Bath Spa University

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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Challenge yourself. Push boundaries. Our hands-on History degree looks to the past to answer the burning questions of today.

  • Study History in a World Heritage City that’s surrounded by fascinating sites – both ancient and modern.
  • Develop compelling communication skills and the ability to diversify across a number of cultural and social sectors.
  • Work with a small, dedicated team of tutors who are experts in a rich variety of historical topics.
History at Bath Spa is anything but typical. First, there’s our amazing location – you’ll be based at our idyllic Newton Park campus, which boasts grand Georgian buildings and a fortified manor house dating back to the fourteenth century. With our modern, purpose-built study spaces, and Bristol just on the doorstep, you’re perfectly situated to enjoy the best of old and new. Plus, there’s a wealth of other sites to discover nearby, including Stonehenge and Avebury. The employability of our graduates (95.6%*) also sets us apart. We want you to become a confident communicator, able to sift through the raw materials of history and re-present your findings to any audience – on any platform. Yes, you’ll write essays. But we also want you to be able to podcast, tweet, blog, create scripts for film and radio, and adapt your style to suit a range of consumers, including young audiences. To a large extent, you’ll curate your own syllabus from a broad range of modules and topics, including democracy and dictatorship, the British Empire, British and American pop culture, riots, revolutions, and slavery. In your second and third years, you’ll have the freedom to specialise and focus on what inspires you. You’ll benefit from close contact with experts in diverse historical perspectives throughout the course. We’re a small team of committed, eminently approachable, inspiring tutors, engaged in fascinating research in topics that range from migration to the Secret Service. *95.6% of our History graduates were in work or further study six months after graduating (DLHE 16/17).

Course details


Year One will provide the foundations for you to develop historical skills and expertise. At the heart of this is a core module, which can be accompanied by a range of optional modules, including the social history of 16th, 17th and 18th century Britain and Ireland to European politics and people in the 19th and 20th centuries. In Year Two you’ll specialise a little more, building on and extending your knowledge. You’ll also develop confidence to deal with new subjects and approaches. Underpinning this, you’ll explore the history and philosophy of our subject: how ideas have about the past and its study have changed over time, and been influenced by wider changes in society. In Year Three there are opportunities to work more independently. You’ll be encouraged to identify and develop your own historical questions, conduct research and prepare an extended piece of writing. You’ll also study new topics that are offered through optional modules, such as social and cultural history; public history and more. For more information please refer to our website.

Assessment method

We’ll assess your progress in a variety of ways including essays, research papers, group presentations, projects, portfolios, and reports. There are timed assessments and some modules will have end-of-year examinations. Our assessment methods allow you to develop and demonstrate different skills. Many of these will help you in the workplace, for example: planning ahead, working to deadlines, and managing priorities.

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

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Course codeV100
Institution code B20
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level BCC - CCC A Level - Grades BCC-CCC accepted with Grade C in History or related subject preferred
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) preferred in a related subject.
Access to HE Diploma M: 30 credits Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 27 points A minimum score of 27 points required.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

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 at Bath Spa University - UCAS