BA (Hons)

Medieval History with Foundation Year

V15X

In Britain, we love our crumbling castles, noble cathedrals and bloody representations of the medieval age in popular culture. If you have a passion for history with a special interest in the Middle Ages, then this course is perfect for you.

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Course overview

On our Medieval History (with Foundation Year) programme, you study the great sweep of history in Britain and around the world, from the transformation of the Roman Empire to Renaissance court politics.

Studying how people lived in the medieval world is highly instructive. The word medieval has become synonymous with lawlessness and brutality, but this was not always the case. Some populations had the vote, trade happened over long distances, and witch hunts were restricted to certain periods. Learning more about the medieval world and why it exerts such a strong hold over our imaginations can help you to better understand the contemporary world.

A Foundation Year is the perfect way to boost your academic skills, build your confidence and develop your wider subject knowledge so you can succeed at Winchester. This course offers an extra year of study at the start (Year 0) which leads onto a full degree programme (Years 1, 2 and 3).

A Foundation Year is ideal if you are returning to education after a break; haven’t quite achieved the entry qualifications required; are wanting more support during the transition to studying at university; or are unsure about which subject you wish to pursue.

In Year 0, you will study a set of modules from across the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences which are designed to develop your academic and practical skills. This broader focus in your first year introduces you to studying at university level and provides you with a better understanding of Medieval History and related subjects.

You will experience a variety of teaching methods including lectures, discussion-based seminars and independent study. You will also receive support to boost your academic skills to prepare you for the rest of your time at Winchester. Find out more and hear from our Foundation Year students at winchester.ac.uk/foundation

In Year 1 (second year of study), you take core modules that explore the nature of history as a discipline. You look at the changing assumptions, methods and definitions of history and explore the current concerns of historians. You also select from a range of possible optional modules, including Early Medieval Britain 400-1066 and Europe 1300-1500.

Having acquired research skills and knowledge in Year 1, your studies in Years 2 and 3 (third and fourth year of study) are more specialised. You take core modules that deepen your understanding of the study of history, including Past Historians and Current Practice, and optional modules focused primarily on the Medieval World. You either concentrate on how to use original documents (in translated ad printed form where appropriate) or explore, through  thematic approaches, social continuity and change over long periods.

In Year 3 (fourth year of study), you produce your dissertation and take core modules in Writing History, and History and the Public Sphere. Optional modules take the form of Depth Studies, using primary and secondary sources as evidence, and Comparative Studies, where more than one country and culture is examined. Depth Studies options may include The Hundred Years' War 1337-1453, Alfred the Great, and The Pax Romana. The Possible Comparative Studies options include Gender and Authority in Early Medieval Europe, Greek and Roman Comedy Theatre, and The Black Death in Europe.

By studying Medieval History you develop transferable skills in written and oral communication, both as part of a group and individually, and critical analysis of evidence and large bodies of material.

What you need to know

Course start date

September

Location

Winchester campus

Course length

  • 4 years full-time

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V15X

Typical offer

48 points

Fees

From £9,250 pa

Course features

  • Set yourself up to flourish in your degree and beyond with our Foundation Year
  • Survey a wide range of periods while zooming in on landmark medieval events such as the Norman Conquest, the Black Death and the Wars of the Roses
  • Secure work placements at leading historic and cultural venues such as the Mary Rose and the British Museum
  • Learn from expert tutors and their cutting-edge research
  • Join a student-led history society on trips to sites of historical interest and talks by major historians
  • Study in a beautiful city steeped in medieval history

Course details

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 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 0 (Level 3): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
  • Independent learning: 912 hours
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: 936 hours
  • Placement: 48 hours
Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
  • Independent learning: 972 hours
  • Placement: 36 hours

    *Please note these are indicative hours for the course.

 

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.

Teaching hours

All class based teaching takes places between 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday during term time. Wednesday afternoons are kept free from timetabled teaching for personal study time and for sports clubs and societies to train, meet and play matches. There may be some occasional learning opportunities (for example, an evening guest lecturer or performance) that take places outside of these hours for which you will be given forewarning.

