BA (Hons) History with Politics

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UCAS Code:8G56
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2019
Department:Department of English, History and Creative Writing
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Study Modern History from across the globe in a supportive and research active environment;
  • Examine political concepts, institutions and systems and immerse yourself in strategic political communications;
  • Critically evaluate theories, ideas and evidence in History and Politics.

The Department of English and History is dedicated to delivering cutting-edge teaching and research in the fascinating field of Modern History – from African-American civil rights to the origins of the Israel/Palestine conflict. On this degree, you will combine the study of History with Politics, exploring political concepts, practices, systems and communication, which will be grounded in real-world political events.

With research that has been judged to be ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ and teaching which has been praised by the Quality Assurance Agency, we pride ourselves on our student-centred culture and strive to nurture the skills, knowledge and confidence of everyone in our community. Our mission is to help you realise your full potential and become an independent, confident, and employable graduate.

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In Depth

What will I study?

The course and our research are focused on the History of Britain, Europe, the USA and Asia from the late eighteenth to the early twenty-first centuries. We believe that the study of this period of History provides us with a profound understanding of the world that we live in today and the challenges that we face.

In Year 1, you will learn about the broad spread of Modern History and receive a grounding in the foundations of political analysis as well as political systems and institutions.

Equipped with historical skills and knowledge, you will then have the choice to specialise in different areas of the discipline in Year 2, in addition to immersing yourself in contemporary European politics. You might wish to study the history of communism in Eastern Europe, the historical context of migration and mobility in Europe, the rise and fall of the British Empire, or the foreign policies of the United States.

In Year 3, you may decide to write a piece of original research, make a documentary, or just undertake regular taught modules. You will have the opportunity to interrogate issues surrounding terrorism, conduct a sociological analysis of the contemporary debate about ‘Broken Britain’, explore Black Life and Black Protest in the United States, or investigate the close relationship between history and contextual developments in wider British society. You will also study strategic political communication to enhance your understanding of the communication techniques of politicians and political campaign groups.

How will I study?

The programme has been carefully designed to ensure that you develop your confidence, knowledge and skills in a gradual way and in a highly supportive environment. In the first year, for example, you will have valuable in-depth sessions each week with your personal tutor. We also have an ‘open door’ policy, so that you can have easy access to academic staff outside the classroom. We see our relationship with you as one in which we work together to help you succeed.

You will have access to the latest History resources that will support your learning. You will be able to read newspapers and journals online from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries, consult the latest journals, and use websites that are created to support particular topics. There may also be the opportunity to attend relevant political events, such as party conferences.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments are varied to ensure you acquire a wide range of skills, particularly those required by future employers. You will learn to write essays, compile reports, critically analyse documents, give oral presentations and sit examinations.

Exams never count for more than 50% of the marks for any module, although the experience of doing exams is invaluable for entry into a wide variety of professions, including law, accountancy, the civil service and many financial and managerial careers.

We want you to develop an ability to work independently, so in Year 3, many modules are assessed entirely on the work you produce.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by highly experienced and enthusiastic lecturers and tutors who research and write History, in addition to experts in Politics and/or practising politicians. The programme team are at the cutting edge of their subjects and will share with you their ideas and new interpretations on a wide range of topics.

A Great Study Environment

A student sitting on a sofa in Hale Hall.The Department of English, History and Creative Writing is based in the Main Building at the centre of the campus, near the £26m Catalyst building which includes the University library.

A prime example of 1930s architecture, the Main Building has undergone extensive refurbishment to combine a traditional setting with modern facilities, including the £15m Student Hub.

The building includes lecture theatres, seminar and tutorial rooms, which are ideal for group discussions and one-to-one tuition, as well as IT resources and social learning spaces.


