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Take an exciting and dynamic approach to learning history. On BA (Hons) History, you relate your understanding of different periods to the present day, as well as to other contexts and times. We challenge you with big questions, and engage you actively in historical processes and method. We use archives and living history to make sense of the past, and its fundamental place in our present and future.
Three A-levels at grades CCC or above
Or BTEC triple grades MMM or above
Or Access 23-45 D/M with min 6D
And GCSE English Language at grade 4 or grade C or above
UCAS points 96
UCAS code HIS1
UCAS institution code P63
Duration Three years full-time or up to six years part-time
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History is full of danger, excitement and mystery. This innovative BA (Hons) History degree at Marjon allows you to cross space and time, looking at how big events, myriad forces and influential people have shaped the world we live in. On this programme, you will answer questions such as these: What were early humans like, and how are we like them still? What is the legacy of ancient civilisations? How have humans changed the natural environment? How have war and rebellion impacted on social, political and cultural change?
History is best understood when different periods, people and experiences are related to one another, thus giving us a deeper understanding of our present. This programme takes a broadly thematic approach to learning about history, in which students forge links in space and time, gaining a greater insight into their own world and experience. Modules are designed to provide thematic coherence and they are threaded together to build on learning through engagement with primary and secondary sources in a critical and academic way.
The programme takes a broad and progressive approach to learning history in which students can help shape the curriculum content, selecting areas of interest that can be explored collaboratively, and then built on over time to develop specialist skills and knowledge. Whilst guided by the expertise of tutors, who can ensure focus on learning outcomes, students are proactive in co-constructing their learning. So, if you have a interest in the Cold War, for instance, that will link to our Rebellion, Revolution and Conflict module. You're interested in the Space Race? Great - let's build on this knowledge in our Innovation, Science and Technology module. You want to know more about the history of Ming China? No problem - this fits in to our Ancient to Contemporary module.
The programme fosters students' intellectual growth through experiencing history in context: opportunities are embedded in all three years for students to visit local and national places of historic interest in order to engage fully with their subject. You will develop a range of invaluable skills, enabling you to become sophisticated in your knowledge of history and historical method. Work-based learning in Year 2 and Year 3 will give you experience in a range of areas in the history, heritage and education sectors, whilst also preparing you to become a skilled and confident professional in whatever field you choose to go into.
Study the broad and rich history of the past in a way that helps you understand the complex world you live in
Politics, religion, society, culture, identity, human stories - this is a degree that has it all, and gives you insight into the diverse nature of human experience
Become an historian in the truest sense, asking questions and unearthing history from archives through research, creating your own exciting interpretations of past eras and event
Learn about how the history of south-west England is inextricably tied up with world history - explore the local area through field work study, discovering the secret, hidden treasures of Plymouth and the local region
Co-construct your learning, bringing your own interests to the fore - whatever these are, there is room to grow and nurture your love of specific periods, themes and places
Develop all the skills you need to make a success of yourself as an historian in the future; from digital archives to museum management, scope out your future through supportive experiential learning opportunities
“ You begin your history degree with the grand narrative of human history. Your first modules address these big questions: where did people come from?; how did communities, societies and civilisations emerge and develop?; what have been the distinguishing features and achievements of humans through the ages?; what were the factors that enabled us to flourish as a species to become what we are today? We also introduce you to critical theory, and how Marxist, feminist and postmodern perspectives (among others) enable us interpret history. Into year 2, among other modules, you undertake a placement in a history-related industry and begin to develop your research skills through archival research and a short independent study. In the third year you hone your skills as a researcher, completing a unique research project. Through our third year themes of power, politics, religion, thought and environmental change, you consider the complexity of human existence and the myriad forces that make us who we are.”
Please note: This course is subject to validation which means that it is either a new course or that the content is currently being updated. You can apply for this course now while some of the details of the course are being finalised by the University. Please contact the course leader if you would like further information.
What the purpose and value of history is...
How our lives are shaped by the forces of the past...
Whether or not history is about people, ideas or places...
How we can use the past to reflect on our sense of self and identity in the contemporary world...
How history can be seen as a broad and exciting field of study...
How people write about an interpret the past, drawing on the rich tapestry of human experience?
With BA (Hons) History there are so many options for the future. The world is full of history and there are numerous professions that link to a history degree. You may choose the world of heritage, working in one of many different museum, curation and archive roles. Or you may wish to share your learning and research with others, writing as an historian for a magazine or an online organisation.
And then there is education: at Marjon you are well-supported to progress from a BA undergraduate degree through to a range of postgraduate teacher training qualifications. Alternatively, the inter-disciplinary skills you develop, as a researcher, writer, presenter, communicator and collaborator will give you the skillset and the wherewithal for working in a wide variety of industries and occupations. Whatever path it is you choose to take, you can rest assured that BA (Hons) History at Marjon will prepare you to take on the challenges of the future.
This degree brings you into contact with like-minded and enthusiastic historians, with teachers on the course making use of their professional knowledge, research backgrounds and skills to support your learning. Learning, study and research is discovery and enquiry-led, so at all times you will be steeped in engaging secondary sources and intriguing primary materials.
Your learning experience will be enhanced through intensive discussion and debate, structured inputs, extensive field work and trips in the local and wider region, as well as archival research. In your second and third years, experiential learning in the sector will help you make decisions about your future, bringing you into contact with professionals with wide-ranging experience.
You will be supported by the tutors and our careers team as you explore your potential career pathways, or future study options.
Assessment is diverse, taking account of different interests and also nurturing a range of skills and abiliites. We focus on developing competent skills in writing, being able to construct coherent arguments and positions. But there is much more than essay writing, and you will take part in a variety of project-based learning tasks that give you an opportunity to apply your learning and knowledge. So, from presentations to practicals, and from digital portfolios to projects, there is assessment to suit everyone, bring the course to life, and more importantly, help you develop a broad range of graduate skills.
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Miles is a Senior Lecturer in both the Institute of Education and the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. He is Programme Lead for both Primary Education BA (Hons) and for English BA (Hons). Miles has also been leading the development of our History BA (Hons), which is new for September 2022, so please contact him with any questions about this. At the university, Miles is invovled in various activities that sit outside his programme and school responsibilities. He is an academic representative (from the the Institute of Education) on Plymouth Marjon Ethics Panel, and he is also a member of PIF (Pedagogic Innovation Forum), and CAPE (Context, Agency, Place and Education) Knowledge & Exchange Group. Miles has extensive experience working in diverse sectors of education, including within English Language Teaching and also within the Primary Sector. Currently, as well as his academic role at the university, Miles is undertaking his PhD, in the area of co-constructed research with children and historical education.
Fees UK students: £9,250 per annum
Fees for International students: £12,500 per annum
This fee covers your tuition and access to course-specific equipment and facilities, as well associated services including access to the library, study skills support, IT support, student support and wellbeing services and membership of the Student Union. There may be additional costs by course.
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Jonathan’s career as a history teacher has spanned over 25 years, working in secondary schools in Sussex, Suffolk and Cornwall. Previously, he has worked for Cornwall LEA as an Advanced Skills Teacher, supporting history departments, NQTs and recent entrants to the teaching profession across the county. He is a Teacher Fellow of the Historical Association.
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Karen brings over 30 years’ experience in working inside and outside University, FHE, informal education and business settings. She is expert in developing flexible study routes to meet the needs of students from a wide range of professional settings and won the University’s student-led ‘Inspiration’ teaching award in 2016.