Assessment

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 0 (Level 3)*
  • 100% coursework
  • 0% written exams
  • 0% practical exams
Year 1 (Level 4)*
  • 77% coursework
  • 18% written exams
  • 5% practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*
  • 59% coursework
  • 39% written exams
  • 2% practical exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*
  • 50% coursework
  • 33% written exams
  • 17% practical exams

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

Feedback

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.

Further information

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

Modules

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing. The University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed. For further information please refer to winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions

Modules

Developing Academic Skills and a Sense of Vocation

This module is designed to support students with the transition to university, the development of the academic skills and attributes necessary for successful future study and the foundations of a developing sense of vocation. Through a carefully structured and scaffolded series of seminars and workshops, students will be supported in building their self-awareness of, and confidence in, themselves as active learners. Delivered in the context of their subject area and aligned with the development of academic skills and attributes required across all Foundation Year modules, workshops will focus on academic skills such as referencing, selecting and using valid academic resources, reading/researching for academic purposes, using feedback constructively and gaining confidence in contributing to discussions and debates. Coordinated assessment points across the Foundation Year experience enables this module to provide students with ongoing support and opportunities to practice and develop their skills and confidence with a range of written and oral assessment types relevant to their subject area as they progress through the year.

Important Thinkers and the Big Questions

This module introduces students to invaluable meanings and understandings that are gained from being at university and participating in wider intellectual discussions and debates. Within the context of each Discipline foundation year, students are introduced to a range of thinkers and questions that have important in various ways across the discipline. Designed to further encourage the foundations of intellectual curiosity and critical thinking within and beyond their own subject, students will come to understand that inter and cross disciplinarity has an essential role to play in the academy and to their own intellectual progression.

Exploring the Past: People, Place and Perspectives

The past can be studied from numerous perspectives and in a variety of ways. This module introduces students to how historians, anthropologists, archaeologists and classicists have studied past societies and cultures across the globe. This is achieved by looking at the specific themes of conflict, culture, social relations and beliefs in various parts of the world from prehistoric times until the late twentieth century. We will also consider how current societies remember and examine the past and what it says about the contemporary world.

Modules

Case Studies 1: Sources and Approaches in History

This module introduces you to the core skills required to study history successfully at degree level. History makes sense of the past by analysing surviving evidence. Such evidence is either secondary, which requires in-depth critical reading, or primary or original, which demands critical contextualisation and analysis. All such evidence has uses to the historian, not necessarily obvious, and all contains partiality, which historians are trained to overcome. Working in small groups with one staff member per group, there will be a balance between developing awareness of these overarching core skills (such as conducting research and mastering referencing conventions) and a case study where you work on academic reading connected to a particular topic. 

Case Studies 2: Independent Study Project

This module builds upon Sources & Approaches in History, further developing your skills as independent researchers, and giving you an opportunity to do research of a critical nature, using both primary and secondary sources. Continuing to work in the same Case Study groups as, and on a related topic to, Sources & Approaches, you will undertake an individual research project, on a topic negotiated with a tutor. In addition, there will be an element of group work as you combine your individual findings, presenting on a subtopic of the module’s overarching theme. 

Perspectives on World History

We all live in the here and now, but how did we get here? This module addresses this question by considering world history in a broad, chronological perspective from the ancient world to the present. It will consider the rise and fall of civilizations in different regions around the world, including Ancient Greece, Rome, China, Africa, and the Americas, before moving on to consider the ‘global Middle Ages’, the emergence of more complex states and empires, religious reformations in the Christian and Islamic worlds, scientific and technological innovations, and increasing global connectivity and exchange during the early modern period. Finally, it will address the ‘rise of the modern’ through urbanization, industrialization, and mass politics, including its diffusion, resistance, and the alternative paths societies around the world have taken to get to the present.

Perspectives on Global History

This module builds on Perspectives in World History by taking a more thematic approach to the broad sweep of global history. It introduces first year history students to important themes in global history, and challenges them to think critically about the contours that have shaped different cultures over time. It encourages students to explore how various factors have developed and travelled across different social and cultural contexts, placing strong emphasis on the interconnections of societies in the past. This is done with a focus on various themes for example, technology and economy, ecology, disease and famine, migration, gender and religion. Students are encouraged to make comparisons that will enable them to deconstruct the simplistic binaries of ‘science’ vs ‘religion’ and ‘modern’ versus ‘traditional’ societies, to explore more fully how cultural and material exchange occurred between different societies.

