Bath Spa University

Degree level: Undergraduate

History (Heritage and Public History)

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Course summary

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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.

Course details

Modules

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.

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 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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code3M52
Institution code B20
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level BCC - CCC 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 Including Grade 5 in Higher Level History.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English 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

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) at Bath Spa University - UCAS