BA single honours  History with Foundation Year 2020/21

Year of entry

A number of our degrees are also offered with an additional foundation year (Year 0). Whether you are a school-leaver or someone considering returning to study but don’t have the entry requirements for your chosen subject, a foundation year course may be just what you’re looking for.

93% of our History students were satisfied with the quality of their course.

National Student Survey, 2019

A foundation year is the first year of a four year programme which:

  • provides an introduction not only to study at University but also to your chosen subject
  • offers you a highly supportive environment where you can develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding for further study.

Following the Foundation Year you will go on to explore areas including:

  • fascism and the Cold War
  • women in Medieval history
  • troubles in Northern Ireland

The History programme at Canterbury Christ Church University combines top quality teaching with internationally acclaimed research in a friendly and supportive learning environment. It is not just our students who think highly of us: we are also praised by external auditors for the excellence and diversity of our teaching. The attainment of wider and transferable skills is another key feature of our degree programme – when you graduate, you will not only possess a deep knowledge of History but also the kinds of attributes valued by employers across a spectrum of potential careers.

The learning experience of our students is at the very heart of what we do, a fact reflected in our consistently high ratings in student and university sector surveys:

  • 92% of our students were satisfied with the quality of their course according the National Student Survey 2019-2020.
  • In the Guardian university league table (2019-2020), we were ranked joint 4th out of 92 History programmes in the UK for student satisfaction with our course.

‘I had a very positive experience at Christ Church. The History department is very good, with a good library and electronic resources and accessible tutors who help with the submission of coursework. I felt part of a community of scholars in which there was very strong cooperation between staff and students. The location was perfect, in the shadow of Canterbury cathedral and St Augustine’s abbey, with archaeological investigations in progress on campus as I was studying.’ 

Andrew Leach BA Hons History (Andrew is currently studying for a MA by Research in History at Christ Church)

When it comes to teaching, we emphasise active and shared learning. You will not only learn from your tutors and from your own individual research and reflection, but also from your peers. Situated in the beautiful cathedral city of Canterbury, Christ Church is surrounded by history and culture and is in many ways the ideal location for the study of history. All our tutors are research­-active historians who publish on such diverse and fascinating areas as ancient history and archaeology, medieval queenship, early modern social history, and modern international history, and our students greatly value being taught by professional historians.

Top reasons to choose this course

  • A wide chronological span of modules from the Romans to contemporary history.
  • The opportunity to exercise a significant amount of choice in the ‘route’ you take towards your degree in terms of placing emphasis on ancient/medieval, early modern, or modern history, or a combination of all three periods.
  • The opportunity to study history in the beautiful and historic cathedral city of Canterbury (a UNESCO world heritage site). We are very close to several important historical landmarks, including Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine’s Abbey, and Canterbury castle.
  • You will be taught by expert historians whose research strongly informs and enriches their teaching.
  • Our teaching staff are friendly, approachable, accessible, supportive, passionate about their subject, and committed to providing an excellent learning experience.
  • The warm, welcoming, and student-centred approach to learning of the History team. We encourage students to feel part of a community of learners.
  • Students on this programme are eligible to apply to study for a year in Europe or North America as part of their degree.
  • Students can take a bespoke employability module, ‘Applied Humanities Employability in Practice’, designed to provide them with further skills and practical experience valued by employers.

We have strong links with Canterbury Cathedral Archives and Library, Canterbury Archaeological Trust, and the Trust for Conservation Volunteers (TCV) which we use for training in field techniques and volunteering, for example.

‘Applied Humanities helped me fine tune my communication and social skills towards a professional objective. My previous work in sectors such as retail and bar management provided the basis for understanding employability on a standard level without much knowledge of the business sector, or how the skills that I am gaining from my History degree could be transferred to other sectors. Applied Humanities showed me the different careers and pathways available to me, providing information such as how to approach big businesses or give your CV the professional edge. These skills and the practical experience I gained from the 40 hour work related learning opportunity as part of the course no doubt helped me gain a summer job with FRP Advisory, a financial company in London. I now feel more prepared for the business world.’