Optional Modules

Introductory Modules:

  • British Introductory Module: Early Medieval Britain 400-1066 - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: The United States - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: Early Modern Europe - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: Europe 1300-1500 - 15 Credits
  • British Introductory Module: English History 1272-1500 - 15 Credits
  • British Introductory Module: Victorian Britain 1815-1914 - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: East Asia 1900-Present - 15 Credits
  • British Introductory Module: Tudor and Early Stuart England 1500-1660 - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: Rise and Fall of Modern Empires, 1783 - 1997 - 15 Credits
  • British Introductory Module: Uniting The Kingdom? Britain, 1660-1837 - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: Modern Europe, 1789-2001 - 15 Credits
  • British Introductory Module: Seventeenth century England - 15 Credits
  • British Introductory Module: Britain in the Twentieth Century - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: Europe and The Americas (1763-1914) - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: Europe in the Early Middle Ages (c.400-c.888) - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: Europe in the Central Middles Ages (c.888-1200) - 15 Credits

Classics Modules:

  • Introduction to the Classical Greek World - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to Classical Greek Literature - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to Classical Archaeology - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to the Classical Roman World - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to Classical Roman Literature - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to Classical Theatre - 15 Credits

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 www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Optional

Case Studies 1: Sources and Approaches in History

This module introduces you to the core skills required to study history successfully at degree level. History makes sense of the past by analysing surviving evidence. Such evidence is either secondary, which requires in-depth critical reading, or primary or original, which demands critical contextualisation and analysis. All such evidence has uses to the historian, not necessarily obvious, and all contains partiality, which historians are trained to overcome. Working in small groups with one staff member per group, there will be a balance between developing awareness of these overarching core skills (such as conducting research and mastering referencing conventions) and a case study where you work on academic reading connected to a particular topic. 

Case Studies 2: Independent Study Project

This module builds upon Sources & Approaches in History, further developing your skills as independent researchers, and giving you an opportunity to do research of a critical nature, using both primary and secondary sources. Continuing to work in the same Case Study groups as, and on a related topic to, Sources & Approaches, you will undertake an individual research project, on a topic negotiated with a tutor. In addition, there will be an element of group work as you combine your individual findings, presenting on a subtopic of the module’s overarching theme. 

Perspectives on World History

We all live in the here and now, but how did we get here? This module addresses this question by considering world history in a broad, chronological perspective from the ancient world to the present. It will consider the rise and fall of civilizations in different regions around the world, including Ancient Greece, Rome, China, Africa, and the Americas, before moving on to consider the ‘global Middle Ages’, the emergence of more complex states and empires, religious reformations in the Christian and Islamic worlds, scientific and technological innovations, and increasing global connectivity and exchange during the early modern period. Finally, it will address the ‘rise of the modern’ through urbanization, industrialization, and mass politics, including its diffusion, resistance, and the alternative paths societies around the world have taken to get to the present.

Perspectives on Global History

This module builds on Perspectives in World History by taking a more thematic approach to the broad sweep of global history. It introduces first year history students to important themes in global history, and challenges them to think critically about the contours that have shaped different cultures over time. It encourages students to explore how various factors have developed and travelled across different social and cultural contexts, placing strong emphasis on the interconnections of societies in the past. This is done with a focus on various themes for example, technology and economy, ecology, disease and famine, migration, gender and religion. Students are encouraged to make comparisons that will enable them to deconstruct the simplistic binaries of ‘science’ vs ‘religion’ and ‘modern’ versus ‘traditional’ societies, to explore more fully how cultural and material exchange occurred between different societies.

