History and Social Policy BA (Full time) 2018 start
Course information for 2019 start
UCAS code: VL14
Start date: September 2018
3 years full time
Typical A-level offer: AAB
(specific subjects required)
UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component
Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes
History gives you the chance to explore all aspects of human activity across cultures and over time. Core modules will introduce you to historiography and working with primary sources, developing your skills and knowledge. Youll then choose from a wide range of optional modules to pursue topics that interest you, from the fall of Rome to the 20th century and the US to India. Youll also gain a wide range of transferable skills that are very attractive to employers.
From globalisation to crime, drug policy, disability studies and ethnicity, Social Policy allows you to explore how social, historical, cultural and political influences have shaped welfare and the welfare state. Youll combine core modules introducing you to key issues in contemporary welfare such as social division and welfare dependency with a wide range of optional modules, offering you the chance to focus on your own interests.Back to top
A joint honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each single honours course, but you’ll take fewer optional and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects. You’ll also undertake a major research project in either subject in your final year.
In your first year youll study core modules that introduce you to concepts such as historiography, and develop historical skills like working with primary sources. In the following year, youll choose from a wide range of optional modules, keeping a balance between earlier and later periods. You could study the Crusades, Imperial Germany or Mao Zedong and China since 1949. In your final year, youll focus on a specific theme or topic in your special subject and develop your research and critical skills.
Core modules in your first year will give you an understanding of the social, political, economic and cultural influences that have shaped the welfare state since the 1940s, as well as some of the key debates surrounding welfare today. In the following year, youll continue to study some of the major issues in social policy, as well as choosing from optional modules on topics such as urban disorders, crime and the law. In your final year youll also shape your studies to suit your interests through a wider range of optional modules.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
|Historiography and Historical Skills||20 credits|
|Primary Sources for the Historian: An Introduction to Documentary study||20 credits|
|Studying in a Digital Age (Arts)||5 credits|
|Identities, Inequalities and Policy in Contemporary Society||20 credits|
|Social Policy: Poor Laws to the Present||20 credits|
|Understanding and Researching the City||20 credits|
|Understanding and Researching Contemporary Society||20 credits|
|Key Debates in Social Policy||20 credits|
|Small Change and Big Changes: Money and Power in Europe, 284-1000||20 credits|
|The Crusades and Medieval Christendom||20 credits|
|Colonial Encounters: France and its Empire, 1830-1945||20 credits|
|Victorian England: Old England and Industrial Society 1837-1865||20 credits|
|Britain and the Atlantic World||20 credits|
|Imperial Germany 1871-1918||20 credits|
|Mughals, Merchants and Mercenaries: 'Company Raj' in India 1600-1857||20 credits|
|Life and Death in British India, 1690-1871||20 credits|
|Western Europe: From the Dictatorships to European Integration, 1930-1992||20 credits|
|American Business History||20 credits|
|Global Business History||20 credits|
|Crime, Law and Regulation||20 credits|
|Debates in Childhood and Youth||20 credits|
|Sociology of Work||20 credits|
|Racism, ethnicity, migration and decolonial studies||20 credits|
|Urban Disorders, Social Divisions and Social Control||20 credits|
|The Cultural History of Venice, 1509-1797||40 credits|
|The Soviet Sixties: Politics and Society in the USSR, 1953-1968||40 credits|
|The Troubles: The Northern Ireland Conflict, 1968-Present||40 credits|
|Pastors and Prelates: Bishops in England, France and Germany, 950-1100||20 credits|
|Stalin and Stalinism||40 credits|
|The Korean War||40 credits|
|The Breakdown of Liberal Democracy in Europe, 1890-1945||20 credits|
|Europe's Communist Dictatorships: Totalitarianism and its Consequences, 1945-2000||20 credits|
|In the Shadow of Franco: Terror and its Legacy in Spain, 1936-Present Day||20 credits|
|Postcolonialism and Critical Muslim Studies||20 credits|
|Disability Rights and the International Policy Context||20 credits|
|Education, Culture and Society||20 credits|
|Discipline and Punish||20 credits|
|Sociology of Consumerism||20 credits|
Broadening your academic horizons
At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
Our tutors are experts in their fields, and their teaching is informed by their own cutting-edge research.
We use a range of teaching methods to help you benefit from their expertise, including lectures, seminars, tutorials or occasionally workshops. However, independent study is also central to this degree, since it allows you to develop your skills in research and analysis. You will be able to apply your skills and knowledge in a Final Year Research Project on a topic of your own choice.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAB including A in History, excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.
GCSE: Mathematics grade 4/C or above.
Access to HE Diploma
Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. There are subject specific requirements for History modules. Please contact the Admissions Office for further information. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required. Grade 4/C in GCSE Mathematics is required.
We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
D3, M1, M1 including D3 in History
35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in History at Higher Level and 5 in Mathematics at Standard Level
Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)
H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in History.
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
AB in Advanced Highers including A in History and AABBB in Highers, or A in History in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers
The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.
European Baccalaureate: 80% including 85% in History.
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be ABB at A Level including A in History (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and grade A in the EPQ.
Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.
Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBB at A Level including History (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and pass Access to Leeds.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of History Undergraduate Admissions team.
English language requirementsIELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
How to apply
Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £17,500 (per year)
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250.
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2019, the fee for 2019/20 will be £9,250.
The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.
The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2019/20 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, youll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.Back to top
Studying for a Joint Honours degree allows you to gain an in-depth knowledge of two subjects and demonstrates that youre intellectually versatile. Your degree will equip you with a wide range of skills across different disciplines that employers actively seek.
Youll have good research skills, and youll be able to analyse complex information from multiple sources before drawing your own conclusions. Youll then be able to communicate and defend your views clearly, either verbally or in writing. In addition, youll have strong research and organisational skills and be confident working independently or in a team.
All of these qualities are very attractive to employers, and graduates have pursued careers reflecting the diversity of their degrees. Theyve gone on to be successful in education, the media, law, publishing, the civil service, business and finance and the charity sector to name a few. Many others have also pursued postgraduate study.
To find out more about graduate destinations in your subjects, please see the relevant Single Honours pages.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.Back to top
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.
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