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Undergraduate Diploma in English Social and Local History

University of Oxford

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24 months
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About

This part-time course, taught mainly through residential weekends, provides a stimulating introductory survey to the social history of England and the development of English local communities from the early medieval period to the late twentieth century. 

Overview

Do you have a passion for English history? Are you fascinated by the interweaving of historical events with the lives of ordinary people and their communities?

This course provides a stimulating introductory survey to the social history of England and the development of English local communities from the early medieval period to the late twentieth century. You will have the chance to study two topics in depth, either relating to a specific period, or to one theme over a long period of time.

The wide historical span of the course gives you scope to engage with periods in local and social history you may not yet be familiar with. We will also guide you through some of the major sources you are likely to encounter, helping build your skills of critical interpretation and your ability and confidence in undertaking independent research.

Taught mainly through residential weekends, the course makes excellent use of Oxford’s historical resources, with activities including a tour of the city’s pre-Reformation college chapels and work on 18th-century crime and punishment at Oxford Castle.

You will be invited to receive your diploma at the annual Awards Ceremony of the Department for Continuing Education, held at Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre.

Course content

The Diploma has two modules, which divide at about the year 1660. Students can take the modules in either order.

  • Module 1: English Social and Local History to c.1660
  • Module 2: English Social and Local History from c.1660

Accreditation

Successful students will be awarded an Oxford University Undergraduate Diploma in English Social and Local History. 

The Diploma carries a Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) rating of 120 points at FHEQ Level 5. You may be able to transfer these credit points to other HE institutions. 

Programme Structure

Per year, the course is usually taught through:

  • Six residential weekends of 12 hours each
  • one field trip (for example to Winchester, or Georgian Bath)
  • three online chat tutorials.

Most of the teaching is undertaken by the Course Director and academic staff, with support from additional specialist lecturers.

The Diploma has two modules, which divide at about the year 1660. Students can take the modules in either order.

  • Module 1: English Social and Local History to c.1660
  • Module 2: English Social and Local History from c.1660

The course’s two modules alternate annually, with a new intake of about 12 students each year. This means that students in their first and second years are taught together.

Audience

You must have a high level of motivation, enthusiasm and interest in local history, and a willingness to devote time to study over a two-year period.

You do not need any formal academic qualifications in history to apply for the course. If you have little or no recent experience of study or examinations, don't be deterred, as help and guidance will be provided as part of the course.

Key information

Duration

  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English

Delivered

Blended

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

To enjoy and do well on this course, you must have a high level of motivation, enthusiasm and interest in local history, and a willingness to devote time to study over a two-year period.

Although prior historical study will be an advantage, you do not need any formal academic qualifications in history to apply for the course. If you have little or no recent experience of study or examinations, don't be deterred, as help and guidance will be provided as part of the course. Our current and previous students come from a wide range of backgrounds, from acting to banking and from retail work to social work.

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Funding

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