Optional Modules

Introductory Modules:

  • British Introductory Module: Early Medieval Britain 400-1066 - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: The United States - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: Early Modern Europe - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: Europe 1300-1500 - 15 Credits
  • British Introductory Module: English History 1272-1500 - 15 Credits
  • British Introductory Module: Victorian Britain 1815-1914 - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: East Asia 1900-Present - 15 Credits
  • British Introductory Module: Tudor and Early Stuart England 1500-1660 - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: Rise and Fall of Modern Empires, 1783 - 1997 - 15 Credits
  • British Introductory Module: Uniting The Kingdom? Britain, 1660-1837 - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: Modern Europe, 1789-2001 - 15 Credits
  • British Introductory Module: Seventeenth century England - 15 Credits
  • British Introductory Module: Britain in the Twentieth Century - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: Europe and The Americas (1763-1914) - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: Europe in the Early Middle Ages (c.400-c.888) - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: Europe in the Central Middles Ages (c.888-1200) - 15 Credits

Classics Modules:

  • Introduction to the Classical Greek World - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to Classical Greek Literature - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to Classical Archaeology - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to the Classical Roman World - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to Classical Roman Literature - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to Classical Theatre - 15 Credits

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 www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Modules

History in Practice I

History in Practice I introduces students to some of the most influential and significant developments that have shaped the ways in which historians think and write about the past. It examines the changing meaning and construction of history from Herodotus to the twenty-first century, as well as how recent theoretical developments – such as post-modernity, gender studies, and post-colonialism – have challenged our understandings of the Ancient, Medieval and Modern periods. It provides students with an opportunity to think reflexively about the nature of the historical enterprise, encouraging them to draw on the content of their other second-year modules. In this, students will consider their own identity as a historian, and how this will inform their work through the rest of their degree.

Practising History II

This module considers the planning and preparation of research and the methods and skills used, with particular reference to – but not sole consideration of – the dissertation. A wide range of historical approaches and methods are assessed, including use of local and national archives, databases and online sources, media and newspapers, visual images, standing remains, landscape and the material environment, public history, oral sources and scientific data. Ethics in historical research are also examined. The module aims to help students to develop their career goals through a series of tutorials and workshops designed to assist them with planning for future directions after graduation. Students will be expected to engage with careers service activities and to report their activities in a reflective journal.

Optional Modules
  • Work Placement - 15 Credits
  • Group Project - 15 Credits
  • Field Trip - 15 Credits
  • Volunteering Placement - 15 Credits
  • Option A: The Carolingian Renaissance - 15 Credits
  • Option A: The Vikings and the Frankish World - 15 Credits
  • Option A: The Investiture Contest - 15 Credits
  • Option A: Norman Sicily, ca 1000-1197 - 15 Credits
  • Option A: English Monasticism - 15 Credits
  • Option A: The First English Empire: c. 1100 to c. 1350 - 15 Credits
  • Option A: The Reign of King John - 15 Credits
  • Option A: Culture and Society in Late Medieval England - 15 Credits
  • Option A: The Crusades - 15 Credits
  • Option A: The Golden Age of Spain - 15 Credits
  • Option A: Religion, Politics & Society in Early Tudor England, 1485-1558 - 15 Credits
  • Option A: The Global Hispanic World (1760s-1960s) - 15 Credits
  • Option A: Victorian Culture and Society - 15 Credits
  • Option A: Imperial Japan - 15 Credits
  • Option A: The British Raj, from the 'Indian Mutiny' to Gandhi - 1857-1947 - 15 Credits
  • Option A: The American South 1865-1970 - 15 Credits
  • Option A: Edwardian Britain - 15 Credits
  • Option A: Revolutionary Russia, 1900-1924 - 15 Credits
  • Option A: Nazism and the Holocaust - 15 Credits
  • Option A: From Austerity to Affluence: Everyday Life in Post-war Britain - 15 Credits
  • Option A: The Human Explosion: Energy, Industrialization and Environment, 1750 to the Present - 15 Credits
  • Option B: The Age of the Vikings - 15 Credits
  • Option B: Post-Carolingian Rulership - 15 Credits
  • Option B: Societies at War – England and France, 1189-1529 - 15 Credits
  • Option B: Textiles in the Medieval World - 15 Credits
  • Option B: Food and Drink in Medieval and Early Modern England - 15 Credits
  • Option B: The Urban History of Europe from the Black Death to the Industrial Revolution c.1350-1700 - 15 Credits
  • Option B: The Renaissance Court: Power. Politics and Patronage - 15 Credits
  • Option B: Gender in Europe and North America, c. 1500-1914 - 15 Credits
  • Option B: Culture, Society and Economy in Early Modern England - 15 Credits
  • Option B: Exploring Past Localities - 15 Credits
  • Option B: The Rise of the High Speed Society (18th-20th centuries) - 15 Credits
  • Option B: American Slavery - 15 Credits
  • Option B: History’s Eye – Photography and Society - 15 Credits
  • Option B: Sisterhood – Before and After: Feminism in Twentieth Century Britain - 15 Credits
  • Option B: Political Violence in Twentieth-Century Europe - 15 Credits
  • Option B: ‘Subordinate Independence’: Japan’s Relationship with the US 1945-present - 15 Credits
  • Option B: Stalinism - 15 Credits
  • Option B: Dreams and Nightmares: Britain in 20th Century Europe - 15 Credits
  • Option B: Climate, Culture and Catastrophe in the Modern World: The Making of the Anthropocene - 15 Credits

