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University of Southampton

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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How do we make sense of the events, ideas and people of the past? History at Southampton challenges you to interpret the history of past societies critically and imaginatively. Our degree programmes encourage you to pursue your own historical interests while developing critical thinking and communication skills for post-university life. The study of history at Southampton encompasses a range of skills valued by employers. You will learn to absorb, analyse and assess a wide variety of viewpoints, and express arguments in oral and written form, thinking and working independently and in cooperation with others. Study for a degree in History and gain a valuable understanding of the defining events of the past, recognise their impact upon the present, and develop an insight into the future. Explore contested narratives and develop your own interpretations by utilising a wide range of primary evidence while cultivating a highly transferable skillset. Our diverse range of modules include the ancient history of Augustus’ Rome, the medieval Crusades, the early modern Tudors, the modern Space Race and the contemporary events of the War onTerror, enabling you to tailor your degree to your interests. Southampton is ranked in the top three history departments for research, meaning our students learn from world-leading researchers (REF, 2014). We offer extremely flexible degree programmes, with a rare breadth of topics not commonly taught in British universities. Our unique archival resources include the Wellington, Palmerston and Mountbatten Papers, and the Parkes Archives specialising in Jewish history.

Course details

Modules

Compulsory modules: World Histories; World Ideologies; Group Project; Dissertation. Typical modules: Apocalyptic Visions of History; Masada: History and Myth; Ancient Rome: First Metropolis; Roman Consuls, Dictators and Emperors; Ancient Greeks at War; Myth and the Ancient World; Cleopatra’s Egypt; Historical Origins of Christianity; Islam: Conquests and Caliphates; Emperor Julian and the Last Pagans of Rome; The Hundred Years War; Sin and Society 1100-1500; Medieval Love, Sex and Marriage; From Southampton to Siena; The Battle of Agincourt; The First Crusade; Pope Innocent III; The First British Empire; The Vikings; Castles; Knights and Chivalry; Tyranny to Revolution: England, 1625-49; The British Atlantic World - Philip II; Representations of Henry VIII; Childhood in Early Modern Society; Habsburg Spain; Power, Patronage and Politics in England; Heresy and Inquisition; Fashioning the Tudor Court; Witchcraft in England; America’s “War on Terror”; The First World War; The Third Reich; Sex, Death and Money: Britain in the ‘60s; Gandhi and Gandhism; Napoleon; Crime and Punishment in England 1680-1840; From the Mafia to the Ultras: 20th century Italy; The Space Age; Imperialism and Nationalism in British India; The Holocaust; Stalin and Stalinism


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course codeV100
Institution code S27
Campus nameMain Site - Highfield Campus
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level AAB Typical Offer: AAB including History or a related subject* If you are taking an EPQ in addition to 3 A levels, you will receive the following offer in addition to the standard A level offer: ABB including History or a related subject* and grade A in the EPQ We are committed to ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme, as follows: ABB including History or a related subject* Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. *Related subject includes subjects such as English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects. Students applying without History will need to make a case in their personal statement.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC National Extended Diploma plus A in A level History or a related subject*. *Related subject includes subjects such as English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects. Students applying without History will need to make a case in their personal statement.
Access to HE Diploma D: 39 credits M: 6 credits 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 39 must be at Distinction and 6 credits at Merit, to include 6 Distinctions in History or a related subject* *Related subject includes subjects such as English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects. Students applying without History will need to make a case in their personal statement.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC National Diploma plus A in A level History or a related subject* *Related subject includes subjects such as English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects. Students applying without History will need to make a case in their personal statement.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D Distinction in the BTEC National Extended Certificate plus A in A level History or a related subject* and A in one further A level *Related subject includes subjects such as English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects. Students applying without History will need to make a case in their personal statement.
Scottish Advanced Higher Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 34 points Pass, with 34 points overall with 17 points at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in History or a related subject* *Related subject includes subjects such as English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects. Students applying without History will need to make a case in their personal statement. Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis. International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP): Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) B AAB from three A levels including History or a related subject* or AA from two A levels including History or a related subject* and B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. *Related subject includes subjects such as English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects. Students applying without History will need to make a case in their personal statement.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H1, H2, H2, H2, H2, H2 H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 including History or a related subject* *Related subject includes subjects such as English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects. Students applying without History will need to make a case in their personal statement.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D3, D3, M2 D3 D3 M2 in three principal subjects including History or a related subject* *Related subject includes subjects such as English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects. Students applying without History will need to make a case in their personal statement. Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A Levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer, where D3 can be used in lieu of A Level grade A or grade M2 can be used in lieu of A Level grade B.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

English Language proficiency for international students: All programmes at the University of Southampton are taught and assessed in the medium of English (other than those in modern foreign languages). Therefore, all applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. For more information on the University of Southampton’s English Language entry requirements, please see the webpage: www.southampton.ac.uk/studentadmin/admissions/admissions-policies/language.page For more details on the suitability of your qualifications or foundation programme please contact the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Admissions Team at [email protected]


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

International £17560 Year 1
EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note that the Fees shown are those charged for entry in September 2020. Fees for entry in September 2021 will be available at the end of August 2020. Please see our website for further details and updates : www.southampton.ac.uk/uni-life/fees-funding.page
History at University of Southampton - UCAS