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History (BA) Part time

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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

Our rich and rewarding History degree gives you an insight into processes of change, from the ancient world through to the modern period.

Our courses cover the history of societies in diverse parts of the globe, including the United States, Germany, Russia, Eastern Europe, France, Britain, Wales, India, and China.

From Year One, we encourage you to 'do history' yourself, acquiring transferable skills so valued by employers.

You will learn to think independently, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of a body of historical evidence, and presenting your findings clearly. You will choose from a wide variety of modules reflecting the cutting edge of the discipline, taught by leading researchers in the discipline.

We have long enjoyed a reputation for our teaching, research, and the geographic and chronological depth and breadth of the History we cover. But more than this – we pride ourselves on nurturing a friendly, personalised and supportive environment.

Distinctive features

Applying for 2019 or 2020

UCAS codeDirect entry
Next intakeSeptember 2020
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.

GCSE

Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 51 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.

Other accepted qualifications

Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language 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 (2020/21)

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 (2020/21)

Tuition feeDeposit
£8,850None

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.

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 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

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
Voices of the Past: the Hidden History of the Ancient WorldCE513210 credits
Medieval QueenshipCE521710 credits
If These Finds Could Talk: The Archaeology of ObjectsCE533510 credits
Migration and the Making of Multicultural BritainCE533610 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
The Archaeology of Britain: Prehistory to PresentHS213020 credits
The Ancient World in 20 ObjectsHS310420 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
Voices of the Past: the Hidden History of the Ancient WorldCE513210 credits
Medieval QueenshipCE521710 credits
If These Finds Could Talk: The Archaeology of ObjectsCE533510 credits
Migration and the Making of Multicultural BritainCE533610 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
The Archaeology of Britain: Prehistory to PresentHS213020 credits
The Ancient World in 20 ObjectsHS310420 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

Module titleModule codeCredits
The World of the Anglo-Saxons, c.500-c.1087HS180330 credits
Sexuality and the Social Order in Medieval EuropeHS180430 credits
The Military Orders, 1100-1320HS180530 credits
Kingship: Image and Power, c.1000-1399HS181330 credits
Deviants, Rebels and Witches in Early Modern Britain and IrelandHS182830 credits
Germany's New Order in Europe, 1933-1945HS183230 credits
Conflict, Coercion and Mass Mobilisation in Republican China 1911-1945HS183830 credits
Fascism and Anti-Fascism in FranceHS184830 credits
Race, Sex and Empire: Britain and India, 1765-1929HS185530 credits
Wales, the English reform movement and the French Revolution of 1789HS185630 credits
Glimpses of the Unfamiliar: Travellers to Japan from 1860 to the Post-War EraHS185830 credits
Socialism, Society and Politics in Britain, 1880-1918HS186030 credits
Remembering the Holocaust in Germany: Coming to Terms with the Past?HS186430 credits
Class, Protest and Politics: South Wales, 1918-39HS186830 credits
Health and Medicine in Early Modern BritainHS187530 credits
Violence and Ideology in Inter-War Soviet RussiaHS188330 credits
Czechoslovakia: The View from Central EuropeHS188430 credits
From Hernando de Soto to the Seven Years' War: Accommodation, Violence and Networks in Native American HistoryHS188930 credits
The Dangerous City? Urban Society and Culture, 1800-1914HS189630 credits
The Arts in War and Peace: Culture and Politics in Britain, c.1930-1960HS189730 credits
The War Against the Jews: Antisemitism, the Holocaust, and Jewish ExperienceRT030830 credits

Year six

Module titleModule codeCredits
DissertationHS180130 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
The World of the Anglo-Saxons, c.500-c.1087HS180330 credits
Sexuality and the Social Order in Medieval EuropeHS180430 credits
The Military Orders, 1100-1320HS180530 credits
Kingship: Image and Power, c.1000-1399HS181330 credits
Deviants, Rebels and Witches in Early Modern Britain and IrelandHS182830 credits
Germany's New Order in Europe, 1933-1945HS183230 credits
Conflict, Coercion and Mass Mobilisation in Republican China 1911-1945HS183830 credits
Fascism and Anti-Fascism in FranceHS184830 credits
Race, Sex and Empire: Britain and India, 1765-1929HS185530 credits
Wales, the English reform movement and the French Revolution of 1789HS185630 credits
Glimpses of the Unfamiliar: Travellers to Japan from 1860 to the Post-War EraHS185830 credits
Socialism, Society and Politics in Britain, 1880-1918HS186030 credits
Remembering the Holocaust in Germany: Coming to Terms with the Past?HS186430 credits
Class, Protest and Politics: South Wales, 1918-39HS186830 credits
Health and Medicine in Early Modern BritainHS187530 credits
Violence and Ideology in Inter-War Soviet RussiaHS188330 credits
Czechoslovakia: The View from Central EuropeHS188430 credits
From Hernando de Soto to the Seven Years' War: Accommodation, Violence and Networks in Native American HistoryHS188930 credits
The Dangerous City? Urban Society and Culture, 1800-1914HS189630 credits
The Arts in War and Peace: Culture and Politics in Britain, c.1930-1960HS189730 credits
The War Against the Jews: Antisemitism, the Holocaust, and Jewish ExperienceRT030830 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.

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