Classics Modules:

  • The Glory of Athens & the Shadow of Sparta - 15 Credits
  • Rome: The Rise of the Eternal City - 15 Credits
  • The Symposium: Ancient Greek Drinking Culture - 15 Credits
  • Alexander the Great - 15 Credits
  • Imperial Rome - 15 Credits
  • The Culture of Neoclassicism - 15 Credits

Old English Modules:

  • Middle English: Texts in Context - 15 Credits
  • Old English I - 15 Credits
  • Exploring Teaching as a Career - 15 Credits

Optional

History in Practice I

History in Practice I introduces students to some of the most influential and significant developments that have shaped the ways in which historians think and write about the past. It examines the changing meaning and construction of history from Herodotus to the twenty-first century, as well as how recent theoretical developments – such as post-modernity, gender studies, and post-colonialism – have challenged our understandings of the Ancient, Medieval and Modern periods. It provides students with an opportunity to think reflexively about the nature of the historical enterprise, encouraging them to draw on the content of their other second-year modules. In this, students will consider their own identity as a historian, and how this will inform their work through the rest of their degree.

Practising History II

This module considers the planning and preparation of research and the methods and skills used, with particular reference to – but not sole consideration of – the dissertation. A wide range of historical approaches and methods are assessed, including use of local and national archives, databases and online sources, media and newspapers, visual images, standing remains, landscape and the material environment, public history, oral sources and scientific data. Ethics in historical research are also examined. The module aims to help students to develop their career goals through a series of tutorials and workshops designed to assist them with planning for future directions after graduation. Students will be expected to engage with careers service activities and to report their activities in a reflective journal.

