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BSc History Combinations

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Study cutting-edge techniques such as digital and oral history."

Entry requirements

A-Level: ABB-BBB from 3 subjects.
BTEC also accepted, see below for details.
*Variable offers available. 

History at Aston has a resolutely contemporary focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, encompassing international, national and local dimensions.

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Why choose this course?

  • Integrated placement year or year abroad enhances your employability
  • Focus on the history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
  • Explore a range of international, national and local perspectives.


History at Aston has a resolutely contemporary focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, encompassing international, national and local dimensions. Studying cutting-edge techniques such as digital and oral history will give you new insights into some of the most exciting historical research and, together with the compulsory placement year, boost your employment prospects. You’ll have opportunities to study topics such as nationalism, state-building and inter-state relations; the history of war and peace; religious and ethnic conflict; trauma and memory; and issues of globalisation in the present that can only be understood by looking to the past.

4 year full-time course with integrated placement.

Offered in the following combinations:

  • History and English Language QV31
  • History and English Literature VQ13
  • History and French RV11
  • History and German LV13
  • History and Spanish RV41
  • History and Politics LV21
  • History and International Relations VL12


Typical modules:

Year 1
Making of the Modern World; Building Britain: Birmingham and Beyond; Making History I: Methods, Theories, Controversies.

Year 2
Cool Britannia: the Evolution of Contemporary Britain; Making History II: Oral and Digital methods. Options include: Global Migrations since 1800; Looking after Britain: Health, Welfare and Education; Contested Cities and Changing Neighbourhoods: Birmingham and Globalisation; Cultures and Societies after the Empire and Nationalism; The Vote: the History of Representative Democracy; The Pen and the Sword: Warriors and Words in Modern Warfare.

Placement year
Compulsory placement year in the public or private sector, in the UK or abroad. For combinations with French, German or Spanish, the
placement year must be spent overseas.


Final year
Research Dissertation; options in areas such as: Oral History in Latin America; Religion and the State in the Modern World; The Far Right in Europe; Remembering War in Modern Europe; Writing the Past: Stories, Histories and Historiographies; Conflict and Politics in Contemporary Balkans; Francophonie: The History of the French on Five Continents; Germans on the Move: from Emigration to Immigration; Urbanicity: Birmingham’s Long History of Poverty and Inequality; Living Memories of Deindustrialisation in the Midlands.

Entry Requirements:

ABB - BBB from 3 A Levels. General Studies accepted.

A Level applicants who select this course as their Firm UCAS choice may be eligible for our lowered offer scheme. This means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced.

We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking resits. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) / BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate: Distinction plus two A Levels at grade BB*.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF) / BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: Distinction, Distinction plus grade B* in one A-level.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) / BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma  Distinction, Distinction, Distinction

*Applicants who select this course as their Firm UCAS choice may be eligible for our lowered offer scheme. This means that the A Level grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced.

 

32 points in the IB diploma (including TOK/Bonus points) with 6,5,5 at HL.

Standard level Maths and English grade 5 required in lieu of GCSE English and Maths grade C/4.

Applicants who select this course as their Firm UCAS choice may be eligible for our lowered offer scheme. This means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced.

Pass Access to HE Diploma with Merit in each module. Humanities or Social Sciences Access course preferred, but other courses considered on an individual basis.

EPQ: A Level applicants who meet our offer criteria will be made the standard offer for their programme of choice, plus an alternative offer which will be one grade lower plus a grade B in EPQ, providing this course is selected as their Firm UCAS choice.

Other qualifications: If your qualification is not listed, please contact us using the form at the bottom of the page

International Qualifications: International students can discover more about the qualifications we accept on our international pages. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.

Foundation Programme in Social Science (Aston University): For students with good A-level (or equivalent) grades, but who narrowly miss our standard requirements, it is also possible to gain entry to this course by completing a Foundation Year, although please note the progression requirements.


Key Information:

GCSE requirements:
GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C/4.

Tuition fees 2018/19: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £14,300 (£2,500 during placement year) for overseas students. More on fees.

  •   Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated below).
  •   In addition to your predicted grades, when making offers we also consider your previous academic performance (eg GCSEs), your school/college reference and the commitment and motivation you demonstrate for your chosen course via the personal statement.
  • Application for second year entry will be considered by the programme director if there is space on that year of the programme. Typically, successful applicants for second year entry will:

    • Have A level (or equivalent) qualifications similar to those required for first year entry
    • Have gained (or be expected to gain) 120 credits on an equivalent programme at another recognised university
    • Obtained (or be expected to obtain) an overall average of 60% or above on an equivalent programme at another recognised university
    • Have not previously attempted the second year of a programme elsewhere
    • Individual programmes may have additional requirements in addition to those stated above. These will be clarified upon application.
  • Applicants receiving offers are invited to an Applicant Visit Day

View our Admissions Policy. 

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

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