Welsh History and History BA (Joint Hons)

UCAS CodeVV12
QualificationBA (Joint Hons)
Duration3 years
Study modeFull-time
Typical offer112–120 UCAS Tariff points

About this Course

This degree offers the opportunity to study a wide range of periods with a specialism in Welsh History. This course enables you to understand the evolution of Wales, its politics, society, industry and religion through the centuries, and to place this in the context of developments in British, European and American History from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Why choose Bangor University for this course?

  • Bangor is the leading centre for the study of the history of Wales. We have a long-standing excellent reputation for research in this field and our teaching staff are all active researchers.
  • We have expertise in modern and contemporary history, medieval, early modern and Welsh history as well as archaeology and heritage.
  • The School has an excellent teaching reputation and remains committed to small-group teaching and a student-centred approach.
  • The course is taught using a great variety of resources which include our extensive library holdings, own University archives, local record offices and museums.
  • The local area is steeped in history, with internationally important sites on the doorstep – spanning prehistory to the Industrial Revolution.

Course Content

You will have about 12 hours of lectures, seminars and tutorials each week. You will also spend a considerable amount of time in guided study – reading, researching, writing essays and preparing tutorial presentations. Some modules make particular use of documents, films and documentaries, as well as oral history. Others include trips to see relevant sites in Wales and elsewhere. You will also have the opportunity to take a workplace module in a local archives or museum and carry out a project. 

Assessment involves a mixture of examinations and essays or projects as well as the final-year dissertation.

The best aspect of both schools has to be the lecturers - each one I’ve met is extremely knowledgeable, always approachable, and clearly invested in the subjects they teach.

Megan Langham
History and English

What will you study on this course?

Year 1

Compulsory modules:

  • Past Unwrapped*
  • Wales: Princes to Tudors*
  • Wales in the Modern World*

and at least one of:

  • Apocalypse Then: the Crisis of The Fourteenth Century
  • Birth of Modern Europe 1470-1600
  • Introduction to Modern History 1815-1914

You will choose your remaining credits from the variety of modules offered by the School in History, Archaeology or Heritage, with the opportunity to take modules worth 20 credits from other Schools.

Year 2

You will study periods and themes in greater depth with a variety of thematic modules to choose from. Many modules make use of original sources and a workplace module is also available. You will also have the opportunity to further develop your research and presentation skills.

Compulsory modules:

  • Debating History*

Optional History modules (choose 2):

There are a wide range of options available. Examples include: The Nazi State, Europe in the High Middle Ages, 1000-1200, Holy Wars, 1095-1197, USA 1945-2001, Europe 1945-1992, Thatcher’s Britain, The Tudors, Britain 1780-1832, Royal Propaganda, Britain in the Jazz Age.

Optional Welsh History modules include (choose 2):

  • The Acts of Union: Wales and England#
  • Reigniting the Dragon#
  • Welsh History Workplace Module#
  • Wales 1600-1789#
  • Wales & Europe in the Renaissance#
  • Owain Glyndŵr and his Movement#

Year 3

You will select a Special Subject in History or Welsh History – this is a module which uses original sources and is based on the research of the tutor. You will also write a dissertation which gives you the opportunity to carry out your own research. In addition, you will complete other optional modules (see Year 2 above). 

Special Subject options may include: The Norman Conquest, Going to the Devil – Henry II, Land and Power in England & Wales 1780-1888, Home and Front during WW1, Britain in the 1960s, Ruled by an Orange, Law and Society in Wales 1558-1640, Celtic Revival, 1800–1920.

*These modules are also available in Welsh.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Welsh History and History Modules page.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Careers and Employability

This degree combines sound historical knowledge with a range of transferrable analytical and presentation skills. This course also provides specialist knowledge of Wales within a European context. With these you will be able to tackle a variety of career options centring on administration and public leadership especially, but not exclusively, in Wales. In, for example, the personnel departments of private companies, the Civil Service and local government, as well as a range of directly transferrable vocations. Graduates have in recent years, gained careers in political research, archives, the welfare services, teaching and the heritage industry.

Employability and the School of History and Archaeology

The strength of a History and Archaeology degree is its intellectual breadth and flexibility. This makes our graduates an attractive proposition for employers looking for analytical and lateral thinkers.

Transferable skills

Studying History, Archaeology and Heritage prepares our students for the workplace by providing academic skills and honing personal ones:

  • Research skills and the evaluation of data sets
  • Critical thinking
  • Writing and editorial skills
  • Confidence and flexibility
  • Independent and team working
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • IT and Time management
  • Practical skills in archaeology (survey, excavation and the study of material evidence).