Optional Modules
  • Work Placement - 15 Credits
  • Group Project - 15 Credits
  • Field Trip - 15 Credits
  • Volunteering Placement - 15 Credits
  • Option A: The Carolingian Renaissance - 15 Credits
  • Option A: The Vikings and the Frankish World - 15 Credits
  • Option A: The Investiture Contest - 15 Credits
  • Option A: Norman Sicily, ca 1000-1197 - 15 Credits
  • Option A: English Monasticism - 15 Credits
  • Option A: The First English Empire: c. 1100 to c. 1350 - 15 Credits
  • Option A: The Reign of King John - 15 Credits
  • Option A: Culture and Society in Late Medieval England - 15 Credits
  • Option A: The Crusades - 15 Credits
  • Option A: The Golden Age of Spain - 15 Credits
  • Option A: Religion, Politics & Society in Early Tudor England, 1485-1558 - 15 Credits
  • Option A: The Global Hispanic World (1760s-1960s) - 15 Credits
  • Option A: Victorian Culture and Society - 15 Credits
  • Option A: Imperial Japan - 15 Credits
  • Option A: The British Raj, from the 'Indian Mutiny' to Gandhi - 1857-1947 - 15 Credits
  • Option A: The American South 1865-1970 - 15 Credits
  • Option A: Edwardian Britain - 15 Credits
  • Option A: Revolutionary Russia, 1900-1924 - 15 Credits
  • Option A: Nazism and the Holocaust - 15 Credits
  • Option A: From Austerity to Affluence: Everyday Life in Post-war Britain - 15 Credits
  • Option A: The Human Explosion: Energy, Industrialization and Environment, 1750 to the Present - 15 Credits
  • Option B: The Age of the Vikings - 15 Credits
  • Option B: Post-Carolingian Rulership - 15 Credits
  • Option B: Societies at War – England and France, 1189-1529 - 15 Credits
  • Option B: Textiles in the Medieval World - 15 Credits
  • Option B: Food and Drink in Medieval and Early Modern England - 15 Credits
  • Option B: The Urban History of Europe from the Black Death to the Industrial Revolution c.1350-1700 - 15 Credits
  • Option B: The Renaissance Court: Power. Politics and Patronage - 15 Credits
  • Option B: Gender in Europe and North America, c. 1500-1914 - 15 Credits
  • Option B: Culture, Society and Economy in Early Modern England - 15 Credits
  • Option B: Exploring Past Localities - 15 Credits
  • Option B: The Rise of the High Speed Society (18th-20th centuries) - 15 Credits
  • Option B: American Slavery - 15 Credits
  • Option B: History’s Eye – Photography and Society - 15 Credits
  • Option B: Sisterhood – Before and After: Feminism in Twentieth Century Britain - 15 Credits
  • Option B: Political Violence in Twentieth-Century Europe - 15 Credits
  • Option B: ‘Subordinate Independence’: Japan’s Relationship with the US 1945-present - 15 Credits
  • Option B: Stalinism - 15 Credits
  • Option B: Dreams and Nightmares: Britain in 20th Century Europe - 15 Credits
  • Option B: Climate, Culture and Catastrophe in the Modern World: The Making of the Anthropocene - 15 Credits

Classics Modules:

  • The Glory of Athens & the Shadow of Sparta - 15 Credits
  • Rome: The Rise of the Eternal City - 15 Credits
  • The Symposium: Ancient Greek Drinking Culture - 15 Credits
  • Alexander the Great - 15 Credits
  • Imperial Rome - 15 Credits
  • The Culture of Neoclassicism - 15 Credits

Old English Modules:

  • Middle English: Texts in Context - 15 Credits
  • Old English I - 15 Credits
  • Exploring Teaching as a Career - 15 Credits

Modules

Dissertation in History

The Dissertation (Extended Independent Study) is an 8,000 -10,000 thesis on a subject of your choice. It makes an original contribution to historical knowledge and understanding. It demonstrates an advanced capacity to work as a historian and to employ the conventions of a historian. 

Writing History

This module is taught through small seminar groups only. In these groups, you will be able to explore the nature of historical research and historical debate through reflection on their own dissertation and the sharing of best practice with other students. It will allow a more supportive learning environment whilst ensuring a more active engagement with individual research

History Matters

What first piqued your interest in history… A particular film, a video game, an enjoyable museum visit? In whatever ways we engage with the past, it is clear that history matters now. From political justifications to historical controversies, this module will give you the opportunity to explore how and why history features in our everyday lives. The material discussed throughout this module raises questions over the importance of historical narratives in popular media, politics, heritage, and education. You will be encouraged to reflect on your own academic study of history and how this can be mobilised for the wider benefit of society. Through an assessment of both academic and practical applications of history, this module will introduce you to the uses (and abuses) of history for public consumption and the varied employment options for graduates of the discipline.

