History with Foundation Year (Integrated Degree)

Goldsmiths, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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This is a four-year degree at Goldsmiths. If you successfully achieve the progression requirements of the foundation year, you can continue with the full-time three-year BA (Hons) History degree. Why study the Integrated Degree in History at Goldsmiths?

  • There are no formal entry requirements for this course, we’re just looking for enthusiasm. The first year is the foundation where you’ll study history modules alongside classes to help you develop study skills and build your confidence. If you’re successful in your first year, you’ll progress onto our BA History degree, which you’ll study for another 3 years. You'll also be able to apply for one of our joint honours degrees.
  • You may be a mature student, or someone who has faced difficulties which caused you to underperform in exams. Whatever your story, it’s likely that you’re nervous about studying history at undergraduate level. Don’t worry. We’ll get you to where you need to be with plenty of tailored support.
  • Studying history at university level allows you to explore the past from multiple angles. It encourages you to question assumptions and challenge narratives. You’ll gain an understanding of the vast scope of historical study and develop the skills needed to approach the subject critically.
  • You’ll explore history at both a local and national level through a focus on the lived experience of ordinary people. This includes looking at the history of our local area – one of our modules focuses on the history of South London. You’ll explore the history behind elements of our urban environment from tattoos to Pentecostalism.

Course details


Modules in the foundation year explore British history at both a local and national level through a focus on the lived experience of ordinary people. Students will be introduced to the principles of post-colonial history and consider how cultural history connects what is local to the global world. You will also take the Learning to be a Historian module, which will introduce you to the skills and tools necessary for studying history. Year 0 (foundation year) you take the following modules: The Battle for the Ballot Empires, Nations and Lines of the Map: Postcolonial Perspectives on World History An Everyday History of Modern Britain, 1800-1950 From Local to Global: Identity and Cultural History Learning to be a Historian London 1400- 1650: A City in Transition. You will also take Essential Skills for Success. It provides a comprehensive range of academic study skills training in areas such as library and resources orientation, effective reading, note-taking, essay structuring and planning, critical thinking, vocabulary development, research and exam techniques, WordPress blogging and website assessment. The structure of the remaining years is flexible. In Year 1 you take core modules that introduce you to the discipline, and then in Year 2 and 3 you're free to choose all your preferred options (subject to timetabling constraints). Year 1 (credit level 4) Our focus is on intellectual and religious history, political history, cultural history, the history of identities, medical history and research relevant to the Centre for the Study of the Balkans. All teaching after the first year is research-led. We adopt a broad approach to the study of the past, which emphasises ideas and concepts, narratives and analysis, the study of time, and the use of visual as well as documentary resources. Dictators, War and Revolution Religion, Peace and Conflict Self, Citizen and Nation Concepts and Methods in History Year 2 (credit level 5) You take modules to the value of 120 credits from an approved list, one of which may be a Group 2 module from a large list of topics taught either at Goldsmiths or in other University of London history departments. Year 3 (credit level 6) You take modules to the value of 120 credits: 60 credits from the approved list one History Special Subject worth 60 credits The Special Subject is chosen from a list of approximately 40 topics taught either at Goldsmiths or in other University of London history departments. These departments include Birkbeck, King’s College, Queen Mary, Royal Holloway, the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, and University College London. Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects.

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 codeV100
Institution code G56
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

There are no qualification requirements for this course.

QualificationOfferFurther information

There are no formal entry qualifications for the four-year degree. Instead of formal qualifications, we look for clear evidence of the skills and abilities you need for an undergraduate degree, and interest in the subject. Most applicants will be invited to an interview, and you may be asked to provide a sample of recent extended writing to assess your suitability for the course.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6With a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

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

Additional fee information

To find out more about fees and funding, please check our undergraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office https://www.gold.ac.uk/ug/fees-funding/
History with Foundation Year (Integrated Degree) at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS