History BA Welcome Pack

Welcome to History BA 2022.

History BA (Hons) at Northampton offers you the opportunity to explore your interests in History and also look at issues that have contemporary relevance to us today.

We have an exciting programme of modules for you, covering a wide range of time periods and different types of history.

Our programme covers different areas of History from the medieval period up until the early 2000s. You’ll be able to study topics as diverse as medieval knights, Tudor kings and queens, the experiences of Native American peoples, Victorian asylum patients, soldiers during the First World War, twentieth century extremist politics, and British society post-1945.

We also support you to develop skills for your future after university, such as writing for social media platforms, researching for podcasts and radio shows and presenting to different types of audiences.

You will be supported in your studies by a team of expert historians, who are engaged in cutting-edge research in these fields.

You will also be assigned a Personal Tutor, who will meet with you in your first week at university.

Programme Leader

Caroline NielsenDr Caroline Nielsen

Senior Lecturer in History and Heritage







Welcome and Induction session

To welcome you to History BA, we will be hosting an online welcome meeting:

  • We will go through the structure of your first week and answer any questions about the course you may have before arrival. You will also be able to meet your Personal Tutor and the Course Leader, and set up further meetings if you would like to.

    The joining information and link is below:

    Date: Wednesday 21 September
    Time: 11am – 12pm BST
    Link: to be emailed to enrolling students at a later date

    We will be using a platform called Blackboard Collaborate. It works best with Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Safari. Please update to the latest version of these browsers for the best experience.

    We would also like you to introduce yourself during this session if possible; please access the platform with a working microphone if possible.

    Please email the Programme Leader caroline.nielsen@northampton.ac.uk if you have any issues joining or would like to ask any questions prior to the meeting or the first week.

  • We will be hosting a series of welcome orientation and induction activities during your first week of the course (week commencing 26 September 2022).

    These events will help you learn more about the course, meet the History teaching team, and most importantly, get to know your new classmates!

    An overview of these activities will be sent to you shortly, and we will go through it in the online meeting.

    There will be a trip included and activities around the campus and in the town.


Textbooks and History Materials

We are sure you are all eager to get started, and we know that some of you may wish to look at some course reading or materials prior to our first week.

Please note we don’t have any set pre-course reading and you do not need to invest in a large collection of books before your course. You will be able to access materials via the University Library and Learning Services.

You will be given access to the Library and to our wide collection of materials shortly after your formal enrolment on campus.

There is no single textbook for the entire first year of the course. Tutors will use multiple resources across each module.

If you do wish to learn more about a particular topic, or have a passionate for an area of history, please contact the tutors who will be able to advise you. Our contact information is on the History course page.

Study Skills

There are some useful general study skills guides that you may find useful, each designed to help you read more about a particular university study skill.

These resources are available in the University Library, for you to access after enrolment. You do not need to purchase any of them in advance of the course.

Reading these before the course starts is not obligatory!

  • Jeremy Black and Donald Mcraild, Studying History, fourth edition (Macmillan Study Skills, 2016).
  • Stella Cottrell, The Study Skills Handbook, sixth edition (Macmillan Study Skills, 2019)
  • Ian Mabbett, Writing History Essays, second edition (Macmillan Study Skills, 2016)
  • William Kelleher Storey, Writing History: A Guide for Students, (Oxford University Press, 2020).

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