University of Northampton

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The University of Northampton


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Course summary

TEF Gold

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Our degree in History offers innovative, research-driven topics on British, European and World history covering all periods from the 15th to the 21st Century. With a wide choice of optional modules to choose from you’ll be able to develop your own research interests. Topics include: Crime, Policing and Punishment in England, the European witch craze, the Holocaust, Women and Gender in Early Modern England, Elizabeth the ‘virgin queen’, the rise of Fascism, and the First World War. We are also home to the Searchlight Archives - one of the largest anti-facist archives available. The programme mixes academic study with field trips and opportunities to go on placements with local museums, heritage organisations and other relevant employers. You will know your tutors personally and see them regularly and there will always be someone on hand to help or offer academic support. All of our tutors are practising historians who are enthusiastic about their work and publish regularly as experts in their fields. A degree in History will give you organisational, analytical, speaking and written skills which are attractive to future employers. By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:

  • You will experience student life at the University’s £330 million Waterside Campus. Come along to an Open Day and find out more.
  • Students enrolling on this course at Northampton will be provided with their own brand new laptop* to keep at no additional cost. All sports clubs and societies are free to join at Northampton and every essential course text book is available via the library, meaning you won’t have to purchase copies. For more information on this visit our website (
  • Based on the evidence available, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Panel judged that the University of Northampton delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.
  • Our expert academics teach in small groups supported with one to one assistance. Our academics and students form a tight bond, providing individualised support and guidance whilst challenging students academically.
  • We invest more money into your education than 90% of Universities in the UK**
  • Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd.
The Northampton Employment Promise
  • In fact, we’re so confident in our careers and employability support that if you achieve at least a 2:2 degree and complete either our Employability Plus Gold programme or achieve a Changemaker Gold Certificate during your time studying with us, but still haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating, we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you or support you into postgraduate study.
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Course details


STAGE 1 • Themes and Perspectives in History (compulsory) • Early Modern Europe 1500-1800 (designated) • Blood and Iron: Europe, 1815-1914 (designated) • The Holocaust: Sources and Contexts (designated) • The Medieval World 1200-1500 (designated) • Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: France from 1789 (designated) • Health and Healers: Introduction to the History of Medicine (designated) STAGE 2 • Research Skills in History (compulsory) • Power and Protest: British Society in the Long Eighteenth-Century (designated) • Empires Through History (designated) • Crime, Policing and Punishment in England 1700-1900 (designated) • Comrades and Revolutions! A Global History of the Communist Movement (designated) • First World War (designated) • Family and Life-Cycles in Early Modern England (designated) • Decline and Fall: The English Aristocracy, 1750-1950 (designated) STAGE 3 • History Dissertation (compulsory) • Citizenship and Gender in Britain 1760-1918 (designated) • Crime and Popular Culture in the late Nineteenth Century City (designated) • Movements and Regimes: A Century of Fascism (designated) • Witchcraft and Heresy in Early Modern Europe (designated) • Secret State: British Intelligence, 1558-1945 (designated) • The English Country House, c.1660-1830 (designated) • Gender and Work in Early Modern England (designated) • Algeria: French Rule and the War for Independence (designated) • Death and Bereavement in Britain, c. 1500-1914 (designated) Module information is quoted for 19/20 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

Assessment method

The course is assessed in a number of ways: • Essays • Exams • Individual presentations • Group projects • Poster presentations • Audio and visual podcasts • Role play

How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeV100
Institution code N38
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

This course is available to international students.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 112 points
A level BCC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma M: 30 credits
Scottish Higher BBBB
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD Accepted at DM with an BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma at Merit, or with an A-level at C.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 25 points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal M2, M3, M3

Applicants are normally expected to hold a History A-level or an equivalent qualification

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
History at University of Northampton - UCAS