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Year 1

POL1001Introduction to Political Concepts and Theory (20 credits)

Introduction to Political Concepts and Theory explores the foundations of political analysis and the concepts, approaches and methods through which we understand the subject. The module will critically examine the core ideas central to the study of politics.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

POL1002Introduction to Political Systems and Institutions (20 credits)

Introduction to Political Systems and Institutions immerses you in political institutions and systems, focusing mainly on the UK but also using examples from the US. The module is designed to give you an introduction to, and understanding of, how politics works in practice in terms of institutions, systems, personnel and campaigns.  Focusing mainly on the UK, teaching will also draw on some examples from the US.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will select four of the following modules:

HIS1010The Medieval Outlook (20 credits)

The Medieval Outlook focuses on the period between the end of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance. You will learn about the emergence of Europe as a distinct entity, comprised of a variety of peoples with diverse cultures and languages. ‘Christendom’ is often used to describe medieval Europe and we will look at how the Church did indeed give a type of cohesion to the continent. The Church assumed leadership of societies after the fall of Rome and held a deep and powerful influence on the medieval outlook. We will consider how this influence manifested itself through a study of the state, power and authority as well as popular beliefs and the medieval world-view. We will also consider the tensions which arose between the bishop of Rome and the development of more secular authority and culture. The module will predominantly focus on England but will place the country’s medieval past into a broader European context.

Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

HIS1011The Dawn of Modernity (20 credits)

The Dawn of Modernity focuses on the immense social, political and religious changes which took place in Early Modern England. Reformation of the church, the outbreak of civil war, the emergence of radical sectarian groups and an increasingly politicised people created a rapidly changing society. The module will explore the diverse responses to those changes and the fear that people lived in a ‘world turned upside down’. Although the period can be characterised as one of tension and crisis, you will also consider continuities from the medieval period, and the existence of political and social consensus, climaxing in the restoration of monarchy after the short-lived republic. The module will consider whether we can truly agree with the perception of the early modern period as one of approaching modernity through a study of key developments in church, state and culture during the period 1500-1660.

Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Written Exam(s): 30%.

HIS1012Europe Re-made (20 credits)

Europe Re-made introduces you to the key developments that transformed European society between 1789 and 1919. At the start of this period, on the eve of the French Revolution, Europe was predominantly an agrarian society with very limited industrial and urban development. In most European states, landed elites were still dominant as a conservative influence resistant to political and social change. By 1919, Europe had been transformed into a society in which state power lay in the hands of urban-based political parties with industry and trade as the dominant forms of economic activity. The module is primarily concerned with the broad political, economic and social influences that caused this transformation which was of immense significance not only for Europe but also for the course of world history during the twentieth century.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HIS1013Imperialism, Liberation, Globalisation (20 credits)

Imperialism, Liberation, Globalisation examines some of the main events, political and social movements, economic developments and ideologies which dominated the twentieth century around the world. You will study the rise and fall of the great ideologies of Communism, Nazism and Fascism, the causes and outcome of the Second World War and the development of the Cold War between the Super Powers after 1945. The module will also look at international relations and the global economic system after the fall of the Soviet Empire in 1989-1991.

Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 30%, Practical(s): 20%.

HIS1016Time Detectives (20 credits)

Time Detectives introduces you to the tools and methods required to become an independent historical researcher. These skills include selecting and interpreting primary evidence, independently locating books and articles, making effective use of digital tools and archives, applying these research skills to a specific historical problem, and producing a clear, convincing and original argument.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HIS1017History and Society: Theory, Practice and Impact (20 credits)

History and Society: Theory, Practice and Impact introduces you to the conventions of academic history and outlines a range of concepts and ideologies that are regularly employed within historical discourse. The module also examines the way that history and ideas about the past are employed in a wide variety of non-academic contexts, such as politics, popular culture and journalism.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

Language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, are available to study as an integral part of this degree. A single Language module can be studied instead of one of the optional modules above.

Year 2

POL2001Comparative European Politics (20 credits)

Comparative European Politics examines the government and politics of France, Germany and Italy on a comparative basis. The module will explore in a systematic manner through the application of a number of theoretical models the nature of the systems of government and politics in the three states.

Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

You will select five of the following modules:

HIS2020Communism in Eastern and Central Europe After 1945 (20 credits)

Communism in Eastern and Central Europe After 1945 examines the rise, stagnation, collapse and ongoing legacies of the communist experiment that ruled half of Europe during the decades after the Second World War. The module examines both the Soviet Union itself during the post-Stalinist era and the countries of east-central Europe, allowing you to choose to study the history of Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania or Yugoslavia. This history is of growing relevance to you, given that twenty years after its collapse the communist period can now be seen in historical perspective, and given the close relationships which many of the successors to these states have developed with the UK since the enlargement of the European Union in 2004 and 2007.

Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

HIS2022Urbanisation, Immigration and Economic Crisis: The United States 1880-1941 (20 credits)

Urbanisation, Immigration and Economic Crisis: The United States 1880-1941 examines the processes of cultural, social and economic change in the United States from 1880 onwards. The module examines the causes of such change and their impact on American culture and society. It analyses the reasons why U.S. political leaders and social reformers saw such changes as a threat to core American values, even the very survival of the Republic itself. The responses they advanced to deal with this threat are also assessed. The module concludes by examining the causes of the Wall St Crash, 1929, the ensuing Great Depression and the effectiveness of Roosevelt’s New Deal programmes in addressing the problems that resulted from them.

Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

HIS2023Mission and Manifest Destiny: U.S. Foreign Policy and Expansionism 1840-1939 (20 credits)

Mission and Manifest Destiny: U.S. Foreign Policy and Expansionism 1840-1939 examines the process of frontier expansion within the United States during the nineteenth century. The module assesses the impact of the move west on native American populations and also the ideological justifications advanced to justify this expansionism, such as mission, manifest destiny and American exceptionalism.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HIS2024Rise to Globalism: U.S. Foreign Policy Since 1939 (20 credits)

Rise to Globalism: U.S. Foreign Policy Since 1939 examines the rise of the United States as a global superpower from American entry into the Second World War in 1941 through to the present day. It examines the extent to which the ideology underpinning U.S. foreign policy, under successive administrations, has been shaped by American historical experience and values, such as the concepts of American exceptionalism, mission and manifest destiny. You will also study the challenges facing U.S. foreign policy planners from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama and the effectiveness of the various strategies that have been advanced to overcome them. The module examines both the opportunities and limitations on the exercise of American power in the modern world.

Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

HIS2025The Rise of the British Empire (20 credits)

The Rise of the British Empire focuses on the expansion of the British Empire in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Particular attention is given to the debates amongst historians on these subjects. At the heart of the module are fundamental, and much disputed, questions regarding the nature of imperialism and the process by which Britain attained and lost an empire that at different times stretched across Africa, Asia, America and the Pacific.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HIS2026The Fall of the British Empire (20 credits)

The Fall of the British Empire explores the reasons behind the end of the British Empire in the twentieth century, from the First World War until the 1960s. Reflecting the scale of the Empire, the module deals with a great variety of territories across the globe, from Australia to Iraq. It provides you with an opportunity to interpret how and why this world-changing process came to pass.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HIS2031Migration and Mobility in Contemporary European History (20 credits)

Migration and Mobility in Contemporary European History equips you with a better understanding of the historical context behind one of the most controversial issues facing Europe today. By placing current debates within a historical perspective stretching from the late 19th century right up to the present day, the module will enable you to understand political and social issues ranging from refugees to migrant workers, from cosmopolitanism to immigration controls, and from anti-racist activism to anti-migrant backlashes within a longer term context. By also examining the social and political history of daily journeys such as commuting for work, you will be encouraged to take a broad perspective on mobility.

Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

HIS2032Digital Detectives (20 credits)

Digital Detectives provides extensive practical experience with digital archives and will help you to develop a range of advanced digital research skills. Digital tools and archives are becoming increasingly central to the process of historical research. The module will be taught entirely in computer rooms and will take the form of weekly two-hour workshops. The historical content of the module will be structured around the history of crime and society in 18th and 19th century Britain.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HIS2033Introduction to Contemporary French History: From the 1930s to the Present (20 credits)

