Programme Specifications


1 : Awarding Institution / Body
Aberystwyth University

2a : Teaching Institution / University
Aberystwyth University

2b : Work-based learning (where appropriate)

Information provided by Department of History and Welsh History:

The Department of History and Welsh History encourages students to participate in the Year in Employment Scheme and alerts students to a wide range of a range of internship opportunities, including at institutions such as the National Library of Wales, the Royal Commission for the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, Ceredigion Museum, Ceredigion Archives, and the Society of Antiquarians of London.

3a : Programme accredited by
Aberystwyth University

3b : Programme approved by
Aberystwyth University

4 : Final Award
Bachelor of Arts

5 : Programme title

6 : UCAS code

7 : QAA Subject Benchmark

Information provided by Department of History and Welsh History:

The relevant QAA benchmark statement for History can be found here:

The relevant QAA 'Framework for Higher Education Qualifications' can be found here:

8 : Date of publication

Information provided by Department of History and Welsh History:

November 2017

9 : Educational aims of the programme

Information provided by Department of History and Welsh History:

The Programme aims to develop learners’ interest in History, and to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the subject.  It offers learners a wide range of choice with regard to historical periods and themes from prehistory to the present, which include opportunities to study aspects of political, social, cultural or economic history.  Core modules focus on the acquisition of fundamental historical research skills and an understanding of historiographical issues.  In this way, the Programme aims to produce graduates who possess high level research and interpretative skills, and who have acquired a lifelong appreciation of History’s value to society.


10 : Intended learning outcomes

Information provided by Department of History and Welsh History:

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other  attributes in the following areas:


10.1 : Knowledge and understanding

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Knowledge and understanding


Knowledge and understanding of human societies in the past through the study of a range of historical periods and themes in more than one country, and in different cultural contexts


The ability to frame historical questions, and to search for and locate appropriate secondary and primary evidence in diverse forms, including the electronic.


The ability to read and use, critically and empathetically, a range of secondary texts and primary sources


The appreciation of the complexity and diversity of situations, events and ways of thinking in the past. 


The understanding of the difficulties inherent in historical interpretation, and the means whereby historians deal with ambiguity, incomplete evidence and differences of viewpoints


The appreciation of the basic critical skills of the historian in establishing and using rules of evidence and testing the validity of statements by developing a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to produce and interpret historical knowledge


Intellectual independence in the setting and solving of problems, the acquisition of bibliographical skills, the ability to gather, sift, select, organise and synthesise historical evidence, and the ability to formulate appropriate questions and to provide answers to them using valid and relevant evidence and argument.


Reflexive and critical awareness of the forces of historical change and the ways in which they are explained in historiographical debates


The marshalling of lucid and coherent arguments in written and oral forms.


The ability to listen and to respond to the arguments of others.


The understanding of the social value of History, and the fostering of a life-long enjoyment of History as a subject.


Learning/teaching methods and strategies:

Acquisition of 1 is through lectures, seminars (which include formal presentations, directed and student-led discussions), assessed coursework and individual essay tutorials. Additional support is provided by the resources of the University Library and the National Library of Wales. Acquisition of 2-11 is through a combination of Option and Survey modules with a range of skills and historiographical modules in Year 2 and Special Subject and Dissertation modules in Year 3. Throughout, learners are required to consolidate and broaden their knowledge by means of independent reading.


Assessment is by coursework (1, 3, 4-9), for which learners are offered regular feed-back, and by a combination of closed unseen examinations (1, 4-10), take-away examination (8) and where appropriate, projects (6), dissertation (1-9) and oral performance in seminars (9).

10.2 : Skills and other attributes

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Intellectual (thinking) skills – able to:



engage with the complexity and diversity of the subject


reason critically 


apply historical methods and concepts


demonstrate independence of mind


communicate knowledge and ideas to others, in written and spoken forms


Learning/teaching methods and strategies

Intellectual skills are developed throughout the Programme in a variety of ways. These include the development of listening skills in lectures and comprehension skills in reading and note-taking (1), seminars, tutorials, dissertations and coursework (1-5)


All forms of assessment measure learners’ abilities in each of the 5 intellectual skills by means of written responses in a variety of formats. Oral presentation is formally assessed on some skills and special subject modules, and developed but not formally assessed in all other modules.


