History and Politics BA (Hons)

 

Course Code

UCAS Code: LVF1
International Code: AHU111

Location

Coventry University (Coventry)

 

Study mode

Full-time
Part-time
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Duration

3 years full-time
4 years full-time with study abroad / professional placement
Flexible part-time

Start date

September 2023

We are reviewing this course for 2023-24 entry and the validated module information will be added shortly. Please keep checking back on this course page to see our latest updates.


Course overview

Study level: Undergraduate

This integrated degree brings together the two complementary disciplines of politics and history.

  • We combine the teaching of comparative 21st century politics and political ideas with modern global, political and social history, with a focus on Britain, Europe, America and the Middle East.
  • The course examines past issues of conflict, poverty, marginalised communities, the environment and gender.
  • It aims to enhance your understanding of today’s socio-political problems and associated decision-making.
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Global Ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

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Teaching excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

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Employability

Career ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Why you should study this course

  • You can develop academic and professional skills which are embedded into the course. We provide you with opportunities to improve your powers of reason, judgment, critical thinking, analysis and problem solving.
  • You can gain an insight into the working of modern political systems and an understanding of the ideas and theories underlying contemporary political structures, movements and debates.
  • We teach the transformation of Britain from Victorian Imperialism to the present.
  • We examine the major developments and themes in world politics since the end of the Second World War.
  • With an emphasis on contemporary European history, we examine key aspects of world history in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Find out more about our range of history, politics and international relations courses.


How you'll learn

This course can be offered on a part-time basis. Whilst we would like to give you all the information about our part-time offering here, it is tailored for each course each year depending on the number of part-time applicants. Therefore, the part-time teaching arrangements vary. Request further information about part-time study.


Teaching contact hours

We understand that everyone learns differently, so each of our courses will consist of structured teaching sessions, which can include:

  • On campus lectures, seminars and workshops
  • Group work
  • Self-directed learning
  • Work placement opportunities.

If you would like more information, you can request information about teaching hours.

Part of university life is undertaking self-directed learning. During a typical week you will have time that allows you to work independently to apply the skills and knowledge you have learnt in taught or facilitated sessions to your projects or assignment briefs. This self-directed learning allows you to use your research skills, consolidate your knowledge or undertake collaborative group work.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.


Assessment

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module.

Assessment methods can include:

  • Formal examinations
  • Phase tests
  • Essays
  • Group work
  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Projects
  • Coursework
  • Exams
  • Individual Assignments

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.


International experience opportunities

We are keen to offer an internationalised student experience, so provide opportunities for you to study abroad by maintaining our links with some of the most prestigious European universities, such as the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) in Berlin, Science Po in Bordeaux, the University of Heidelberg in Germany and Lund University in Sweden. If you do not speak a foreign language, you could have the opportunity to study for one year at an institution where courses are taught in English2.


Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2023 entry.

Requirement What we're looking for
A level BBC
GCSE 5 GCSE's grade 9-4 / A*-C or above including a grade 6 in English 
BTEC DMM
IB Diploma 29 points 

We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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Are you eligible for the Fair Access Scheme?

We believe every student should have the opportunity to dream big, reach their potential and succeed, regardless of their background.

Fair Access Scheme

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:


You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course. 

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

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Fees and funding

Student Full time Part time
UK TBC per year Not available
International TBC per year Not available

If you choose to do a work placement2, you should consider travel and living costs to cover this. There is also a tuition fee3 of £1,250 that will cover your academic support throughout your placement year.

For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see The University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them. Find out what's included in your tuition costs.


Facilities

Students will benefit from studying on our well-equipped4, modern campus.

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Library

The library offers a team of dedicated academic liaison librarians who provide specialist help and support. You’ll also have access to subject specific databases of journal articles related to criminology and forensics.

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Academic support

No matter which degree you’re studying, you’ll find a lot of support on campus, including the Centre of Academic Writing and sigma, which offers mathematics and statistics support.


Careers and opportunities

We have maintained a close relationship with the local city council and the Houses of Parliament, organising a range of guest talks from the people involved in contemporary politics and international relations. This has previously included British MPs, high commissioners from African states and speakers from major global corporations. Recent topics have included ‘Britain and the EU’, ‘Women in Politics’ and ‘Ethnic Diversity in Politics’ (subject to availability).

You'll also have the option to spend a year on professional placement, applying your academic skills within the workplace and potentially gain valuable work experience2. Past students have spent time within an MP’s office, working for local government, for historical societies like The Herbert Art Gallery and organisations such as The British Council.

Upon successful completion of this course, the skills and knowledge you will gain may assist you with careers in government, business, media, lobbying, campaigning, voluntary organisations and international organisations like the United Nations (UN) or the European Commission.

Some of our previous students have secured graduate-level jobs in the Civil Service, international organisations, local government, the media, banking and finance, the culture industry, further and higher education teaching and non-government organisations (NGOs).

Where our graduates work

Our previous graduates work for a range of organisations, including the House of Commons, the European Parliament, the European Union, the Commonwealth, foreign embassies, IPSOS Mori, Amnesty International, Greenpeace, the NHS, BUPA Healthcare, BMI Healthcare, Barclays, HSBC, BBC, West Midlands Police/Transport Police, Atlas Copco, GlaxoSmithKline and the Army/Navy.

Further study

Alternatively, you may decide to pursue postgraduate study opportunities by studying courses such as History MA. You may be entitled to an alumni discount on your fees if you decide to extend your time with us by progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate study.


How to apply

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  • 1Accreditations

    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

    2UK and international opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

    3Tuition fees

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    For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.

    4Facilities

    Facilities are subject to availability. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. The 2022/23 Contract is currently being updated so please revisit this page before submitting your application. 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.