Introduction to Contemporary French History: From the 1930s to the Present covers a subject that is both related to and distinct from the familiar Hitler and Stalin centric stories of 20th century Europe. You will examine the history of contemporary France during turbulent periods of political conflict and social change before, during and following the Second World War and France’s subsequent wars of decolonisation in Algeria and elsewhere, as well as its politics and society today. By taking up this comparatively rare opportunity to study the recent history of an important neighbouring country, which is often stereotyped and misunderstood in the UK, you can develop a wider international awareness.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HIS2034History In Practice: Community Project (20 credits)

History In Practice: Community Project enables you to enhance your employability by making a direct connection between the subject matter of your degree and the working world. You will negotiate a project with an external agency or professional body. The finished product, in the form of a publication, web page, You Tube video or other format, must be public facing and enhance the work of the partnership body. The programme team will establish partnerships with relevant external agencies and professional bodies with whom you can negotiate your own specific project.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

MED2080Psychology of Persuasion (20 credits)

Psychology of Persuasion has a strong communication component, emphasising the discursive elements of a variety of written and visual texts. The module introduces a range of supporting theories, after which you work with models of audience consumption, reception and visual and discursive techniques aimed at producing impact, changing opinions and behaviours. Analysing a variety of media and case studies, you will apply a number of rhetorical and persuasive techniques to your own practice.

Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

MED2258History on Screen (20 credits)

History on Screen looks at how British, American and German cinemas respectively have represented the historical period up to 1945 on screen, using a combination of contemporary and retrospective film productions. The module will thus explore not only the nature of cinematic representation in general, but also how each nation in turn constructs, or indeed, in the particular case of Germany, reconstructs, national identity through the prism of its past.

Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

MED2289Crisis Management (20 credits)

Crisis Management looks at a number of theoretical models relating to how crises develop, to the analysis of crisis situations and to the management of crisis. It focuses on reputation management and related concepts of organisational image and identity. The module includes analysis of past examples of crisis management and workshops simulating reactions to hypothetical crisis scenarios. A wide range of crises are used including crises from the worlds of politics, business and the charity sector.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

POL2004The Politics of Migration (20 credits)

The Politics of Migration acknowledges that migration is one of the key paradigms of the 21st century. To understand many of the trends and events in the world today, it is necessary to understand what migration is, how it is represented and ‘managed’, and how it is experienced, whether directly or indirectly. The module will introduce you to a range of theoretical traditions of migration, as well as a variety of case studies from both the UK and overseas, to enable you to understand and analyse a phenomenon that is highly relevant in contemporary politics.

Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

POL2005Contemporary US Politics (20 credits)

Contemporary US Politics looks at politics in the US today and in the recent past.  It focuses on major trends and key developments while exploring in some detail the key institutions relevant to US politics. Focusing on the US politics from the Reagan presidency onwards, the aim is to equip you with an understanding of one of the major ‘theatres of politics’. You will explore key aspects of recent presidencies, the development of the role of Vice President, the US candidate selecton system, the funding of political campaigns, the operation of Congress and State Houses, legislative processes, trends in party management and development, as well as any emerging news stories.

Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

SPY2135Broken Britain (20 credits)

Broken Britain explores issues around class, culture and conflict in contemporary British society. You will examine a variety of sociological perspectives and case-studies to engage critically with questions such as whether British society is ‘broken’ or if the claim is a case of ‘moral panic’? If it is broken, why? Who broke it? What role has globalisation played? Is modernity itself broken? Can society be mended? What is the ‘Big Society’? What is the Good Society? Case studies may include ‘affluenza’ and consumption, family breakdown and the ‘parenting deficit’, the ‘underclass’ debate, the hollowing out of representative democracy, and the rise of ‘radicalisation’ and ‘violent extremism’.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

If you studied a Language module in Year 1, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 2. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.

Year 3

POL3001Strategic Political Communications (20 credits)

Strategic Political Communications looks in depth at political communication and how it is used by various players in the political arena. It is impossible to understand modern day politics without understanding how politicians and campaign groups communicate.  This module builds on your understanding of political systems and practices and analyses pieces of communication in a critical way.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will select one of the following modules:

HIS3038Special Subject (40 credits)

Special Subject enables you to pursue independent research within a structure that provides a clear framework of support. The module will guide you through from weekly subject-based sessions to more independent, but supported, study of your chosen extended special subject research. You will have considerable choice of subject matter you wish to research, exploring a range of topics before researching a more defined subject area. The module entails identifying a research question, locating relevant and sufficient primary material, assessing and selecting an appropriate methodology, collecting, organising and analysing your primary sources and writing up your research and findings in an extended essay. You will also develop your verbal skills through an oral exam and preparation for that assignment.

