History BA (Hons) 2020/21 entry

Course code:

V140

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich
Flexible part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250

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Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

The study of the human experience helps us to understand the world around us, it helps us to comprehend cultures and how history is made. By studying a course which explores the world since 1492, we foster historians that offer a considered perspective about the relationship between the past and future, thinking critically about the world through the lens of the past.

History (BA) is a course which is designed to facilitate your engagement with the historical forces which have led to the emergence of the modern world.  It caters to students who wish to understand how human societies have changed over time.  It fosters critical thinking skills whilst inviting students to analyse how forces, such as racism, gender constructs, class, political identities, war, and the environment have intersected, interacted, and evolved.  The course helps students to engage with primary (historic) sources, providing opportunities for them to engage with the materials upon which historians rely as well a broad range of voices from marginalised communities.  Assessments are varied and innovative.  Opportunities embedded throughout the course which allow students to develop a portfolio of not only written pieces, but media artefacts and international experiences. 

Coventry offers students a unique way to study the past:

  • engaging in independent research projects,
  • immersed in contemporary sources,
  • connecting to peers in a range of international settings, and providing opportunities to engage in creative, media-based assessment types.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

What our students say...

Studying history here with a focus on modern times has not only been useful and interesting, but practical in the world of today. The balance of modules I have taken tilted in favour of social history, with a diverse range of political, national and international history modules enriching that balance. In addition to being inspired to study environmental history as a postgraduate student, I have had the chance to study at the University of Limoges as part of the course, where I gained international experience and intercultural skills, including learning French.

Stefan Bernhardt-Radu, 3rd year student

Course information

The study of the past allows students to understand the present and to shape the future. By studying History (BA) at Coventry you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in historic periods, develop critical thinking skills, and to foster key transferable skills which are highly valued by employers.

 

93%

of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

The first year examines how the foundations of the modern world were laid. It considers the rise of the nation-state, the collision of cultures which occurred between Europe, Africa, and the Americas, and early struggles for independence against Empires. You will be introduced to the ways in which historians go about investigating the past. This will include engaging with historic documents, as well as being introduced to key theoretical approaches to the subject. You will also have the opportunity to develop media projects and to begin constructing a portfolio of historic projects.

Modules

  • Historians on Trial

  • Power, Persuasion, and Propaganda

  • Nations and Nationalism: from unifications to annihilation

  • From Empire to Welfare: Britain 1901-1951

  • History of the Atlantic World and Globalisation

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

In your second year, you will begin to deepen your knowledge about the history of Europe and the United States, engaging with their cultures, conflicts and key social changes. These will include the rise of different political and social movements in Europe, race and civil rights, the struggles of indigenous peoples, and imperialism. You will also learn about the relationship between humankind and the environment and how attitudes towards the spaces in which we live have driven social changes. In addition, there are options to gain an understanding of international crime through the historical developments of traditional criminal organisations, such as the Sicilian mafia, and you will have the opportunity to study the history of espionage and its role in helping to shape modern British history. You will also deepen your understanding of how historians achieve their goals, with new opportunities to engage with historic sources across a wide array of coursework types, including those which will give you further opportunities to create media products. You will also learn core graduate skills which will help you to begin preparing for success in your post-university career.

Modules

  • The Making of the United States

  • The International History of Europe since 1900

  • The Shadow Warriors: Modern Britain and Espionage

  • Humanity and the Natural World: A History

  • Optional modules

    1 from the following:

    • A History of International Crime
    • Contemporary Far Right in Western Europe
    • War and the Media in Britain 1875-2003

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

After your second year, you have an opportunity to take a sandwich year, studying abroad or on professional placement. Past students have studied at partner institutions in the France, Germany, the United States, Canada, Netherlands, Sweden, and South Korea.

Overview

Your studies culminate in either a dissertation or the production of a documentary film. You will choose the topic of your dissertation or film, allowing you to explore and research an area of interest to you. Past students have chosen exciting topics such as the reconciliation of states after World War II, state-supported doping in the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War, the development of the Green Movement in the US, the experience of prisoners of war, piracy in the early modern period, women in the Civil Rights Movement, and the Native American history. You will study the history of race in the United States, examining the ways in which ethnic minorities have found ways to empower themselves in the face social and political repression. You will also have the chance to engage in specialised studies of the history of the Third Reich; Women’s Lives; the environmental movement; organised crime; post-war Germany as well as the opportunity to take an accredited study trip (additional costs may apply, subject to application and visa requirements).

Modules

  • Race and Resistance in the United States: A History

  • The Third Reich 1933-1945

  • Women's Lives in Britain and the US 1800-1939

  • Post-War Germany

  • An Inconvenient History: The Green Movement

  • Study Trip

    Subject to availability, application and visa requirements.

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

15th

We are ranked as the 15th best University in the United Kingdom Guardian University Guide 2020

In more detail...

  • 100% of students were in work or continuing their studies after six months (DLHE 2014/15).
  • 100% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2019
  • A wide range of international fieldtrips which have previously included trips to New York to make documentary films and central Europe to visit historic sites such as Concentration Camps, and Brussels in visit the centres of European policy-making.
  • Teaching staff who are research active have published on a wide array of topics ranging from the history of Native America, the history of film, new media production for the humanities and the evolution of popular culture to espionage and intelligence history and the social and cultural history of Britain’s Home Fronts during the two world wars.
  • We provide an interesting variety of specialisms, ranging from espionage, environment, war and the media, to the far-right and the evolution of the globalised modern era.
  • We embrace new technologies. Whilst fostering critical thinking and a command of the written word, we produce graduates capable of harnessing digital technologies – film making, podcasting, and content curation – and equipped with the skills to conquer the graduate labour market.
  • City of Culture 2021

Spend a year studying abroad – we have links with universities in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden.

