For history modules we use a wide range of teaching methods, from lectures to small group discussions.

Most modules in Levels 1 and 2 have two lectures and one tutorial or workshop group meeting each week. In Levels 3 and 4 you will have fewer lectures and more small discussion group meetings per week.

Study trips, including trips to local archives and museums, are an important part of the course. The student-run History Society organises a wide range of social events, study skills sessions and an annual history careers workshop.

The language modules in Levels 1 and 2 have four hours of tutorials each week. In Levels 3 and 4 this changes to two hours of language tutorial each week, plus 10 hours of lectures/seminars on European film, culture and society across each year.

In addition to language classes, you must attend regular film screenings or make appropriate alternative arrangements for viewing the films studied on the course.


Assessments are carried out by coursework and examinations, and vary in type and weighting from module to module.

Methods of assessment for history modules include:

  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Source exercises
  • Wiki projects
  • Journals/blogs
  • Examinations

In Level 4 you can apply the skills you have learned by writing a dissertation on a topic of your own choice.

Assessments for the language modules can consist of:

  • oral presentations and examinations
  • written assessments and examinations
  • grammar tests
  • listening tests
  • projects
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