Coventry University

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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History at Coventry University links the study of the past to the state of society today. This allows our graduates to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to shape tomorrow’s world. Studying the way different societies and institutions of authority have developed and changed over time will help you to understand why people and governments act the way they do. It will also provide you with the opportunity to develop your global perspective and provide a broad knowledge of different cultures to prepare you for an international career in our globalised world. We will study the evolution and interaction of different states and societies around the globe. The course focuses on the period of history since 1860, with an emphasis on the 20th century. However, we will also cover earlier events to better understand important ideas, trends and developments, including race relations, the long history of climate change and the rise and fall nation-states and organisations such as the EU. Topics include the study of social movements, nonviolent protest, popular culture, political struggles and democratic advances and set-backs across the world. You will have opportunity to gain an appreciation of the changing nature of historiographical debates and, in doing so, will develop your ability to analyse and then prioritise sources of information and evidence, skills vital to decision making and a prerequisite in almost any career. You may choose to specialise in North American, European, environmental or social history, including the history of organised crime. You will also have the opportunity to learn how to produce and disseminate documentary films and other new media projects, providing you with invaluable digital skills alongside an ability to write, study independently, analyse, and think critically. The course provides an excellent foundation to pursue a range of careers in the public, private and voluntary sectors within areas such as documentary and media production, journalism, civil service, teaching, finance, event organisation, and digital publishing. Key Course Benefits:

  • 92% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2018 are satisfied with the quality of our teaching.
  • Extensive employer links with both the public and private sector, including the BBC, Houses of Parliament and the NHS.
  • Join our active student-led Humanities Society, which has organised fieldtrips to the Houses of Parliament and other locations across the UK.
  • Placement opportunities which have previously included Coventry City Council and a range of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
  • A wide range of international fieldtrips which have previously included trips to New York to make documentary films and central Europe to visit historic sites such as Concentration Camps, and Brussels in visit the centres of European policy-making.
  • Teaching staff who are research active have published on a wide array of topics ranging from the history of Native America, the history of film, new media production for the humanities and the evolution of popular culture to espionage and intelligence history and the social and cultural history of Britain’s Home Fronts during the two world wars.

Course details


Your main study themes will be: Social History We analyse the transformation of social classes in Britain during the period of transition from late Victorian Imperialism to the modern day. We will examine the development of the welfare state, comparing theories, ideologies and principles of welfare: liberalism, social democracy, conservatism, New Labour, radical critiques (Marxism, feminism etc.). We analyse the lived experience of life in the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War and the ways in which racial minorities have empowered themselves throughout American history. We also explore the history of the environmental movement. The Media and History We analyse the relationship between the media and society with a particular emphasis upon the ways in which film, novels, comic books, and journalists have helped to shape the modern world. Students will also engage with new media production during their studies, learning how to create short films and other new media projects to spread their ideas.Global Political History: You will be introduced to the ways in which the emergence of the Atlantic World, and later globalisation, altered the cultural, social, and economic realities of all involved. We study historical change from the 15th century to present day. With an emphasis on the Atlantic world – Europe, Africa, and the Americas, we examine the exchange of cultures, goods, peoples, and ideas, incorporating major themes of social and political change, war and diplomacy, and social development. For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level BBC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit. Plus GCSE English at grade 4 or above.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 29 points
GCSE/National 4/National 5 5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English.

All applications are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, experience, reference and your motivation to study the course. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate/BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 National Diploma/BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry onto degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that are equivalent to three A2 Levels. This may include subject specific requirements where necessary. If you are successful in receiving an offer, you will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and studying at Coventry University.

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

EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit from the European Union, this may change their student status and/or their tuition fee charges. Coventry University Group will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance at that time.

Provider information

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Coventry University
Priory Street

Clearing contact details

Recruitment and Admissions

02476 791791

Course Clearing information

Additional information

Thursday 13th and Friday 14th August - 07:00 - 19:00 Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th August - 10:00 - 16:00 Monday 19th August onwards - 8:30 - 17:00

Course contact details

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UK Admissions Office

024 7765 2222

European and International Admissions Office

+44 024 7765 2152

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