School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

War Studies with Foundation Year

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

The War Studies degree will provide graduates with knowledge of the debates and developments related to war; its causes, uses and how it may be avoided or concluded.

The War Studies degree will provide graduates with knowledge of the debates and developments related to war; its causes, uses and how it may be avoided or concluded.

Why choose this course?

The War Studies degree will provide graduates with knowledge of the debates and developments related to war; its causes, uses and how it may be avoided or concluded.  Our graduates will be equipped to develop and sustain debates on the strategic, ethical and philosophical uses of war in both historical and contemporary settings.  As well as subject-specific knowledge, graduates will develop a wide range of key transferable skills including enhanced communication, analytical and technological proficiency. The degree encourages individuals 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.  Such 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.

 

    

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What happens on the course?

Semester 1 Starters:

UNDERGRADUATE

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

4HS001 The Pursuit of History (20 Credits)

4WR003 War and the Modern World (20 Credits)

4WR002 Thinking about War and Peace (20 Credits)

4PO002 Introduction to International Relations (20 Credits)

4GK006 Success in Higher Education or 4PL012 Contemporary British Military Conflicts or 4WL002 Basic Language or 4WL003 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

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

Year 3

5WR006 War in Europe 1939-1945 or 5WR007 Political Violence or 5HS002 Revolutionary Ireland 1798-1940 or 5HS010 The Great War 1914-1918 or 5PO006 Contemporary Britain or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

5WR006 War in Europe 1939-1945 or 5WR007 Political Violence or 5HS002 Revolutionary Ireland 1798-1940 or 5HS010 The Great War 1914-1918 or 5PO006 Contemporary Britain or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

5WR006 War in Europe 1939-1945 or 5WR007 Political Violence or 5HS002 Revolutionary Ireland 1798-1940 or 5HS010 The Great War 1914-1918 or 5PO006 Contemporary Britain or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

5WR002 The Battle for Normandy 1944 or 5WR004 Terrorism or 5HS001 The Cold War or 5WR005 Virtual Warriors: The Evolution of War Gaming or 5SL008 Volunteering in Action or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

5WR002 The Battle for Normandy 1944 or 5WR004 Terrorism or 5HS001 The Cold War or 5WR005 Virtual Warriors: The Evolution of War Gaming or 5SL008 Volunteering in Action or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

5WR002 The Battle for Normandy 1944 or 5WR004 Terrorism or 5HS001 The Cold War or 5WR005 Virtual Warriors: The Evolution of War Gaming or 5SL008 Volunteering in Action or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

Year 4

6WR006 War Studies Project (20 Credits)

6WR004 Trial by Fire: The American Civil War or 6PO001 Democracy and Terrorism: Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland or 6PO005 Security and Integration in the New Europe or 6WR007 Dreadnought to Enterprise: Maritime Warfare c.1900 to the Present Day or 6HS013 Work Placement in the Community or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language (20 Credits)

6WR004 Trial by Fire: The American Civil War or 6PO001 Democracy and Terrorism: Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland or 6PO005 Security and Integration in the New Europe or 6WR007 Dreadnought to Enterprise: Maritime Warfare c.1900 to the Present Day or 6HS013 Work Placement in the Community or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language (20 Credits)

6WR001 Conflict Resolution in the Modern World or 6HS001 America: The Rise of a Superpower, 1890-1945 or 6WR005 The Barbarization of Warfare or 6HS010 Germany 1919-1945. From Weimar to Auschwitz. or 6HS013 Work Placement in the Community or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language or 6PO002 The Politics of the Middle East (20 Credits)

6WR001 Conflict Resolution in the Modern World or 6HS001 America: The Rise of a Superpower, 1890-1945 or 6WR005 The Barbarization of Warfare or 6HS010 Germany 1919-1945. From Weimar to Auschwitz. or 6HS013 Work Placement in the Community or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language or 6PO002 The Politics of the Middle East (20 Credits)

6WR004 Trial by Fire: The American Civil War or 6PO001 Democracy and Terrorism: Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland or 6PO005 Security and Integration in the New Europe or 6WR007 Dreadnought to Enterprise: Maritime Warfare c.1900 to the Present Day or 6HS013 Work Placement in the Community or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language or 6WR001 Conflict Resolution in the Modern World or 6HS001 America: The Rise of a Superpower, 1890-1945 or 6WR005 The Barbarization of Warfare or 6HS010 Germany 1919-1945. From Weimar to Auschwitz. or 6HS013 Work Placement in the Community or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language or 6PO002 The Politics of the Middle East (20 Credits)

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

A wide variety of careers are open to graduates of War Studies including serving in the armed forces, teaching, local government, management and the heritage industry.  A notable proportion of 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!

On the undergraduate War Studies degree, you will be taught by recognised experts with a proven and respected research and publications record. You will benefit from an innovative and evolving curriculum which will develop your skills in critical analysis, debate, reasononing and composition. You can also visit the landmark of the famous "Battle of Normandy" on our annual field trip.

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

As a graduate of this course you will:

  1. Have an awareness and understanding of the strategic, ethical and philosophical theories underpinning the subject
  2. Have an understanding of the varieties of approaches to analysing the concept of war and war’s implications
  3. Be familiar with a variety of war-related case studies
  4. Be able to address historical and contemporary problems in-depth using primary and secondary sources
  5. Be able to analyse and critique information and apply knowledge in an enterprising way
  6. Have enhanced levels of digital literacy.

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)

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  • 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 http://wlv.ac.uk/mature 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.


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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