Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code VW13
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects History Music

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Undergraduate Admissions Manager
Department of History
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 2552
Email history@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/history/study/ba

Department of History

94% student satisfaction
National Student Survey 2016

Top 3 in the Russell Group for small group teaching
National Student Survey 2016

3rd best history department in the UK for world-leading research
Research Excellence Framework

Course description

The music course structure is highly flexible. You'll learn key skills and have the freedom to pursue your own interests. Our rigorous curriculum is exceptionally diverse. It covers psychological and anthropological approaches to the study of music, as well as performance, composition and musicology.

We offer academic and practical study in most music genres, including classical, pop, jazz, folk and world music. Our teaching is hands-on: it combines both theory and practice.

There are lectures, seminars with interactive classes and tutorials. In your first year you'll usually have 214 hours of lectures, seminars, tutorials and rehearsals. You'll be expected to carry out around 1,000 hours of independent study, assignments and instrument practice. Typically, if you are on the performance pathways, you'll receive 18 hours a year of individual tuition from our team of expert instrumental and vocal tutors.

History modules cover past societies from the ancient through to the modern period, and explore political, social and cultural themes. We keep our seminar groups small because we want to make sure everyone takes part in the discussion.

The history curriculum is designed to involve you in real research right from the start. In the first year (for the compulsory history workshop module) you'll work alongside an academic on a research project. You'll learn the principles of rigorous research, to exercise independent judgement, be critical of accepted opinion and to present your arguments effectively.

There are also lots of opportunities to put your skills to good use through volunteering projects and work placements.

Modules: what you study and when

About dual honours and major/minor degrees

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels AAB including History or Classical Civilisation and Music or Music Technology or grade 8 practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) at Merit + grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification ABB including History and Music + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 34, 6 in Higher Level History and Music or grade 8 practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) at Merit + grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject. An additional History and Music qualification may be required
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2 including History and Music or grade 8 practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) at Merit + grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit
Scottish Highers AAABB + AA in History and Music or grade 8 practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) at Merit + grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AA including History or Classical Civilisation and Music or grade 8 practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) at Merit + grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • At least two of your A levels should be in acceptable subjects
  • International students need an overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

You can find out more by:

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Department of History

The Department of History in Sheffield is one of the UK's best for the quality of its research, according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

But what really sets Sheffield apart is our commitment to the student learning experience. Our external assessors commend our degree programmes as coherent, flexible and satisfying, and we support our students to excel in historical argument and research.

Whatever your degree, you'll meet our award-winning historians from day one, and have an exciting range of opportunities to research, discuss and debate history.

Department of History website

Department of Music

The Soundhouse

- Top 10 for research excellence in music in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework
- More than 100 concerts every year
- A wealth of extra-curricular opportunities

Our departmental ethos combines high achievement with a sense of community and a shared passion for music. Our internationally recognised research informs our high quality teaching and our student experience is second to none. We offer academic and practical study in most music genres, including classical, pop, jazz, folk and world music.

Department of Music website


What our graduates do

History graduates are highly skilled and readily employable. Through our degrees, you will develop and refine a wide range of skills that are in high demand outside the classroom as well as invaluable within it.

Our graduates have become lawyers, teachers, accountants, civil servants, heritage consultants, archivists, entrepreneurs and journalists. Many also continue to masters or doctoral degrees.

Companies that have employed our graduates include Accenture, EY, PricewaterhouseCoopers and DLA Piper. You'll find our graduates in organisations ranging from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to the Imperial War Museum and the National Archives, to BBC online and The Guardian.

Student profile


"I came on an Open Day and fell in love with this University and Sheffield. This department is always quite good in the league tables so it's a great place to do history."

Sarah Bramham
History


"There is scope with the modules to focus on music performance, composition, history and technology. The practice rooms and equipment are fantastic."

Simon Stewart
Music

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Department of History
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Email history@sheffield.ac.uk

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