University of Plymouth

History with Politics University of Plymouth Degree level: Undergraduate

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Examine the politics of past, present and future as you explore these two connected and complimentary subjects. Deepen your understanding of current political issues by searching through the centuries to find the events that caused them, and shed a new light on historical intrigues by applying modern political science. Your knowledge of affairs old and new, analytical abilities and proven problem-solving skills ensure you to stand out to employers.

You will have the opportunity to travel and spend either a semester or an entire year exploring history with one of our partner institutions in the US or Europe. You will also have the opportunity to engage with politics alongside likeminded people through PIASOC, Plymouth University’s International Affairs Society. You’ll be able to gain workplace experience with local public history and heritage sites so you can kick-start your career as soon as you graduate.

  • Enhance your career options with a degree that helps you develop highly sought-after analytical and communication skills while you home in on your passion.

  • Expand your critical and creative writing skills, with the option to focus on modules that align with your interests.

  • Gain workplace experience with local public history and heritage sites so you can kick-start your career as soon as you graduate.

  • Plot your own course through the centuries as you take the lead in your research projects and choose areas of study from our flexible range of modules, creating a tailor-made degree.

  • Our international exchange programme gives you the opportunity to travel and spend either a semester or an entire year exploring history with one of our partner institutions in the US or Europe

  • Study both modern and historical literature, building your knowledge of different periods and cultures.

  • Explore history with your friends and course mates by joining the History Society, a lively and supportive community hosting educational and social events.

Course details

Modules

In your first year, you’ll get to know the key concepts of history, studying four modules designed to give you a firm foundation in historical methodology while helping you develop practical skills. You’ll study a broad range of perspectives exploring developments in world, US, European and British history. Alongside this, you'll engage with two politics modules exploring the main concepts and theories of British and European politics, asking questions like ‘what is politics?’ ‘what is power?’

During your second year, you’ll have the chance to choose from a range of modules as you develop your historical knowledge and skills. Experience visual, oral, material and archival research – undertaking interviews with living witnesses, examining visual sources and delving into original sources. Your political studies will see you grow your theoretical and practical knowledge of politics and political analysis. You can also take the opportunity to study in the USA for up to a year. Optional modules are available this year, but may be subject to change in subsequent years.

In your final year, you’ll continue to advance your skills working alongside our expert historians in their areas of specialism. With one-to-one support, you’ll benefit from your tutor’s experience and knowledge as you create a piece of independent research on a subject of your choice based on original research and primary resources. There’s lot of flexibility in study options in this final year, so cherry pick your perfect mix of politics and history modules. Optional modules are available this year, but may be subject to change in subsequent years.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment method

7% of assessment is by exam, 93% by coursework


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 code V1L2
Institution code P60
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

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 3

International applicants

The University of Plymouth has a dedicated International Student Advice (ISA) service who will support you from the day you accept an offer at the University, right through to graduation. They will offer help and advice so you can get the most out of your studies, and your time in the UK, visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-life/services/international-students/international-student-advice for more information. Once you have applied through UCAS, your conditional offer letters will also be sent to you by email, so be sure to enter your current email address on your application and to check this email regularly. You'll need your unconditional letter, and the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) that we'll send you, when applying for your student visa to the UK. A minimum £2,000 tuition fee deposit will be required before we'll send you the CAS. We're a licenced Tier 4 Sponsor under the Points Based System. To comply with our duties as a Tier 4 sponsor, we're required to check other aspects of your application in addition to your academic achievements, for example any previous studies, financial status and your immigration history in the UK. For course entry requirements (inc. English requirements) please refer to the specific page for the course you are interested in (www.plymouth.ac.uk/study). A recognised English language qualification (e.g. IELTS) would be required or successful completion of one of the University's pre-sessional English Language courses. Check our country pages to find out more about application from your specific home country www.plymouth.ac.uk/international/study/international-students-country-guides. International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages www.plymouth.ac.uk/study/fees If you have any questions please contact international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 104 - 112 points Including a minimum of 2 A Levels, including grade B in History, Art History, Ancient History, Classical Civilisation, Economics, Government & Politics or Law. General Studies accepted
A level 104-112 tariff points, including a minimum of 2 A Levels, including grade B in History, Art History, Ancient History, Classical Civilisation, Economics, Government & Politics or Law. General Studies accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Subject-specific unit requirements, please refer to Institution.
Access to HE Diploma Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (e.g. Preferably History, Humanities or Combined), with at least 33 credits at Merit and/or Distinction.
Scottish Higher In combination with Advanced Highers
AS Considered in combination
Extended Project Considered in combination
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 26 - 28 points Including Higher Level Grade 5 in History, Art History, Ancient History, Classical Civilisation, Economics, Government & Politics or Law, plus a second subject at Higher Level. English and Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H4, H4 - H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 Including H3 or above in History, Art History, Ancient History, Classical Civilisation, Economics, Government & Politics or Law, plus English and Mathematics.
English and Maths accepted within as GCSE equivalent
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D - D*D* Subject-specific unit requirements, please refer to Institution.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination
Scottish Advanced Higher 104-112 tariff points, including grade B in History, Art History, Ancient History, Classical Civilisation, Economics, Government & Politics or Law.
English and Maths accepted within as GCSE equivalent
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Considered in combination

GCSE Maths and English Grade C/4 or above required.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 With 5.5 in all elements.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,800 * Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

* Full and part time fees shown are per annum. * Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change. * For all information about tuition fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. * International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. * ‘Islands’ refers to fees for both the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

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