There are two 10 week semesters in each year of the course running from September to December and January to May. Full-time students study three 20-credit modules each semester and are required to pass six modules to complete each year of the degree programme. Students study a mixture of core and optional modules and are given guidance about module choices in each year of the degree. Not all option modules will run each year, particularly at upper level.
How are the degrees delivered?
The undergraduate degrees are taught by a blended learning format which requires attendance at a weekly two-hour video conference (VC) session for each module, with use of course material and learning resources online on the UHI’s Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard). Further private study is required in terms of preparation for the classes, directed reading of books, articles and material on the Virtual Learning Environment (web based learning materials), preparation for assessments etc. Students will attend these VC sessions at the college or learning centre through which they are enrolled.
What is video conferencing?
All the modules on the undergraduate degrees have a two hour video conference class per week. Video conference is the means by which all of the students and the staff join together for a live class. Each student goes to their local college or learning centre, thus multiple locations are linked together in one class. The video conference equipment is all automatic, students just turn up at the start of the class and can see, speak to and interact with fellow students and staff. Most video conference classes take the form of a seminar or tutorial in which students are encouraged to participate as much as possible.
What is the time commitment for this degree?
Full-time students are expected to commit to full-time study of the degree. Full-time students study 3 modules per semester with a notional time commitment of 40 hours per week.
How will I get access to books and reading material?
All students are provided with a library card and will be shown how to access library materials during the induction to the degree. Students can borrow books from their college library and request that books be transferred from the other UHI college libraries. Students will also have access to an extensive range of online journal articles, e-books and some digitised chapters from books.
Will I be expected to buy any books?
Although students are expected to purchase or have regular access to key texts, many of these are now available as e-books. It is therefore best to consult with your tutor before purchasing core texts.
How will part-time students study?
Part-time students study on the full-time programme – they just take fewer modules each year.
What is the time commitment for part-time students?
Part-time study is normally half of full-time, thus part-time students take 1 or 2 modules per semester, with a total of 3 modules per academic year. This means that it would take 8 years, instead of 4, to get the full honours degree. It is possible to change from part-time to full-time study and vice versa.
What are the entry qualifications?
The same entry qualifications apply to part-time and full-time students. Standard entry requirements are: 3 Highers at a minimum of BBC (of which at least two should be from the list of approved subjects) or 2 A-levels at grade BC; or via an appropriate Access programme. For full details, please see the relevant course page on the UHI website.
I don’t meet the entry qualifications, what can I do?
If you do not have the standard entry qualifications you will be considered for the degree on the basis of a portfolio of alternative work-based or other evidence of the required knowledge and experience via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Alternatively you may be advised to take an access course such as the SWAP Programme. See the relevant course page on the UHI website for details.
Do you accept transfer students? I've already done one year of my degree course, and I want to change institutions.
Yes, depending on your programme of study, it is possible to transfer from another institution by transferring the credits you have already gained via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). When completing your application form, specify which institution you attended, or are currently attending, the title of the degree programme and provide a transcript of the modules or courses that you have achieved, including grades.
How do part-time students get access to books etc?
Part-time students get the same Library rights as full-time students. Students can borrow books from their college library and request that books be transferred from the other UHI college libraries. Students will also have access to online journal articles, e-books etc.
What will Cert HE or Dip HE students study?
Cert HE students will study the same modules as first year degree students. Dip HE students will study first and second year degree modules.
When can I start studying?
Full-time students start in September of each year, part-time students can join the course in either January or September.
What is the timetable for classes?
The timetable for classes varies from year to year but all classes are scheduled Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. Students will be provided with a timetable for their classes during the induction to the degree.
How will students be assessed?
Assessments are based on a mixture of coursework and examinations. Most modules have an exam in the last two weeks of the semester. Different types of coursework used in undergraduate degrees include essays, primary source evaluations, presentations, book reviews, digital presentations, blog posts, etc. In the final year, students will also undertake a dissertation which will be based on detailed study of primary source material. Coursework is word processed and submitted through the VLE/Blackboard, thus a minimum standard of IT skills is necessary.
What does "auditing" a module mean?
Auditing a module means that you participate in the VC lectures and seminars, participate on the discussion board and do the readings for the module but you don't do any assessments. Auditing a module is ideal for people who are interested in undertaking a module for personal interest, with no desire to gain a qualification.
Do students need to have their own computer?
No, part-time and full-time students are all given IT accounts, email and internet access in the college. Alternatively, if students have a computer with internet access at home then they can get access to online learning materials, email and online journals etc from home.
Are the degrees available for study by distance or online learning?
The History/Scottish History and joint degrees are not available for study by distance or online learning. Attendance at a UHI college campus or learning centre is required in order to participate in VC lectures/seminars and to sit examinations.
How many staff are employed by UHI/The Centre for History?
See the Staff section for more information about staff and their research and teaching interests.
Can I come to a public lecture? What open events are happening around the University?
See the Events section of the UHI website for further details. Students will also be informed of history-related news and events through the History Student Info Centre module on the VLE/Blackboard.