School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

History and War Studies with Foundation Year

BA (Hons) Full-time 4 years, Part-time 8 years

The History and War Studies course provides graduates with the knowledge of the issues, themes, debates and developments related to the analysis of history and war.

The History and War Studies course provides graduates with the knowledge of the issues, themes, debates and developments related to the analysis of history and war.

Why choose this course?

The History and War Studies  course provides graduates with the knowledge of the issues, themes, debates and developments related to the analysis of history and war. Our graduates are equipped to develop and sustain debates on the strategic, ethical and philosophical uses of war as well as understanding the full historical contexts within which conflict arises. Alongside subject-specific knowledge, you will develop a wide range of key transferable skills including enhanced communication, analytical and technological proficiency. The degree encourages you to become digitally literate and intellectually curious, with the capacity to work both independently and as part of a wider team to understand, develop and apply solutions to both theoretical and practical problems. These skills equip our graduates to use their knowledge in enterprising and profitable ways in their chosen careers and develop their roles within the wider community.

The foundation year of this course is designed to offer applicants who do not have the required qualifications, a programme which will equip them with a robust toolkit of academic, digital and personal skills required for successful study in higher education. It also provides an understanding of, and insight into, a range of disciplines that underpin their chosen programme of study. In the foundation year students will develop their ability to gain the most out of structured in-class study, and also to manage and evaluate their own independent learning. This wide range of transferable skills is of immense value in both undergraduate study and graduate employment. Upon successful completion of the foundation year, students will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of their subject area to degree level.


What happens on the course?

Semester 1 Starters:


Year 1 (Foundation)

3GK003 Academic Skills (20 Credits)

3GK005 Critical Thinking (20 Credits)

3GK007 Wolverhampton and its People (20 Credits)

3GK004 The World at Work: Careers and Personal Development (20 Credits)

3GK006 Extended Project (20 Credits)

3GK008 Culture and Nationality in Conflict (20 Credits)

Year 2

4WR003 War and the Modern World (20 Credits)

4HS001 The Pursuit of History (20 Credits)

4WR002 Thinking about War and Peace (20 Credits)

4HS003 The Making of Modern Britain, c1700 - c1819 (20 Credits)

4GK006 Success in Higher Education or 4PO005 Campaigning and Citizenship: Women in Britain and its Empire from 1800 to 1950 or 4WL002 Basic Language or 4WL003 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

4PO006 Contemporary Capitalism or 4SL011 Volunteering in the Community or 4GK006 Success in Higher Education or 4WR004 The Holocaust or 4WL003 Elementary Language or 4WL002 Basic Language (20 Credits)

Year 3

5HS002 Revolutionary Ireland 1798-1940 or 5HS006 The Social History of Victorian Britain c1850-c1901 or 5HS008 Migrant Journeys, Migrant Stories. Itinerants, Migrants and Refugees c1800- 1950 or 5HS010 The Great War 1914-1918 (20 Credits)

5WR006 War in Europe 1939-1945 or 5WR007 Political Violence (20 Credits)

5PO006 Contemporary Britain or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

5HS001 The Cold War or 5HS003 Sex and the City: Sexuality in the Long Eighteenth Century or 5HS007 Preserving the Past: Heritage, History and Identity (20 Credits)

5WR004 Terrorism or 5WR002 The Battle for Normandy 1944 or 5WR005 Virtual Warriors: The Evolution of War Gaming (20 Credits)

5SL008 Volunteering in Action or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

Year 4

6HS003 Consumption and the World of Goods: Drink, Drugs and Shopping in Britain, c. 1650-c.1830 or 6HS011 From Reich to Republic. German Society 1871-1924 or 6HS013 Work Placement in the Community or 6HS015 Doing Good? Histories of Charity in Modern Britain and Beyond (20 Credits)

6WR004 Trial by Fire: The American Civil War or 6WR007 Dreadnought to Enterprise: Maritime Warfare c.1900 to the Present Day or 6PO001 Democracy and Terrorism: Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland (20 Credits)

6HS004 Independent Study in History or 6WR006 War Studies Project or 6HU001 Humanities Business and Community Link or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language (20 Credits)

6HS001 America: The Rise of a Superpower, 1890-1945 or 6HS006 Youth Culture and Popular Music in Twentieth Century Britain or 6HS010 Germany 1919-1945. From Weimar to Auschwitz. or 6HS013 Work Placement in the Community or 6HS014 The Family in Britain, 1830-1939 (20 Credits)

6WR001 Conflict Resolution in the Modern World or 6WR005 The Barbarization of Warfare or 6PO002 The Politics of the Middle East (20 Credits)

6HS004 Independent Study in History or 6WR006 War Studies Project or 6HU001 Humanities Business and Community Link or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language (20 Credits)

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

The skills, competencies and knowledge you learn through studying History and War Studies are directly relevant to a wide variety of careers. Information work, librarianship, archive management, museum administration and heritage management are professions that actively employ our students. The degree also provides the key analytical and transferrable skills that are much sought after in the fields of the armed forces, local government, the civil service, the media and a wide range of business and commercial activities. In addition, History and War Studies is an ideal course for students wishing to enter the teaching profession and many of our graduates have become successful teachers in the primary sector and History specialists in secondary schools and FE colleges. A notable proportion of our graduates have also undertaken postgraduate education in recent years, studying for Masters and PhD degrees.



Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

You will be taught by recognised experts with a proven and respected research and publications record.

We will enable you to develop key intellectual and transferable skills that are geared towards academic achievement, personal development and future employability.

Prospective students can find a recommended reading list for our courses here. 

 At the completion of the course you will:

  1. Have an awareness and critical understanding of the problematic nature of interpreting the past and the strategic, ethical and philosophical theories underpinning the subject;
  2. Have an understanding of the varieties of approaches to analysing historical events, the concept of war and war’s implications;
  3. Be familiar with a variety of historical and war-related case studies;
  4. Be able to address historical and contemporary problems in depth using primary and secondary sources;
  5. Be able to use appropriate technologies in digitally literate and enterprising ways to support research, process data and produce written work and presentational material to a variety of audiences;
  6. Have a greater understanding of the value of civic responsibility in your outlook toward and relationships with others in a global context.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22
International Part-time £6725 per year# 2022-23

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

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

Typical entry requirement: 48 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades DD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades PPP
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades MP
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma (Full Award)

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

 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.

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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