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BA Honours

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BA Honours



    Year of entry: 2017 | 2018 
  • Course Type:  Full time (3 years)
  • Tariff Points: 104
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Course Overview

Our students gain an awareness of continuity and change over extended time-spans and across different societies and cultures, recognise different approaches to history and have confidence and flexibility in evaluating them, question the scope of historical scholarship, and the ways in which the past has been presented and re-presented.

You will learn the professionally relevant skills of managing projects; collecting and collating information; sifting, selecting, organizing and synthesizing large quantities of data; evaluating and interpreting evidence; and team work. You will make informed choices ethical behaviour, social responsibility, issues of environment, access and cultural diversity as they apply to history.

Why study with us?

 In addition to lectures and seminars, teaching includes field visits, workshops, one-to-one supervision, role-play, student-led group work, and digital workshops. 

Active and ethically-minded learning is key, and our ‘hands-on’ approach has led to 100% satisfaction in the NSS (2016). 

Professional experience: students undertake a placement at Level 4 and one at Level 5, with the opportunity in History to take a third placement at Level 6.

Single Honours History Students gain both a breadth of knowledge of a wide range of periods and themes through an in-depth understanding of case studies covering British and World history.



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Ranked 1st in the UK

We are the number one UK university for overall student satisfaction with History (NSS 2017)


of our graduates are in work or further study, six months after graduation (DLHE 2016)


of our History students are satisfied with their course (NSS 2017)


Of our History students found the course intellectually stimulating. (NSS 2017)

Course Information

About this course >

The History programme enables you to engage with History as a discipline as well as enabling you to learn the transferable, professional skills of that discipline. You may concentrate upon a particular aspect of History, but also study a variety of periods and both national and world history. You can also pursue our own projects through the core Level 5 module Making History and core Level 6 Dissertation or Research Report. The programme provides professional relevance and by giving you the opportunity to be placed in organizations or with projects at each Level.

The History Scheme within which the Single Honours Programme fits is progressive: it is intended to introduce students to, then develop and facilitate them in the exercise of historical and transferable skills through three stages:

1.      to understand the nature of the discipline of history;

2.      to practise history;

3.      to handle with confidence some of the tools of historical enquiry.

Further Study

Recently, our History graduates have been offered places on postgraduate programmes at the University of East Anglia, University of Leeds, Newcastle University, and Leeds Trinity University. These programmes include postgraduate training in teaching, Masters and Diplomas in Museums Studies, Masters in the History and Philosophy of Science, Masters in Modern European History, Masters in MA Race & Resistance, and Masters by Research.

One of our graduates, having gone on to undertake a postgraduate course in Museums Studies at the University of Leicester, and then working in the heritage sector, is currently completing a Doctorate with us here at Leeds Trinity University.

Modules >

During the course of their study at Leeds Trinity, Single Honours History Students gain both a breadth of knowledge of periods and themes within History and an in-depth understanding of specific topics. The programme is progressive, and builds year-on-year:

Year 1

Students are guided to understand how evidence is used, and, by examining historical content, to construct a ‘map’ of the past. Students address a range of ethical issues, and have opportunities to explore those issues via active learning exercises, using digital sources and debate, as well as beginning to engage in Professional development in the Placement. During level 4, students develop understandings and skills of hypothesis formulation and providing explanation by examining the work of other historians and using that to construct their own arguments, and gain structured practical experience by understanding a source-based case study such as Victorian Leeds. They are also introduced to concepts such as causation, change and continuity through a module, for example, which might cover 2,000-years of British history. There is exploration of different types of history, e.g. environmental, cultural, social, 'race', both via geographical range and via History in depth: for example, Modern World History alongside the exploration of a very focused topic such as the French Revolution, which ricocheted around the world.

Year 2

Students utilize the insights and experience gained as they move to the practice of History and greater independence. In Level 5 the core modules, e.g. focused on the Witch Craze, Victorian Working Women, or The Body in Early Modern Britain, develop the critical approach to sources, the planning of research strategies, execution of research in testing hypotheses, and the writing up of findings. Students further reinforce their learning of how historical enquiry is undertaken by historians through a study of historiographical case studies like Imperialism, Early-Modern Women, or the Renaissance. Students also work with primary sources and use these, with tutor guidance, to undertake research. Both independent research and historiographical skills are reinforced through the core Making History, which forms a grounding in the skills required for the students’ Level 6 Dissertation/research Report. Students engage with the subject using digital skills and quantitative methods, as well as gaining a wider experience of the varieties of History, and continue to develop their Professional skills through the second Placement.