The United States, Environmentalism, Espionage, Organised Crime, Media and War, Radical Right, Europe, Pop Culture.

The course normally lasts three years when studied full-time and four to six years part-time, with students starting in September.

Your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

You will be taught by staff with recognised authority in a diverse range of fields – the history of Native Americans and the American frontier, ideology and party politics in Britain, 20th century German history and the politics of the far right, the history of the green movement and eco-communities. You will use a wide range of sources including contemporary documents, online archives, film footage and radio recordings to explore various aspects of the past. You will participate in debates and, in your second year, participate in new and evolving learning environments based upon our research-led teaching philosophy.

Our experts will integrate the latest research into your teaching, exposing you to the latest ways to interpret the past. For example, students will engage in a new and evolving cultural history of the United States which explores the links between the country’s past and its tumultuous present. 

You will have the opportunity to go on international and domestic fieldtrips, including accredited trips to Sicily and Berlin. In the recent past, fieldtrip destinations have included Strasbourg, Nuremburg, and Jamaica. We also host an exciting programme of guest speakers covering topics such as organised crime, international history, and life as a holocaust survivor.

Your course will be based on a series of lectures, with associated seminars, tutorials, workshops, online discussions and web-based activities

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include, formal examinations and coursework.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will enter a graduate labour market and should have the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue rewarding careers in a number of sectors.

 

4 hours per 20-credit module, per week.

 

 

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 23 hours of self-directed studying, including guided study using handouts, online activities in your own time.

History students have the opportunity to engage in credit and non-credit bearing field trips. At level three students have the option of taking the credited field trip module with Berlin, Sicily, and Brussels and Amsterdam as the choice of destinations.

The history team also run non-credit bearing field trips and have taken students to:

  • Iceland
  • Amsterdam and the Hague
  • Bratislava, Vienna, and Budapest
  • Munich and Nuremberg
  • New York

In addition to field trips, students also have the opportunity to take part in Online International Learning with peers in international institutions.  

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days. 

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: BESU051
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBB DDM 31 points Minimum 5 GCSEs at A*-C including English.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit, plus GCSE English Language at grade A*-C.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250 (per year)


EU Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £13,250 (per year)


International Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

Throughout the course, your academic study will be combined with broad-based skills development. When you graduate, you will have had opportunity to develop a range of transferrable skills, which are highly valued by employers, including excellent communications, critical thinking and analysis, strong presentation and listening skills.

These skills, together with your knowledge of the world, would make you suited to careers in government, business, media production, digital publishing, journalism, lobbying, campaigning, voluntary organisations and international organisations like the United Nations (UN) or the European Commission.

Our Futures employment team is on hand to offer tailored career and enterprise support if you wish to gain employment or take advantage of professional practice opportunities within course specific industries. You’ll have access to a designated employability officer who can advise you on career opportunities and give support to help you develop tailor-made job applications.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Careers of graduates have included: 

  • Graduate roles
  • Teaching careers
  • Masters courses
  • Working at an NGO or Charity (project based roles)

Where our graduates work

Graduates have gone onto various roles as listed here:

Graduate roles

  • Graduate Recruitment roles - Harvey Nash, Premier Group
  • Government affairs advocacy coordinator at Saint Gobain
  • Police Now graduate development programme
  • Graduate Development Management programme at Enterprise Rent a Car
  • Graduate development British Transport Police
  • Royal Navy graduate programme
  • Charity Works graduate programme

Teaching careers (various locations and organisations)

  • PGCE
  • SCITT
  • PDGE
  • Youth development groups (City Year, Explore Learning)
  • Teach First
  • Special education needs (SEN) schools
  • Youth camps – UK and International
  • Business Development Executive at DHL
  • Senior Internationalisation Admin at Coventry University
  • JET (Teaching in Japan) programme
  • NCS – National Citizens Service

Masters course and university location

  • Diplomacy, Law and Global Change – Coventry
  • Gender Studies – Sussex
  • Environmental History – St. Andrews
  • Modern History – Warwick
  • International Relations – Coventry
  • History of War – Kings College
  • Early Modern History – Birmingham
  • International Relations – Manchester
  • Graduate Diploma in Law
  • Human Rights – Sussex

Working at an NGO or Charity (project based roles)

  • Women’s Aid
  • Coventry Haven
  • Citizens Advice
  • City of Culture

 Local City Council, Local Government, Politics

  • Working with an MP – mainly the following parties > Labour, Conservative, Green.
  • Political campaign work - mainly the following parties > Labour, Conservative, Green.
  • Local Government Scheme

Civil Service – Government Social Research, Human Resources, Houses of Parliament.

What our alumni say

Studying History was great for me because of the focus on modern history. There was a diverse choice of modules, with a good balance between political and social history, depending on your preference. Also, I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad for a year at The Hague University, allowing me to study history from another perspective, grow as an individual and meet some wonderful people from all over the world.

Rhianna Carrasco, BA (Hons) History, graduated in 2016, now Project Manager for ASOS.
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

*2020/2021 course fees have not yet been determined by the University or government legislation. Once the course fees have been determined, the course web page will be updated to reflect your first year course fee. Please continue to revisit the course web page to identify the fee before you accept an offer of a place on the course and/or before you enrol at the University.

Coventry University ranked 15 in the UK
Coventry University awarded TEF GOLD Teaching Excellence Framework
University of the year for student experience
QS Five Star Rating 2019
Coventry City of Culture 2021