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1 Roberta Bivins Admissions Tutor Single Hons History Christoph Mick, Admissions Tutor Single Hons History, History and Politics

2 Points you might like to discuss:  Degree pathways/streams  Teaching and assessment methods  How does Admissions work?  What happens in Year One  But… this session is for you, so we’ll do our best to answer any questions you might wish to raise, whether on these topics or others!

3  In History Single Honours and History Politics, we look for A[History]AAc.  Candidates offering IB will need at least 38 points, with at least a 6 in History at HL;  All applicants to History Single Hons must offer a good pass [B or above] in a modern foreign language at GCSE, or the equivalent.

4  The vast majority of the applications we consider are predicted to meet or exceed the AAAc hurdle, with very strong GCSE marks.  Therefore, we take your personal statements VERY seriously; they are the most important filter in our selection process. Take your time writing them, and do your homework about the institutions and degree schemes to which you are applying first. Think about why YOU want to study history, what SPECIFICALLY interests you, and what YOU bring to it that is unique.

5  First and foremost, we will want to see high quality and detailed evidence of your interests in and knowledge of history. Be specific – but remember: this means more than listing the books you’ve read or topics you’ve studied. Think about how you approach history, what periods/regions you love, and what questions or types of questions intrigue you…  Tell us about YOU as a historian and person: what have you done outside the classroom, and how has it helped to shape you and your skills and study. This is where extracurricular activities and working experience can help you stand out. What you have achieved outside of school can reveal a lot about your interests, drive and self-discipline, but only if you express what those activities have meant to you in clear terms.  If you are applying for a joint degree, make sure you talk about both subjects, and show specific knowledge of each (as above). You don’t have to have a perfect balance between them, but we will need to assess your strength for each.  It can help to talk about what you want from your university education – your ambitions, career plans, and how your degree will help – but don’t feel you have to make things up! We do understand that you might not know what you want to do yet…

6 Renaissance and Modern Stream Modern Stream Making of the Modern World: 1 Unit Making of the Modern World: 1 Unit The Medieval World: 1 Unit History Option: 1 Unit History Option: 1 Unit History Option: 1 Unit Italian Language: 1 Unit Language: 1 Unit

7 Renaissance and Modern Stream Modern Stream The European World 1500-1720 1 Unit The European World 1500-1720 1 Unit History Option (early modern) 1 Unit History Option (early modern or 18 th Century) 1 Unit History Option or Approved Outside Option 1 Unit History Option or Approved Outside Option 1 Unit Italian Language: 1 Unit Language or History Option*: 1 Unit * Note that students entering in 2011 MUST continue their language in Year 2

8 Renaissance and Modern Stream Modern Stream Historiography 1 Unit Historiography 1 Unit Venice Term 1 Unit Advanced Option 1 Unit Special Subject 1 Unit Special Subject 1 Unit Dissertation: 1 Unit Dissertation: 1 Unit

9 Year OneYear Two[Year Abroad]Year Three Making of the Modern World (History) Political Theory from Hobbes (PAIS) History and Politics students may apply to study abroad, either in Year 2 or Year Three. Students may apply through both the Politics and International Studies [PAIS} and the History Departments, and have the widest range of study abroad options Scheme A (Max History): History Special Subject and either dissertation or Historiography module; History Advanced Option module; Politics Option module A History option module History Option module Scheme B (max Politics) History Advanced Option module; Issues in Political Theory; TWO Politics Option modules Introduction to Politics History Option module Scheme C (50/50 History and Politics) History Special Subject module and either Dissertation, Advanced Option, or Historiography; TWO Politics Option Modules World PoliticsPolitics Option module

10  Course content is 50% German, 50% History, and students have access to the same History options as on other joint degrees;  Students study German language in all years;  German culture & society modules can be weighted towards the contemporary or early modern period;  Your third year will be at a university in a German- speaking country;  Standard offer: AAB with A grade in History

11  We take languages seriously at Warwick, which is why all Single Honours History students entering from 2012 are required to study a language in Year 1, and may choose to continue it as part of their degree in Year 2. Renaissance and Modern Stream students MUST study Italian in both Year 1 and Year 2 (and all students entering in 2011 will study 2 years of language).  While none of your Year 1 marks count towards your degree classification, Year 2 language marks will be taken into account when we classify your degree.  Modern students may choose from French and German (modules assume at least GCSE level preparation), Spanish and Italian (taught from scratch). We will add Russian and Mandarin to our language offerings in the near future, possibly from 2012. All Renaissance/Early Modern students study Italian in preparation for the Venice Term.