C. Practical skills – able to



search out, sift, assimilate and deploy bodies of historical evidence from a variety of sources


demonstrate self-discipline in time-management and an ability to work both independently and collaboratively


read secondary sources critically


analyse primary sources in complex ways, including an ability to establish their provenance, analyse their content and language, and cross-reference them with other primary and secondary sources

Learning/teaching methods and strategies All learners are introduced to these practical skills in the Year 1 core modules, and each is further developed in Years 2 and 3 in all modules. Module handbooks and Year Guides provide further guidance, especially in relation to essay writing and preparation. Skills modules in Year 2 introduce students to a set of particular historical skills, such as oral testimony, IT, statistical analysis, and the use of a wide range of evidence from field monuments to journalism. A separate Dissertation Handbook is distributed to all Year 3 students, while the Dissertation Module provides detailed advice on how to select a topic, search for sources, and structure and present the completed dissertation.   Assessment Skills 1-3 are assessed primarily by means of coursework and  examinations, whereas 4, though  an important element in the assessment of all modules, is assessed principally by means of essays, projects and seen and unseen examinations in the Skills, Special Subject and Dissertation modules.

10.3 : Transferable/Key skills

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Transferable skills – able to:



demonstrate initiative, self-direction and self-motivation


demonstrate flexibility and independence of mind


demonstrate effective presentation and communication skills, orally and in writing


manage time and work to deadlines


search for and locate information in a wide variety of sources


contextualise, evaluate and cross-reference diverse forms of (often incomplete) information


work constructively in groups, and to assess the value and relevance of the ideas and arguments of others.


Learning/teaching methods and strategies

The Programme develops these qualities cumulatively, and in a number of ways. 1 and 2 are learned principally in essay and seminar preparation and individual essay tutorial and seminar discussion, while 3 and 4 are learned in essay/project writing, tutorial and seminar presentation. 5 is developed in all research-based exercises, from essay and seminar preparation to the Dissertation. 6-7 feature strongly in all aspects of the Programme.

Assessment The Programme’s marking criteria reward quality demonstrated in 1-3 and 5 and 6. 4 is not formally assessed, but penalties are imposed on coursework delivered after the agreed submission date. 7 is not formally assessed.

11 : Program Structures and requirements, levels, modules, credits and awards

Information provided by Department of History and Welsh History:

BA History [V100]

Academic Year: 2020/2021Single Honours scheme - available from 2000/2001

Duration (studying Full-Time): 3 years

Part 1 Rules

Year 1 Timetable Core/Student Option

All Part One students MUST take the Department's Part One core modules (through medium of English or Welsh):

Semester 1

Cyflwyno Hanes


Introduction to History

Semester 2

Cydio mewn Hanes: Ffynonellau a'u Haneswy


‘Hands on’ History: Sources and their Historians

Year 1 Options

Part One students must take a further 80 credits of modules (of which at least 40 must be taken in the History & Welsh History department):

Semester 1

Concwest, Uno a Hunaniaeth yng Nghymru 1250-1800


Medieval and Early Modern Britain and Europe, 1000-1800


The Modern World, 1789 to the present

Semester 2

Ewrop a’r Byd, 1000-2000


Cymdeithas, Pobl a Gwleidyddiaeth: Cymru, 1800-1999


Europe and the World, 1000-2000


People, Power and Identity: Wales 1200-1999

Part 2 Rules

Year 2 Timetable Core/Student Option

Year Two students MUST take the CORE module (through medium of English or Welsh):

Semester 1

Llunio Hanes


Making History

Semester 2

Year 2 Options

Year Two students MUST take one 20 credit SKILLS module in semester two:

Semester 2

Gwrando ar Hanes: Y mudiad Hawliau Sifil yn America


Crime and Daily Life in Early Modern England and Wales


Writing about war in high medieval Scandinavia c.1050-1264


Heritage Skills


Image Wars in Southeast Asia: Studying 20th Century Propaganda


Exploring Nineteenth-Century Exhibitions

Year 2 Options

Year Two students should choose 80 credits worth of OPTION modules in the Department of History & Welsh History (though students may opt to take up to 20 credits outside the department if they wish):

Semester 1

Stori yr Unol Daleithiau ar Ffilm a Theledu, 1865-2008


Cymdeithas Cymru Fodern 1868-1950


The Tudors: A European Dynasty?