Work experience while you study

The School’s work placement module provides an insight into the type of employment to which a degree in History or Archaeology can lead.

Students gain work experience in:

  • Archives
  • Schools
  • Heritage sites (National Trust, Cadw, English Heritage)
  • Heritage railways
  • Museums
  • Westminster Parliament and the Welsh Assembly
  • Archaeological digs and units
  • Trusts and charities

Read what our students say about the workplace experience (link to work placement page).

Directed personal and professional development while studying helps our students achieve a CV that catches the attention of prospective employers.

In addition to a degree, Bangor students can provide prospective employers with a record of academic and non-academic achievements through the Bangor Employability Award Scheme (BEA) and HEAR report.

Career opportunities

History, Archaeology and Heritage students enter careers in many different fields:

  • Archaeological units, archives and librarianship
  • Museums and heritage management
  • Research (Academic and the media – television, radio, film).
  • Teaching in primary, secondary and higher education
  • Business and finance professions
  • Law
  • Commercial, industrial and public service management
  • Marketing, sales and public relations
  • Civil service, charities and local and regional government
  • Personnel
  • Leisure and travel
  • Tourism

Work experience opportunities at Bangor University

Level 5 and 6 students are provided with the opportunity to complete work-placement modules, which can be carried out in the university or through external organizations. These are assessed as part of the final degree. The programme enhances employability prospects and offers an insight into the type of employment opportunities a degree in history or archaeology offers.  Students have undertaken placements in a wide range of workplaces, including archives, archaeological units, museums and heritage centres.

Employment Opportunities

Examples of employment opportunities in history and archaeology can be found at the following sites:

Opportunities at Bangor

The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)

The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.

The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.

Internships

Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.

Internships offer valuable experience in a professional work place and there is a range of internships you can get involved in.

Student Volunteering

Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.

The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.

Working while you Study

The JobZone is the University’s Student Employment Bureau; they advertise the following opportunities:

  • Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities
  • GO Wales opportunties

To access these opportunities you need to register with the Careers and Employability Service.

Entry Requirements

For 2018 entry:

  • 112-120 tariff points from a level 3* qualification – History preferred. *Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements).

For 2017 entry (new UCAS tariff for courses starting in September 2017):

  • 112-120 tariff points from a level 3* qualification – History preferred. *Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements).

General University entry requirements

Here at Bangor, we accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds. We consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. Normally, all GCE A and AS levels, VCEs and Key Skills can be used to calculate your overall points.

For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see the UCAS website.

Qualifications currently not in the Tariff Framework:

Access courses and mature entry: We welcome your application if you’re taking a recognised Access course. We also consider applications from other older students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

International students entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

More information

Home/EU students

E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 382017

International students

Email to International Education Office: international@bangor.ac.uk or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

How to Apply

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.

As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;

Erasmus student?

We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.

The University's International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.

Confused about your next steps?

Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

Further Information

Contact us

Admissions Tutor
School of History and Archaeology
Tel: 01248 382118
E-mail: hwha@bangor.ac.uk
www.bangor.ac.uk/history

Twitter: @BangorHistory

Studying History with us

  • We are a centre of academic excellence offering high-quality, research-led teaching
  • History has been taught at Bangor since the foundation of the University in 1884 – we have a wealth of experience and a strong sense of tradition
  • Our expertise spans medieval, early modern, modern and contemporary history as well as Welsh history, archaeology and heritage
  • We are recognised for outstanding pastoral care and award-winning teaching
  • Bangor is an inspiring location in which to study history, particularly Welsh History in which we have an unrivalled research record
  • The School has an excellent teaching reputation with an emphasis on small group teaching and one-on-one support
  • Our community of students, lecturers and researchers is a friendly and stimulating place to work and study
  • The School has a proven record of research achievement, with the regular publication of books and articles by staff with international reputations in their fields
  • Bangor is located in an area with an outstanding range of archaeology monuments: prehistoric tombs and stone circles, Roman forts, native farmsteads, and medieval castles including the World Heritage sites of Beaumaris, Caernarfon and Conwy
  • Students are encouraged to take part in excavations and there are opportunities to work in the local Archaelogical unit, museums and archives

Studying at Bangor

Rated Gold for teaching

We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Award-winning clubs and societies!

Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2017.

Unrivalled location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as a firm choice. Our accommodation has been rated in the Top 5 in the UK at the 2017 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

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