History and Politics with Foundation Entry BA (Hons) - Subject to Validation

This course is validated by: Lancaster University
Award: BA (Hons) in Social Sciences
Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: F009
Code: IA3100A12Z
Fees: View fees and financial information
Validated by: Lancaster University
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Duration: Full time: 4 academic years
Part time: N academic years
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Our BA (Hons) History and Politics with Foundation Entry degree course is designed for students who want to study History and Politics, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to start the Honours degree programme just yet.

This History and Politics BA (Hons) course enables you to study both History and Politics equally at the same level. Don't worry, studying joint honours doesn't mean more work. You'll study the same number of credits as a single honours student, but just take fewer modules in each of the subjects. There are lots of reasons why students choose a joint honours qualification. Just some include: that you have two subject areas of interest, that you want to explore something new alongside a core subject area or that you want to keep your career options open to a range of professions.

What will I study?

In the first year of this programme you will study 3 modules in total. These have all been designed to help you develop the skills you’ll need for higher level study of History and Politics. You will also develop an understanding of the requirements of degree level study and it will give you an opportunity to practise studying and taking part in University level assessments. In short, you will gain a firm grounding for the subject you want study at degree level before starting your Honours degree.


Our Modern History programme is designed to introduce you to the essential skills of the historian, including an understanding of current debates and perspectives, alongside an ability to contextualise history from a local and global viewpoint. This is complemented by the necessary acquisition of advanced research and analytical skills, set against substantive material drawn from modern history from the eighteenth century to the present day. The degree is designed to help you form a deeper understanding of the relationship of the social and cultural present with that of the past. This degree also helps you develop powers of analysis and problem solving, research skills, critical thinking, team work and interpersonal skills.

The skills learnt in undertaking the Modern History degree are valuable for the world of work on graduation. In the first year you will take a common core of introductory modules designed to familiarise yourself with differing approaches to the study of History and to help you understand key theories, concepts and ideas. At second and third level you can choose from a range of modules based round a series of core topics plus options in order to ensure a balance across historic periods. Assignments are designed to develop a range of key critical and analytical skills, as well as subject knowledge.


The Politics programme is stimulating, interesting and contemporary, and quickly develops students' own powers of analysis and problem solving, research skills, critical thinking, team work and interpersonal skills. It is designed to help you to form a deeper understanding of the Politics of Britain and the wider world, whilst exploring the world of the political, within the complex power relationships of contemporary society. In the first year you will take a common core of introductory modules designed to familiarise yourself with differing approaches to the study of Politics, to help you understand key theories, concepts and ideas and to understand some of the key debates and issues in the world around us. At second and third level students can choose from a range of modules to reflect developing interests and potential career choices.

Modules include:

First year modules include:

  • Preparing for Higher Education
  • A World in Crisis? A Foundation in Social Science
  • Popular Culture and Leisure in Victorian and Edwardian Britain

You will then move on to study a mixture of History and Politics modules in the later stages of the course.

In the second year of the course you will study the following modules:

  • Introduction to Historiography and Historical Sources
  • Local History
  • British Social & Economic History 1750-1939
  • Place in the Sun: Europe & the race for the Empire 1600-1914
  • Are we what we eat? Introduction to Social Science
  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • Introduction to British Government & Politics
  • Comparative Politics


In the third year of the course you will study the following mandatory module:

  • Social Science Research Methods (SSRM) incorporating SPSS

As well as four modules from a choice of:

  • The Long 18th Century in Perspective: British Social History
  • Totalitarian Regimes
  • Total Warfare: World Wars One and Two in Perspective
  • History of the USA 1775 – 1960
  • Never Had it so Good: Britain 1945-1979
  • Witchcraft and Magic in Early Modern England
  • Jewel in the Crown: Indian History 1600-1990
  • Cromwell and the English Civil War

As well as three modules from a choice of:

