Canterbury Christ Church University

History with Foundation Year

A foundation year helps you develop the study skills and self-confidence needed for higher education when you don’t reach the entry requirements for your subject.

Our Canterbury Campus, located in a UNESCO World Heritage site and right in the heart of a beautiful cathedral city, is the perfect place to study History.

The academic team are all professional historians, active researchers and published authors of national and international acclaim.

The course they’ve designed allows you to follow your interests wherever they may lead. In your second and third years you can study a specific period or mix-and-match several.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

You do not need to have significant prior knowledge of arts and humanities related subjects but should be motivated to study the subject.

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course,

Career Prospects

After leaving Christ Church and its historians I did a stint in the private sector before finding my real calling as a campaigner within the UK voluntary sector, becoming Head of Campaigns for the RNID (now re-named Action on Hearing Loss). In parallel I became involved with political think-tanks such as the Fabian Society writing on foreign policy issues. In both cases my History degree was useful both in terms of content (how political issues are understood and acted upon) and training (how to construct a sound argument). I am now Head of Communications at International Alert, an NGO for which I continue to use those same skills working in armed conflicts around the world.

Course Details

During the foundation year, you'll start to explore history and you'll develop essential skills to help you as you progress through your degree. 

You'll study in a highly supportive environment where you can develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding for further study.

Whether you are a school leaver or someone considering returning to study but don’t have the entry requirements for your chosen subject, a foundation year may give you a way of accessing higher education.

Year 1

Making History: An Introduction to the Study and Writing of History
Civilizations of the Ancient World
Kings, Queens and Conquerors in Medieval Europe
Renaissance, Reformation and Revolution in the Early Modern World
The Making of Modernity: Enlightenment, Nation and Empire
The Cold War and the Making of the Contemporary World

Year 2

Futures of the Past
Castles in Medieval Society
The Crusades, c.1095-c.1204
The Age of the Tudors, 1485-1603
Atlantic Americas: Commerce, Domination and Resistance in the Atlantic World, 1500-1800
Race and Racism: Categorisation, Conquest and Control in America
Terror, Consent and Resistance in Nazi Germany
Land of Hope and Glory? Britain since 1900
‘Isolation to Domination’: the United States of America, 1914-1945
War and Revolution in Vietnam, 1930-1975
Humanities in a Digital World
Applied Humanities: Employability in Practice
Life and Death in the Middle Ages

Year 3

Independent Study
Roman Frontiers: Life and Interaction at the Edges of Empire
From Norsemen to Normans: Pirates and Princes
King Stephen, Empress Matilda and ‘the Anarchy’: England, Normandy and Civil War c. 1120-1154
The Crown and the Republic: The British Civil Wars 1625-1660
The Stuart State: Britain, 1603-1714
Poverty, Prostitution, Plague: The Problems of English Society, 1600-1800
Power, Splendour and Diplomacy: The Early Modern Courts of Europe
‘The Troubles': War, Rebellion and Loyalty in Ireland
The Modern Black Freedom Movement
Fascism in the Twentieth Century
The Bomb and the Nuclear Age
The Global Sixties
A Superhero History: Truth, Justice and the American Way
In Search of the Past: The Meanings of Heritage

Foundation:
Life and Study
Understanding Arts and Humanities
Being Human
Experiencing the Humanities
Historical Foundations
America and the World
Dangerous Ideas

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