History Combinations BSc (Hons)

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • A level
    BBC-CCC from 3 subjects.
  • BTEC also accepted, see below for details
More information

Key Dates

  • Start date
    September

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Integrated placement year or year abroad enhances your employability

Focus on the history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Explore a range of international, national and local perspectives.

Make the course your own Flexible combinations offer the chance to study History alongside a range of other subjects.

Course summary

Study global history in the heart of Birmingham. History at Aston has a resolutely contemporary focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, encompassing international, national and local dimensions. Combines with Chinese, English Language, English Literature, Politics, International Relations and Sociology.

Why choose this course?

History at Aston has a resolutely contemporary focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, encompassing international, national and local dimensions. Studying cutting-edge techniques such as digital and oral history will give you new insights into some of the most exciting historical research and, together with the compulsory placement year, boost your employment prospects. You’ll have opportunities to study topics such as nationalism, state-building and inter-state relations; the history of war and peace; religious and ethnic conflict; trauma and memory; and issues of globalisation in the present that can only be understood by looking to the past.

4 year full-time course with integrated placement.

Offered in the following combinations:
  • History and Chinese
  • History and English Language QV31
  • History and English Literature VQ13
  • History and Politics LV21
  • History and International Relations VL12
  • History and Sociology VL13
Typical modules:

Year 1

Global History in Perspective
Making Histories I
Contemporary Britain: from the Boer War to Brexit


Year 2
Core
Case Studies in Global History
Making Histories II

Options
Humanitarian Action and Foreign Intervention, 1915 – today
The Atlantic World: Slavery and Emancipation
History of Internationalism


Year 3

Integrated placement year


Final Year
Core
Dissertation

Options
History of Emotions
The United States and the World
Twin Periods? The Interwar Years and post­1989 History
Connecting Continents: Global Migrations since 1815.
Religion, the State and the Believer: from Separation of Church and State to the War on Terror

Entry requirements

A levels

BBC-CCC from 3 A Levels. General Studies accepted.

BBC in 3 A-Level subjects

BCC with B in Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or Core Maths

CCC  in 3 A-level subjects for our contextual offer scheme

We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking resits. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications.

BTEC

BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM

BTEC Diploma (QCF/National) with A-Levels - Distinction, Merit (DM) and Grade B at A-Level

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) or Extended Certificate (national) with A-Levels – Distinction (D) and grades BC at A-Level.

International Baccalaureate

29 points overall with grades 5,5,4 in 3 higher level subjects

Standard level Maths and English grade 5 required in lieu of GCSE English and Maths grade C/4.

Access to Higher Education

Pass Access to HE Diploma with Merit in each module. Humanities or Social Sciences Access course preferred, but other courses considered on an individual basis.

Other Qualifications

EPQ: A Level applicants who meet our offer criteria will be made the standard offer for their programme of choice.

Other qualifications: If your qualification is not listed, please contact us using the form at the bottom of the page

International Qualifications: International students can discover more about the qualifications we accept on our international pages. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

Foundation Programme in Social Science (Aston University): For students with good A-level (or equivalent) grades, but who narrowly miss our standard requirements, it is also possible to gain entry to this course by completing a Foundation Year, although please note the progression requirements.

Key Information

GCSE requirements: GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C/4.

Tuition fees 2020/21: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £15,600* (£2,500 during placement year) for overseas students. More on fees.

*Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

  •   Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated below).
  •   In addition to your predicted grades, when making offers we also consider your previous academic performance (eg GCSEs), your school/college reference and the commitment and motivation you demonstrate for your chosen course via the personal statement.
  • Application for second year entry will be considered by the programme director if there is space on that year of the programme. Typically, successful applicants for second year entry will:

    • Have A level (or equivalent) qualifications similar to those required for first year entry
    • Have gained (or be expected to gain) 120 credits on an equivalent programme at another recognised university
    • Obtained (or be expected to obtain) an overall average of 60% or above on an equivalent programme at another recognised university
    • Have not previously attempted the second year of a programme elsewhere
    • Individual programmes may have additional requirements in addition to those stated above. These will be clarified upon application.
  • Applicants receiving offers are invited to an Applicant Visit Day

View our Admissions Policy. 

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Meet the History team:

  • Volker Prott works on the history of nationalism and transnationalism, humanitarian politics, and ethnic violence. He is particularly interested in the early interwar period and the Cold War. Read more...
  • Ilaria Scaglia specializes on the history of emotions, internationalism, and performative politics. She is particularly interested in transnational developments in the early twentieth century. Read more...
  • Joseph Yannielli studies the history of slavery and abolition, with a focus on the United States and the Atlantic World. He is also interested in digital history and has developed a number of public projects. Read more...

You will be involved in: lectures, tutorials, seminars, e-seminars, small-group work, project work and independent study. Many of your modules will be in workshop format, alternating theoretical input with practical analysis, and allowing you to test out your understanding in discussion with other students and your tutor. There are also opportunities for group and collaborative work. Students undertake a major piece of independent research in final year.

You will be allocated a Personal Tutor when you join us and you will be encouraged to make regular contact with them throughout your studies. Personal Tutors are there to help discuss academic and, in some cases, personal issues. Personal Tutors can also often offer support by writing references for placement/graduate employment and academic research.

Assessment is through a combination of written and oral exams, coursework, essays, translation tasks, presentations and an extended dissertation during your Final Year. Exams take place in January and May/June.

What's it like to study at Aston?

I spent my placement year in Paris, where I worked as a General Manager and Language Assistant at HSBC for part of the year and a Digital Marketer at Digimind for the rest of my time. The highlight of my placement experience was being able to improve and really get a hold on the French language which at the start was not easy! I also enjoyed having the flexibility to travel around Europe and beyond to see friends and of course finding all the hidden treasures in Paris.

Jessica Metcalfe
BSc International Relations and English Language

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