BA (Hons) Education Studies and History

Education Studies and History at Winchester sees students gain an understanding of the past from the classical to the modern period in Britain, eastern and western Europe, the Americas and Japan exploring different cultures, wars and traditions. Students also engage with themes, concepts, issues and practices through a deep engagement with educational theories and philosophies ranging from Antiquity to the present.

BA (Hons) Education Studies and History at University of Winchester

UCAS code: VX13

Entry Requirements* 

Typical offer: 

2018 Entry: 96-112 points 

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

An A level A*-C pass is required in one of the following: History, Archaeology, Classical Civilisation, History of Art, Economics, Politics, or English

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

Degree duration: 

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. For international students, the first year fee is £12,950. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students and £38,850 for International students. Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

2018 Entry Full-time £9,250 p/a.

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years)

UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,938

International Students

2018 Entry Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.

**International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.


Additional costs: 


  • Core texts: Books and other reading materials are very important to the Education Studies programme. In the students second year of study, students will be required to purchase core texts for two mandatory modules.  These books can be purchased at a considerably reduced rate second hand. Cost £100 in total maximum.
  • Core texts: In the students' first and second year of study, students will be required to have access to core texts for History mandatory modules. Whilst these are usually in the library, some (particularly older ones which are the 'classic' texts on a given subject) are not necessarily available as an ebook. If they are in the library they will be on shorter loans, but even reference-only copies cannot be provided in enough quantities to guarantee availability for every student. Cost £40.
  • Printing: Students will need to pay for post printing on some modules. Cost £10 per module.
  • Printing: Students will be required to cover the cost of printing hard copies of assignments for submission. Cost £65 per year.
  • Printing: In the final year of study, students will be required to print and bind two copies of their dissertation. The exact cost of printing and binding will depend on the content of the individual dissertation. Cost £20.


  • Core texts: Some History modules require students to have access to books with an approximate cost of £100 if bought new over the course of a year (but texts can often be purchased at considerably reduced rates second hand). Cost £15 per text.
  • Core texts: In student's second and third year of study, some Education Studies optional modules may require students to purchase one 'set' text per year. Cost £15 per text.
  • Trips: There will be optional visits to schools for students in their second year. The cost of travel and expenses will need to be covered by the student. Cost £0 -£20.
  • Trips: Optional week-long History Fieldtrip in Year 2 - costs vary depending on location and number of students going on the trip. Based on previous trips, costs between £300-£700.
  • Trips: There are some optional field trips to educational sites in some Education Studies modules during students third year of study.  There is one optional module which includes visits to museum sites as part of the curriculum.  Students will be responsible for paying their own travel and expenses. Cost £35 - £70 per trip.
  • Volunteering Placement: Education Volunteering placements may incur travel costs.  Students choose their own placement setting in agreement with the Volunteering Module Leader and Volunteering Placement Co-ordinator. Cost £0 - £200 dependent on the location of placement and frequency of visits.
  • Volunteering Placement: History Volunteering Placement incurs travel costs, which are dependent upon where the student undertakes the placement (if local it may be zero, but costs go up when public transport is used to travel). Students will have a say in where their placement is located. Cost £0 - £300, dependent on location of placement.
  • Dissertation in History: Students who choose to undertake their dissertation in History may incur costs (mainly travel) to visit archives, dependent upon the specific nature of the dissertation and availability of online resources for a specific subject. Students will need to consider this when choosing a topic, so will have control over the likely costs of the research. Cost £0 - £50. 

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as text books and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information


Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from: 

UK, EU, World

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Terms and Conditions

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here

Education Studies specialises in looking at educational themes, ideas and practices in the widest possible sense through educational theories and philosophies. Students explore a range of contexts from the classroom and the learner's experience through to education as a lever for social and political  change. Theoretical perspectives are drawn from themes which include gender; citizenship; representation; truth; power; childhood and inclusion. It is both a rigorous academic degree and an excellent preparation for those wishing to take a PGCE, particularly for those wanting to teach History.

Modern, philosophical, cultural, social, psychological and historical perspectives are all used as analytical tools to help examine educational debates and a wide variety of educational themes and concepts. Students interrogate the educational process as a whole and seek answers to questions about the purpose, value, misuse and difficulties of education and learning.

History covers a range of cultures, centuries, wars and traditions, sampling the past from the classical to the modern period. Year 1 introduces students to a variety of historical periods and cultures and looks at the methods and nature of history  as a discipline. Study focuses on research skills and knowledge that forms the basis of more specialised study in Years 2 and 3 - this includes learning how to use original documents to carry out research.

Year 1

Core modules:

  • 1944-88: The Acts 
  • Educational Reflections*
  • Educators 
  • Principles in Education 
  • Literacies in Higher Education*
  • Case Studies I: Sources and Approaches in History
  • Case Studies II: Independent Study Project

* students take one of these modules as designated by the Programme 

Optional modules 

Two Introductory Study modules from a choice of:

  • British Introductory Study: Early Medieval Britain 400-1066  
  • British Introductory Study: Britain in the Twentieth Century 
  • International Introductory Study: The United States 
  • International History Introductory Study: Early Modern Europe
  • International Introductory Study: Europe 1300-1500
  • British Introductory Study: English History 1272 - 1500
  • International Introductory Study: Europe in the Twentieth Century 
  • British Introductory Study: Victorian Britain 1815-1914
  • International Introductory Study: East Asia 1900 - present
  • British Introductory Study: The Classical World 500-31BC 
  • British Introductory Study: Roman Britain 
  • British Introductory Study: Tudor and Early Stuart England 1500-1660 
  • International Introductory Study: Rise and Fall of Modern Empires 1783- 1997 
  • British Introductory Study: Barbarians, Byzantines, and Beyond (400-814CE) 
  • International Introductory Study: Europe and The Americas (1763-1914) - change and interchange
  • British Introductory Study: Uniting the Kingdom? Britain, 1660-1837 
  • International Introductory Module: Europe in Long Nineteenth Century, 1789-1914   
  • International Introductory Module: The Origins of Greek Civilisation: from the Aegean Bronze Age to Archaic Greece (XX-VII) 
  • International Introductory Module: Europe in the High Middle Ages (c.800 - c.1200) 
  • British Introductory Module: Seventeenth Century England 
  • International Introductory Module: Modern Europe, 1789-2001