Optional Modules
  • Work Placement - 15 Credits
  • Field Trip - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Hundred Years’ War 1337-1453 - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Alfred the Great - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Wars of the Roses 1450-1499 - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Civil War and Revolution in the British Isles - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The French Wars of Religion 1562-1598 - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Norman Conquest - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Pax Romana: From the Julio-Claudians to the Severans, AD 14-235 - 30 credits
  • Depth Study: The Italian Wars 1494-1516 and 1521-1559 - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Henrician& Edwardian Reformation and the Marian Counter-Reformation - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Ruling England in the Second Viking Age, Part I: Kingdoms Lost and Won and Part II: Political Cultures - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Epic Literature and History: Homer and Herodotus - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Norman Worlds I (Normandy and the British Isles) and II (Southern Italy and Crusader Kingdoms) - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Anglo-Norman Civil War, 1120-1148 and 1148-1162 - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Emergence of the Italian City Communes (c.1050-c.1150) and The Dominance of the Italian City Communes (c.1150-c.1250). - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Greek Rhetoric: The Sophists and Lysias & Demosthenes - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Black Death Part 1 and Part 2 - 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Supernatural and Witchcraft Beliefs in the British Isles, Continental Europe and America c.1450-1800 - 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Chivalry - 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Minorities in the Past - 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Religious Reform in Sixteenth-Century Europe - 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Greek and Roman Comedy Theatre - 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: The Monstrous Regiment: Gender and Authority in Early Modern Europe - 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Nation Making in Early Modern Europe - 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Murder in the Ancient City - 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Medieval Hostageships - 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Greek and Roman Epic - 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Plutarch’s Parallel Lives - 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Gender and Authority in Early Medieval Europe - 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Warfare in the Medieval West from the Ninth to the Twelfth Century - 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: The Middle Ages in Computer Games - 15 Credits

Optional

Dissertation in History

The Dissertation (Extended Independent Study) is an 8,000 -10,000 thesis on a subject of your choice. It makes an original contribution to historical knowledge and understanding. It demonstrates an advanced capacity to work as a historian and to employ the conventions of a historian. 

Writing History

This module is taught through small seminar groups only. In these groups, you will be able to explore the nature of historical research and historical debate through reflection on their own dissertation and the sharing of best practice with other students. It will allow a more supportive learning environment whilst ensuring a more active engagement with individual research

History Matters

What first piqued your interest in history… A particular film, a video game, an enjoyable museum visit? In whatever ways we engage with the past, it is clear that history matters now. From political justifications to historical controversies, this module will give you the opportunity to explore how and why history features in our everyday lives. The material discussed throughout this module raises questions over the importance of historical narratives in popular media, politics, heritage, and education. You will be encouraged to reflect on your own academic study of history and how this can be mobilised for the wider benefit of society. Through an assessment of both academic and practical applications of history, this module will introduce you to the uses (and abuses) of history for public consumption and the varied employment options for graduates of the discipline.

Optional Modules
  • Work Placement - 15 Credits
  • Field Trip - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Hundred Years’ War 1337-1453 - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Alfred the Great - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Wars of the Roses 1450-1499 - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Civil War and Revolution in the British Isles - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The French Wars of Religion 1562-1598 - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Norman Conquest - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Pax Romana: From the Julio-Claudians to the Severans, AD 14-235 - 30 credits
  • Depth Study: The Italian Wars 1494-1516 and 1521-1559 - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Henrician& Edwardian Reformation and the Marian Counter-Reformation - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Ruling England in the Second Viking Age, Part I: Kingdoms Lost and Won and Part II: Political Cultures - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Epic Literature and History: Homer and Herodotus - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Norman Worlds I (Normandy and the British Isles) and II (Southern Italy and Crusader Kingdoms) - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Anglo-Norman Civil War, 1120-1148 and 1148-1162 - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Emergence of the Italian City Communes (c.1050-c.1150) and The Dominance of the Italian City Communes (c.1150-c.1250). - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Greek Rhetoric: The Sophists and Lysias & Demosthenes - 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Black Death Part 1 and Part 2 - 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Supernatural and Witchcraft Beliefs in the British Isles, Continental Europe and America c.1450-1800 - 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Chivalry - 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Minorities in the Past - 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Religious Reform in Sixteenth-Century Europe - 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Greek and Roman Comedy Theatre - 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: The Monstrous Regiment: Gender and Authority in Early Modern Europe - 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Nation Making in Early Modern Europe - 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Murder in the Ancient City - 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Medieval Hostageships - 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Greek and Roman Epic - 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Plutarch’s Parallel Lives - 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Gender and Authority in Early Medieval Europe - 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Warfare in the Medieval West from the Ninth to the Twelfth Century - 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: The Middle Ages in Computer Games - 15 Credits