12 All Renaissance and Modern Stream students spend the first term of their final year in Venice. The academic hub of the Venice Term is Warwick’s lovely 15 th century Palazzo Pesaro-Papafava, but Warwick academic staff also guide students in explorations of Florence and other key historical locations.

13  We have exchanges in Europe and North America. For Single Honours students, these placements ARE competitive – you apply for a place at the end of the first term of your first year.  North American locations include: Columbia University, University of Connecticut, the University of South Carolina, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of California (campuses include UCLA, Berkeley, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Irvine, and Santa Cruz) or Queen's University in Canada. 3 Year Degree; up to 10 places  European locations include: France (Clermont- Ferrand), Italy (Turin and Venice Ca’Foscari), Germany (Oldenburg, Darmstadt and Berlin TU) and Spain (Seville and Madrid Complutense). 4 Year Degree; up to 14 places

14  These are modules based in other Warwick Arts and Social Sciences Departments which are available to and approved for History students.  Departments in which Outside Options are available include: Politics, Sociology, Law *, Classics & Ancient History, English & Comparative Literary Studies**, Film & Television Studies, French Studies, German, Italian, Comparative American Studies, Theatre, Performance & Cultural Policy Studies, History of Art, and Philosophy. * For History Single Hons students only ** BUT: availability in English is VERY limited…

15 A day in the life…  Contact Hours: In year 1, 9 mandatory contact hours per week – but you need also to plan on at least 20+ hours more of independent reading and study;  You’ll live on campus in year 1… but many students conduct their social lives in Leamington Spa or Earlsdon;  Warwick has hundreds of clubs, arts organisations, political interest groups, sports teams, and a very active Student Union which together are at the core of many students’ social lives.

16  You are required to attend all your lectures and seminars every week, and the individual feedback meetings that are arranged for each of your formative essays in each module – but these are not the only times when your lecturers are available for contact.  You will also be welcomed to a wide range of research seminars, lectures and workshops that take place throughout the History Department and across campus during the academic year;  In addition, one of the most under-utilised resources on campus are lecturers’ office hours. Each week in term, all lecturers make themselves available to see individual students. This is generally via two fixed and posted hours (but sometimes by appointment) dedicated to meeting students and Personal Tutees to discuss their questions, concerns, and the subject and methods of history. We strongly encourage all our students to take advantage of these valuable opportunities for one-to-one discussion and learning with the acknowledged experts in their fields.

17 Many students move off campus to Earlsdon and Leamington in Year 2

18  All students are assigned a Personal Tutor in Week One, who remains responsible for you for the duration of your time at Warwick. You can go to your Personal Tutor for help, advice (about coursework, module choices, study tips, how to balance personal and educational demands, etc), letters of reference, and to be your advocate within the University if you need one.  You will also get to know many of your module tutors very well – after all, you will spend an hour a week with each of them, often in a small room, with only 8 to 12 other students!  The University also has a wide range of support services and facilities for all students, from writing workshops, to counselling services, to housing officers, to an award winning careers department

19  We know that things can come up that might affect your results. From an Admissions perspective, the most important thing you can do to protect your opportunity to come to Warwick is… LET US KNOW, in advance if possible, and via an ‘official’ channel where you can (your school, GP, etc.).  There are limits to what we can do, but we will take any information you send us about serious adverse circumstances into consideration.

20 Destinations by UG Degree over time: History (by number of responses)


22 Popular Destinations by economic sector:  Graduate Diploma in Law (14 graduates)  Education (12 graduates) Teacher Training, Teach First, English Language Assistant, British Council  Marketing, Sales and Advertising (8 graduates)  Business and Financial (5 graduates)  Commercial, Industrial and Public Sector (4 graduates)  Social & Welfare (4 graduates)  Arts, Design, Culture and Sports (2 graduates)  Other Professionals (7 graduates) Publishing Editor, Academic book publishing, Graduate Trainee Librarian, UK university  Administration, Customer Service (15 graduates)  Retail, Catering, Hospitality (12 graduates)  Other occupations (9 graduates) Runner, ITV


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