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University of Winchester

Modern History (with Foundation Year)

UCAS Code: V14X

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

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

48

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time including foundation year | 2019

Subject

Modern history

- Develop your study skills with a Foundation Year prior to embarking on the degree programme

- Focus in-depth on some of the monumental historical events of the past two centuries, such as the world wars and the rise of Soviet Communism

- Secure work placements at leading historic and cultural venues such as the Mary Rose and British Museum

- Join a student-led history society on trips to sites of historical interest and talks by major historians

- Learn from expert tutors and their cutting-edge research

- Study in a beautiful city steeped in history

The past two centuries have seen enormous advances in technology and economic globalisation, but they have also witnessed catastrophic world wars, the Holocaust and the rise of Soviet Communism. Modern History at Winchester allows you to study how such relatively recent events have formed the modern world we inhabit.

Our committed team of historians are passionate about their subjects, which cover a broad range of cultures, wars and traditions from around the globe. Studying alongside them, you gain a solid grounding in the academic disciplines of historical analysis, as well as an understanding of the great sweep of global history and its influence on today’s world.

You can choose to focus your studies on Britain, but you can also explore a variety of historical periods, events and cultures, including Asia, Europe and the Americas through a broad range of optional modules.

The foundation year (first year of study) gives you the chance to commence your studies at the University of Winchester if you do not meet the existing entry requirements or if you feel you would benefit from the opportunity to develop your study skills prior to embarking on the degree programme. The foundation year will equip you with the academic, professional and personal skills for successful study in higher education. Modules will cover broad academic topics as well as an introduction to your chosen subject. You will have the opportunity to study alongside students undertaking a range of degree programmes.

In Year 1 (second year of study), you take core modules that explore the nature of history as a discipline. You look at the changing assumptions, methods and definitions of history and explore the current concerns of historians.

In Year 2 (third year of study), core modules in Reading History and Practising History deepen your understanding of the discipline. You also select from a range of optional modules that focus on the modern world, concentrating either on using original documents, or exploring continuity and change over long periods. Options may include The British Raj, Revolutionary Russia, Nazism and the Holocaust, and The History of Rock and Roll.

In Year 3 (fourth year of study), you will produce your dissertation and take core modules in Writing History and History and the Public Sphere. Optional modules take the form of Depth Studies and Comparative Studies. An understanding of methodology is developed by Depth Studies, which establish a comprehensive knowledge of a particular period by evaluating the use of primary and secondary sources and any issues associated with them as evidence. While an area of historical concern across more than one country and culture is examined by Comparative Studies.

Depth Studies options may include The United States and the Cold War 1945-63, and Japan at War and Under Occupation 1937-52. Possible Comparative Studies options are Minorities in the Past and Mediterranean Fascism: Conflict and Dictatorship in Spain and Italy 1914-1947.

By studying Modern History you develop transferable skills in written and oral communication, both as part of a group and individually, and critical analysis of evidence and large bodies of material.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Winchester

Department:

Department of History

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

85%
med
Modern history

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

Teaching and learning

96%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

84%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
53%
Male students
47%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

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.

£19,500
med
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
89%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
9%
Other elementary services occupations
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.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Modern history

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

£16k

£16k

£19k

£19k

£20k

£20k

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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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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