Entry requirements

48 points

Our offers are typically made using UCAS tariff points to allow you to include a range of level 3 qualifications and as a guide, the requirements for this course are equivalent to:

A-Levels: EEE from 3 A Levels or equivalent grade combinations

BTEC/CTEC: PPP from BTEC or Cambridge Technical (CTEC) qualifications

International Baccalaureate: To include a minimum of 1 Higher Level certificates at grade H4

Additionally, we accept tariff points achieved for many other qualifications, such as the Access to Higher Education Diploma, Scottish Highers, UAL Diploma/Extended Diploma and WJEC Applied Certificate/Diploma, to name a few. We also accept tariff points from smaller level 3 qualifications, up to a maximum of 32, from qualifications like the Extended Project (EP/EPQ), music or dance qualifications. To find out more about UCAS tariff points, including what your qualifications are worth, please visit UCAS.

In addition to level 3 study, the following GCSE’s are required:

GCSE English Language at grade 4 or C, or higher. Functional Skills at level 2 is accepted as an alternative, however Key Skills qualifications are not. If you hold another qualification, please get in touch and we will advise further.

If you will be over the age of 21 years of age at the beginning of your undergraduate study, you will be considered as a mature student. This means our offer may be different and any work or life experiences you have will be considered together with any qualifications you hold. UCAS have further information about studying as a mature student on their website which may be of interest.

 

If English is not your first language, a formal English language test will most likely be required and you will need to achieve the following:

  • IELTS Academic at 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all four components (for year 1 entry)
  • We also accept other English language qualifications, such as IELTS Indicator, Pearson PTE Academic, Cambridge C1 Advanced and TOEFL iBT

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by contacting our International Recruitment Team via our International Apply Pages.

2024 Course Tuition Fees 

  UK / Channel Islands /
Isle of Man / Republic of Ireland

International

Year 1 £9,250 £16,700
Year 2 £9,250 £16,700
Year 3 £9,250 £16,700
Year 4 £9,250 £16,700
Total £37,000 £66,800
Optional Sandwich Year* £1,850 £3,340
Total with Sandwich Year £38,850 £70,140

Additional tuition fee information

If you are a UK student starting your degree in September 2024, the first year will cost you £9,250**. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a four-year degree would be £37,000 for UK 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. 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.

UK 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 £6,935.

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 £139.14 and a 15 credit module is £2,087.

* Please note that not all courses offer an optional sandwich year. To find out whether this course offers a sandwich year, please contact the programme leader for further information.

**The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year.

Additional costs

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Optional

Dissertation work:

Students working on final year dissertations may incur costs (mainly travel) of visiting archives, dependent upon the specific nature of the dissertation and availability of online resources for a specific subject. This would typically involve either travel to a local archive (e.g. Southampton, Portsmouth or further afield if the student chooses to study a locality away from Winchester) or a national archive, usually in London (TNA, British Library, Women's Library, etc.). If the dissertation work is based in Winchester, then costs will be far less.

Field Trip:

Optional week long History fieldtrip in Year 2 - costs vary depending on location and number of students going on the trip. Indicative cost is £300-£700.

Placement:

If students decide to complete an optional History work/volunteering placement it may incur 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. Indicative cost is £0 - £300, dependent on location of placement and number of visits required.

Mandatory

Books:

Some modules require students to have access to books. Indicative cost is £100 if bought new over the course of a year (but texts can often be purchased at considerably reduced rates second hand). Mandatory modules might also require some core texts. Indicative cost £150 per year.

Printing and binding:

The University is pleased to offer our students a printing allowance of £5 each academic year. This will print around 125 A4 (black and white) pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing.

Volunteering and placements:

Students will incur travel costs on a mandatory volunteering placement in their Foundation Year (Year 0). Indicative cost: £5 - £30 per day.

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards page.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Graduates work in museums and heritage sites. Others work within teaching, retailing, the arts, marketing and local, regional and national Government.

The University of Winchester ranks in the top 10 in the UK for graduates in employment or further study according to the Graduate Outcomes Survey 2023, HESA.

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