Assessment: Coursework: 90%, Practical(s): 10%.

HIS3039Independent Research Project (40 credits)

Independent Research Project enables you to undertake an extended piece of research, on a topic of your own selection. Extended research is at the heart of history as an academic subject, and this module provides you with an opportunity to independently deploy the skills and knowledge you have acquired. You will frame your own research question(s) and conduct primary research using libraries, archives, digital depositories and other appropriate sources and resources. You will present your case in either written and/or visual form and be able to demonstrate the clear relationship with existing scholarship on your chosen subject.

Assessment: Coursework: 90%, Practical(s): 10%.

You will select three of the following modules. Alternatively, it may be possible to study both HIS3038 Special Subject and HIS3039 Independent Research Project (the two options above), choosing one additional module to study alongside them from the options below.

HIS3020Black Life and Black Protest in the United States 1895-1945 (20 credits)

Black Life and Black Protest in the United States 1895-1945 examines African American life and history from the 1890s through to the end of the Second World War. It considers the reasons for the widespread introduction of racial segregation in the United States at the end of the nineteenth century and its impact on African American communities. You will examine the efforts of African American leaders to challenge discrimination, from Booker T. Washington through to Asa Philip Randolph, assessing their strengths and weaknesses. The extent to which developments in this period sowed the seeds for the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s are also considered.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HIS3021Black Life and Black Protest in the United States Since 1945 (20 credits)

Black Life and Black Protest in the United States Since 1945 analyses the reasons for the emergence of the post-war civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. The contribution of leading individuals within the movement, like Martin Luther King, is also examined together with the life and career of Malcolm X and the Black Power movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The module concludes by assessing the legacy of the civil rights era for present day race relations and the extent to which the election of Barack Obama in 2008 means that the United States can now be described as a post-racial society.

Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

HIS3024Seeds of Conflict in the Holy Land 1840-1923 (20 credits)

Seeds of Conflict in the Holy Land 1840-1923 examines the origins of the Zionist-Palestinian conflict before the commencement of the British Mandate for Palestine in 1923. The module analyses the development of Zionism and Palestinian Arab nationalism under the Ottoman Empire, British support for Zionism in World War I, and the escalation of political conflict and violence by the 1920s. A principal focus will be the impact of the War.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HIS3025British Rule in Palestine (20 credits)

British Rule in Palestine explores the origins and development of British rule in Palestine, a seminal chapter in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Middle East and the British Empire. The module focuses on the political objectives and impact of British rule in Palestine, with particular reference to the evolution of the Zionist-Palestinian conflict.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HIS3036The Special Relationship: Britain and the USA (20 credits)

The Special Relationship: Britain and the USA concentrates on the major diplomatic, economic and cultural meeting points of arguably the two most influential nations of the 20th century. You will study how their relationship – at times good and at times bad – influenced the course of international history. It is a relationship of unparalled closeness and complexity which persists into the present day. By analysing the principle issues that arose between these two competitive yet cooperative states, we may be in a position to judge to what extent the relationship actually deserves the epithet ‘special’.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HIS3037History: Interpretations and Context (20 credits)

History: Interpretations and Context explores the close relationship that history has with contextual developments within wider British society, in the period from circa 1840 to the present day. The relationship operates in both directions, as history and perceptions of the past act to inform notions of national identity and national values, through popular cultural media. By exploring the relationship between history and wider British society, the module also introduces you to the uses made of the past in a number of areas of employment, such as advertising, TV production, the press, marketing and commerce. You will reflect on how popularly held notions of national identity become points of connection for journalists, politicians and advertisers with the population at large.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

POL3002Working in Politics (20 credits)

