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What makes History and Journalism at Worcester special?

Studied as Joint Honours, you will explore the practical business of how to research and communicate what’s happened in the world in the past, and the present day.

History at Worcester offers you the opportunity to study the political, cultural and social history and introduces you to many of today’s debates surrounding approaches to historical study.

Journalism at Worcester will equip you to work in today’s multi-platform media environment and enable you to apply for both journalism and communications roles once you have graduated.

Overview

Overview

Key Features

  • A wide range of History modules in British, European and World History from the sixteenth through to the twenty-first centuries delivered by highly experienced, supportive and expert lecturers with international research profiles
  • The course is designed to enable you to acquire skills in research, analysis and communication – all of which are highly valued by employers
  • Students are taught by experienced, trained and practising lecturers and also benefit from an exciting programme of guest speakers from within the industry
  • Ready access to the nationally significant resources of Worcestershire County Archives Service, which is based in The Hive (the university library)
  • Opportunities to gain work experience, to study abroad for a semester and to gain excellent work placement opportunities, developed in collaboration with local organisations, including the BBC
  • Tailor your course to your individual needs with a joint honours degree

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

104
UCAS tariff points

Entry Requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from UCAS.

"Great lecturers who care and want to help as much as they can to help me achieve the best possible grades. Interesting new modules which I would not have considered taking prior to my undergraduate degree."

BA History student

Tom Davis

Tom Davis

"During the internship I worked one six-hour shift on a Friday, and sometimes at weekends, as a news writer, working alongside a team of sub-editors and other writers to produce new stories, features, match previews and reports and live text commentary. I now work each week, primarily on match days, covering football in the Midlands area. I have attended a range of games including matches in the Premier League, the FA Cup, the League Cup and international fixtures typically writing match reports, providing live text commentary and attending post-match press conferences.”

Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Introduction to Journalism
  • Britain from the Age of Faith to the Rise of Class
  • Studying and Reconstructing the Past
  • Journalism Law and Ethics

Options

  • Improving English Usage and Style in Academic Writing
  • French Stage 1 
  • German Stage 1 
  • Spanish Stage 1
  • Italian Stage 1 
  • Introduction to Broadcast Journalism
  • Introduction to Feature Writing
  • Internet Journalism
  • Introduction to Photo Journalism

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Journalism, Law, Ethics and Society

Options

  • Magazine Journalism 
  • Sports Journalism Reporting Politics (1)
  • Developing your Media Career 
  • Digital Reporting Techniques 
  • Intermediate Feature Writing 
  • Practical Journalism Skills 
  • Historical Research
  • The American Century, 1917-2001
  • Conflict, Stability and Change: Twentieth-Century Britain
  • The German Empire, 1862-1918
  • History Work Experience Module
  • Japan's World, 1854-1951
  • Politics, Religion and Society in Ireland, 1690-1848
  • Displaying the Past: Museums, Artefacts and Collections
  • Visions of England: History, Heritage and Identity
  • Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion
  • Digital Photography

Year 3

Options

  • Independent Study
  • The Atlantic Slave Trade
  • The Good War: The USA and World War Two
  • Nazi Germany
  • Jack the Ripper: History, Literature and Myth
  • Witchcraft and the Devil
  • Research Experience Module
  • British Imperialism c. 1784-1972
  • Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion
  • Reporting Politics (2)
  • Work Placement
  • Broadcast Research Skills
  • Advanced Journalism (Theory and Practice)
  • Advanced Print Production 
  • Negotiated Project 
  • Live Radio News Production
  • Live Television News Production 
  • Live New Production (Radio & TV)
  • Documentary Photography
  • Green Media
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Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for History and Journalism

History at Worcester is designed to enable you to study the types of history that appeal to you most. Informed by cutting-edge research on key questions of our time, it offers you the opportunity to study the political, cultural and social history of Britain, Europe and the wider world from the 16th to 20th centuries. The course begins with a broad introduction to many of today’s debates surrounding history and approaches to historical study. It ends with the opportunity for you to produce a major piece of work on a topic of your choice, supported by one-to-one supervision. History provides you with opportunities to benefit directly from your lecturers’ cutting-edge research and research interests – which include, amongst many others, the Devil in Tudor and Stuart England, US propaganda in the Second World War, appeasement, the transatlantic slave trade and the home front in World Wars 1 and 2.

Journalism is vocationally focused and aims to support you to acquire the knowledge and skills that will equip you to work in today’s multi-platform media environment. You are taught by experienced, trained and still practising journalists in state-of-the-art broadcasting facilities (including new radio studios linked to a newsroom and newly refurbished TV studios). There are opportunities for work placements with local media organisations (including the BBC) and a host of guest lectures by high-profile visitors to the course. You are able to tailor your studies to focus on particular aspects of journalism (from sports journalism to political journalism) or to branch out into wider areas of media and communications. Your learning is hand-on, with an emphasis on supporting you to seek journalism and communications roles once you have graduated.

Studying History and Journalism in combination will be well worth considering if you enjoy the processes of research and communicating your research, if you are looking for a mix of academic and practical, hands-on learning, and if you are interested in the roles that historians, journalists and the media play in the formation of political understanding, social change and mass communication.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification documents for History and Journalism.

Careers

Where could it take you?

History graduates from Worcester have progressed in recent years to take up work in a variety of career sectors, including teaching, accountancy, law, the media industries, local government, the police, retailing, administration, marketing, management and university lecturing and research. A growing number of our graduates progress to postgraduate research in history, both at the University of Worcester and at other universities. Thus, History remains an attractive and personally satisfying degree to study, with a strong track record of supporting graduate employability in a range of professional, managerial, administrative and media-related careers.

The Journalism aspect of the course will provide you with practical skills to work as a journalist or researcher, or in related communications jobs such as those in public relations. You will be well placed to progress to postgraduate study in journalism or in a wide range of other areas. Students have found employment in the following areas: radio presenting, both local and national, media research, journalism, event organising, media planning, television, theatre, marketing, public relations, campaigns, teaching and further study.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2020/21 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 was £12,400 per year. Details of the 2020/21 fee will be available soon.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2019/20 were £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module. Details of the 2020/21 fees will be available soon.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

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