George Wright, BA Single Hons. in History (George is currently in his third year at Christ Church)


You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

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In Year 1, we provide you with a grounding in the main themes and issues relating to the major periods of history (ancient, medieval, early modern, modern, and contemporary). This breadth of coverage enables you to make informed choices about which modules to take from those on offer in Years 2 and 3. In Year 1 we also help you to develop and hone the key skills you will need to succeed in your degree studies. Years 2 and 3 build on Year 1, offering you a choice of more specialised modules that go into greater detail. Examples of Year 2 and 3 modules appear in the section on optional modules below.

In Year 3, most of our students will undertake a dissertation. Within the framework of the dissertation, an element of choice is possible: you can opt between (a) taking five regular History modules and a 5,000 word dissertation, or (b) four regular modules and a 10,000 word dissertation.  In both cases, students receive one-to-one supervision from tutors and are accorded a strong measure of negotiated choice in deciding their research topic.

Our students value the chronological breadth and analytical depth of our programme, as well as the experience of being taught by professional historians. Our research activities inform our teaching, meaning that our students and staff are at the cutting edge of new developments in History. The flexibility of our degree structure allows students to take modules in Years 2 and 3 across a range of historical periods or to opt for a significant level of focus on a key period of the past.

The History team has four guiding aims:

  • to provide you with a high quality learning experience that will help you develop an appreciation of the richness of History as a subject.
  • to offer you a stimulating and engaging range of History modules.
  • to challenge you intellectually by offering a programme of study that progresses in terms of depth and complexity over the three years of your degree.
  • to help you enhance your analytical, interpretative, research, presentational, communication and ICT skills, not only to help you succeed as an undergraduate but to provide you with a portfolio of transferable skills that will be attractive to employers and provide a foundation for a successful future career.

Foundation Year Zero

As a student on a Faculty of Arts and Humanities Foundation Year course you will undertake 4 core modules introducing you to study in the arts and humanities and university level skills. 

Core Modules

Semester One

  • Life and Study

A module introducing you to Life and Study at university, equipping you with the personal management skills you need to make the most of your time here. 

  • Understanding Arts and Humanities 

A module introducing research methods and key skills, such as academic writing, referencing, presentations and critical reading. 

Semester Two

  • Being Human

A module introducing modernity and how it is identified and researched. You will choose your own individual example of modernism, whether it be an object, a work of art, an idea or a piece of literature. 

  • School Core Module

A module designed to equip you with the skills relating to your chosen subject area, providing you with a seamless transition to level 4/year one.   

Complementary Modules 

In addition you will be offered two complementary modules, one to be studied in each semester. For this subject you will study:

Semester One

  • Historical Foundations 

You will study a broad survey of British and Western European History from the late Roman Republic to the beginning of the 21st Century. 


  • Introduction to Global Humanities

You will study the materials and concepts that inform the meaning of being human from global south diaspora perspectives. You will explore key concepts such as identity, freedom, justice, culture, belonging and migration.

Semester Two

  • America and the World 

You will be introduced to the main issues and themes in US foreign policy during the course of the 20th century, with a focus on the key doctrines of isolationism, imperialism and the promotion of capitalism and democracy.


  • Dangerous Ideas 

You will study the concepts that inform theological and religious thought. This will be explored within a range of cultural, philosophical, social, political and ethical contexts. Particular case studies may be made such as the Israeli Palestinian conflict, the Civil Rights movement, Ghandi and Tibet.

Core Modules

Year 1

Making History: An Introduction to the Study and Writing of History (20 credits)

This module is compulsory for all single honours History students and may also be taken by combined honours students. The aim of the module is to emphasise the methods, approaches and skills that full immersion in the degree-level study of History requires.

Snapshots in Time: History and Historiographical Controversy (20 credits; possibly core for Single Honours students)

The module is formed of case­studies which help illustrate the nature of historiography and the way in which historiographical debate drives the development of historical understanding. Recent case case­studies have included the Norman Invasion of 1066; the Reformation; and the Atomic Bombing of Japan in 1945. Where possible, we seek to offer a medieval, an early­modern and a modern example of how historians can arrive at competing and conflicting views on the same events and developments. This module will focus on historians, their art and craft, and their arguments and debates across three chronological periods.

