BA History and Social Policy (3 year)

Course Overview

History offers study in the history of political thought, welfare and conflict, maritime and imperial history, gender and sexuality, religious history, science and medicine, and travel and migration. Social Policy is relevant to all of us because it deals with the everyday aspects of our lives.

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

  • Studying history and social policy at Swansea University could enable you to contribute to changing or influencing how societies recognise and address people’s social needs.
  • Students can study European, British, Welsh and US History and periods from medieval to modern history.
  • Students can take a study trip or field project module. 
  • In the final year students take a ‘special subject’ module focusing on a topic, culminating in a dissertation.
  • Our students have an academic mentor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.
  • The History student society organises social and cultural events and has won many awards for best event or best society.  Follow us on Twitter: @SUHistSoc.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
ASP100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Sociology of Social Policy
ASP106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Politics of Social Policy
ASP111Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The History of Social Policy
HIH122Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Making History
Optional Modules
History Compulsory 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : All Students must take the following

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH124Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Modern British History
AND
History Options 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one 20 credit module from below, OR a pair of Language for all Modules from the next box (2 x 10 credits).

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-112Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20American Politics and Society
HIH118Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Early Modern World, 1500-1800
HUA102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20War and Warfare in the Modern World
OR

Description

Students study three modules in History and three modules in Social Policy throughout the degree programme.

Entry Requirements

Our standard entry requirement is BBB (UCAS tariff points 120) or equivalent including a B in History. All offers are made following a review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement.  We also accept a range of advanced level qualifications including: International Baccalaureate 32; Welsh Baccalaureate - grade equivalent to A-level; Access to Higher Education and Open University qualifications, and Extended Project.

International students, please visit: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements For applicants whose first language is not English, we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0.

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,700

Important Information for 2018/19: The Welsh Government has recently issued a statement (July 2017) outlining intentions to increase the maximum tuition fee in 2018/19 for full-time undergraduate degree programmes in line with inflation. This may mean the maximum tuition fee for 2018/19 could be set to increase from £9,000 to £9,295 per annum. If the Welsh Government passes this update to The Higher Education (Amounts) (Wales) Regulations 2015 later in the year, the University will apply to the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) to increase its maximum fee level to £9,295 subject to satisfactory approval of a variation to the 2018/19 Fee & Access plan. If approved by HEFCW, the University will immediately write to all students affected notifying them of this fee increase as soon as is practically possible.

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

Reading material and living costs.

There are additional costs for study abroad. Find out more here.

Student Quotes

 “I chose Swansea University because it is a campus based university where there are lots of student sports clubs and societies, it is easy to get around and meet people, and the social life on campus is great. The location of the University could not be better; the proximity of the campus to the beach, the vibrant city centre and the surrounding parkland is fantastic. I chose History at Swansea as the course offers a great variation of topics and the modules are really interesting. They stretch from the ancient empires of China and India, to the Second World War. The expertise of the lecturers is second to none. I had a great time, met lots of people and enjoyed student life at Swansea. I now work in Events Management.”

Alistair Kirk 


Social Policy student, Georgina Eadon case study

Research

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

Social policy teaching staff are research active and have particular expertise in population ageing and its policy implications.

You can read more about research in ageing at the Centre for Innovative Ageing pages here.

 

Employability and Careers

93.6 per cent* of History Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University are in work and/or further study six months after graduation.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in History will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, recruitment, marketing, management, and heritage, working for companies such as:

  • Mercedes Benz
  • English Heritage
  • St Fagans National History Museum

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA Modern History
  • MA History
  • MA Early Modern History
  • MA Communication, Media Practice and PR

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of History. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

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