Education Details – PhD in History, 2016-2020

Three year PhD research course, that began in September 2016. I have to hand in my final thesis by September 2020.

Education Details – MA English Local  and Family History, 2014-16

1st December 2016: Final degree result: Master of Arts in English Local History and Family History, Distinction. Graduated on 20th January 2017.

From the University of Leicester website: “The MA in English Local History aims to provide you with training, up to research level, in the ‘Leicester’ approach to English Local History. The course stresses comparative landscape and community, with emphasis on cultural regions, historical ecology, regional identities, and is interdisciplinary in its methodologies.”

MA Classifications:
Distinction, 90+: Absolutely outstanding work, faultless
Distinction, 80-89: Outstanding work
Distinction, 70-79: Obvious independence of thinking and research, evident signs of originality.
Good pass, 60-69: Substantial evidence of independent thinking and good research.
Pass: 50-59: Evidence of Independent thinking or research but lacking originality
Fail: 40-49: Little or no evidence of independent thinking/research
Bad Fail 0-39: Failure to show any signs of independent research or thinking.

To be granted a Masters degree, 3 of the 4 modules should be assessed at 50%, dissertation at 50% and not have any modules below 50%. To be granted a Merit, 2 of the 4 modules should be at 60%, the dissertation the same, and only 1 module below 50%. To be granted a distinction, 2 of the 4 modules should be at 70%, the dissertation the same, and no modules below 50%.

Year One:

Semester One: October 2014 – January 2015

HS7128 – Medieval Landscapes 400-1500: Overall: 73, Distinction.
Assignment A – Map Analysis, 2,500 words, 33.3%: 75, Distinction
Assignment B – Research Project, 5,000 words, 66.6%: 72, Distinction

Semester Two: January 2015 – June 2015

HS7127 – Local Identities and Palaeography of Early Modern England, 1500-1700: Overall: 71, Distinction
Assignment A – Skills Test 33.3%: 62, Good Pass

Assignment B – Research Project, 5,000 words, 66.6%: 76, Distinction

Year Two:

Semester One: October 2015 to January 2016

HS7131 – Family History: Overall: 74, Distinction
Assignment A – Book Review, 2,500 words 33%: 79, Distinction
Assignment B – Research Project, 5,000 words, 66.6%: 72, Distinction

Semester Two: January 2016 to June 2016

HS7130 – Understanding English and Welsh Communities and Cultures, c.1750-2000: Overall: 81
Assignment A – Book Review, 2,500 words, 33.3%: 72, Distinction
Assignment B – Research Project, 5,000 words, 66.6%: 85, Distinction

Dissertation

20,000 word dissertation completed, 76%, Distinction.

 

Education details – BA History, 2011-14:

27th June 2014: Final degree result: First Class Honours Degree. graduated on 16th July 2014.

BA Classifications:
First Class: 70 and over (with 85+ being reserved for outstanding work) (aka 1st)
Upper Second: 60-69 (aka 2:1 or upper second)
Lower Second: 50-59 (aka 2:2 or lower second)
Third Class: 40-49 (aka 3rd)
Pass for Credit: 35-39
Fail: below 35.

The whole degree classification is taken from years two and three: 12 modules overall. To get a first, 6 of the 12 modules must be of a mark of 70 or above, and the average across the whole two years must be higher than 69%. The third year is given a weighting of 60% over the second year.

Assignment due on date / Assignment Handed in / Assignment marked and returned

Year Three:

Semester One: October 2013 to January 2014:

HS3678 – Food, Diet and Health in the Early Modern Period: 68% – Upper Second
Assignment A – 62 – Upper Second – 25% weighting
Assignment B – 77 – First 25% weighting
Examination – 66 – Upper Second – 50% weighting

HS3741 – Medieval Society and the Natural World (Special Subject) Part 1: 78% – First
Assignment A – 68 – Upper Second – 12.5% weighting
Assignment B – 74 – First – 12.5% weighting
Assignment C – 88 – First, outstanding – 25% weighting
Gobbet Examination – 76 – First – 50% weighting

Semester Two: January 2014 to June 2014:

HS3695 – Medieval Paris, c.1000-1450: 68 – Upper Second
Assignment 1 – 61 – Upper Second – 25% weighting
Assignment 2 – 73 – First – 25% weighting
Examination (June 2014) – 68 – Upper Second – 50% weighting

HS3741 – Medieval Society and the Natural World (Special Subject) Part 2: 70 – First
Assignment A – Poster – 73 – First – 12.5% weighting
Assignment B – Gobbets – 71 – First – 12.5% weighting
Assignment C – Essay – 68 – Upper Second – 25% weighting
Examination (June 2014) – 70 – First – 50% weighting

