What are 'scheduled' contact hours?
Much has been said in the media regarding contact hours at British universities.
The figures quoted invariably refer to scheduled contact hours (i.e. lectures and seminars). In fact, you will have much more contact with your History tutors than these scheduled contact hours suggest.
Additional, 'unscheduled' support
Apart from spending time on your own independent research and preparation, you will frequently be meeting with tutors in their offices, participating in supervision sessions (for projects such as the third-year dissertation), or conversing with your tutors via e-mail and Moodle.
Of course, as you will now be undergraduate students rather than at school, it is largely up to you how much you interact with your tutors.
However, it is often the case that the extra value represented by unscheduled contact hours can make the difference between a good degree and an excellent one.