History and Politics

University of Reading

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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Address some of the contemporary world's most pressing problems and explore their roots in the past. Discover a thousand years of history whilst experiencing all the specialist areas on offer; our expertise covers a wide and diverse range of regions, from Europe and Africa to America, South Asia and the Middle East, and periods, from the Crusades to the 1960s, slavery in America to Tudor monarchy, and Cold War Berlin to medieval magic. Modules cover subjects such as magic, witchcraft and heresy, fascism and communism, gender and culture, and politics and colonialism. We will teach you the skills you need to study and research history through an individual project of your choice. We take an individual approach to our students' learning, which is reflected in our 90% satisfaction score for the teaching on our courses in the National Student Survey 2017. By studying politics, you will acquire a strong grounding in the fundamental elements of the subject such as political ideas and democratic processes. You can study a wide range of modules covering topics such as British government and politics, European political integration, and political thinking. 80% of our research impact was rated world leading or internationally excellent in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014), which feeds directly into your learning and, in 2017, we achieved a student satisfaction score of 92% for our teaching in the National Student Survey. We teach in small interactive seminar groups, encouraging discussion and debate with staff and fellow students. We place a great deal of importance on employability skills in both sides of your degree, and some modules offer students short work placements and act as an introduction to possible career paths. There is the option to apply to study abroad on this joint degree and we have links with universities in Turkey, theNetherlands; the USA and Australia. Placements are highly encouraged and through our links with the Careers Centre you can source potential employers and help with CVs and letters of application. We also have close links with the University’s Institute of Education, Museum of Rural English Life (MERL) and Special Collections (archives), and with external organisations such as Cliveden House, English Heritage, Reading Museum, Reading Borough Library and the Berkshire Record Office. In history in the second year, we offer opportunities for short group placements in museums and heritage organisations and for third years, two optional modules provide placements of 10 working days in local archives and secondary schools. In politics you can undertake a two-week placement as part of a module on "British government and politics" and gain first-hand experience working with an MP, charity, pressure group, local councillor or media organisation. Careers 98% of our undergraduate students in the Department of Politics and International Relations are in work or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE Survey 2015-16). Throughout your degree you will complete career and skills related modules, encouraging you to think about what career you would like and the skills you need. If you would like a career in teaching, or in archives or records management, try our optional third-year modules, "History education" and "Discovering archives and collections". We have had a high success rate from students who have completed "History education", with many of our graduates gaining places for Initial Teacher Training. As a history and politics graduate you will have a broad range of transferable skills, including the ability to think clearly and critically, to communicate with confidence and work effectively both individually and as part of a team. Recent employers have included The British Museum, The Football Association, The House of Commons, Marks and Spencer, MI5, Morgan Stanley and Siemens Financial Services.

Course details


Sample modules may include: *Journeys through history 1 (People, power and revolution)

  • Journeys through history 2 (Culture, art and ideas)
  • Research skills and opportunities in history (individual project)
  • Introduction to contemporary democracy
  • Introduction to political ideas
Check our website for more information about the course structure.

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

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Course codeVLD2
Institution code R12
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBB History/Ancient History/Medieval History/Classical Civilisation at grade B
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM including relevant history modules or A Level in History/Ancient History/Medieval History/Classical Civilisation at grade B
Access to HE Diploma D: 18 credits M: 27 credits including at least 12 level 3 credits in History or A Level in History/Ancient History/Medieval History/Classical Civilisation at grade B
Scottish Higher ABBBB History/Ancient History/Medieval History/Classical Civilisation at grade B
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 points History/Ancient History/Medieval History/Classical Civilisation at grade 5 at Higher Level.
Extended Project B In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.  Eligible applicants would receive two offers,  our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal M2, M2, M2 Principal subjects must include History, Ancient History, Medieval History or Classical Civilisation.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Maths C (or 4), English Language or English Literature C (or 4).

Contextual offers for this programme are typically two grades beneath our standard entry requirement, e.g. BCC including History/Ancient History/Medieval History/Classical Civilisation at grade B.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7We require a minimum score of 7.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
TOEFL (iBT)100We require a minimum score of 100 overall with no less than 20 in Listening, Writing and Reading and 21 in Speaking.
Cambridge English AdvancedAWe require a grade A or 200 overall.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCWe require a grade C or 200 overall.
PTE Academic67We require a minimum score of 67 overall with at least 51 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Institution's Own TestTest of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP). We require a minimum score of 7.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Trinity ISEPassOnly ISE III and ISE IV are acceptable and we require a Pass in each element.

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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
International £16890 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
History and Politics at University of Reading - UCAS