Bath Spa University has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
This is the 4 year course which includes a Professional Placement Year.
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.
More about the Professional Placement Year
A Professional Placement Year (PPY), traditionally known as a sandwich year, is where a student undertakes a period of work with an external organisation for between 9-13 months. The placement occurs between the students' second and third years of undergraduate study. Students can engage in up to 3 placements to make up the total time and are required to source the placement(s) themselves with support from the Careers & Employability Team.
Year 1 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 2 offers more specialised study, and a deeper exploration of why and how the past is valued – and sometimes abused – in the contemporary world.
Year 3 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.
Please see our website for more information.
How to apply
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!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 4
|A level||CCC||Grades 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||26 points||Including Grade 5 in Higher Level History.|
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||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||£9,250||Year 1|