Year 2

Futures of the Past: Public History and Our Present Debates (20 credits)

History is perhaps the single most ‘invoked’ discipline or field of knowledge in the vast sweep of present-day public debates and popular cultures. For this reason, this module looks at the ways that History can be used and misused in the public realm and trains students to engage critically with these representations.

Year 3

Independent Study (10,000­ word research dissertation, 40 credits, OR 5,000 word research dissertation, 20 credits)

The dissertation is your opportunity to not just read History but to write your own.  In this module, you will produce a formal independent dissertation project, which entails detailed analysis of primary and secondary sources. Through one-­to­-one supervision with a qualified member of staff, you will have the opportunity to put into practice everything you have learnt in your degree. The process begins in the spring of your second year, when you submit a topic proposal and consult with staff about the nature and scope of your chosen research area. Your supervisor will then offer guidance and support as you undertake the significant amount of independent learning necessary to write something of which you can be truly proud.

Optional modules

Below is the suite of optional modules. Please note that the list of modules actually offered to students may change from year to year but we always try to offer students a good choice across the key chronological periods that comprise our degree programme.

Year 1

Snapshots in Time: History and Historiographical Controversy (20 credits)

The module is formed of case ­studies that help to illustrate the nature of historiography and the way in which historiographical debate drives the development of historical understanding. Recent case ­studies have included the Norman Invasion of 1066; the Reformation; and the Atomic Bombing of Japan in 1945. Where possible, we seek to offer a medieval, an early ­modern and a modern example of how historians can arrive at competing and conflicting views on the same events and developments. This module will focus on historians, their art, craft, arguments and debates.

Civilisations of the Ancient World (20 credits)

This module introduces students to the cultures and civilisations of the ancient world through an examination of historical and archaeological evidence from Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Near East, and the central Mediterranean (including Greece and Rome). Explored themes will include art, religion, politics, and society, with an emphasis on the long­ term influence of ancient civilisations on later societies and the contemporary world. This is an ideal introduction to further modules in ancient history and/or archaeology.

Kings Queens and Conquerors in Medieval Europe (20 credits)

This module offers an introduction to Northern Europe in the Middle Ages via a thematic exploration of medieval society and its formation in the period c. 750 and c. 1250. It explores a number of themes in this period, including the Carolingian empire, the Capetian kings of France, relations between Germany and the papacy, monasticism, the emergence and collapse of the Angevin empire, queenship, the birth of a persecuting society, Louis IX and his crusades, and chivalry and aristocratic society. The module seeks to explore the emergence of medieval Europe through the study of a range of primary sources, such as chronicles, as well as secondary literature.

Renaissance, Reformation and Revolution in the Early Modern World (20 credits)

This module introduces students to early modern history, the period running from 1450 to around 1700, and examines the major social, political, religious and economic developments and events that occurred across England at this time. Topics covered include the Reformation, Humanism and the Renaissance, the printing press, colonial expansion, poverty, witchcraft, court culture, monsters and the grotesque, print, war, women and the Enlightenment. The module also addresses the myriad developments, conflicts, and enduring themes that characterise this peculiar, and powerfully important, period in history.

The Making of Modernity: Enlightenment, Nation and Empire (20 credits)

This module covers aspects of European history from 1750 to the outbreak of the Great War in 1914, an era especially marked by the impact of the so-­called ‘dual revolution’ – the French Revolution of 1789­-99 and the Industrial Revolution. It is also the age of empire, of the abolition of slavery, of the emergence of nationalism and socialism in Europe, of social Darwinism and feminism, of new more complex relations between the great powers, of the rise of the modern city and of great rural change.

The Cold War and the Making of the Contemporary World (20 credits)

This module is an introduction to some of the big themes and events of global history since 1945.  It takes the Cold War as its focus, examining the ways in which this superpower conflict permeated every aspect of life around the world, and tracing the effects of that into the present day. The legacy of the Cold War can be seen in the still fraught relationship between Russia and the West, in the issue of nuclear weapons (notably in connection with North Korea and Iran), and in the turmoil that afflicts large parts of the Middle East, Africa and other former Cold War battlegrounds.