HS3501 – Dissertation Part 1 and 2: 80 – First
Dissertation Paper – (same mark applies to the dissertation module in both semester 1 and 2)

Year Two: Overall Mark: 72% (First)

Semester One – October 2012 to January 2013: Overall mark for the semester: 68.93%, Upper Second

HS2001 – Group Project – Mark for the Module: – 68.6%, Upper Second
Group Oral Presentation – 68% –  Upper Second40% weighting
Group Written Report – 69% – Upper Second – 60% weighting

HS2232 – Religious History –  Mark for the Module: 68.2%, Upper Second
Assignment A – 67% – Upper Second – 40% weighting
Assignment B – 69% – Upper Second – 60% weighting

HS2400 – Perceiving the Past – Mark for the Module: 70.0%, First
Assignment A – 70% – First -30% weighting
Assignment B – 70% – First – 70% weighting

Semester Two – January 2013 to June 2013:

HS2000 – Historical Research Methods: Mark for the Module: 79%, First
Part A, Assessment: 73% – First – 50% weighting
Part B, Assessment A: 100% – 10% weighting
Part B, Assessment B: 80% – 40% weighting – 84% overall

HS2027 – Classical and Post Classical Latin: 70%, First
Commentary – 68% – Upper Second – 25% weighting
Essay B – 80% – First – 50% weighting
Examination – 53% – Lower Second – 25% weighting

HS2347 – Deviance and Disorder in the Early Modern City, Norwich: 76%, First
Assessment A – 83% – First – 25% weighting
Assessment B – 73% – First – 25% weighting
Examination – 74% – First – 50% weighting

Year One: Overall Mark: 69.65 (Upper Second)

All that is required is to pass the course – grade this year does not count towards final degree classification, but overall mark for the year: 69.65 (Upper Second).

Examination results due around the end of June. A pass is required to progress to Year 2.

Semester One – October 2011 to January 2012: overall mark for Semester: 70.3% (First)

HS1000 – Making History: – Mark for the Module: 86%: First Class
Assignment A – Bibliographic Exercise, – 78% – First Class
Assignment B – Online research and reflection – 93% – First Class
Assignment C – Oral Presentations – 79% – First Class

HS1005 – Renaissance to Enlightenment, c. 1450-1715: – Mark for the Module: 63%: Upper Second
Assignment A – Article critique (1500 words) 59% – Lower Second
Assignment B – Short Essay (1800 words) 72% – First Class
Assignment C – Long Essay (2500 words% – 61% – Upper Second

HS1010 – Reshaping Europe, 1815-1914: – Mark for the Module: 62%: Upper Second
Assignment A – Seen Test (1800 words max) 57% – Lower Second
Assignment B – Article Critique (1500 words) 59% – Lower Second
Assignment C – Long Essay (2500 words), – 66% – Upper Second

Semester Two – January 2012 to June 2012: Overall Mark for Semester: 69% (Upper Second)

HS1100 – People and Places: Edward, The Black Prince: Mark for the Module: 71%: First
Assignment A – Critical Analysis (3,000 words) – 70% – First
Assignment B – Long Essay (3,000 words) – 71% – First

HS1011 – Making of the Modern World: Mark for the Module: 72%: First
Assignment A – Seen Test (2,000 words) – 68% – Upper Second
Assignment B – Long Essay (2,500 words) – 76% – First
Assignment C – Examination, 2 questions in 2 hours, 26th May 2012: 72%: First

HS1015 – Medieval Foundations, 800-1300:Mark for the Module:  64%: Upper Second
Assignment A – Text Commentary (2,000 words) – 68% – Upper Second
Assignment B – Long Essay (2,500 words) – 74% – First
Assignment C – Examination, 2 questions in 2 hours, 29th May 2012: 56%, Lower Second

Starting a BA History degree course in October 2011.

Education details – Access to Higher Education Diploma in Ancient History and Archaeology, 2010-11:

Update: 5th August 2011:

I’ve had my results letter from the college confirming distinctions across the board. This has been confirmed by the university which means that it is now official: I have been accepted at Leicester starting in October 2011.

Copies of the letter (with identifying details removed) can be seen here and here (page 2).