  • Local and Regional Government in Britain and Europe
  • New Politics in Britain
  • European Union
  • Political Ideas and the Making of the Modern World: the Western Perspective
  • Political Ideas and the Making of the Modern World: the Islamic Perspective
  • Government and Politics of the USA
  • Politics in Literature
  • Campaigning
  • Europe, Culture and Society

In the final year of the course you will study one compulsory module

  • Dissertation (in either History or Politics)

And a choice the following History modules:

  • British Labour History 1792-1926
  • From Dynastic State to Nation-state: Politics and Government in a changing Europe, 1750-1900.
  • History as Film and Film as History
  • History of Ireland 1798-1921
  • From Medieval to Modern: Culture, Ideas and Society in Early Modern Europe
  • Debates on the Russian Revolution  
  • The History of British Women 1800-2000

And a choice the following Politics modules:

  • International Relations and Globalisation
  • Contemporary Issues in International Human Rights
  • Riots, Public Disorders and responses of the State
  • The International Politics of Post-War Europe 1945 – Present
  • United States Foreign Policy and the making of a New Global Order
  • War And Peace: Studies In Conflict, Political Violence And Their Resolution
  • Saving the World?: Green Politics, Green Society
  • E-SOAP-BOX – E Communications, Ideas and Interactivity
  • Have I Got News for You? Contemporary Issues in the Media

If you choose a Dissertation with a History focus, you will need to undertake at least two modules from the History list and the four modules from the Politics list. If you choose a Dissertation with a Politics focus, you will need to undertake at least two modules from the Politics list and the four modules from the History list.

Soon you will be able to download the Programme Specification for BA (Hons) History & Politics. The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the foundation year with A-level (or other level 3 qualifications) gained within 5 years of entry will required to have either a minimum 32 UCAS points from subjects related to their intended target award or a minimum of 48 UCAS points overall. Students meeting these criteria may be admitted without interview.

We welcome applications from mature students without formal qualifications for these courses or from mature students whose Level 3 qualifications were gained more than 5 years ago. If this applies to you will be interviewed before your course and offered a place on the basis of your previously gained skills and experience.

You will not be required to have GCSE (or equivalent qualifications) at level 2 in English or Mathematics.

If you are an International Student from outside of the EU it is a requirement for you to have a Tier 4 Visa in order to study with us. In order for you to undertake this particular programme of study, you will also need to demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken English and will require a UK VI Academic IELTS score of 6. Please note: the fees for International Students from outside of the EU, for this particular programme are £9,250 per year. Fees are subject to change in subsequent years.

New UCAS Tariff 2017 Entry. UCAS has introduced a new tariff system which aims to provide a fair and more transparent process of allocating tariff points across a wide range of qualifications. This new tariff system will be used for courses starting 2017. Applicants should note that new tariff points for a qualification may be different to the points for the same qualification in the previous system – generally tariff points will be lower on the new tariff.




How will I be assessed?

In your first year your assessment is designed to give you a flavour of how you will be assessed in the later stages of the programme.

Modules in the second year are assessed by both examinations (50%) and coursework (50%). Year 3 and 4 modules are also assessed by examination and coursework combinations. You can also expect to take part in seminar presentations which will form part of the assessment for some modules. In the third year, you will undertake a dissertation which is assessed through coursework (100%).

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Summative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

What can I do next?

Employers like the Joint Honours degrees - for the reason that graduates come out with a range of skills from the different subjects they have studied. The degree will help you develop transferrable skills such as presentation skills, synthesizing and analytical skills - and the ability to develop arguments for example. These are all skills that employers look for in graduates. The breadth of careers that you could move into is immense & this could include for example work in local government, civil service, work within the leisure industry, Politics, teaching via a PGCE, marketing, junior management roles and more. Postgraduate study will also be encouraged and students have progressed onto a variety of Masters programmes.

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"This has been my third year as external examiner for the history courses at Blackburn College and I have to say the general standard has been consistently on a par with any of the higher education institutions I have taught at including the Universities of Salford, Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester and for the last fifteen years at Manchester Metropolitan University." 

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