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Study history and philosophy and question your assumptions as well as trace the origins of modern societies and cultures. You will learn to analyse beliefs and concepts and to consider how past societies worked.
Discover a thousand years of history whilst experiencing all the specialist areas we offer; our expertise covers a wide 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.
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.
Studying philosophy will equip you with the ability to think logically, evaluate arguments critically, and challenge your own ideas and those of other people. Our lecturers are world-leading experts in a wide variety of philosophical topics; their particular strengths lie in moral philosophy and philosophy of the mind and language. You will also have the chance to study non-Western philosophies, especially Indian philosophy. Our small class sizes ensure that students receive dedicated individual attention, and we were given an overall student satisfaction rating of 94% in the National Student Survey 2017.
In both subjects, 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 offer a range of modules to help students gain relevant work experience as well as explore career options.
Placements are encouraged and provide the chance to put your newly acquired knowledge and skills into practice as well as gain valuable real-world experience. 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 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.
In History 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.
You also have 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.
Throughout your degree you will complete career and skills related modules. 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, but both these modules develop a wide range of interpersonal, organisational, presentational and research skills readily transferable to other areas of employment.
As a graduate you will have a broad range of transferable skills in research, analysis, presenting and group working. Previous graduates have found employment in the civil service, journalism, consultancy, finance, local and central government, and recent employers have included The British Museum, Cambridge University Press, The Football Association, House of Commons, MI5, Ministry of Defence, Morgan Stanley, Yellow Media Works, local authorities and other universities.
Sample modules may include:
- Reason and argument
- Journeys through history 1 (People, power and revolution)
- Journeys through history 2 (Culture, art and ideas)
- Research skills and opportunities in history
- Human nature
Check our website for more information on the course structure.
How to apply
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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!
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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|