School of Social Sciences and Humanities

BA (Hons) Politics and History with Foundation Year

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

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BA (Hons)
Start date(s)
16 September 2024
UCAS Code
L203
Course specifications
Course length
Full-time (4 years),Part-time (8 years)
Campus location
University: City Campus
School
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
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Why choose this course?

This comprehensive integrated joint course allows you to examine a wide range of themes and issues in the history and politics of Britain, Europe, the Americas and the Middle East 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 interest and controversy in depth. 

In your studies, you will learn the essential 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 and political approaches through a varied and dynamic learning and teaching environment.

Using traditional and enhanced electronic forms of learning, the History and Politics 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?

Studying Politics and History at the University of Wolverhampton means learning to critically investigate the political world we inhabit and how it came to be. This course adopts a global perspective, examining the histories of and connections between different parts of the world, including Britain, Europe, the Americas and South Asia.

With topics including class, gender, migration, youth culture, activism and empire, you will learn how to apply political theory in order to make a difference. The digital learning environment will equip you with information, materials and learning activities to support you in regular face-to-face seminars and workshops. In classes and assessed work, you will develop your skills of information gathering, critical thinking, analysis, interpretation and communication, which are essential for academic study and transferrable to graduate work in a wide range of fields. 

This course actively encourages you to develop your own historical and political interests, you will gain breadth and depth of historical knowledge at the same time as developing the skills necessary to undertake your own research. In the process, the course aims to prepare you to apply your knowledge and skills to further study, a variety of graduate employment opportunities, and to be a critical and engaged global citizen.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The course aims to:

  • provide a learning experience in History and Politics which conforms to the national benchmarking standard
  • provide students with subject-specific and generic knowledge, experience and skills
  • prepare students for careers in which their skills can be applied directly
  • equip students with a range of key skills applicable to a wide variety of other careers commensurate with their graduate status

The Faculty of Social Sciences, in which History and Politics are based, has robust systems of student support, including the provision of `one to one’ study skills and academic counselling support.

 On the completion of the course, the student should be able to demonstrate:

  1. Identify and critically compare different concepts and methodologies used in both History and Politics.
  2. Demonstrate an informed knowledge of the processes of continuity and change over an extended time-span as pertaining to the political history and institutions of the UK and one other area.
  3. Engage critically with the major theoretical underpinnings and ideological traditions in History and Politics.
  4. Demonstrate a proficiency in the generic and subject-specific skills used in the study of both subjects.
  5. Use appropriate technologies in digitally literate and enterprising ways to support research, process data and produce written work and presentational material to a high quality.
  6. Understand the value of civic responsibility in your outlook toward and relationships with others in an historical and global context.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2023-24
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2023-24
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2024-25
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
Home Part-time £4625 per year# 2023-24
Home Part-time £4625 per year# 2023-24
Home Part-time £4625 per year# 2024-25
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £14450 per year 2023-24
International Full-time £14450 per year 2023-24
International Full-time £14950 per year 2024-25

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

Prepare for Foundation Pathway:- We will consider applicants who have not achieved 48 UCAS points (equivalence) from prior level 3 qualifications, if you have a keen interest in this subject area or hold relevant experience. You will be required to attend and pass a compulsory Prepare For Foundation assessment day where you will take part in a variety of activities which will assess your suitability for the course. If you would like more advise and guidance about this admissions pathway, please contact the Gateway team to discuss and support you in making an application to us.

Contact the Gateway - University of Wolverhampton (wlv.ac.uk)

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.


Self-funding:

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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01902 32 22 22

Email

enquiries@wlv.ac.uk

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