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History with Politics

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

  • UCAS codes: Institution B20, Course HH26 or HH27 (with professional placement year)

Key facts

BA (Hons) History with Politics
College of Liberal Arts
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: HH26 or HH27
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A-level grades at CCC or above. 

View "typical offers" for more information.

Explore the origins of past events and their impact for us now with our History with Politics degree.

  • Understand the cultures of power, past, present, and future, to become an effective advocate for change.
  • Ask the essential questions: how does the world work now, and how can we change it?
  • Draw on a wide range of resources to support your studies, from historical archives to our our professional standard TV studios.

Are you socially engaged, media conscious, inventive, and fascinated by how the world works? Are you interested in new forms of political debate and engagement, from protest to parliament and back again, and from workers’ rights to environmental activism?

This course positions politics in its historical and contemporary contexts, to enable you to explore the origins and impact of past events, and their implications for us now.

You'll explore the rise and fall of empires, the emergence and re-emergence of popular movements, the relevance of feminism and gender politics, and political radicalism and reaction. This history with politics degree prepares you for a career that requires a questioning, rigorous approach and the ability to devise imaginative solutions to problems.

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What you'll learn


Central to this History with Politics degree is a creative and collaborative approach to political and social problems across the globe.

We'll explore the shaping of the modern world. The structure of the programme will enable you to question visions of politics in the media, ideologies, ethics, the environment and green politics, gender and feminism, global culture, social justice and radical politics.

How do these compelling topics help us understand an increasingly globalised and interconnected world? 

Course structure

Year one
You’ll learn how to draw on a wide range of historical and contemporary resources in order to make sense of some of the major issues we face, and some of the major debates of the day.

Year two
You’ll study a number of powerful historical themes, all of which have resonance in the contemporary world, and raise important questions about political action and redress.

Year three
You’ll undertake increasingly independent work, allowing you to focus on the topics that matter to you, using formats and media that you can take beyond University and into the next stage in your career.

How will I be assessed?

We use a mix of traditional and innovative assessments, including essays, group and individual presentations, poster work, online reports, surveys, projects, practical tasks, and exams. The precise methods will depend on your module choices.

How will I be taught?

You’ll participate in a variety of activities, including lectures, seminars, field work, and workshops.


Study abroad

The University offers an extra-curricular three-year Global Citizenship Programme which runs alongside the degree for all three years of the undergraduate degree. The programme includes a scholarship to fund international study (for UK and EU students only).

Further study abroad opportunities are available from our International Office and the Erasmus programme.

We also have our own extensive network of international partners.

Field trips

We'll visit a variety of political organisations, ranging from parish councils to pressure groups.

Work placements, industry links and internships

An optional Professional Placement Year is available. Placements may include working for environmental groups, charities, or pressure groups - it's up to you to arrange the placement that best suits your goals, but we can help and advise you. 


This History and Politics course is designed to prepare you for any career that requires a questioning, rigorous approach, and the ability to devise imaginative solutions to problems.

Career opportunities for History with Politics graduates could include working for NGOs, charities, and social enterprises. You could work in international development, public relations, and social research. 

Professional placement year


This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.


Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

BA (Hons) History with Politics is taught at our beautiful, historic Newton Park campus.


All modules can be found on our Virtual Learning Environment, Minerva, providing unlimited online access to learning materials such as handbooks, lecture slides, assessment information, discussion boards and other resources.

Our library gives you access to books, academic journals and DVDs and an extensive range of electronic services. It also provides a place for individual study and collaborative work.

You'll also have access to fully-equipped TV studios and digital facilities.


UK and EU students full time

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

International students full time

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,300
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We're looking for imaginative, critical and independent people, who want to understand the world in order to change it.

You'll be inventive, thoughtful and aware of fresh narratives. You'll also be connected, socially engaged, and keen to challenge the status quo.

Digitally literate, you'll also question your sources, and contest received opinion.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A-level - grades CCC accepted
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) accepted
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 26 points are required
  • Access to HE courses - typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

  • IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page. Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

International applications

If you’re an international student or based overseas, web-based interviews may be offered. Please contact International Admissions for more information: internationaladmissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

International students should visit our international pages for more information about our entry requirements, fees and scholarships, and student support.

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