Famine in Medieval England


Asian Migration in the Modern World


The Rise of Modern Medicine, c.1750-2000


Media and Society in Twentieth Century Britain

Semester 2

Concro’r Byd: Twf a Chwymp Ymerodraethau Prydain a Ffrainc


Trosedd, Terfysg a Moesoldeb yng Nghymru 1750-1850


European Society and the Medieval Mind 1200-1500


From the Second Empire to the Third Reich: Weimar Germany 1914-1933


Science, Religion and Magic


The Atlantic World, 1492-1825


Crime, Riot and Morality in Wales 1750-1850

Final Year Timetable Core/Student Option

FINAL YEAR single honours students MUST take the DISSERTATION module which runs over semesters one and two (through the medium of English or Welsh):

Semester 1

Traethawd Estynedig



Semester 2

Traethawd Estynedig



Final Year Options

Final Year students MUST take two co-requisite 20-credit SPECIAL SUBJECT modules (the first part running in semester one and the complementary module in semester two):

Semester 1

Milwyr, Myfyrwyr a Masnachwyr: Teithio a Symudedd yn Ewrop Ganoloesol (Rhan 1)


The Norwegian civil wars: 1174-1263 Part 1


The English Reformation, 1520-58: Revolution and Counter Revolution


The Irish in Britain, c.1815-70 (Part 1): Migration and Settlement


The Third Reich (Part 1): Building the Dictatorship. Regime and Society in Nazi Germany, 1933-1939

Semester 2

Milwyr, Myfyrwyr a Masnachwyr: Teithio a Symudedd yn Ewrop Ganoloesol (Rhan 2)


The Norwegian civil wars: 1174-1263 Part 2


The Irish in Britain, c. 1850-1922 (Part 2): Community and Conflict


The English Reformation, 1558-1648: Consolidation and Conflict


The Third Reich (Part 2): War and the Holocaust, 1939-1945

Final Year Options

Final Year students should take 40 credits of OPTION modules (taking one 20-credit option module in each semester):

Semester 1

Stori yr Unol Daleithiau ar Ffilm a Theledu, 1865-2008


Cymdeithas Cymru Fodern 1868-1950


The Tudors: A European Dynasty?


Famine in Medieval England


Asian Migration in the Modern World


The Rise of Modern Medicine, c.1750-2000


Media and Society in Twentieth Century Britain

Semester 2

Concro'r Byd: Tŵf a Chwymp Ymerodraethau Prydain a Ffrainc


Trosedd, Terfysg a Moesoldeb yng Nghymru 1750-1850


European Society and the Medieval Mind 1200-1500


From the Second Empire to the Third Reich: Weimar Germany 1914-1933


Science, Religion and Magic


The Atlantic World, 1492-1825


Crime, Riot and Morality in Wales 1750-1850

12 : Support for students and their learning
Every student is allocated a Personal Tutor. Personal Tutors have an important role within the overall framework for supporting students and their personal development at the University. The role is crucial in helping students to identify where they might find support, how and where to seek advice and how to approach support to maximise their student experience. Further support for students and their learning is provided by Information Services, Student Support Services and Residence Assistants.

Information provided by Department of History and Welsh History:

Departmental Learning Support:

• Departmental Induction Meetings: for all Year Groups at the start of each academic year;

• Personal Tutor support: each student is allocated a personal tutor to provide advice and pastoral support throughout the three years of the Programme;

• Academic Tutor support: for all students providing learning and teaching advice and feedback on assessed work;

• Year Tutors: (Part One Tutor for year 1 students and Part Two Tutor for years 2 & 3) to advise on registration issues including module choice and examination processes such as academic progression, special circumstances and extension requests;

• Student Led Mentoring System;

• Staff-Office Hours for consultation;

• E-mail access to all staff;

• Student Handbooks;

• Year 1 study skills core module and historical overview;

