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BA (Hons) History and Applied Sociology

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West Suffolk College


Three years full-time.

Four and a half to nine years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

112 UCAS tariff points (or above)

BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).


This course is delivered at the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds.

If you don’t meet the above entry requirements, we may still be able to consider you. If you’re interested in applying, call our Clearing Hotline to discuss your suitability for study.


 History and Sociology each have their own theoretical underpinning and academic conventions and the study of both disciplines provides a valuable opportunity to develop more versatile skills and perspectives as well as an appreciation of interdisciplinary connections. Applying ideas from one discipline should also enhance the student s understanding and enjoyment of the other. Combining the study of two subjects is both challenging and rewarding, increasingly appealing to self-motivated, independent-minded students who are intellectually and vocationally ambitious. In History you can study the social, cultural and economic development of modern society you can then want to explore victorian literature.

The course team have a commitment to high quality teaching and learning. They use a range of different assessment strategies to assess and facilitate student learning and include: unseen examinations; seen, open-book or take-away examinations; essays and reports; critical reviews, book reviews, workshop reports, analytical exercises; individual or group presentations; a dissertation, computer-based assessments and informed discussion and debate via module seminars and blogs.  

Course modules

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Introduction to Historical Studies
From Cradle to Grave in England 1560 - 1720
Introduction to Political Ideas
Introduction to Applied Sociology
Contemporary Social Inequalities
Making Sense of Modernity
Dissertation/Project Preparation (Mandatory)

This is a mandatory module pre-requisite for the final year undergraduate Dissertation. For the remaining modules at Level 5, choose two modules from one subject and three modules from the other.

Listening to the Past
Mentalities of Empire 1750-1950
Britain in the Nineteenth Century
Qualitative Methodology for Social Science
Theorising Social Life
Understanding Crime
Undergraduate Dissertation/Project

It is not possible to register for a History Dissertation in this combination.

If Dissertation/Project is to be in Applied Sociology, choose one Applied Sociology module and all three History modules

If Dissertation/Project is to be interdisciplinary, i.e. in History and Applied Sociology, choose both Applied Sociology modules and any two History modules

Families in England 1800-2000
Aspects of East Anglian History and Heritage
The Spanish Civil War
The Sociology of Work and the Professions
The Sociology of Health and Illness

Career opportunities

Graduates of combined honours degrees have the advantage of a broader academic viewpoint, having developed valuable transferable skills as well as sound knowledge of History and Sociology, providing excellent preparation for a wide range of careers. Graduates are now far more likely to change jobs during their working life, so having two areas of expertise and skills can pay dividends. Employers are increasingly prioritising the need for people who have a range of subject knowledge and skills and are not necessarily looking for a particular discipline. As History is a recognised National Curriculum subject, a popular career route is in teaching after Post-graduate training.

Fees and finance


  • Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information)
  • International tuition fee: £11,790 p.a.

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    Entry requirements

    If you don’t meet the above entry requirements, we may still be able to consider you. If you’re interested in applying, call our Clearing Hotline to discuss your suitability for study.


    Lecturer in Psychology and Sociology

    Route Leader History