BA (Hons) Social History with Foundation Year

“University is the perfect time to take opportunities, throw yourself into a subject you love and experiment with everything!”

About My Degree

Social History is the study of people - the history of society and what has affected it - viewed from the perspective of ordinary people, rather than politicians or leaders.

Initially I was sceptical about my foundation year, thinking I didn’t need to do it, but I was so wrong. As the year progressed, I found myself learning things I wasn’t previously aware that I would need, such as referencing to a certain standard in essays, or how to write a bibliography. I enjoyed the freedom the foundation year offered, allowing me to settle into university life ahead of my degree. The work was still challenging but it was a neat and calm introduction to first year.

Social History is a great course. It is the study of people - the history of society and what has affected it - viewed from the perspective of ordinary people, rather than politicians or leaders, something I find much more interesting.

What is your top tip for other students looking to study this course at Manchester Metropolitan University?

Read!

Also, be prepared for a lot of independent work. It sounds daunting but it is a great chance to come into your own. It is unlike studying A Levels, in that your opinion actually counts.

Please complete this sentence: ‘I’m inspired by…’

People and their personal stories. Ordinary lives can be so much more dramatic, relatable or interesting than the more well-known lives of celebrities or historical figures.

What do you love about MMU?

The diversity and openness of the students, as well as the unique course content – it’s hard to find it elsewhere which is what drew me to this university. The student support system is also very useful and extremely helpful. Many MMU students are grateful for it.