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University of Sheffield

History and Philosophy

UCAS Code: VV15

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

including History or Classical Civilisation

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15,P:0

60 credits overall in a relevant subject including Merits in History units

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

B

plus AA including History or Classical Civilisation

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate – Principal subjects

D3,D3,M2

including History

Extended Project Qualification

B

plus ABB including History

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

including 6 in Higher Level History

Irish Leaving Certificate - Higher Level

H1,H1,H1,H2

including H2 in History

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

DD

in a relevant subject plus grade A in A Level History

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DDD

in a relevant subject. An additional History qualification may be required.

Scottish Advanced Higher

B

in History, plus grades AAABB in Scottish Highers

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,B,B

plus grade B in History at Scottish Advanced Highers

UCAS Tariff

48-153

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subjects

History

Philosophy

History at Sheffield has all the academic rigour you’d expect from a Russell Group university – the department is ranked third in the UK for research in this discipline (Research Excellence Framework 2014) and you will be involved in research projects right from the start. But what makes our history degrees really stand out is our passion for bringing history to life.

Our history department, and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities in general, are innovators in the field of public engagement, particularly the use of digital technology to give people access to historical records, texts and research. Our students are closely involved with this work, which is great preparation for a career as an archivist, broadcaster, writer or museum curator.

You will spend roughly half your time in the Department of Philosophy, where you have the freedom to design your own curriculum. There are no compulsory modules. But the department covers an unusually wide range of topics, including courses on major figures such as Aristotle, Descartes and Hegel.

When you’re not in seminars, you’ll be able to work on projects such as our New Histories blog and WikiAmerica. There are opportunities to take part in volunteering projects with a history focus. You could go on work placement with a heritage or culture organisation. This emphasis on communicating ideas is why you will find Sheffield history graduates working for organisations such as the Imperial War Museum, the National Archives, BBC Online and the Guardian.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,800
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Bursaries – max available £2,000 The University of Sheffield Bursary is available to all home students who have a household income of £40,000 or less. We use the details you submit to Student Finance and UCAS to assess your entitlement for a bursary. You don’t need to apply; if you’re eligible you’ll receive an award for each year of your course. £0-£25,000 - £1,500 £25,001-£30,000 - £1,000 £30,001-£40,000 - £500.

As well as the above you may be eligible for an additional £500 per year depending on your household income, postcode and grades.

Check our Student Funding Calculator to see what you could get. Further information: www.sheffield.ac.uk/funding

Enhanced Bursaries – max available £4,500 If you are a care leaver, care for an ill or disabled family member or are estranged from your parents or guardian you may be eligible for an enhanced bursary of £4,500 per year.

Scholarships - The University of Sheffield offers a number of scholarships to help you fund your studies and enhance your learning experience. Use our Student Funding Calculator to check which scholarships you could be eligible for. Further information: www.sheffield.ac.uk/funding

Funding for EU students - The UK government has confirmed that EU students who start their course in September 2018 will continue to have access to student loans, even if the course concludes after the UK’s exit from the EU

The Uni


Course location:

University of Sheffield

Department:

History

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

History

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
51%
Male students
49%
Female students
96%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate
406

Philosophy

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
51%
Male students
49%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
B
407

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

History

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

98%
high
Employed or in further education
90%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
12%
Public services and other associate professionals
9%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

History is a very popular subject (although numbers have fallen of late) — in 2015, over 10,000 UK students graduated in a history-related course. Obviously, there aren't 11,000 jobs as historians available every year, but history is a good, flexible degree that allows graduates to go into a wide range of different jobs, and consequently history graduates have an unemployment rate comparable to the national graduate average. Many — probably most — jobs for graduates don't ask for a particular degree to go into them and history graduates are well set to take advantage. That's why so many go into jobs in the finance industry, human resources, marketing, PR and events management, as well as the more obvious roles in education, welfare and the arts. Around one in five history graduates went into further study last year. History and teaching were the most popular further study subjects for history graduates, but law, journalism, and politics were also popular postgraduate courses.

Philosophy

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,950
high
Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
82%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

11%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
8%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Although there aren't a lot of jobs around for professional philosophers, philosophy degrees are a relatively popular option, with more than 2,000 students graduating in a philosophy-related subject in 2015 - a little down on previous years, but still healthy. Nearly a quarter of philosophy graduates take a postgraduate qualification, and it's a relatively common subject at both Masters and doctorate level — so if you think academic life might be for you, think ahead about how you might fund further study. For those who go into work, philosophy grads tend to go into teaching, accountancy, consulting, journalism, PR, housing, marketing, human resources and the arts while a few go into the computer industry every year, where their logical training is highly rated.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

Historical, philosophical and religious studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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Post-six month graduation stats:

This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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Graduate field commentary:

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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