BA (Hons) Social & Cultural History (with Foundation Year)

Course details

  • Year of entry 2023
  • Duration 4 YRS (FT)
  • UCAS Tariff 48-72
  • Institution Code G53
  • Location Wrexham
St Glies Church

Course Highlights


on the investigative and analytical elements of historical study

Work experience

placements are available in archives, libraries and heritage centres

1st in the UK

for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2022)*

Why choose this course?

Studying Social and Cultural History at Wrexham Glyndŵr University will introduce you to themes such as family, fashion, crime, art, politics and propaganda – from the Roman era through to the modern age.

The course:

  • *study in a subject area rated 1st in the UK for student satisfaction in the Sociology subject league tables, Complete University Guide 2022
  • is designed to be diverse and enjoyable, with a focus on the investigative and analytical elements of historical study
  • has visits to country houses, historical archives, and sites of historical importance alongside class-based teaching
  • includes a work placement module in a historical setting of your choice
  • opens up a wide range of careers after graduation, with past students working as teachers, writers, researchers, financial analysts and members of the legal profession

Social &Cultural History

Find out more about studying Social and Cultural History from our staff and students.

Key course features

  • Wide-ranging degree – from Ancient Rome to Modern Britain - connected by important social and cultural themes.
  • Work experience opportunities - Placements are available in archives, libraries and heritage centres.
  • A blend of theory and practice -  Visits to aristocratic homes and other sites compliment class-based learning.
  • Develop your research, analysis, interpretation, communication and presentation skills.
  • Analyse primary documents from the past.
  • Study local, national and international history.
  • *This course is part of a subject area rated first in the UK for student satisfaction in the Sociology subject league tables, Complete University Guide 2022.

What you will study


The foundation year will introduce you to the major methods and approaches which underpin Humanities-based study. You will explore contemporary issues and develop a deeper understanding of the connections between subjects while developing key academic, personal and professional skills required for successful study at higher education level.


  • Introduction to Humanities (Part 1) 
  • Introduction to Humanities (Part 2)
  • Media Culture
  • Personal Project
  • The skills you need
  • Contextual Studies


Year 2 introduces students to a range of mainly class-based modules, from the Roman era through to nineteenth-century crime and culture. The aim in year one is to develop historical skills of analysis through primary and secondary source evaluation.


  • Presenting the Past
  • The Roman Empire:  People and Power
  • Cultural Turning Points
  • Personal, Professional and Academic Skills
  • Crime and Popular Culture in Victorian Britain
  • Britain and Europe 1860-1945


Year 3 provides students with the opportunity to study early modern and modern history and develop further the skills learnt in Year 2 field trips add a practical element and a placement module provides essential experience of the workplace.


  • The British in America, 1607-1783
  • Life in Tudor England and Wales
  • The Georgian Age
  • Culture and Belief in Renaissance Europe
  • Research Methods in Humanities
  • Experiencing History in the Workplace


Year 4 complements the early modern and modern history of the previous year, with a specific emphasis on British and Welsh history. Students also have the opportunity to undertake a major project of their choice. As with other years, field trips add a practical element to classroom theory.


  • People and Protest in Victorian England & Wales
  • Revolution and Readjustment in England and Wales 1625-1690
  • American Frontiers in the Nineteenth Century
  • Dissertation


The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

The academic requirements for the course are 48-72 UCAS tariff points at GCE A Level or equivalent, preferably with History at A-level. Appropriate AS-Level and Level 3 Key Skills qualifications will also be taken into account. 

Access Courses (whether Humanities or Social Studies) can act as an alternative route into Higher Education. 

Where candidates lack the necessary formal qualifications, interviews will normally be offered. 

Teaching & Assessment

Our History degree employs a wide range of assessment methods, which include:

  • Essays
  • Exams
  • Poster Presentations
  • Oral Presentations
  • Reflective Journals
  • Portfolios

Teaching and learning

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our Student Support section has more information on the help available.

In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion team can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.

Career prospects

Our Careers and employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

The analytical and intellectual elements of a history degree suit a wide range of occupations. Past students have become:

  • Teachers
  • Historical Researchers
  • Heritage Managers
  • Museum Curators
  • Record Keepers
  • Archive Managers
  • Custodians of Historical Buildings
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Academics

Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 for a full-time undergraduate degree course are £9000 per year.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our Fees and Funding pages. 



Programme specification

You can see the full programme specification here.



If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our Accommodation pages to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.


If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.

For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section

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