History with Sociology BA (Hons)

History with Sociology students using primary sources
UCAS Code
V100
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2019

Overview

If you’re fascinated by history, and how it relates to society, there’s no better place to study it than Portsmouth, a city teeming with the influences of the past.

On this BA (Hons) History with Sociology degree, you’ll pick the periods of time that interest you most, both in British and global history, and develop your skills in research and analysis. You’ll explore pressing contemporary social issues and get an understanding of specialist areas of sociological study such as food, happiness, violence, sport, social class, gender and race.

After the course, you'll have sought-after qualities you can transfer to the workplace in roles that involve analysis, research, communication and teamwork.

What you'll experience

On this degree course you’ll:

  • Tailor your studies to your interests and the periods of history and sociology that interest you most
  • Have access to primary and secondary historical sources through local organisations and archive subscriptions
  • Learn from staff who are members of the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR), the UK's largest research centre of its kind
  • Enhance your studies by taking advantage of our close links with the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Records Service and the D-Day Museum
  • Explore current debates about the past and how it's interpreted, with expert scholars in the field
  • Study in a city that has played a major role in the history of Britain
  • Develop a critical understanding of the world we live in
  • Get an in-depth understanding of our society and how we interact with it
  • Learn how our lives intersect with wider social structures

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.

This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Careers and opportunities

Employers from every area of industry value today’s history and sociology graduates. When you complete the course, you'll have the ability to analyse and manage large amounts of information, communicate effectively, research in groups or independently, and write in a concise and informative way.

Previous graduates have gone on to pursue role in areas such as:

  • journalism
  • law
  • teaching
  • administration
  • the heritage sector
  • postgraduate study
  • publishing
  • research for media production companies
  • health and social care

Roles they've taken on include:

  • archivist
  • recruitment consultant
  • museum curator
  • public relations officer
  • information analyst

You could also continue your studies at Master's or PhD level.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

Entry requirements​

To do this degree, you need to apply for the BA (Hons) History course. This is because it's a 'pathway' degree.

You’ll study History in depth and add Sociology as a complementary subject in years 2 and 3. You’ll graduate with a BA (Hons) History with Sociology degree when you finish the course.

These are the entry requirements for the BA (Hons) History course.

Entry requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,900 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

You’ll need to cover additional costs, such as travel costs, if you take an optional placement or placement abroad.

These costs will vary depending on the location and duration of the placement, and can range from £50 to £1000.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • Historical Methods
  • Problems and Perspectives
  • Society and Culture in 20th Century Europe
  • The Early Modern World
  • History at University
  • History Beyond University

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Introduction to Historical Research
  • Masses and Modernity, 1750-1914

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • The Way to the Stars
  • Being British
  • Ruins, Revolutions and Reunification Post-War Germany
  • Europe's Maritime Empires
  • Rim, Sodomy and Lash
  • WW1 Social and Gender History
  • In Darkest England: Culture, Conflict and City
  • Crime, Sin and Punishment
  • Learning from Experience (LiFE)
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Public History Placement
  • Race, Ethnicity and Society
  • Transnational Elites
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Nationalism and Migration

Core units in this year include:

  • Dissertation
  • History Special Subject

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Transformations of Modern Society
  • Sociology of Culture
  • Race, Ethnicity and Power
  • Equality of Liberation?

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • workshops

There's a practical focus on this course. You'll take part in group debates and discussions and get hands-on experience with different research and interview techniques.

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

There’s no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written essays and tests
  • group and individual projects
  • seminar participation
  • examinations
  • a 10,000-word dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Apply

You need to choose BA (Hons) History when you apply for this course, because this is a ‘pathway’ course. This is where you study History in depth and add Sociology as a complementary subject in years 2 and 3. You’ll then graduate with a BA (Hons) History with Sociology degree when you complete the course. 

If you change your mind after you apply, you can still choose not to study Sociology in years 2 and 3. You’ll then graduate with a BA (Hons) History degree when you complete the course. 
How to apply

Want to start this course in 2019?

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – V100
  • our institution code – P80

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

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