History at Coventry University - UCAS

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Course summary

Learn about the past whilst developing the type of transferable skills that are highly sought after by employers, including research, content creation, and critical thinking. Study the past, shape the future. Coventry University offers a unique, modern history degree. You will learn about core issues and themes that have shaped the modern world, from race to civil rights, to gender and environmentalism, espionage, the far right, and the media.

  • We have designed the History BA (Hons) to help you understand the historical forces that have shaped the modern world. It looks at how issues such as racism, gender constructs, class, political identities, war, and the environment have intersected, interacted, and evolved to change human societies over time.
  • This course aims to develop your critical thinking skills and analyse themes and voices from a range of marginalised communities. We will encourage you to explore primary (historic) sources and have access those used by historians.
  • You will also have the opportunity to develop a portfolio of historical pieces with evidence from media artefacts and your learning from any international experiences including collaborative online international learning projects*.
Key Course Benefits:
  • Tactile learning: engagement with historical artefacts such as newspapers and other documents to learn about how societies were informed, and shaped.
  • Innovative learning and assessment: learn how to use digital tools to produce documentaries; create video and radio podcasts; development of digital literacy skills.
  • Critical thinking: a focus on the ways in which critical questioning of the past can help you to understand the social, cultural, and political forces which have shaped societies through the present day.
  • Academic Community: The creation of learning experiences built around collaboration and research, taught by a group of historians who are accessible and who work with you to help you build a portfolio of experiences which will aid you in preparing for the post-graduation market or further studies.
  • Specialised degree paths: specialise in an exciting range of topics and themes within the history programme. These include American history; modern European history; race and civil rights; espionage studies; environmentalism; the history of the media; and the history and politics of the Far Right.
*For further information please check the course page on the Coventry University website


This course has a common first year. The common first year enables you to work alongside students doing similar courses to you, to widen your knowledge and exposure to other subject areas and professions. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with other students, so you can share your insights and experience which will help you to develop and learn. Year one modules: Ideas and Issues that Shape the World Building the Nation: From to Unification to Destruction The Making of the Globalised World After Destruction: The World since 1945 Power, People, and the State Freedom, Rights and Democracy Year Two In year two, you will continue to develop the skills and knowledge you’ve learnt. We do this by embedding the following four principles into the curriculum and developing your: Technical skills – digital fluency, backed with the right academic knowledge Study skills – to be an adaptive, independent and proactive learner Professional skills – to have the behaviour and abilities to succeed in your career Global awareness – the beliefs and abilities to be a resilient, confident and motivated global citizen In your second year, you will begin to deepen your knowledge about the history of Europe and the US. You will explore their cultures, conflicts and key social changes. Modules The Far Right in Contemporary Europe The Shadow Warriors: Modern Britain and Espionage Making of the Modern United States: Race, Class, and Gender Making Humanities: Open Project Humanity and the Natural World The International History of Europe Placement Year There’s no better way to find out what you love doing than trying it out for yourself, which is why a work placement* can often be beneficial. Work placements usually occur between your second and final year of study. They’re a great way to help you explore your potential career path and gain valuable work experience, whilst developing transferable skills for the future. If you choose to do a work placement year, you will pay a reduced tuition fee* of £1,250. For more information, please go to the fees and funding section. During this time you will receive guidance from your employer or partner institution, along with your assigned academic mentor who will ensure you have the support you need to complete your placement. Whilst we would like to give you all the information about our placement/study abroad offering here, it is often tailored for each course every year and depending on the length of placement or study abroad opportunities that are secured. Therefore, the placement and study abroad arrangements vary per course and per student. Final Year Your final year aims to bring you to the level to enter the world of work by consolidating your knowledge and skills from year one and two. Your studies could culminate in a dissertation, the production of a documentary film, or by launching a curated exhibition based on your independent research of an area of interest to you. Modules Independent Project Global Organised Crime United States' Foreign Policy since 1945 Race and Resistance in the Americas The Third Reich 1933-1945 Post-War Germany: From Division to Unification and Beyond The Green Movement: The Search for Sustainability Women's lives in Britain and the US 1800-1945 We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated. Before accepting any offers, please check the website for the most up to date course content. *For further information please check the course page on the Coventry University website

Assessment method

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods can include: Phase tests Essays Group work Presentations Reports Projects Coursework Individual Assignments The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We’re here to help you achieve your study goals. If your qualifications or expected levels of grades differ from those outlined above, chat with our admissions team and between us we will explore the possibilities open to you. We accept a range of qualifications and our study experience is designed to give you options and support from the start. Contact us via our website to find out more.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

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History at Coventry University - UCAS