Year 2

Applied Humanities: Employability in Practice (20 credits)

This module is one of the most highly praised aspects of our degree.  While other modules teach you about different aspects of History, building up your transferable skills in the process, this module aims to complement the theoretical elements of a humanities degree by taking the skill-set that students acquire and helping to apply them directly to the world of work. In contrast to academic class-based learning, the focus here is on practical work-based experience. Students have the opportunity to develop an understanding of a work environment either through a 40 hour micro-placement; by bringing students into contact with professionals who will help set out a project/problem based work opportunity; or through a relevant case study. This could be work shadowing, a reflective diary, a portfolio, or a research report.

More details can be found on this page. 

Castles in Medieval Society (20 credits)

In this module, you will come to appreciate how castles are one of the most visible and imposing reminders of our medieval past. The ruins we see now are the result of dynamic changes in society, culture, politics and architecture. This module therefore investigates castles in their medieval context using archaeological evidence, the landscape and standing buildings alongside written documents. It will consider how castles were viewed in medieval society and chart the evolution of castle studies in the modern era.

The Crusades, c.1095­-c.1204 (20 credits)

In this module, you will study the history of the crusading movement from its origins in the 1090s to the end of the fourth crusade. Along the way, you will explore major themes and debates, including, for example, the forces and influences that gave rise to the Crusades; the motives of crusaders; the causes, course and consequences of a series of crusades; Islamic responses to the crusades; the development of the crusader states; and the portrayal of the crusades in film.

Life and Death in the Middle Ages (20 credits)

The module will introduce you to the archaeology and history of Europe c.900­-1348. This was a period of great change across all areas of life encompassing the formation of states, economic development, the foundation of new forms of religious life, agricultural and technological change and periods of disease. You will cover a range of material including the study of artefacts, settlements, agrarian and urban landscapes, narrative histories, administrative sources, and the built environment.

Anarchy, Law, War and Tyranny: Angevin England, 1128-­1216 (20 credits)

In this module, you will study the history of England under the Angevin kings (Henry II, Richard the Lionheart and John) who governed a vast collection of cross­-Channel territories. Key topics include the ‘Anarchy’ of King Stephen’s reign (by way of background), the forging of the Angevin Empire under Henry II, Henry II’s fateful quarrel with Archbishop Thomas Becket, King Richard’s role in the Third Crusade and the disasters of John’s reign.

The Age of the Tudors, 1485-­1603 (20 credits)

In this module, you will study the political history of England and its neighbouring realms from the end of the Wars of the Roses through to the Reformations of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. Tying together political history with contemporary political theories, the module considers the major political events of all the Tudor reigns and the roles of major institutions such as Parliament and the Church.

Sex, Deviance and Death in the Sixteenth Century (20 credits)

In this module, you will be introduced to a variety of sixteenth-century primary sources and shown how to work with sixteenth-century texts and artefacts which should deepen your knowledge of English history and its sources during this period. Key topics include print culture, health, witchcraft, heresy, gender, and the role of women in sixteenth-century England.

Terror, Consent and Resistance in Nazi Germany (20 credits)

In this module, you will study the relationship between the Nazi regime and the German people, examining the extent to which the notion of a ‘people’s’ community’ put down roots amongst women, workers and youth. The module also questions attitudes towards the persecution of the Jews and other ‘social outsiders’ and further considers ‘resistance’ and problems of measuring it.

Land of Hope and Glory? Britain since 1900 (20 credits)

In this module, you will be reminded that at the beginning of the twentieth century, Britain was the first modern society and the first superpower ­ a Land of Hope and Glory. This module will go on to explore the changing nature of Britain's role in the world during a period that saw the rise and fall of empires, the two most devastating wars in history, Europe divided, and power shift steadily from the global north to the global south.

‘Isolation to Domination’: United States of America, 1914-­1945 (20 credits)

The module covers the period thematically, including sessions on: the First World War, Red Scare & Nativism, Gender, Race, Depression, and the Second World War. After this, the module has four weeks of case studies designed to encourage students to read intersectionally, a representative sample of which might include: gangsters, the idea of the Mammy, a cultural analysis of horror narratives, and the significance of the Cultural Front in contemporary history and beyond. 

