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What can the history of the British Empire teach us about Brexit? How does the media impact on elections? How has Parliament changed over time?

Explore contemporary political phenomena in relation to historical events with our History and Politics degree.

Course Benefits

Make connections between the past and the present. You’ll explore what historical political events can teach us about today’s ever-changing political landscape.

Learn from the experts. Our lecturers are active researchers who are well-published in their specialist subjects.

Gain professional experience by completing two work placements as part of your degree.

You’re a name, not a number. You’ll learn in small groups and access plenty of individualised support through one-to-one tutorials.

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Course Information

Learning through a blend of theory and practice, you’ll study core strands in contemporary world history, global politics, history and media, and political theory. You’ll examine political processes and the philosophical justifications of political systems, while looking at the challenges modern politics faces.

You’ll gain an awareness of continuity and change over extended time-spans and across different societies and cultures. We’ll teach you how to recognise different approaches to history and politics and question the scope of scholarship, as well as showing you how the past and present have been presented and re-presented.

Throughout the course, we’ll give you the opportunity to develop a wide range of professionally relevant skills that will prepare you for employment. You’ll learn how to manage projects, collect and collate information, and evaluate and interpret evidence. We’ll also teach you how to select, organise and produce large quantities of data, while giving you plenty of opportunities to work in teams.

You’ll put your learning into practice with the professional work placements included in your degree, developing your specialist expertise and understanding of professional policy and practice. By the time you graduate, you’ll have had the chance to develop a range of skills that will enable you to make informed choices about ethical behaviour, social responsibility, environmental issues, access and cultural diversity, in relation to history and politics.

Year 1

Your first year will provide you with a solid foundation of skills and knowledge in the disciplines of politics and history.

History modules will provide you with the skills to conduct your own historical research and inquiry, using documents, images, and digital records, also considering the ways in which historians interpret key events and debate their causes and their subsequent influences.

The Politics modules compare the development of diverse national political systems and also analyse the growth and development of modern political structures and concepts through study of classical political theories.

At the end of Year 1, you will participate in a placement in which you apply the skills you’ve gained in a professional context, providing you with valuable work experience.

Throughout these modules you will receive continual feedback, helping you to develop your thinking and approach. You will have a solid foundation in philosophy and history, with a strong skillset, prepared to pursue your own interests.

Year 2

In your second year you will begin to develop your own interests and specialisms.

Politics modules provide opportunities to explore the rise (and decline) of party politics and the rise of modern political, and politicised, media and its impact on the nature of political process. Option modules investigate international institutions and the challenges they face from global pandemics, natural disasters, terrorism, and climate change.

In the second year History modules, you will have the opportunity to study themes and topics in greater detail, as you learn to become an independent historian in your own right. You will be encouraged to define your own particular topics of study, exploring modern and contemporary history from Western and non-Western perspectives, and you will engage in in-depth analysis, using more advanced historical approaches and methods. You continue to develop your employability skills with workshops and a placement, giving you a taste of various careers.

Year 3

In your final year, you will have greater scope to define your topics and choose your approaches, as an intendent learner, engaging with cutting edge contemporary problems and debates. You will work individually with a lecturer to plan, research and write a dissertation. Further modules cover such areas as: state security; the role of the media in reporting international crises; environmental history; the development of modern international relations, and debates about contemporary freedom of speech.

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

  • HIS4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • HIS4332 - Professional Development and Placement
  • HIS4772 - Turbulence and Transformation: A Study in Depth
  • HIS4792 - Introduction to Modern World History
  • HUM4992 - Ethics and Society
  • PTC4002 - British Politics in Comparative Perspective
  • PTC4052 - Classical Political Theory

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
  • HIS5792 - Themes in Modern World History
  • MFC5022 - Media, Power and Culture
  • PTC5002 - British Party Politics

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

  • HIS6744 - History Dissertation
  • HIS6792 - History and Media: Reporting Crisis
  • HUM6252 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • PTC6022 - Democracy and Democratization
  • PTC6062 - Politics in Literature and Film
  • PTC6072 - Counter-Terrorism and the State
  • PTC6082 - Freedom of Speech

Learning and Teaching

Year 1 – 15.2% of scheduled learning and teaching; 189 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 851 hours of independent teaching; 200 hours on placement

Year 2 – 13.3% of scheduled learning and teaching; 167 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 899 hours of independent teaching; 188 hours on placement

Year 3 - 11% of scheduled learning and teaching; 132 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,068 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



Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 – 92.5% coursework; 7.5% practical exams

Year 2 – 75.8% coursework; 11.7% written exams; 12.5% practical exams

Year 3 – 87.5% coursework; 12.5% practical 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.

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

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language​.​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email​​.

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

​​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015.

  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  

  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 

  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

Rosemary Mitchell

​​​​I'm a Level 4 tutor. I'll get to know you from the very beginning of your induction week. I also often teach Patterns and Periodisation in the first year. 

I'm particularly interested in public history - that's the way history is presented to non-academic audiences - so I often teach on modules which cover the heritage industry, historical films and novels, and the history textbook.

Academic staff profiles

OuBA (Hons) History course is uniquely designed to develop your historical and transferable skills progressively, while allowing you to study a range of exciting and interesting topics like turning points in British history, American Civil Rights, and early modern witchcraft. 

Teaching, learning, and assessment methods are also innovative with student presentations, poster displays, role-play, workshops, and fieldwork all playing a role - not just lectures and exams!

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Shannon was clearly confident in using the phone and the computer including email and all administrative tasks. She worked very fast which was useful meaning I could plan multiple tasks for her during the week.

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Professional Work Placements

We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You’ll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months’ professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out.

Our students typically complete placements in primary and secondary schools, law firms, MPs’ offices, media organisations, museums and archives and human resources, as well as working as researchers in universities.

More about placements

Our graduates have careers in a wide range of professions and fields, including teaching (after further study), journalism, local government, the civil service, legal services, social research, marketing, human resources and PR. Our graduates are particularly well-prepared for careers in management and business.

​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.

Our Campus

We can't help but brag – our campus has everything you need for an amazing student life. There is food, drink and entertainment for you and your friends to enjoy, day and night. You'll have access to our £2.2 million sports and fitness centre and find peace and quiet in the Chapel. 
Sleep through your alarm? You can wake up in one of our seven halls of residence, grab your breakfast and head to a lecture all within 15 minutes.  

Our Students’ Union (LTSU) is run by students, for the students so you'll be sure to get the most out of your university life with a range of social activities, clubs and societies whether on campus or in Leeds.

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