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Take a journey through time from Crusading in the High Middle Ages to Anarchy in the UK. Complement your learning with a study abroad option and improve your employability with our exciting work placements.
Discover a thousand years of history whilst experiencing all the specialist areas on offer at Reading, including Britain, Europe, Russia, Africa, America, the Middle East and South Asia. Explore people, politics and revolution, and culture and concepts. We teach the skills you need to study and research history, and you will start to shape your own degree through your choice of optional modules.
History is a highly flexible degree, with a wide range of options to choose from. Learn about subjects such as Medieval magic, witchcraft and heresy; fascism and communism; gender and culture; and politics and colonialism.
You will be taught in small interactive seminar groups, encouraging discussion and debate with teaching staff and fellow students. We place a great deal of importance on employability skills, and our modules "History education", "Discovering archives" and "Public history" all offer you short work placements and act as an introduction to career ideas. For third years, two optional modules provide placements of 10 working days in local archives and secondary schools.
In 2018, we achieved an 89% satisfaction score for the teaching on our courses in the National Student Survey, which feeds directly into your learning.
Field trips in the UK and abroad give you the opportunity to see history in context, for example at Cliveden House in Buckinghamshire, Winchester, Westminster, and further afield in Paris and Berlin. You can also choose to spend a term in your second year at one of our partner universities in Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia.
Placements are a prominent feature of our courses and highly encouraged, as they enable you to use the skills acquired through studying history in the real world. Our links with the Careers Centre help you source potential employers and provide assistance with CVs and letters of application. Staff in the department also have close links with the University’s Institute of Education, Museum of English Rural 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.
Take the option to study abroad for a term in the second year. Some of the universities we have links with include University of Ottawa, Canada; Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey; University of Maastricht, Netherlands; Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA; University of Georgia at Athens, USA; and Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
You will complete career and skills related modules, encouraging you to think about what career you would like and what skills you will need. Our second-year modules, "My career: Working it out", and "Public history: Uses and abuses", will help you to develop strategies for building successful careers after graduation.
Looking for 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. Both these modules help develop a wide range of interpersonal, organisational, presentational and research skills readily transferable to other areas of employment.
Our graduates 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.as.
Sample modules may include:
- The American dream: the US from colonialism to the late twentieth century
- From tsars to comrades: imperial Russia and the Soviet Union 1861-1941
- Witches, heretics and social outcasts: Europe and its outsiders c. 1250-1550
- The brightest jewel in the British crown: the making of modern South Asia
- Cold War Berlin
Check our website for more details of the course structure.
How to apply
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!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||AAB - ABB||A level History, Ancient History, Medieval History or Classical Civilisation at grade B|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDD - DDM||Modules taken must be comparable to A level History, Ancient History, Medieval History or Classical Civilisation|
|Access to HE Diploma||
D: 30 credits
M: 15 credits
|Must include at least 15 level 3 credits in History, Ancient History, Medieval History or Classical Civilisation|
|Scottish Higher||AAABB - AABBB||Higher History, Ancient History, Medieval History or Classical Civilisation at grade B|
|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|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||GCSE Maths C (or 4), English Language or English Literature C (or 4).|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||34 - 32 points||Higher Level History, Ancient History, Medieval History or Classical Civilisation at 5|
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||A||We require a grade A or 200 overall.|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||C||We require a grade C or 200 overall.|
|IELTS (Academic)||7.0||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).|
|Institution's Own Test||7.0||Test 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).|
|PTE Academic||67.0||We require a minimum score of 67 overall with at least 51 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).|
|TOEFL (iBT)||100.0||We require a minimum score of 100 overall with no less than 20 in Listening, Writing and Reading and 21 in Speaking.|
|Trinity ISE||Pass||Only ISE III and ISE IV are acceptable and we require a Pass in each element.|
Full list of acceptable English Language Tests
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
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