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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

BA (Hons) History with Employment Experience

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) History with Employment Experience Programme codeUFA4HPSHPSCG
Study mode(s)Full Time
Part Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Cornwall Campus
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

This programme offers a traditional basis in British, European and world history, but it is in the last area that we are particularly strong and innovative. Our strengths lie in using history to understand the challenges posed by globalisation, ethnic conflict and scientific and environmental change. Equally exciting is our commitment to public history, which will give you the opportunity to carry out work experience within museums, galleries and similar organisations. You may be working on your own or as part of a team; either way, you will develop skills and gain experience which will help you to compete in today’s competitive graduate job market. Work experience may involve activities such as researching and preparing materials for a museum exhibition; documenting and researching collections of photographs, maps, costumes or military memorabilia; writing short magazine articles or recording oral histories.

As with History in Exeter, research is integral to all our work and members of staff are nationally and internationally recognised for their research activities. You will directly benefit from this as our research influences the teaching on our undergraduate programmes. Our expertise is concentrated in the modern period, approximately from 1600 to the present, incorporating social and cultural history, international and economic history and many geographical areas, including the Far and Middle East, Europe and Britain and the Americas. As you might expect from a programme based in Cornwall, we reflect environmental and ecological approaches to history in our teaching as well as the more traditional cultural, political, social and economic aspects.

This Employment Experience variant of the programme is a great way to incorporate graduate-level work placement or placements undertaken in the United Kingdom directly into your programme of study, to reflect critically upon these experiences, and for them to count towards the assessment of your degree. There is no better way to gain valuable employment experience that can be rewarded and recognised clearly by future employers. With preparation, support and approval from the College of Humanities, you can also demonstrate adaptability and resourcefulness by organising suitable placements in areas of employment related to your interests and potential future career.

You are required to find your own placement with suitable employers and organisations with preparation and support from the College of Humanities. Students taking this variant are strongly encouraged to take HUC2001 Humanities in the Workplace in stage 2 and must participate in the pre-departure briefing sessions for Humanities Employment Experience.

Advice and guidance on your programme can be sought from your personal tutor and programme director. All staff offer regular office hours that you can drop into without a prior appointment for this purpose.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The programme is intended to:

  • Offer you an excellent Honours-level education in History.
  • Introduce you to a wide range of historical problems and the main analytical and critical approaches of the discipline.
  • Produce graduates who can engage imaginatively in the process of understanding and analysing complex and sophisticated problems in the discipline by critical approaches that blend detailed and broad levels of analysis.
  • Develop independent critical thinking and judgement.
  • Give you the skills necessary for further study or employment after your degree.
  • Incorporate a placement into your degree programme.

4. Programme Structure

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You may take elective modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme in any stage of the programme as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

Stage 1

90 credits of compulsory modules, 30 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HIC1604 New Approaches to History 15No
HIC1602 Crafts of Research and Writing 15No
HIC1603 Public History 15No
HIC1007 People's History: Sources and Skills 15No
HIC1306 World History: Globalisation 15No
HUM1005 Climate Emergency - An Introduction to Environmental Humanities 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HIC1305 World History: Science, Environment and Sustainability 15No
HIC1605 European History: Politics and Society 15No

Stage 2

30 credits of compulsory modules, 90 credits of optional modules


Compulsory Modules

a You must select either HIC2200 or HUC2002.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HIC2200 Public History Project [See note a above]30No
HUC2002 Perspectives on Sources: Independent Study Project in the Humanities [See note a above]30No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HIC Stage 2 History Option Modules 2023-4
HIC2006 American Slavery since Abolition (1865-to the Present) 15 No
HIC2028 Art and Archaeology in Post-Colonial Nations 15 No
HIC2034 Iron and Steel and Society 15 No
HIC2316 The Occult in Victorian Britain 15 No
HIC2324 Organised Crime in USA 15 No
HUC2012 The Age of Unreason? Modernity and its Discontents 15 No
HUC2013 Enlightenment and the Age of Reason: Philosophy, Politics, Society 15 No
HUC2015 Revolution and Abolition: History and Legacies of the Atlantic Slave Trade 15 No
HUC2016 Rule, Britannia? Politics and Political Thought in Britain and Ireland from the Glorious Revolution to Peterloo 15 No

Stage 3

120 credits of compulsory modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HUC3000 Employment Experience 120Yes

