History explores medieval, early and modern history through subjects including, women’s history and gender, modern British society, cultural history and the history of religion, health and medicine.
Studying this four-year integrated BA degree course opens up a range of exciting career opportunities by helping you develop skills, which are highly valued by employers.
The foundation year gives you an exciting introduction to higher education, exploring the humanities and social sciences before progressing to the full degree programme. It’s ideal if you need a little more support after further education or if you are returning to education after a gap.
94% of our History graduates are employed or in further study within six months after graduating (Destinations of Leavers in Higher Education 2015).
WHY HISTORY WITH A FOUNDATION YEAR AT SWANSEA?
Based at our stunning Singleton Park campus, in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay on the edge of the Gower Peninsula, our History course at Swansea University is highly regarded by students and employers:
- History research is ranked in the Top 30 (Research Excellence Framework 2014) and has 93% Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey 2017)
- Top-15 for Graduate Prospects (The Times Good University Guide, 2018 and The Complete University Guide, 2019)
- Opportunity to take a study trip or field project module
- You will take a ‘special subject’ module focusing on a topic, culminating in an independent dissertation in the final year
- Taught by staff who are especially strong in the history of gender and sexuality, political thought, welfare and conflict, maritime and imperial history, religious history, science and medicine.
During your foundation year, you will explore what it means to be human – studying a range of humanities and social science topics to introduce you to university-level study.
You will start your degree in your second year. You will cover topics including medieval, early and modern history.
During your History course you have the option of a semester abroad. You can choose to go East and study in Hong Kong, China or Singapore or West and study in North America.
There are plenty of opportunities closer to home too if you want to enhance your student experience and career prospects, The Swansea University Work Placement Programmes offer three work place programmes: Week of Work (WOW); Swansea paid Internship Programme (SPIN) and Santander Universities Funded Placements.
You can also link up with the Swansea Employability Academy (SEA). It provides a network connecting students with employers. You can attend talks and workshops as well as student led networking events.
YOUR HISTORY WITH A FOUNDATION YEAR EXPERIENCE
During your four-year History course you will have an academic mentor for any pastoral and academic support you may need, and The Society of Ancient Studies and History student society organises social and cultural events.
We offer varied and flexible course content and you can tailor your degree to your own interests. As you progress through your course, you can choose to specialise in medieval, early modern or modern history.
HISTORY WITH A FOUNDATION YEAR EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Students on this course typically develop excellent oral and writing skills and you will also learn to develop your ideas in a wide range of formats, along with strong research, analytical and problem-solving skills.
Our graduates enter careers in a wide range of sectors including:
- Media and Public Relations
- Heritage and Museums
- Business and Management
- Law and Public Services