History with Integrated Foundation Year BA (Hons)

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This is a four-year version of our popular BA (Hons) History course, with an integrated foundation year. Discover past worlds. Analyse conflicting perspectives, truths and ideologies. Gain career-ready skills in research and communication.

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Studying History is studying humanity. A rich knowledge of History sheds light on contemporary politics, ideology, culture – every facet of modern life. As the philosopher George Santayana famously said, "those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it".

With a degree in History you'll gain a deep knowledge of British, European and World histories, and develop excellent skills in analysis, communication, and research.

Why us?

  • 93.4% of our graduates are in employment, further study or training within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2016/17 (based on full-time, first degree, home leavers)
  • Our History courses are 6th in the UK for Satisfaction with course, according to The Guardian University league tables 2018
  • We are a University that is nationally recognised for supporting learners particularly from non-traditional backgrounds and many students come to us with no formal qualifications but with valuable work experience
  • 'World-leading' research in History, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)

Course structure

In the first year – the foundation year – you will study five modules: a module about the foundations of humanities, journalism and media theory, an essential study skills module, a foundation project module, practical numeracy skills, and a multimedia communications module or a new century module depending on your degree choice. After completion of this foundation year, you will then move onto History honours degree course.

You will be taught by passionate staff who produce world-leading research, and throughout your degree you'll have one-to-one support from academic staff. A typical week will include lectures, seminars, independent study, and group work. Your progress will be assessed with essays and exams.

Foundation Year

The Humanities, Journalism and Media Theory Integrated Foundation Year includes five modules: 

  • Foundations of Humanities, Journalism and Media Theory (40 credits)
  • Essential Study Skills (20 credits)
  • Foundation Project (20 credits)
  • Practical Numeracy Skills (20 credits)


Depending on the degree you wish to study after the Foundation Year, you will also take one of the following modules:

  • Multimedia Communications (20 credits)
  •  The New Century (20 credits)


Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

Year 1 (national level 4):

Core modules

  • History in Practice (20 credits)
  • Approaches to History (20 credits)

Optional modules (choose four)

  • English Social History, 1500-1750 (20 credits)
  • Introduction to American Studies (20 credits)
  • Democracy and Tyranny (20 credits)
  • Foundations of Modern Europe, 1600-1900 (20 credits)
  • Industry, Economy and Society: Britain 1750-1970 (20 credits)
  • Britain since 1945 (20 credits)
  • Elective module (20 credits)

Year 2 (national level 5):

Optional modules (choose six)

  • Local and Regional History (20 credits)
  • Britain’s Age of Reform (20 credits)
  • Experiencing Twentieth Century Europe (20 credits)
  • European Political Ideas (20 credits)
  • British Politics and Government (20 credits)
  • Early Modern Political Thought (20 credits)
  • The American Century (20 credits)
  • Protest and Terror (20 credits)
  • Modern Language (such as French, German or Chinese) (20 credits)
  • Special Project (20 credits)

Final year (national level 6):

Core modules (Dissertation plus one other module)

  • Dissertation (40 credits)
  • North East England: 1815-1914 (40 credits)
  • Radicalism, Republicanism and Revolution 1400-1800 (40 credits)
  • The Civil Rights Movement in the USA (40 credits)

Optional modules (choose two)

  • Contemporary Issues in American Culture and Society (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in Historical Perspective (20 credits)
  • Northumbria in the Age of Bede (20 credits)
  • Heresy, Intolerance and Beyond: Early Modern Europe, 1550-1765 (20 credits)
  • Mass Movements and Ideologies (20 credits)
  • The English Working Class, 1750-1950 (20 credits)
  • Europe from Revolution to World War, 1917-1939 (20 credits)
  • Modern Language (such as French, German or Chinese) (20 credits)

More about BA (Hons) History with Integrated Foundation Year at Sunderland

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  • You can access free Wi-Fi throughout the University campus, so you can work from anywhere. If you don't want to carry a laptop around, just use one of the University’s PCs or Apple Macs. We have hundreds of computers for you to use in the Murray Library, St Peter's Library, and the David Goldman Informatics Centre. If you ever have any technical problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

