Anglia Ruskin University

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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Come face to face with the past, and explore what it can tell us about our present and future lives, with our BA (Hons) History degree in Cambridge. Focusing on a range of periods and themes including British and global histories race and politics, gender, sexuality and the body, and also how we recreate history, you’ll take part in hands-on historical research to make sense of how past events have shaped our world today, and what they might mean for our future. Cambridge is the perfect place to study history. Thanks to our close links with local organisations, you’ll find yourself handling historical objects, leafing through archival material, and working with museum professionals as well as engaging with digital sources and archives There’s also the chance to study abroad for a semester, take part in European field trips, and go on work placements as you prepare for a career in many different fields including business, management, local government, heritage, museums and more. As a history student at ARU, you'll form an understanding of why people and societies think and behave as they do – and how these actions can echo down the centuries. This historical insight will sharpen your ability to analyse and tackle complex problems, such as how social divisions arise and dictators come to power. You’ll also form an awareness of the limitations of our knowledge and the dangers of simplistic explanations. These are important skills, with the World Economic Forum listing complex problem solving and critical thinking as two of the top 10 skills we need to thrive in today’s workforce. In Years 2 and 3, our optional modules allow you to explore the areas of history that interest you most, with topics including the First World War, modern British politics, sport, the Russian Revolution and histories of everyday life. There’s even a class on the history of James Bond! Meanwhile, your Undergraduate Major Project will let you complete a substantial piece of research work so that you become a historian in your own right. You’ll be supported by staff, recognised as leaders in their field, whose expertise ranges from British imperialism and Victorian studies, to modern politics, gender history and the history of sense and emotions. It’s no surprise that our BA (Hons) History degree received an overall satisfaction score of more than 94% in the National Student Survey 2020 and came 4th in the UK for ‘Satisfied with Teaching’ in The Guardian University Guide 2019.

Course details


Year one, core modules Re-uniting the Kingdoms: Early Modern Britain 1485-1715 Western Civilisation 1: Antiquity to the Renaissance Europe in the Age of the Enlightenment 1660-1789 Making of Modern Britain 1688-1832 Citizens: The French Revolution and Modern Political Culture Western Civilisation 2: Reformation to the Modern Age Year one, optional modules Film and History Year two, core modules Britain in the 19th century Britain in the 20th Century 19th Century Europe History Today: Methods and Approaches Year two, optional modules The Growth of the USA The British Empire The United States in the 20th Century Europe in the Age of the First World War Family and Gender in England 1550-1750 Gender and Sexuality in Britain: 1880s-1980s Year three, core modules Major Project History Special Subject Year three, optional modules Leisure and Popular Culture in Britain, 1800 to the Present Russia: Revolution and Reaction Capitalism in Crisis: The Depression and War in Europe Russia after Stalin End of Empires The Cold War: the world divided Thatcher and the New Right Optional modules available all years Anglia Language Programme

Assessment method

For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure. You’ll demonstrate what you have learned on the course through a combination of essays, examinations, case studies, field trip reports, document analyses, Internet search reports, book reviews and dissertation.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeV140
Institution code A60
Campus nameCambridge Campus
Campus codeC

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 96 points UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent) including a pass in History or related subject
A level 96 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent) including a pass in History or related subject
Access to HE Diploma UCAS Tariff Points accepted.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above.

2020 Entry requirements are under review for the next cycle and have been published using the current cycle information. Please check back when apply opens for the exact requirements. You may also be accepted to this course with an IELTS 5.5 (Academic level- with no individual score being lower than 5.5) or equivalent English Language qualification as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University, but will then be required to undertake additional compulsory free English language modules in your first year.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information 2021 international fees are to be confirmed
History at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS