment.

Seminars usually consist of about 15 students and the seminar leader (a member of the teaching team). Seminars may take various formats, including plenary group discussion, small group work and student-led presentations. They offer a rewarding opportunity to engage critically with the key ideas and reading of a topic, and to explore areas of particular interest with an expert in the field.

Welsh language teaching

The department provides significant opportunities for learning and teaching through the medium of Welsh. Subject to staff availability, seminar teaching in Welsh is available on some or all of the major core courses, and at least one Welsh language option is offered in years two and three. Welsh language supervision is also available for long essays (Exploring Historical Debate) and dissertations, and students may elect to write all or some of their assessed work and examinations in Welsh.

How will I be supported?

As well as having regular feedback from your personal tutor in each course, you will have a reading week each semester for guided study and a chance to catch up on assessed work, reading and revision. 

You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles.

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.

Feedback

You will receive feedback through formative written work, seminar discussion, written feedback on essays, essay tutorials, and Dissertation and Exploring Historical Debate supervision sessions (which include oral and written feedback on bibliographies, research plans, and draft chapters).

How will I be assessed?

Modules are assessed by various methods, including coursework essays, written reports, source criticisms, critical reviews, examinations, class tests and oral presentations.

Coursework and examinations are used not only for assessment purposes but also as a means of developing your capacities to gather, organise, evaluate and deploy relevant information and ideas from a variety of sources in reasoned arguments.  Assessment, including coursework, exams, and oral presentations, will test the different skills you have learned. 

Progression is built into assessment, in that you will do smaller guided tasks in Year One, as well as formative essays in Years Two and Three. Progression is also evident in the growing emphasis on lengthier, independent work culminating in a 10,000-word dissertation in Year Three. Final Year modules also demand deeper engagement with independent methods of working, together with greater demands on handling critically a larger number of bibliographical tasks and items.

What skills will I practise and develop?

This degree develops a range of intellectual skills: critical thinking, evaluating evidence, constructing evidence-based arguments, and presenting opinions effectively in writing and in debate. Additionally, you will gain practical skills such as team-working, independent research, and time management. Our degrees focus strongly on the development of skills essential for many careers.

The acquisition of skills and of intellectual understanding generally is progressive. As you progress through your degree we will raise our expectations of the depth and breadth of your studies. In broad terms:

  • Year One introduces you to a variety and range of approaches used in history.
  • Year Two provides you with specific training in the critical analysis of concepts, theories and methods used by historians.
  • Final Year provides you with the opportunity to develop these skills through a systematic engagement with, and interrogation of primary sources in your modules and in the production of a Dissertation based on original research.

You are encouraged to take increasing responsibility for your own learning and for the presentation of your findings. We cannot learn for you, but it is our responsibility to help you learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, and to help you become independent learners. By the end of the degree, you will have acquired a thorough grounding in what the great historian Marc Bloch once famously described as ‘the historian’s craft’.

Careers and placements

Career prospects

In 2013/14, 92% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

We organise interactive workshops with the Careers Service to help students identify their skills and attributes. History graduates find work in a wide range of related and non-related professional employment. Some choose to undertake postgraduate study at Cardiff or elsewhere, and some have become internationally reputed historians.

 

Jobs

  • Historian
  • Teacher
  • Lecturer
  • Curator

Placements

The school has a dedicated Work Placements Officer who supports students with work experience opportunities both in and out of term time.

Data from Unistats is not yet available for this course.

Data from Unistats is not yet available for this course.

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