•Library facilities: excellent History collections held in the Hugh Owen Library;

• Close collaboration: with the National Library of Wales, Ceredigion Museum, Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies and the Royal Commission on Ancient & Historical Monuments Wales, all located in Aberystwyth;

• IT facilities: terminals for student use are located near the Department (C66), throughout the University campus and the Halls of Residence;

• Prizes: The Department offers prizes for academic excellence in Year 1, 2 and 3 work and Dissertation;

• Consultation: meetings of the Staff-Student Consultative Committee, and the History Society, are held regularly each year (at least once a term);

• Additional advice: weekly Careers drop-in advice session based in department, weekly subject-librarian drop-in advice session, Year in Employment Scheme and Student Exchange schemes.

13 : Entry Requirements
Details of entry requirements for the scheme can be found at

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For information on the admissions criteria for this degree scheme go to:

Offers are not conditional on interviews, but applicants to whom offers are made are strongly urged to attend one of the Visiting Days held during the course of the year, where they will have the opportunity to meet individual members of staff and tour the campus in the company of student guides. Entry requirements may be lowered following a strong performance by a candidate in the Entrance Scholarship examinations.


14 : Methods for evaluating and improving the quality and standards of teaching and learning
All taught study schemes are subject to annual monitoring and periodic review, which provide the University with assurance that schemes are meeting their aims, and also identify areas of good practice and disseminate this information in order to enhance the provision.

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15 : Regulation of Assessment
Academic Regulations are published as Appendix 2 of the Academic Quality Handbook:

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All assessed work in the Department is subject to the following procedures aimed at ensuring marking consistency, both within and across modules.

Internal Moderation

The marking of all members of staff is moderated. A designated moderator reviews a sample of 10% of the work submitted on a module (with a minimum sample size of 8). The moderator ensures that the marks awarded are consistent with the specified assessment criteria, that they are consistent across the sample and that feedback is appropriate and sufficient. The moderator does not alter individual marks. If the moderator feels that there are systematic problems revealed by the sample, these are discussed with the module convenor and the Chair of the Examination Board. At Part Two, moderated samples are further scrutinised by External Examiners. External Examiners confirm the consistency and fairness of internal marking, and ensure that internal moderation has been carried out appropriately.

Exam Boards

Exam boards take place after the marking process is complete and the External Examiners have completed their role. There are three levels of exam boards in the Department and an exam board for each year of the student intake. The first of these is a Departmental Internal Board, where all members of staff meet to discuss and confirm all student marks. Where appropriate, the Internal Board may consider Special Case information relating to individual cases. The criteria under which such information can be deemed sufficient grounds for adjusting marks are subject to University regulations concerning the "window of opportunity". The second exam board is the External Exam Board. In this the Departmental Exams teams meet with the External Examiners to confirm all marks and degree classifications based on the recommendations of the Internal board. Where appropriate and conforming with university regulations, the External Board may change marks/degree classifications. Finally, all Departmental marks are scrutinised and confirmed at the Senate Exam boards to ensure consistency across Departments.


All marks are provisional until the full examination procedure has been completed (i.e. until the release of marks after the relevant Senate Exam Board). If students have concerns regarding their mark they should consult the relevant first marker. If the matter is not resolved they can formally appeal in accordance with the Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Academic Appeals Procedure:

15.1 : External Examiners
External Examiners fulfill an essential part of the University’s Quality Assurance. Annual reports by External Examiners are considered by Institutes and by the Quality Assurance Committee at university level.

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16 : Indicators of quality and standards
Departments and Institutes are subject to a Quality Audit questionnaire which serves as a checklist about the current requirements of the University’s Academic Quality Handbook. The periodic Institute and Department Performance Audit (IDPA) provides an opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of quality assurance processes and for the University to assure itself that management of quality and standards which are the responsibility of the University as a whole are being delivered successfully.

Information provided by Department of History and Welsh History:

  • University Departmental Audits

    External validation and accreditation, including External Audits (the Department will be audited within the next 2-3 years), assessments of external examiners and advisory bodies.

    Funding support from major funding bodies including British Academy and Arts and Humanities Research Board (Further details in University annual report)