School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

History with Foundation Year

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

History is important: it shapes our lives and moulds our identities.

History is important: it shapes our lives and moulds our identities.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code V101
  • Entry Requirements View
  • Fees View
  • Course Specifications View
  • Start Date(s) 17 January 2022, 20 September 2021
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (8 years), Full-time (4 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School School of Social, Historical and Political Studies
  • UCAS Points Calculator Click here

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.

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

Core modules (2020/2021)

4HS001 The Pursuit of History

4HS002 Early Modern England

4HS003 The Making of Modern Britain, c1700 - c1819

4HS004 Europe and the Americas

Optional modules (2020/2021)

4PO005 Campaigning and Citizenship: Women in Britain and Empire, 1970s to 1970s

4WR004 The Holocaust

4PO006 Contemporary Capitalism

4GK006 Success in Higher Education

4WL002 Basic Language

4WL003 Elementary Language

4SL011 Volunteering in the Community


Year 3

Modules (2020/2021)

5HS001 The United States and the Cold War, 1945-1974

5HS002 Revolutionary Ireland, 1798-1940

5HS003 Sex and the City: Sexuality in the Long Eighteenth Century

5HS005 The Working Class in Twentieth-Century Britain

5HS006 The Social History of Victorian Britain, c1850-c1901

5HS007 Preserving the Past: Heritage, History and Identity

5HS008 Migrant Journeys, Migrant Stories

5HS010 The Great War 1914-1918

5HS012 Minorities in the Twentieth Century United States

5WR002 The Battle for Normandy 1944

5WR005 War in Europe, 1939-1945

5WR008 Pax Britannica? War and Peace in the Long Nineteenth Century

5WL001 Basic Language

5WL002 Elementary Language

5PO006 Contemporary Britain

5SL008 Volunteering in Action


Year 4

Optional modules (2020/2021)

6HS001 America: The Rise of a Superpower

6HS003 Consumption and the World of Goods

6HS004 Independent Study in History

6HS006 Youth Culture and Popular Music in Twentieth Century Britain

6HS010 From Weimar to Auschwitz: Germany, 1919-1945

6HS011 From Reich to Republic: German Society, 1871-1924

6HS013 Work Placement in the Community

6HS014 The Family in Britain, 1830-1939

6HS015 Charity and Campaigning in Modern Britain and Empire

6WR004 Trial by Fire: The American Civil War

6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

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.



Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

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.


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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The ability to analyse the historical construction and changing nature of identities, as defined principally by place, ethnicity, gender and class.
  4. A critical engagement with key historiographical debates and the ability to address these in depth using primary and secondary sources.
  5. The use of appropriate technologies in digitally literate and enterprising ways to support historical research, process data and produce written work and presentational material.
  6. An understanding of the value of civic responsibility in your outlook toward and relationships with others in a global context.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22

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.


01902 32 22 22



Order a prospectus

How We Compare

Find out how our course is rated on Discover Uni, the official website for comparing UK higher education courses

Full-time Course

Part-time Course