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​History at Leeds Trinity is taught with imagination and passion by a team of enthusiastic and highly qualified lecturers. You will gain critical understanding of key historical issues and periods, and the ability to apply this knowledge creatively in the modern world.

The programme offers you outstanding opportunities to exercise your historical skills in a professional context through work placements in organisations which engage with history including, museums, libraries, schools and other educational settings. Transferable skills, such as datahandling and analysis, research skills, project management, report-writing and oral presentation, are embedded in this enjoyable programme, preparing you for your future career and making you highly employable.

Course Benefits

  • The opportunity to exercise your historical skills in a professional context through professional work placements.
  • You will be taught by enthusiastic and highly qualified lecturers, who actively pursue research.
  • The course explores a range of different topics, eras and theoretical approaches to history.
  • An excellent academic programme which enables a third of our students to go on to postgraduate study.

More reasons to choose Leeds Trinity University

Course Information

The course explores a range of different topics, eras and theoretical approaches to history ranging from the Romans to the 20th Century, from Britain to America and the wider world. It tackles issues such as conflict and change, gender, (dis)ability and ‘race’, as well as exploring the foundations of modern thought and the ways in which the past is presented and re-presented.

You will learn how to undertake independent research, analyse evidence, and present your findings with clarity and flair, and you’ll develop the confidence to work either by yourself or in a team.

Read our full course terms and conditions.

Year 1

In your first year, you will study the foundations of historical scholarship by:

• understanding change and continuity, impact, and periodization, and how to use them critically.

• studying historical evidence, including textual, visual, and material primary sources, and how to critique them.

• looking at the nature of historical debate, and how and why historians argue with each other.

• using different approaches to studying history such as micro- and macro-history, gender history, grassroots ‘history from below, the history of the body and sexuality, and science, technology and medicine.

Year 2

In your second year, your skills will be put to use in the study of particular themes, as you learn to become an independent historian in your own right. You will gain greater freedom to define your own particular topics of study, and you will engage in in-depth analysis of periods and events, using more advanced historical approaches and methods. You will learn how to analyse historical statistics and to present your findings in sophisticated visual formats.

Year 3

In your final year you will undertake independent study, drawing upon your knowledge and skills acquired in the previous two years. You will work with a dissertation supervisor on an extended piece of research of your own choosing. You will engage in cutting-edge historical analysis, working alongside your lecturers as they explain the latest developments in their research specialisms. There are also a range of options, covering such areas as the history of political thought; the development of the complex interrelationship between science and religion; the nature of the modern media; 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
  • 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
  • HIS5832 - Figuring the Past
  • HUM5012 - Philosophy and Technology
  • HUM5902 - Spanish: Language and Culture

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

  • HIS6702 - Special Subject 1
  • HIS6712 - Special Subject II
  • HIS6732 - History Research Report
  • HIS6744 - History Dissertation
  • HIS6792 - History and Media: Reporting Crisis
  • HIS6822 - Presenting the Past
  • HUM6012 - Great Thinkers: Applying Political Ideas
  • HUM6022 - Science and Religion: Exploring the Conflict Thesis
  • HUM6252 - Professional Learning Through Work

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.
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 admissions​​​.

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.

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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

History students have gone on placement to organisations such as: Leeds City Museum, Armley Mills, Abbey House Museum, the Thackray Medical Museum, Horsforth Museum, Wakefield Cathedral and Eureka.

More about placements

Graduate destinations include journalism, primary and secondary teaching (after further study), museums, libraries and art galleries and the opportunity to go on to postgraduate study and doctoral programmes.
Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as PGCE courseswhich we provide here at Leeds Trinity. 

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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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)

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