Certificate of Higher Education


Full Time

September 2017

One Year (FT)

Contact us: 01865 759600 enquiries@ruskin.ac.uk

Do you have a passion for History? No prior experience of studying History is necessary for this course, all you need is a love of the past.

The Certificate of Higher Education is equivalent to the first year of university. This course will help you think more deeply about the role of the past in present day society. You will also be able to develop and pursue your own interests through an independent research project.

Through an active and supportive learning environment you will learn the skills historians need in their research and will practice applying in classroom activities, peer reviews, small group tutorials, writing exercises, and an independent research project.

This course is validated by the Open University.

  • Rethinking the History of Twentieth Century Britain

  • Introducing Concepts and Practice in History I

  • Change and Democracy in Western Europe since 1618

  • Introducing Concepts and Practice in History II

  • Dissertation (Research Project)

You will be expected to be in classes for 10 hours a week and to spend an additional half hour to an hour in a small group tutorial. You will also be expected to work for at least 15 hours a week in addition to this.

The diverse range of teaching methods and the small group settings - in both classes and tutorials - allows students to develop a wide range of skills. In addition, additional support and resources within the college enable students to continually improve as the year progresses.

You will be required to read for, plan, and write an essay a week to be submitted in the weekly tutorials which are there to help you succeed in this.

Tutors on the course are experts in the subjects in which they are teaching and have also undertaken various types of teacher training.

Over 50% of the module assessments are coursework essays, with exams constituting the remainder. The Dissertation module is assessed via the dissertation and a presentation.

Upon successful completion students will be awarded a Certificate of Higher Education in History.

Tutor on this course:

Dr Ruth Percy



Home/EU tuition fees are £9,000 per year for full time students. The International fee is £9,000 per year. Part time student fees are £4,500 per year.

Fees are payable to Ruskin College on enrolment. Please note that these fees may be subject to change. Subject to eligibility, most full and part time students will be eligible to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company.


Subject to eligibility, full time students may be eligible to apply for help with their living costs with a Maintenance Grant/Loan. Part time students are not eligible for any financial help with maintenance.


Funding is available from Student Finance England (link) if you live in England (www.gov.uk/studentfinance, 0845 300 5090). If you live in other parts of the UK please contact Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or the Student Award Agency for Scotland. International students will be responsible for the payment of their own tuition fees. Further information on funding can be found in our fees and funding support section.


Students who are not resident in college need to budget for transport to the college. All students will need to consider the additional costs of books and stationery items – although much of the reading material that you need will be available in the college library. Students will also be required to fund their travel to and from the centre of Oxford and potentially to London for walking tours and museum visits.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply MORE INFORMATION

Ruskin College is committed to widening participation and has no specific Level 3 academic entry requirements for students to study on its higher education programmes. Students must demonstrate that they have the ability to benefit from studying the programme and fulfil the learning outcomes of the programme. Students must demonstrate an interest in the field of study they wish to undertake. Students may be required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check prior to commencing their programme if they plan to undertake external work experience or placement opportunities offered by that programme.

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The Certificate in Higher Education in History is a useful qualification for careers in history related occupations as well as providing general skills applicable across a wide range of careers. Students who want to continue studying have progressed to undertake higher courses in History or related subjects including Politics, Cultural Studies, Philosophy and Archaeology at other universities, including, in recent years, Reading, Oxford Brookes, Liverpool, Durham, and Kent.Ruskin has a Progression Agreement with Reading University to allow you to progress into the second year there. A high proportion of former students undertake postgraduate study and maintain academic contact with the College through participation in, and presentations at, public history events.