War and Revolution in Vietnam, 1930­-1975 (20 credits)

In this module, you will study the origins, course and consequences of one of the most violent conflicts of the twentieth century. While the US war of 1965­-1973 will feature strongly, the module also seeks to understand the conflict in its wider international context, to give the Vietnamese, both northern and southern, a prominent place in their own story, and to reflect on the cultural impact or war in literature, film and music.

Year 3

Roman Frontiers: Life and Interaction at the Edges of Empire (20 credits)

In this module, you will examine historical and archaeological materials and perspectives related to the frontiers of the Roman Empire and cultural interactions within and beyond the edges of the Roman world, with a particular emphasis on northern Britain. Rather than focus on the Roman military and its fortifications, this module emphasises emerging themes of frontier life and communities, including across traditional Roman/native and military/civilian divides.

From Norsemen to Normans: Pirates and Princes (20 credits)

Historians have long been fascinated by the Normans due to the quantity and quality of the historical writing that celebrates their achievements and their magnificent architecture. Although 1066 is a date that looms large in British history, the Normans also settled in other areas of Europe. Rollo, a Viking raider, became count of Rouen after he was granted land in northern France by the French king Charles the Simple. This module considers how Rollo, ancestor of William the Conqueror, and his immediate successors were able to establish themselves in Normandy and how they founded one of the strongest principalities in France by the eleventh century.

King Stephen, Empress Matilda and the Anarchy: The Anglo­ Norman Dominions, 1120­-54 (20 credits)

In this module, you will study some of the major aspects of the civil war between King Stephen (ruler of England from 1135 to 1154) and Empress Matilda, a period often described as ‘the Anarchy’. Themes explored include the causes and consequences of the civil war; the fate of Stephen’s power in Northumbria and Normandy; the role of the Church and disputes over elections to bishoprics; the activities, loyalties and ambitions of major barons; and the forces and influences that helped to restore peace.

Queens, Maidens and Dowagers: Women in Medieval England (20 credits)

In this module, which draws on chronicles, letters and records, you will reflect on the diverse nature of women’s experiences in medieval England. The module investigates the roles open to queens, aristocratic ladies, peasant women, townswomen, anchoresses and nuns in an era when women were widely regarded as the weaker of the two sexes. Topics covered typically include the impact of the Norman Conquest on women, queenship, royal daughters, estate and household management, religious devotion, and women at work.

From Richard II to The Wars of the Roses: Politics and Society, 1377-­1509 (20 credits)

In this module, you will study the history of England during the fifteenth century, particularly the causes, course and consequences of the civil wars known as the Wars of the Roses. It assesses the crisis of kingship occasioned by the Lancastrian revolution of 1399 and the characters of the men who sat upon the English throne in that period. Political turmoil in England is set against the context of social and cultural change throughout late medieval Europe.

The Stuart State: Britain, 1603­-1714 (20 credits)

In this module students will study the development of the Stuart State through civil war and revolution, and consider the roles of the Monarchy, Parliament and the Church in seventeenth century politics. Key topics include the reign of Charles I, the causes and impact of the English Civil Wars, the Cromwellian Protectorate and the Restoration. The legacies of civil war will be examined in the formation of political parties and the regime change of 1688­-9.

Poverty, Prostitution, Plague: The Problems of English Society, 1600-­1800 (20 credits)

In this module students will study the social and cultural history of three powerful ‘problems’ central to life in England, c. 1600-­1800. The module examines the history of welfare, sexual cultures, and medicine in a bid to recover the lived experiences of a broad majority of England’s population. Key topics include: early modern mental illness, transgressive sexuality, roguery and counterculture, and the English poor laws.

‘The Troubles': War, Rebellion and Loyalty in Ireland (20 credits)

In this module you will study the main elements and development of the Irish Question from the nineteenth century. Topics include the home rule crisis; the impact of the Great War; the 1916 Easter Rising; the Anglo-­Irish and Irish Civil Wars 1919­23; the battle between the British state and the Provisional IRA in Northern Ireland; Loyalist paramilitaries; and attempts at finding a solution to the ‘Troubles’ including the Peace Process and the negotiation of the ‘Good Friday’ Agreement.