Year 3

Students address the objectives listed above at a more integrated and advanced level. The Special Subject enables students, through a sustained in-depth study on, e.g.  Evolution and Victorian Culture, or Representations of the Medieval, to practise and to be critical of their own work and the work of other historians. Students undertake a sustained piece of individual research in the form of the Dissertation or the History Research Report.

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • HIS4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • HIS4332 - Professional Development and Placement
  • HIS4702 - Patterns and Periodisation in History
  • HIS4712 - The Historian's Craft
  • HIS4772 - Turbulence and Transformation: A Study in Depth
  • HIS4792 - Introduction to Modern World History
  • HUM4992 - Ethics and Society

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • HIS5002 - Professional Development and Placement (Volunteering)
  • HIS5702 - Problems in History
  • HIS5712 - Research and Discovery
  • HIS5752 - Professional Development and Placement
  • HIS5762 - Making History: Research Skills and Independent Study
  • HIS5792 - Themes in Modern World History
  • HUM5012 - Philosophy and Technology
  • HUM5902 - Spanish Language and Culture
  • TRS5202 - Body: Bio-Ethics and Sexual Ethics

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • ENG6552 - The Continuing Middle Ages
  • ENG6772 - The Child and the Book
  • HIS6702 - Special Subject 1
  • HIS6712 - Special Subject II
  • HIS6732 - History Research Report
  • HIS6744 - History Dissertation
  • HUM6012 - Great Thinkers: Applying Political Ideas
  • HUM6022 - Science and Religion: Exploring the Conflict Thesis
  • HUM6252 - Professional Learning Through Work

Learning and Teaching >

Learning and Teaching

Year 1 – 14.2% of scheduled learning and teaching; 176 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 864 hours of independent teaching; 200 hours on placement

Year 2 – 11.9% of scheduled learning and teaching; 149 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 864 hours of independent teaching; 188 hours on placement

Year 3 – 12.8% of scheduled learning and teaching; 154 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,046 hours of independent teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.
Modules on this programme are delivered through a combination of workshops, including computer-based/online workshops, individual tutorials, lectures, and fieldwork. There are 4 key themes to the Leeds Trinity University History programme: academic research methods; heritage and the presentation of the past; history and the media; and international history.

The programme has a structured approach to developing your abilities in these 4 key themes.

In the first year we provide the tools and foundational knowledge required for historical research and analysis; academic writing, and various ways of presenting your research findings. Here, the work focuses on specific techniques and you are guided and supported through workshop activities that help you become competent and confident. There are lots of practical exercises and formative feedback all the way through.

In the second year the emphasis shifts to applying your techniques and skills to complex topics where you will have plenty of scope to explore and debate your ideas. Here, the workshops support you in the academic research needed to create and develop your ideas both as an individual and as part of a research team.

In the final year your skills will have been trained and tested and now it is time to trust them in your own independent research. There is plenty of scope to explore your own interests and to manage complex research projects that demonstrate the range and depth of your ability. Option modules allows you to expand your interests by connecting them with work in English literature, technology, and drama, or even by applying your skills within a range of professional contexts.

In addition, you will be required to complete at least two placements on your programme.

You will have the opportunity throughout the programme to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering related to your graduate prospects. Options available in public history support knowledge and skills relevant to specifically teaching/working in the heritage sector.

We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions, and of e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus.


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 - 100% coursework

Year 2 – 78.3% coursework; 21.7% written exams

Year 3 – 83.3% coursework; 16.7% written exams

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

Assessments tailored to this programme include individual and group presentations supporting the development of high-level communication skills tailored to a target audience; poster presentations; group role play designed to encourage the reflective development of historical empathy; reports; seen source analysis assignments designed to foster critical awareness of the strengths and limitations of primary evidence and data; and large-scale research projects that lead to Research Reports and Dissertations

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme. 

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class. 

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Entry Requirements >

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 104 UCAS tariff points.

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2018-19. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

Additional Costs

Our students undertake placements in primary and high schools, law firms, MPs' offices, media organisations, museums and archives, personnel and Human Resources, and as researchers in Universities. Recently, they have worked on projects such as offering advice about access to museums; producing information panels for the Canals and River Trust; an audio-visual display for Wakefield Cathedral; events management focused on themed weddings; undertaking recruitment and agency work, comparable to Victorian service agencies; supporting history classes at Outwood Academy, South Yorkshire; cataloguing and blogging for Abbey House Museum; web content management; and research for the Parliamentary constituency of NW Leeds.

SH History graduates go into careers across a wide range of fields, and end up in almost every walk of life, because they have the skills that employers want: research, data handling, project management, spoken and written communication and digital skills. Our History graduates are particularly well-prepared for career destinations such as management and business, primary- middle- and high-school education, the civil service and the legal professions. It is also common for our history graduates to go into post-graduate schemes.

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