    IT provision
  • We’ve got thousands of History books and e-books, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

    Library resources which you might find particularly useful for Historical Research MA include:

    • House of Commons Parliamentary Papers including bills, registers and journals
    • Early English Books Online, which provides digital images of virtually every work printed in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and British North America during 1473-1800
    • Eighteenth Century Collections Online, which provides 136,000 full-text publications from 1701-1800
    • Periodicals Archive Online, which provides digitised literary journals
    • Archival Sound Recordings with over 12,000 hours of recordings
    • JSTOR (short for ‘Journal Storage’), which provides access to important journals across the humanities, social sciences and sciences
    • Lexis, which provides access to legal information as well as full-text newspaper articles
    • Nineteenth Century British Library Newspapers, with full runs of 48 titles
    Library Services - history
  • The University’s Murray Library is home to the physical archive of the North East England Mining Archive and Resource Centre. This contains mining records, technical reports, trade union records and health and safety information.






    Mining Archive and Resource Centre
  • Map and directions


You'll be based at The Reg Vardy Centre, situated on the award-winning St Peter's riverside campus. The location benefits from dedicated library services and has superb transport links with the city centre and City Campus.

Entry requirements

The Integrated Foundation Year is specially designed to support you where you have just missed the grades required for direct entry onto a three-year degree, or if you have relevant work experience and are now looking to broaden your subject knowledge but want more time to develop study skills before starting your degree.

Entry requirements are provided for guidance only and we may offer you an entrance interview which will help us determine your eligibility for your chosen degree. This enables us to consider making you an offer if you are perhaps a mature student who has been out of education for a period of time, or you have gained significant knowledge and skills through employment rather than traditional education.

Eligible entry qualifications:

1. Normally a minimum of three Level 2 qualifications (NVQ, GCSE or equivalent ), including Maths and English at grade C or above** and a minimum of 40 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications (e.g. A or AS Levels, BTEC certificates/diplomas, access courses or equivalent)
2. Demonstrable evidence of appropriate knowledge and skills acquired from at least three years of post-school work experience.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator.

If you are unsure of whether you think you might be suitable for the course, please contact us!

** If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above. Equivalent alternative qualifications are also accepted, such as Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have not achieved a grade C in Maths and English we may be able to work with you to ensure that you are able to gain these in the first year of the course, depending on your experience.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

For more information about Integrated Foundation Year programmes, including more detailed module information, please see our Help and Advice articles.

Fees and finance

If you join us in September 2019, the foundation year will be £4,500.

For the following three years, the annual fee will be £9,250 but you will receive £1,250 cash-back in the first and final year of the full-undergraduate course.

In addition, you may receive free travel across the Tyne and Wear region and a University of Sunderland StudyPLUS Card loaded with additional offers up to the value of £200, plus a bundle of study skills books worth £80.

If you are a full-time UK student you may be eligible to receive financial support to cover your fee and maintenance loan for the full four years.

Please note, this course is not available to international students.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

Use our scholarships calculator to see what you may be entitled to.

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This information was correct at the time of publication.

The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's by night


History is a very well respected degree. You will graduate with the ability to research and analyse complex material, make informed decisions and communicate clearly.

These skills transfer very well to a wide range of sectors, including finance, law, the Police, and the Civil Service. Many graduates also go on to work in museums and archives.

History Lab

History Lab is a student-run society which organises history-related guest lectures, discussions, and social events. It’s a chance to hear about little-known histories – recent topics include political caricatures in 19th Century France, pharmacy in Ancient Egypt, and sedition in 17th Century America.


Meet the students

  • Studying the past is so important as it can really help us to understand the world we live in today.
    Leanne Smith

    Leanne Smith

  • The best thing about the course has to be the lecturers and the passion with which they teach.
    Toni Lawson, History graduate

    Toni Lawson

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