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History (Heritage & Public History) at Bath Spa University is a course which has a focus on the ways in which the past is used in the public realm, whether through decisions about the preservation of historic sites and monuments, the packaging of the past for film or TV, or its role in contemporary political debate. Heritage is a complex, deeply contentious subject, which takes from the challenges of mass tourism to the impact of war, from the complexities of managing a historic site to the careful conservation of a single object. 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.
Year One 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 Two offers more specialised study, and a deeper exploration of why and how the past is valued – and sometimes abused – in the contemporary world. Year Three 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. For more information please refer to our website.
How to apply
You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2020.
If you already have a 2020 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||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.|
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|