Bath Spa University

Degree level: Undergraduate

History (Heritage and Public History) (Professional Placement Year)

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Course summary

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This is the 4 year course which includes a Professional Placement Year. Investigate the ways in which we use the past in the present. It’s all around us – a source of delight, division and debate. Develop your understanding of the past and its uses in the present.

  • Work with historical sources – documents, objects, places.
  • Enhance your skills with our partner organisations – archives, museums, historic houses.
  • Explore how the past is celebrated, obscured and recreated. You’ll study of a wide range of historical subjects, places and periods with a particular focus on heritage and public history.
The Heritage and Public History pathway offers you a solid grounding in historical skills, but extends them to encompass the analysis of places, objects, and buildings. You’ll consider:
  • How we turn ‘history’ into ‘heritage’
  • How cultural heritage has become such an important focus for study and debate
  • Who we think we are and how we negotiate our way through a complex world.
Alongside developing a specialism in heritage and public history, you’ll gain practical experience. We’ll help prepare you for a possible career, through activities such as planning a project, writing for the general public, and a placement in a museum or historic house. The insights you gain here could be invaluable in a wide range of jobs, including in the heritage sector itself. More about the Professional Placement Year A Professional Placement Year (PPY), traditionally known as a sandwich year, is where a student undertakes a period of work with an external organisation for between 9-13 months. The placement occurs between the students' second and third years of undergraduate study. Students can engage in up to 3 placements to make up the total time and are required to source the placement(s) themselves with support from the Careers & Employability Team.

Course details

Modules

Year 1 provides the basis for developing new historical skills and understanding, and an introduction to the study of ‘heritage’ and the concept of ‘public history’. You’ll think about the different ways in which we approach historical study and about evidence and interpretation. You’ll learn how to ‘read’ a historic object or landscape as you would a document, and about the how our attitudes towards such material have changed over time. Year 2 offers more specialised study, and a deeper exploration of why and how the past is valued – and sometimes abused – in the contemporary world. Year 3 allows greater opportunities for independent work, devising and developing your own project or working with one of our many partners to help them to bring the past to life. If you aspire to a career in museums or heritage - always fiercely competitive - , you might decide to apply for the Year in Professional Practice placement, between Year two and Year three. If you are successful, this will give you comprehensive experience of how heritage works, with one or more of our partner organisations, and a great foundation for your final year of formal study. Please see our website for more information.

Assessment method

Work is assessed in a variety of ways, to test different knowledge and skills – essays, presentations, practical projects, writing for different audiences and media, analysing written and material evidence.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
S172
Institution code:
B20
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 4

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants. IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Unistats information

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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

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
History (Heritage and Public History) (Professional Placement Year) at Bath Spa University - UCAS