BA Honours in History

General

Program Description

Course summary

History remains among the most fascinating and best-loved of the arts and social science disciplines, and this is an exceptional degree which makes the most of our unique West End location. The course is modern, with a focus on British and European history, but there are many opportunities to study American, imperial and global history as well. A distinctive element of the degree is its focus on the extraordinary history of London.

You’ll learn inside and outside the classroom, on stimulating modules in political, diplomatic, social, cultural and military history, many of which are unique to Westminster.

You’ll explore the streets of the capital, learn how to conduct your own research in London’s unique archives, and graduate as a well- trained and experienced historian, ready to launch yourself into the world of work – in careers such as the media, education, the Civil Service and the Law – or prepared for research or further study.

You will also gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study in this course.

Year 1

Subjects of study include:

  • Blood and Iron. The Making of the Modern World Part One: 1750-1914
  • Cities: Expansion, Culture and Conflict, 1850-1939
  • Conflict and Commemoration: War and Memory in Twentieth-century Europe
  • Swinging London: Revolution and Legacy
  • Rule Britannia. Researching Britain and the Empire 1750-1914
  • The Blitz: Image, Impact, Legacy 1940-1951

Credit Level 4

Year 2

Subjects of study include:

  • Civil War to Civil Rights: Race, Society and Politics in the USA 1850-1970
  • Democracy and Dictatorship. The Making of the Modern World Part Two: 1914-1990
  • Fenians to Free State: the Making of Modern Ireland 1868-1923
  • History Internship
  • Jack the Ripper: Myth, Reality, Culture and Popular History
  • New Liberals to New Labour: British Politics 1906-2010
  • Writing History: Approaches and Methods for History Dissertation
  • The Past in the Present: History in London's Museums
  • The Cinema as a Source for Historians

Credit Level 5

Year 3

Subjects of study include:

  • Divided Society: a Social History of Britain in the Twentieth Century
  • "Don't Mention the War!" Britain and Germany since 1945
  • History Dissertation
  • New World Order: International Organisations in an Age of Global Conflict and Change
  • Sex, Race and the Making of Modern Britain, 1800-1912
  • The End of History? Crisis and Conflict since the Cold War
  • The Troubles: Britain and Northern Ireland 1968-1998
  • Vichy: War, Occupation and the Holocaust in France 1940-1944
  • Transatlantic Feminisms: the Women's Movement in Twentieth-century Britain and Canada
  • Unruly Colossus: Churchill, Politician and Writer 1874-1965

Credit Level 6

Entry Requirements

UK

One of the following (or equivalent qualification):

  • A Levels – BBC
  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma / National Diploma – DMM / D*D*
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 33 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSEs – minimum grade 4 in Maths and English (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017)

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each element.

EU/International

  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each element.

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In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course,
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience,
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability,
  • market yourself effectively to employers,
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  • develop your interview and enterprise skills,
  • plan your career with our careers consultants,
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year.

Last updated July 2019

About the School

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