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 2020

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

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.

What can you do with a History degree?

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

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

What jobs can you do with a History degree?

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.

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) History with Sociology degree

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

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

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • Culture & Conflict in Europe, 1450-2000
  • Debating the Past: Historical Perspectives
  • Fragments of the Past: Understanding Sources and Bias
  • Going Global: Encounters & Exchanges, 1450-2000
  • History: Academic Enrichment Programme
  • Thinking Like An Historian

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • History: Academic Enrichment Programme
  • Introduction to Historical Research
  • Masses and Modernity, 1750-1914

Optional modules on this year include:

  • British Political Leadership
  • Danger! Censorship, Power and the People
  • Family, Career and Generation 
  • Fear and Fun: Popular Culture and Elite Anxieties
  • From Revolution to Dictatorship - Russia & the Soviet Union 1917-1941
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Ideology and Politics
  • Imagined Communities: Ethnicity and National Identity
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Learning from Experience
  • Modern Foreign Language
  • Race and Racism 
  • Russian & Eurasian Politics
  • Slavery and Antislavery in the Atlantic World
  • Social Power, Elites and Dissent 
  • Study Abroad 
  • The Extraordinary and the Everyday: People, Places and Possessions
  • Underworlds: Crime, Deviance & Punishment in Britain, 1500-1900

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

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

Core modules on this year include:

  • Dissertation / Major Project (History)
  • History: Academic Enrichment Programme

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Autocracy and Democracy
  • Challenging Global Inequality
  • Equality or Liberation? Theorising Social Justice
  • Learning from Experience
  • Looking for Utopia, Finding Dystopia? Ideas and Ideologies in the New Millennium
  • Nationalism and Migration: Chaos, Crisis and the Everyday
  • NGOs and Social Movements
  • Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
  • Security Challenges in the Twenty-First Century
  • Special Subject: Group Project 1
  • Special Subject: Group Project 2
  • Special Subject: Individual Research 1
  • Special Subject: Individual Research 2
  • Violence, War and Society

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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

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.

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 disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Support with English

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free English for Academic Purposes programme to improve your English further.

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 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

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 usually 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.

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.

BA (Hons) History degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include History or another relevant subject.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2020 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £14,300 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 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

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.

For optional placements or placements abroad, you may need to pay additional costs, such as travel costs. These costs will vary depending on the location and duration of the placement. They'll range from £50 to £1000.

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

To start this course in 2020, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

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

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

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 or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also 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. 

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