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

Department of History

Top 10 in the UK for History
The Times Good University Guide 2018

3rd best History department in the UK for world-leading research
Research Excellence Framework 2014

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 plus B in A Level History
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
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.

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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

Study with us and you'll get a taste of hands-on history, with practical experience and opportunities for work placements and volunteering.

Our courses are about opening your eyes to the world and all its possibilities. Whatever your chosen career, we can help you to develop the intellectual skills you'll need to succeed.

There's a maximum of 12 people in your seminars during the first year- so you'll get to share ideas in a close and supportive environment. When it comes to doing your dissertation, you'll have individual support from one of your tutors. You'll build a close working relationship with your personal tutor who will help you to settle in and reach your full potential.

Department of History website

Department of Music

The Soundhouse

- Top 10 for research excellence in music in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework
- 100 concerts and musical events every year

Our rigorous curriculum is exceptionally diverse, covering psychological and anthropological approaches to the study of music, alongside performance, composition and musicology.

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. Our students become history teachers, accountants and consultants, civil servants, lawyers, museum curators, archivists and journalists. Many also continue to masters or doctorate level.

Companies that have employed our graduates include Accenture, Ernst and Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers and DLA Piper. You'll also 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

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

Simon Stewart

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