Working in Politics focuses on preparing you for a career in politics or a politically related area. The module will also, however, encourage you to think about the world of work more generally. Politics (or those jobs linked to it) is a very competitive career environment. To succeed, you will need to fully understand what is required and be aware of how to develop those skills and attitudes. This module will enable you to demonstrate that you have an understanding of operational politics and campaigning, while also equipping you with the tools to recognise opportunities in the career market.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

POL3006Advanced Parliamentary Studies (20 credits)

Advanced Parliamentary Studies equips you with a thorough and deep understanding of the workings of the UK Parliament and Parliamentary systems. The module explores the history, culture and potential future of Parliament, examines aspects of Parliamentary process in-depth, and considers related issues such as regulation and ethics. You will have the opportunity to interact with practitioners from the workforce in the Houses of Parliament.

Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

SPY3040Broken Britain: Class, Culture and Crisis in Late Modernity (20 credits)

Broken Britain: Class, Culture and Crisis in Late Modernity provides a sociological analysis of the contemporary debate about ‘Broken Britain’. You will examine a variety of sociological perspectives and case studies to critically engage with such questions as: Is British society ‘broken’ or is the claim a case of ‘moral panic’? If it is broken, why? Who broke it? What role has globalisation played? Is modernity itself broken? Can society be mended? What is the ‘Big Society’? What is the Good Society? Case studies may include ‘affluenza’ and consumption, family breakdown and the ‘parenting deficit’, neoliberalism and the ‘underclass’ debate, and the rise of ‘radicalisation’ and ‘violent extremism’. You will learn to explore and research bodies of evidence, evaluating competing arguments and gaining a sense of the sociological questions that dominate contemporary society.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

SPY3110Critical Terrorism Studies (20 credits)

Critical Terrorism Studies recognises that in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, and those in London, Madrid, Paris and beyond, terrorism and political violence have become ever more pressing contemporary issues. But, what is ‘terrorism’; what does the term itself actually mean? What causes political violence, how is it represented in modern multi-mediated societies and how does the issue of ‘counter terrorism’ impact on the lives of people today? How has the ‘fear’ of terrorism come to affect our society? These are the sort of questions this module is designed to address. You will be invited to employ and develop your understanding of critical sociological theories, concepts and approaches in order to investigate these matters of great contemporary social importance.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

If you studied Language modules in Years 1 and 2, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 3. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.


Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

Typical offer 120 UCAS Tariff points, preferably to include A Level History at Grade C or above or an equivalent qualification.

Example Offers

Some examples of how you can achieve 120 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Level: BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit

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International students should visit for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

English Language Requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

Typical careers for History with Politics graduates include teaching (further training required), the civil service, business, media and journalism, local government, retail management, law and information management. Alternatively, you may wish to progress to further study or research in History or Politics.

How can I enhance my employability?

It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

  • Sandwich Years – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement, usually as the third year of a four year degree, and gain highly relevant work experience;
  • Erasmus+ and Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend time studying or working abroad, usually as the third year of a four year degree, enabling you to immerse yourself in a different culture;
  • Learning a Language – you may be able to select language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as an integral part of your degree (for which you will gain academic credits). Alternatively, it may be possible to participate in Language Steps classes as additional study.

Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or studying abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.


Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2019/20, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20 are £12,000 per annum.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2019/20, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2019/20 guide at

Financial support information for international students can be found at


Ten scholarship winners sitting together in a lecture theatre at the Scholarship Awards Evening.Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit


How to Apply

Apply online through UCAS at

Visit to find out more about the application process.

Further information for international students about how to apply is available at

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective students, including monthly campus tours, at

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

International students should visit or email with any queries about overseas study.

Course Changes

Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

15th January 2019 - Change of Modules

SPY3110 Critical Terrorism Studies (20 credits) replaces SPY3041 Critical Terrorism Studies (20 credits) as an optional module in Year 3. POL3006 Advanced Parliamentary Studies (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 3.

13th November 2018 - Clarification of Entry Requirements

A Level History should preferably be at Grade C or above (or equivalent).

6th February 2018 - New Modules Added

POL2004 The Politics of Migration (20 credits) and POL2005 Contemporary US Politics (20 credits) added as optional modules in Year 2.