Stage 4

30 credits of compulsory modules, 90 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HIC3040 General Third Year Dissertation 30No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HIC Final Stage History Option Modules 2023-4
HIC3004 Hippies: The US Counterculture of the 1960s 30 No
HIC3006 Indigenous Heritage and Belief 30 No
HIC3300 Britain and the Telecommunications Revolution 30 No
HIC3303 The Three Klans: Ethno-Politics in the 19th and 20th Century US 30 No
HIC3313 Gender, Power and Identity in Early Modern England 30 No
HIC3316 The Environment and Everyday Life in Modern Britain 30 No
HIC3513 Landscape, History and Heritage in Britain Since the Sixteenth Century 30 No
HUC3016 Irish Stories: History, Politics, Literature and Heritage 30 No
HUC3045 Myth in the Modern World: From the Classics to Conspiracies 30 No
HUC3048 Writing Nature 30 No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of core subject areas in History, and a specialised knowledge in certain areas.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the philosophical problems confronting historians
3. Demonstrate an awareness of approaches taken to historical research; evaluate the professionalism and scholarly value of historical texts; evaluate the reasons for changes in historiographical approaches.
4. Use different types of historical sources; evaluate different and complex types of historical source; use primary sources in a professional manner.
5. Demonstrate an appreciation of the recurring themes in history, tracing the key developments within a topic and relating them to an overall conception of the subject matter
6. Define a suitable research topic and pursue it to completion

ILOs 1-5 are developed in stages 1 and 2 of the programme through lectures and seminars. Specialisation is developed in the final stage in small-group teaching.

ILO 6 is developed in the Research Methods Project and the Dissertation.

ILOs 1-5 are assessed by a combination of written examinations, continuous assessment essays and other written assignments, oral presentations and group project work.

ILO 6 is assessed by project work and the dissertation.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

7. Answer questions concisely and persuasively both orally and in writing.
8. Evaluate critically theoretical models and competing views.
9. Demonstrate an awareness of the basic philosophical questions arising from academic research.
10. Comprehend complex terminology and discourses, and deploy such terminology in a comprehensible manner.
11. Plan, execute and present an extended piece of original research

ILOs 7-8 form the backbone of all modules taken at all stages, but the level of complexity develops according to stage.

ILOs 9-10 are developed throughout the programme in lectures, seminars and continuous assessment.

You are encouraged to use the stage 2 Project as a way of addressing ILO 11 and concentrate on doing so in the final stage Dissertation.

These skills are assessed through a combination of term-time essays and other assignments, oral presentations, project and dissertation work, and examinations. The criteria of assessment pay full recognition to the importance of the various skills outlined.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

12. Demonstrate critical, creative and independent thinking.
13. Demonstrate confidence and flexibility in identifying and solving complex problems.
14. Demonstrate proficient use of electronic information retrieval and management tools, and access information from a variety of sources.
15. Demonstrate effective interaction within a group.
16. Demonstrate effective self-management (autonomy, time management, self-motivation, self-reflection, seeking and using feedback, personal responsibility, self-criticism).

ILOs 12-14 are developed through the processes of acquiring subject knowledge and core academic skills (see A and B above).

ILO 15 is developed through group work in parts of the syllabus and more generally in group discussions in academic seminars.

ILO 16 is developed by student progression through a learning and teaching programme that is gradually more self-managed and the personal tutor and Personal Development Planning systems. Independent study forms a major part of our learning and teaching programme, most notably in the stage 2 project and the final stage.

ILOs 12-14 are assessed primarily through summative and formative essays and other written assignments, assessed presentations, project work, the dissertation and examinations.

ILO 15 is assessed directly in the History Foundation and final stage modules in assessed presentations.

ILOs 15-16 are assessed indirectly throughout the programme, in that where modules require the development of these skills, it would be very difficult to achieve a good mark in the assessments without having developed such skills.

7. Programme Regulations

Programme-specific Progression Rules

To progress to Stage 2 you must normally achieve an average mark of at least 60% in Stage 1. If you do not achieve an average mark of 60% in Stage 1, you will be interviewed to determine whether you can continue on the Employment Experience programme; if you do not succeed in that interview you will be required to transfer to the three-year programme. This is to ensure that only those students who are likely to succeed in their Employment Experience are selected. If you are unsuccessful in your application for Employment Experience, you will be transferred to the three-year programme.

HUC3000 Employment Experience counts as a single 120 credit module and is not condonable; you must pass this module to graduate with the degree title of BA History with Employment Experience. If you fail the Employment Experience your degree title will be commuted to BA History.


Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

You will have an academic personal tutor for your entire programme of study who is available at advertised ‘office and feedback hours’. There are induction sessions to orientate you at the start of your programme.  A personal tutoring system will operate with regular communication throughout the programme. Academic support will be also be provided by module leaders. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by


18. Final Award

BA (Hons) History with Employment Experience

19. UCAS Code


20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits ECTS credits

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] History

23. Dates

Origin Date


Date of last revision