This Foundation Degree is an innovative course that gives you the chance to rediscover the South West of England, casting a new light upon it in a historical, literary and political context. From its enduring naval tradition to post-War regeneration, the South West has borne witness to, and defined, the pivotal social, historical and cultural movements of the modern era.
These events have had an immeasurably influential role in shaping the history and culture of Great Britain. From the Mayflower departing from Plymouth for the New World, the ‘Plymouth Fathers’ embarking on a voyage that would forever shape American history, to the pioneering committee that gathered in Bristol in 1788 to bring about the abolition of slavery (the first city outside of London to do so), the South West has greatly impacted life as we know it today.
The South West acts as the lens through which you will explore the major developments between the 16th and 20th centuries, examining how its communities have adapted and influenced societal change and evolution. You will utilise local resources and cultural heritage sites to make history practical and uniquely relevant, taking advantage of opportunities for applied learning such as Berry Pomeroy Castle and the Plymouth Archives.
You will learn through a series of interactive lectures and seminars. There will also be opportunity to study and conduct research within the local community, accessing its wealth of museums, libraries and research centres, as well as various excursions to locations of historical and literary significance. The course is delivered by our exceptional teaching team, who are enthusiastic and passionate about their subject, with an extensive background both in industry and education. With their comprehensive knowledge and experience, you will learn across various disciplines and become familiar with different approaches to research and critical analysis.
Ucas Code: VQ13
Award: FdA awarded by Plymouth University
Modes of study: Full-time, part-time and modular study available
Institution code: S32
Upon successful completion of this Foundation Degree you may progress to the final year of the BA (Hons) History with English or BA (Hons) History Degree at Plymouth University. Please note that there is a deadline for progression applications and places may be subject to availability. Alternatively, you could immediately enter employment by using the academic and professional skills you have gained, which will enable you to work in a variety of fields and disciplines.
"I initially studied at University Centre South Devon before progressing to Plymouth University to study the BA (Hons) History degree. I was awarded a first class honours degree, as well as receiving a prize for my efforts at the graduation ceremony. I have everyone at University Centre South Devon and Plymouth University to thank for their encouragement. Without that support I would not have been able to achieve what I did, and making the decision to return to education has definitely been a positive one because of this. As a mature student, it's an honour to be considered a success story, and I'm pleased to represent those institutions and encourage others to make the same decision."Barry Musk
This course is available at our Vantage Point Campus.
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