– Ancient History and Archaeology Access to HE Diploma Results. Red Assignments have been handed in but not yet returned. Blue assignments, I’ve had the grades for. Pink ones have been set. The course has 60 credits in total.  Most universities ask for a combination of credits at a certain level at a certain mark, e.g. 45 level 3 credits at distinction. Each module carries 3 credits, but the first module in Ancient History and Near Eastern Archaeology is shared. you take your best 5 from each section of the course, 3 credits for each module, makes up 45 credits. There’s also opportunities to “earn” further credits with the Independent Research Module (which I will be doing on the disabled in Ancient Greece), which is at level 3 (basically the same as A Level). A final 3 credits will come from the Core Development Module which is designed to make sure each student has a learning plan, applies to go to university, has a C.V., feels prepared for interview, and so on. That’s at level 2. To obtain the Diploma, each student must have 60 credits, but the final 9 credits come from English, Maths and I.T. I have an exemption from these as I already have GCSEs in these subjects at the required grades (C or above) so I essentially only need 51 credits to obtain my diploma.

The break up of the Diploma therefore runs as follows:

Ancient History: 15 credits (5 “best” assignments with 3 credits each) @ level 3
Archaeology: 15 credits (5 “best” assignments with 3 credits each) @ level 3
Near Eastern Archaeology: 15 credits (5 “best” assignments with 3 credits each) @ level 3
Independent Research Module: 3 Credits @ level 3
Core Development Module: 3 Credits @ level 2
English / Maths / IT credits: 3 Credits each @ level 2: 9 credits total.

Total: 60 Credits

The Modules are as follows (with results/status):

Ancient History:

Module 1 – sources of ancient history – Distinction / Distinction / Distinction
Module 2 – Archaic Greece – Distinction / Distinction / Distinction
Module 3 – Classical Era – The 5th Century – Distinction / Distinction / Distinction
Module 4 – Classical Era – The 4th Century – Distinction / Distinction / Distinction
Module 6 – The collapse of the Republic – Distinction / Distinction / Distinction
Module 7 – The Age of Augustus – Distinction / Distinction / Distinction
Module 8 – The Early Empire – Distinction / Distinction / Distinction

Archaeology:

Module 1 – History of Archaeology – Merit / Merit / Distinction
Module 2 – Methods and Techniques of Archaeology – Distinction / Distinction / Distinction
Module 3 – Archaeological Dating Methods – Distinction / Distinction / Distinction
Module 4 – Prehistoric Britain – Distinction / Distinction / Distinction
Module 5 – Roman Britain – Distinction / Distinction / Distinction
Module 6 – Early Medieval Britain – Distinction / Distinction / Distinction
Module 7 – Nature and survival of Archaeological Evidence – Distinction / Distinction / Distinction

Near Eastern Archaeology:

Module 1 – Sources of Ancient History – Distinction / Distinction / Distinction
Module 2 – Rise of Civilisation – Distinction / Distinction / Distinction
Module 3 – Old Kingdom Egypt – Distinction / Distinction / Distinction
Module 4 – The Second Millenium BC (part 1) – Distinction / Distinction / Distinction
Module 5 – The Second Millenium BC (part 2) – Distinction / Distinction / Distinction
Module 6 – The Bronze Age Collapse – Distinction / Distinction / Distinction
Module 7 – The New Assyrian Empire – Distinction / Distinction / Distinction

* The ‘Sources of Ancient History’ module applies to both Ancient history and Near Eastern Archaeology.

Also waiting on: Grades for Independent Research Project and Core Development Module (6 credits total). The remaining 9 credits are extempt because I already have English, Maths and IT qualifications.

Credit Breakdown

Number of Credits in total: 54 achieved out of 60 available (but only 45 required to pass the course from this section)
Number of Distinctions: 52
Number of Merits: 2
Number of Passes: 0

University Applications

[as of 3rd May 2011:] I’ve had offers back from almost all the Universities I applied to, bar one – which was always a long shot. Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. I got an interview, and although I was very impressed with them and would have given my right eye teeth to go, it wasn’t meant to be. I will, therefore, be accepting Leicester as my firm offer and Manchester as my insurance offer. I now have 31 distinctions, so provided I pass the rest of my modules at level 3 (and the moderators don’t change any) I am definitely going to Leicester University.

1. Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. No offer.
2. University of East Anglia – Conditional Offer – Pass with Distinction. 45 credits at Level 3 with 12 Merits in History.
3. Lancaster University – Conditional Offer – Pass. 45 credits at Level 3, 34 credits at Distinction, the rest at Merits.
4. Leicester University – Conditional Offer – Pass. 45 credits at Level 3. 30 credits at Distinction. Firm offer – now unconditional and accepted – I is going to university!
5. Manchester Metropolitan University – Conditional Offer – Pass, regardless of Level or distinctions or not. Insurance Offer.

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