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Education: Social and Political Thought 
  • Education: Social and Political Thought (2)
  • Past Historians and Current Practice
  • Independent Study Module 

One Theme Study module from a choice of:

  • Age of Discovery
  • American Slavery
  • Early Medieval Kingship
  • Women in History
  • Soviet Communism
  • Reactions to Poverty
  • The Normans and their Worlds
  • The Crusades
  • The Urban History of Europe from the Black Death to the Industrial Revolution c.1350-1700
  • 'Subordinate Independence': Japan's Relationship with the US 1945-present
  • Medieval Movies: Cinematic Depictions of the Middle Ages
  • Exploring Past Localities
  • The History of Rock and Roll
  • Sport and Athletics in the Ancient World
  • Genocide: Mass Violence and the Making and Breaking of Empire
  • The Age of the Vikings
  • The Renaissance Court: Power. Politics and Patronage
  • Gender in Europe and North America, c. 1500-1914
  • Food and Drink in Medieval and Early Modern England
  • Anti-Imperialism
  • Societies at War - England and France, 1189-1529
  • Political Violence in Twentieth-Century Europe
  • Culture, Society and Economy in Early Modern England
  • The Roman Household
  • Classical World on Film
  • Neoplatonism  from Classical World to the Renaissance
  • The Atlantic  World, C.1700-1850
  • War As A Life Experience (18th-20th Centuries)
  • History's Eye - Photography And Conflict, Ethnography And Society
  • The Reign of King John
  • Dreams and Nightmares: Britain in 20th Century Europe

One Civilisation Study module from a choice of:

  • France in the Age of Louis XIV
  • The American South 1865-1970
  • The Carolingian Renaissance
  • Late Medieval Civilisation
  • The Third Reich
  • Victorian Culture and Society
  • Imperial Japan
  • From Austerity to Affluence: Post-war Britain
  • The Golden Age of Spain
  • Culture and Society in the Early Roman Empire 27BC- AD180
  • Edwardian Britain
  • Church and State in Late Anglo-Saxon England
  • Culture and Society in 5th Century Athens
  • Religion, Politics & Society in Early Tudor England, 1485- 1558
  • English Monasticism
  • La Serenissima: Renaissance Venice 1450-1650
  • Georgian England
  • The Byzantine Empire, 1025-1204
  • Nazism and the Holocaust
  • The British Raj, from the 'Indian Mutiny' to Gandhi - 1857- 1947
  • The Global Hispanic World (1760s-1960s)
  • From Slavery To Freedom: The Caribbean 1763-1838
  • Byzantium In The Age Of Justinian And Theodora (527- 565CE)
  • England And Normandy In The Long Twelfth Century 

Other optional modules:

•  Volunteering Placement/Field Trip (available instead of the Theme Study or Civilisation Study)

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Research Methods  (if Dissertation is in History)


  • Dissertation in Education Studies
  • Dissertation in History

Study paired module from a choice of:

  • America 1919-1941
  • The Hundred Years' War 1337-1453
  • Alfred the Great
  • The Wars of the Roses 1450-1499
  • Civil War and Revolution in the British Isles
  • The French Revolution 1786-1795
  • The United States and the Cold War 1945-63
  • Japan in War and Occupation 1937-52
  • The Home Front: Britain 1939-1945
  • The Holocaust in History and Memory
  • Society, Culture and Everyday Life in Russia: 1928-1985
  • The Norman Conquest
  • Interwar Britain
  • The French Wars of Religion 1562-1598
  • The Pax Romana
  • The Italian Wars 1494-1516 and 1521-1559
  • Iberia in the Reign of Isabel and Ferdinand 1469-1492 and 1492-1516
  • The Henrician& Edwardian Reformation and the Marian Counter-Reformation
  • Life in Early Modern London
  • The French in North Africa: The Maghreb, 1830-1914 and North Africa and France: The Maghreb, 1914-present
  • Genocide in History and Memory I and II
  • The Carolingians: Charlemagne & Louis the Pious
  • The Ancient Greeks: War and Honour I & II
  • 'The Flag That Sets Us Free'? Britain, Empire and Anti-Slavery, 1787-1838 and 1838-1956
  • The Age of Speed: Time, Travel and the Media I (18th-19thc.) and II (19th-20thc)
  • Urban Life in Medieval Italy, 500-950CE and 950-1200CE
  • Ruling England in the Second Viking Age, Part I: Kingdoms Lost and Won and Part II: Political Cultures
  • The Medieval Life Cycle: Youth and Age#

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above. 

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
  • Independent learning: 972 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 216 hours
  • Independent learning: 972 hours
  • Placement: 12 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
  • Independent learning: 972 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library 

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

  • 55 per cent coursework
  • 31 per cent written exams
  • 14 per cent practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

  • 82 per cent coursework
  • 1 per cent written exams
  • 17 per cent practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

  • 49 per cent coursework
  • 31 per cent written exams
  • 20 per cent practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

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While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.

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