Fascism in the Twentieth Century (20 credits)

In this module, you will study the experience of fascism using the methods of comparative history. As well as Italian fascism and German Nazism, the module draws examples from France, Spain, Portugal, Britain and Romania. It also considers regimes that imitated or embraced elements of fascism (such as Salazar’s Portugal, Franco’s Spain and Vichy France) before concluding by considering attempts to resurrect fascism after the Second World War.

The Global Sixties (20 credits)

In this module, you will discover that the ‘Sixties’ ­ stretching from the late 1950s to the early 1970s ­ remain a powerful myth. In the last few years, however, historians have begun to question the nostalgic take on the era that is fed by TV shows, historical novels, and fashion revivals. This module explores from a global perspective why, where and when the Sixties ‘happened’. The Sixties offers a way of addressing key questions regarding democracy, cross­-border exchange, memory, and identity.

The Bomb (20 credits)

This module aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of the role of nuclear science and nuclear weapons in the early Cold War era and, more particularly, to consider how the “Bomb” impacted on world politics and popular culture in the post-1945 period. The module further aims to provide a comparative approach to the American, British and Soviet nuclear experience. Case studies will include the atomic bombing of Japan in 1945 and the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.

A Superhero History: Truth, Justice and the American Way (20 credits)

In this module, you will be introduced to a new interdisciplinary area, comics studies. Through engagement with this area, you will be able to track and consider changes in American society from the 1930s to the present day and how superhero narratives have operated as both a means of representing change and a space through which audiences have been able to negotiate it. You will consider social, political, economic, cultural, and legal developments that informed narratives and society.

In Search of the Past: The Meanings of Heritage (20 credits)

In this module, you will explore the past through the idea of ‘heritage’ as it appears in history and culture. Topics covered will include antiquarianism, heritage tourism and travel writing; the development of museums and their collections; the formation of national heritage bodies in the Twentieth Century, popular culture and heritage in the age of global media; archaeology and its popular appeal. The rich heritage of Kent will supply examples, case studies and field trips.

Former students have found careers in teaching, university lecturing, university administration, archive management and preservation, museum curatorship, the heritage industry, the armed forces, media and TV, legal training, the police, archaeology, and the insurance industry, to give just a few examples.

"After leaving Christ Church and its historians I did a stint in the private sector before finding my real calling as a campaigner within the UK voluntary sector, becoming Head of Campaigns for the RNID (now re-named Action on Hearing Loss). In parallel I became involved with political think-tanks such as the Fabian Society writing on foreign policy issues. In both cases my History degree was useful both in terms of content (how political issues are understood and acted upon) and training (how to construct a sound argument). I am now Head of Communications at International Alert, an NGO for which I continue to use those same skills working in armed conflicts around the world.”

Chris Underwood

“My BA in History at Christ Church was a great grounding for a career in the Heritage sector. After graduating I worked as a volunteer, then as a full-time employee of English Heritage, curating at St Augustine's Abbey, Richborough Roman Fort, and Walmer Castle. I have since done an MA in Museum Studies (completed in 2010), worked as Assistant Curator of the Dover Museum & Bronze Age Boat Gallery, and am presently Collections Officer at Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery.”

Samantha Harris

"Since graduating, I have worked in marketing roles for a consumer magazine publisher, a top digital agency and now, for an international television channel. My History degree has equipped me with a wide range of capabilities that have been required in both my current and past employment; I am able to express myself clearly when writing reports, agency briefs and evaluations; I can assess and sympathise with the viewpoints of others in both meetings and at events; and I can accurately disseminate documents as well as find and capitalise on opportunities. So all in all I would recommend a History degree at Christ Church to anyone who wants to leave University with a plethora of work based skills!"

Laura Jones


The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £7,050 £9,910
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £13,000

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

* The tuition fee of £9,250  / £13,000 relates to 2020/21 only. Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and mid-course year on year fee increases.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIs the cost Included in the tuition fee?Is the cost an additional cost to students?
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) The costs of Field trips are not included in the Tuition fee unless the trip is a compulsory element of the module. Yes, unless the Field trip is a compulsory element of the module.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

Purchase of own text books

No – students are expected to purchase their own text books. Yes – students are expected to purchase their own text books.

