History (Placement Year)

BA Hons

  • UCAS Code V101
  • Entry Year 2023 or 2022
  • A Level Requirements AAB
  • Duration Full time 4 Years

Overview

Top reasons to study with us

  • Deepen your knowledge with a wide choice of optional modules

  • UK Top 20 for History Complete University Guide 2023

  • Specialist placements in heritage organisations

Why Lancaster?

  • Design your own study experience, choosing from many fascinating modules throughout your degree
  • Benefit from a focus on employability at every stage of your degree, including a heritage placement
  • Be inspired by our world-class academics whose research expertise informs your modules
  • Study with a History Department that prioritises student contact – we keep class sizes small so we can offer personal support and feedback
  • Enrich your learning with history right on your doorstep, including Lancaster Castle
  • Keep your careers options open by developing a wide range of professional skills

Journey through time at Lancaster – a city rich in history. Gain knowledge about different periods and cultures while developing skills employers want. In your second year, you can boost your employability with a specialist placement.

Freedom of choice
Our specialised modules allow students to develop a breadth of chronological and geographical knowledge – from Inventing Human Rights (1776-2001) and The Transatlantic Slave Trade (1500-1865) to The Origins and Rise of Islam (600–1250).

You’ll study diverse periods from ancient Rome to the 21st century, as well as specific regions in global, national and regional history. How about discovering more about Lancaster itself with our module ‘Witches’, Warriors and Slavers?

There is an extensive choice of modules throughout your degree, so that you can personalise your studies to suit your own interests and passions. For example, in your second year, you can apply to take part in our heritage placement module and gain invaluable work experience. Past students have worked with The National Trust, Greater Manchester Police Museum & Archives and the Duchy of Lancaster.

You’re more than a number
We are a closely knit department with a strong sense of community. You’ll get to know your lecturers and benefit from quality contact time each week.

Our academics are leaders in their fields and provide teaching of the highest quality – via lectures, seminars and small tutorial groups. Your academic tutor will provide individual academic support.

Your placement year

Sometimes known as a year in industry, your placement year will take place between your second and final year of study and this will extend your degree to four years.

A placement year is an excellent way to:

  • try out a role that you may be interested in as a career path
  • start to build your professional network (some placement students are offered permanent roles to return to after they graduate)
  • Develop skills, knowledge and experience to put you ahead of the field when you graduate

You’ll spend your third year in a paid, graduate-level position, where you’ll work for between nine and twelve months in the type of role that you might be considering for after you graduate. A very wide range of companies and organisations offer placements across all sectors.

As a full-time employee, you’ll have a detailed job description with specific responsibilities and opportunities to access training and development, the same as other employees. You will however still be a Lancaster University student during your placement and we’ll keep in touch to check how you are getting on.

Our Careers and Placements Team will help you to secure a suitable placement with expert advice and resources, such as:

  • creating an effective CV
  • cover letters and applications
  • tips and techniques on how to make an impact at interviews and assessment centres
  • how to create a strong digital profile
  • how to research employers and career sectors of interest
  • individual advice sessions.

The University will use all reasonable effort to support you to find a suitable placement for your studies. While a placement role may not be available in a field or organisation that is directly related to your academic studies or career aspirations, all placement roles offer valuable experience of working at a graduate level and gaining a range of professional skills. If you are unsuccessful in securing a suitable placement for your third year, you will be able to transfer to the equivalent non-placement degree scheme and continue with your studies at Lancaster, finishing your degree after your third year.

Your department

Careers

A history degree from Lancaster will stand you in good stead when applying both to well-known UK and international companies, as well as smaller, local and regional organisations.

The subject provides key transferrable skills as well as excellent training in developing evidence-based arguments – a skill which unlocks a myriad of career opportunities.

Some of our recent graduates are developing successful careers at Marks & Spencer, Santander, Sainsbury’s and HSBC, in areas ranging from business planning to investment analysis, retail to general management.

Previously graduates have gone on to pursue successful careers in:

  • Heritage organisations and museums
  • The Armed Forces
  • Government
  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Marketing
  • Teaching

You’ll find our graduates working at:

  • English Heritage
  • Army Flying Museum
  • Imperial War Museum
  • Lancashire Archives
  • Victoria Gallery & Museum

Many of our students take their exploration of history to the next level by continuing with postgraduate studies.
Whatever option you choose, our Careers and Employability Service will be on hand to offer specialist advice and guidance throughout your journey.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring that you gain a highly reputable degree. We are also dedicated to ensuring that you graduate with relevant life and work-based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award, which offers you the opportunity to complete activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development.

Visit our Employability section for full details.

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level AAB

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster please visit our Teaching and Learning section.

The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.

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Fees and Funding

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.

Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2023/24 are:

UK International
£9,250 £21,980

Scholarships and bursaries

At Lancaster, we believe that funding concerns should not stop any student with the talent to thrive.

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover the cost of tuition fees and/or living expenses.

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