Philosophy, Politics & History BA (PPH) with a History major New College of the Humanities


With the Philosophy, Politics & History BA (PPH) at NCH, you can choose one of History, Philosophy or Politics as your major, and will study the other two as joint minors. In each year, you’ll study two courses in your major subject, and one course in each of the remaining two minor subjects. The central aim of our PPH programme is to increase your understanding of, and ability to engage with, central questions, arguments, and texts in Philosophy, Politics and History, and to provide a lively sense of interrelations between these subjects.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Bedford Square, London

  • Start date

    September 2019

  • Duration

    3 years

Course details


In your first year: Britain & the Wider World (30 credits), plus Medieval Europe 1000-1300: Faith & Power (30 credits) or From Roman Empire to Medieval Kingdoms 300-900 (30 credits) or 16th Century England (30 credits), and Ethics (30 credits) and Modern Political Thought (30 credits). In your second year: History, Heritage & Memory (30 credits), plus The City in American Life: 1776 to the Present Day (30 credits) or A Long Civil Rights Movement? Black Political Protest 1918-1968 (30 credits) or The History of Political Thought (30 credits) or How to Govern Well: The History of Ideas from Aristotle to Bakunin (30 credits), and Modern Philosophy (Advanced) (30 credits) and Old Powers, New Powers: Imperialism, Colonialism & the Modern State (30 credits). In your third year: Power & Politics (30 credits), plus Heap of Shot or Pot of Treacle? Social History in Britain 1870-1914 (30 credits) or the Crusades (30 credits) or American Political Life (30 credits) or Early Modern History (30 credits), plus Aesthetics (30 credits) or Kant to Nietzsche (30 credits) or Philosophy of Mind & Language (30 credits) or Political Philosophy (30 credits), and International Organisations: Global & Local (30 credits)

Assessment method

The Philosophy, Politics & History programme, with History as your major, consists of two courses in History and one course in each of Philosophy and Politics in each year of study. Our History curriculum explores economic, political, social, cultural and intellectual history, and demands analytical rigour, precision of thought, the capacity for empathy and the ability to communicate clearly.

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 code VL11
Institution code N53
Campus name Bedford Square, London
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level AAB With a B in at least one humanities subject. Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted NCH as one of your A-levels.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma are considered on a case by case basis when offered in combination with required A level - contact us for further guidance.
Access to HE Diploma D: 36 credits
M: 9 credits
P: 0 credits
Access to HE Diploma will be considered on a case by case basis -- contact us for further guidance.
Scottish Higher ABBBB We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 35 points Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
Scottish Advanced Higher BB We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.

As a general guide, our typical offers are around AAB at A-level, 35 points in the IB, an overall score of 80-85% in the European Baccalaureate or an international equivalent.

In addition to A-levels, the European Baccalaureate and the International Baccalaureate, NCH considers a range of UK qualifications including, but not limited to:

Access to HE Diploma
Cambridge Pre-U
Scottish Advanced Highers
Welsh Baccalaureate

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

Additional entry requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £14,000 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

New College of the Humanities is committed to providing the very best educational experience for students and recognises that some students will need financial support in order to pursue their course of study. There are a number of funding schemes by which a student can receive financial support during their time at the College. NCH offers a select number of highly prestigious scholarships to recognise exceptional academic potential and achievements. Our Admissions team automatically considers all applicants for a scholarship award. Offer holders from the UK who would be unable to take up their place without further financial support can apply to the NCH Trust for a means-tested bursary. You can apply for a bursary as soon as you receive your offer, and you are welcome to apply before you choose whether to accept your offer.