Data & Barring Service (DBS) Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.

Occupational Health Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.
Professional Body registration No - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable. Yes - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable.
Travel to other sites No – students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information. Yes - students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information.
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages. Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course are included in the Tuition Fee. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages. Students must pay for additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course, or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages.
Library fees and fines Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student. Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student.
Printing and photocopying A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student. A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student.
Social events The tuition fee does not include the cost of any social events, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, the costs of social events are an additional cost payable by the student unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies IThe cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests. The cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests.


You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, and fieldtrips. You will typically have around 9 contact hours per week. Your contact hours depend on the option modules you select. Some modules, for example, those involving field trips may have significantly more contact hours than the average.

Seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures.

You will also be supported in your learning through regular access to your tutors who have office hours devoted to students each week, and through one-to-one tutorials during a designated tutorial week in each semester. In addition, you will meet periodically with your personal academic tutor.  All modules are supported by a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) webpage, providing information about the module and a variety of learning and support materials.

You will have access to IT and library facilities throughout your course.

You will have an opportunity to take a bespoke employability module, ‘Applied Humanities Employability in Practice’ in Year 2. All of your modules will help to develop a range of transferable skills useful to you in the world of work. The spine of core modules are supported by PebblePad, a reflective online space where students can construct a portfolio of evidence of their activities that can be exported after graduation, providing students with a ready-made demonstration of their own development and skill acquisition.

All programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2020.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars. Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before classes.

For the Dissertation in Year 3, you will undertake independent research. You will work under the supervision of a member of the course team. You will meet with your supervisor regularly.

Overall workload

Full-time students are expected to spend 37 hours per week studying (of which, typically, around 9 hours would be spent in class).  

Academic input

You will be taught by staff who are professional historians, experts in their fields, and active, published researchers. All our team members hold doctoral qualifications. We have extensive experience in delivering research-informed teaching. You can find out more about the current teaching on our History subject area web page.

Postgraduate students sometimes assist in teaching and assessing some modules, working alongside experienced members of staff. The permanent programme team teach the vast majority of lectures and seminars.

History modules are assessed by a variety of methods, with coursework being by far the most common. The coursework component typically involves essays, document analysis, presentations, portfolio assignments, VLE based projects, and class-based multiple choice tests. A few modules, however, do have a formal, written examination component. Usually, each module has two pieces of assessment of different kinds, though some modules have just one assessment.

You must achieve a pass mark of 40 or above in all Year 1 modules before progression to Year 2.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends on the optional modules you choose. It is as follows (at time of writing), but this may be subject to change:

Year 1

83-100% coursework; 0-17% exams

Year 2

83-100% coursework; 0-17% exams

Year 3

83-100% coursework; 0-17% exams


Tutors provide detailed, constructive feedback on all summative (formal) coursework assessments, indicating the strengths of the work and areas where improvement is possible. Students can also see their tutors for explanations of the feedback if they wish. The feedback provided by the teaching team has been highly praised by our external examiners.  Formal assessments count towards your module mark. Feedback on exams is available upon request.

We will normally provide you with feedback within 15 working days of submission for coursework.

While the History course does not in itself require anything in the way of specialist facilities, the Canterbury campus is modern and attractive. Classrooms are equipped with modern computing and AVA equipment, and there are computer suites and printers for students to use. The university library is well equipped with computer and printing facilities, and the electronic library catalogue provides easy access not only to hard copy books and article materials kept in the library, but also to a rich array of electronic historical source materials.


Full-time study

Apply via UCAS

Need some help?

For advice on completing your application please contact the Course Enquiry Team:

Email: courses@canterbury.ac.uk
Tel:+44 (0)1227 928000

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UCAS course code

  • V103 History with Foundation Year

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 4 years full-time


  • September 2020

Entry requirements

  • Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

    You do not need to have significant prior knowledge of Arts and Humanities related subjects but should be motivated to study the subject.



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