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History
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

History

Overview

Understand our long-term future by revisiting our recent past. Explore modern history with leading modern historians.

Expand your knowledge of social, cultural and political development in Britain, Europe and the wider world from 1700 onwards.

Analyse documents including film, official records, personal narratives and letters in the context of global events.

Work directly with communities in Leeds and help uncover the city?s rich history.

Graduate with a recognised degree and employable skills in research, writing and critical analysis.

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: 38% of our research was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent in the Communication, Culture and Media Studies, Library and Information Management unit.
We celebrate students and staff with a true passion for the Arts and Humanities.

Through inspired teaching and intellectual debate, plus day to day interaction with award-winning authors and playwrights, a rolling programme of media industry professionals, published lecturers and world-renowned researchers, we will nurture your passion by developing your creative and critical thinking.

Then we will open your mind to the wide range of opportunities to pursue a career you love, be it anything from writing and teaching, through journalism and copywriting, business and marketing, to research and publishing.

Leeds is the Northern heart of culture and the arts. Your campus sits in the very centre of the city,surrounded by over 18 museums, 10 art galleries, 17 theatres, 4 film production companies and 3 recording studios (plus the odd bar, restaurant and club!). We work directly with Leeds museums and galleries and many regional events, including the Ilkley Literature Festival and the Leeds West Indian Carnival.

Our research and teaching explore a diversity of topics, from South Africa under Apartheid to the cultural impact of the LGBTQ community and from on-line racism in football to 21st century genres. We?re also very hands-on: from regular conferences, seminars and events organised by our Centre for Culture and the Arts, to collaborations with institutes and cultural organisations.

Take a look at the opportunities we provide to study abroad.
95%
Student Satisfaction
Student Satisfaction*
*National Student Survey 2017

Course Features

  • Part-time study available
  • Study abroad option
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
  • 100% of students thought staff were good at explaining things (National Student Survey 2017).
  • 98.2% of graduates from the course are in work or further study six months after graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2015-6).
  • 97.5% of students were able to contact staff when they needed to (National Student Survey 2017).

Entry Requirements

112
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 112 points required. (Minimum Grades BB in two A Levels, or equivalent, excluding General Studies, must include History).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent.Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
International Baccalaureate: 25 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:112 points required. (Minimum Grades BB in two A Levels, or equivalent, excluding General Studies, must include History).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent.Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
International Baccalaureate: 25 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Holly Gilpin

Careers

Holly Gilpin
Visitor Assistant Leeds Art Gallery

BA (Hons) History

“History was always my favourite subject at school and my course focused on social and cultural history which is my passion. By studying major events in world history, from the French Revolution to the Cold War, I'm now able to bring my interpretations of exhibitions and artworks to life and keep my visitors thoroughly engaged.

Modules & learning

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You'll explore the major developments which have shaped the modern European world - the rise of Protestantism, the beginnings of a rational and scientific world view, the Industrial Revolution, European colonial expansion, and the advent of total war.

An introduction to the dynamics of Europe's relationships with the rest of the world over the last 500 years, examining the trading links, the colonies that Europeans established, and the vast empires that Europeans built across the globe.

An opportunity to study the role of the public historian and others in creating and using historical knowledge in non-academic environments, such as heritage sites and on television.

You will examine the social, cultural and political experience of Europeans during a century of tumultuous change. It begins with the First World War and ends with the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the end of Cold War politics.

A look at the enormous social and cultural changes of the nineteenth century, during which Britain became widely known as 'the first industrial nation'.

You will examine the histories of relocation, cultural encounter, and migration that have shaped the modern world from voyages of exploration to twentieth-century political conflict.

Totalitarianism: State Ideology & Mass Politics in the 20th

Historians approach the study of the past through a variety of empirical and theoretical approaches. We will help you discover which type of historian you are, and help you write a dissertation proposal for your final year of study.

The Atlantic World was marked by a series of revolutionary transformations between the 1770s and 1848 - you'll explore how themes such as democracy, gender, race and violence ran across different revolutions.

The shaping of the modern British landscape, especially that of Lancashire and West Yorkshire. It raises questions about how people perceive, use, transform, manage and conserve their environments.

We will consider the social and cultural history of Britain during the era of total war. Its aim is to extend your knowledge of key events, movements and themes in twentieth-century British history.

Slavery & Unfree Labour in the British Empire

This module will involve you working one-to-one with an expert supervisor on a 10,000 word project of your own.

Britons Abroad: Histories of Overseas Travel & Holidaying

Sea & Society Since 1750

Britishness: Nation & Identity Since 1707-1999

Communist Eastern Europe 1945-1990

Conmen & Cutpurses: Criminal Lives in the Old Bailey

Streetlife: Urban Culture & Society Since 1850

Restaurants, Roundabouts & Revolutions: Paris in the 19th Century

The Four Seasons of Modern Italy

Dr Shane Ewen
Dr Shane Ewen
Reader
Shane is an urban historian specialising in British social and political topics. He is the honorary conference organiser for the annual Urban History Group and the British representative on the European Association of Urban Historians. He is also on the editorial board for the journals Urban History and the International Journal of Urban and Regional Studies.
We offer one of the best teaching teams in the business and our connections with international networks helps secure guest lectures from some of the world's leading historians.
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BA (Hons) History - Nicole Richer, Student

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.

Learning spaces

  • Online resources and collections
    Online resources and collections

    Whether you want to analyse accounts of 17th-century criminal proceedings from the Old Bailey, sift through more than 355,000 works of English and American poetry, prose and drama or explore the world's largest archive of 20th-century popular culture, our Library's online resources provide easy access to a range of diverse collections.

  • Broadcasting Place
    Broadcasting Place

    Officially one of the world’s best tall buildings and a big talking point in Leeds, Broadcasting Place is home to our cultural studies and humanities courses. It offers a space for students to join an academic community that plays an active role in shaping contemporary debates about the future direction of those disciplines.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

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Broadcasting Place, City Campus

Broadcasting place is officially one of the world's best tall buildings (voted the world's 'Best Tall Building' in 2010 by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) and is a big talking point in Leeds. Home to our arts, design, architecture and built environment courses, it provides students with creative and contemporary learning environments, is packed with the latest technology and is a focal point for new and innovative thinking in the city.

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