History and Philosophy*

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Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

This course is for those who want to ask deep questions about what it means to be human, to explore others’ answers to those questions and the way that they have shaped actions and society in particular times and places.

Our students don’t just study what others have said, or learn names and dates, however, they are philosophers and historians, investigating and interpreting evidence and ideas for themselves, in order to understand individual, social and cultural identities.

Unique placement, field trip and study abroad opportunities complement learning on the course. Previous destinations have included the USA, Canada, India and Spain, as well as various UK destinations. A variety of guest speakers, as well as local and international partnerships with museums, archives and philosophical groups will also enrich your learning.

You will become an independent practitioner, researcher and critical thinker. Working closely with subject experts as you develop deep knowledge in your field, you will gain highly desirable skills in investigative, analytical research and communication.

Hands-on experience with historical documentation and artefacts, as well as the close examination of texts and ideas, will also help you to build essential skills for work within and beyond University.

Specialist strands in British, European, American and Soviet history, as well as in philosophies from Ancient Greece to the digital age allow you to shape your studies in ways which match your interests.

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Study style

Course delivery is by lecture, seminar, tutorial and student-led sessions, complemented by active use of digital technologies. Small group discussions allow tutors to connect with students, facilitating excellent support for learning and strong group identity. Module options allow students to pursue their interests and shape their own studies.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2019 entry

112 tariff points

Typical offers

BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2019 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.


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  • Heritage and museums
  • Third sector/NGO/Charities
  • Publishing
  • Teaching
  • Human Resources
  • Media/Journalism
  • Social Care
  • Research and Consultancy

*This course is 'subject to validation' which means it is going through the final stages of approval. Courses do normally get approved, but if for any reason this course does not then you would be informed by the university and we would help you find a suitable alternative.

Industry links

Our partnerships with archives, museums and societies enable students to explore the heritage industry and reflect on the philosophies of local and professional organizations. Fieldtrips, projects and placement opportunities facilitate hands-on engagement with others’ ideas and artefacts, providing opportunities to gain key employability skills and experiences.

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Gain an excellent grasp of key historical and philosophical ideas, events and developments, and understand the role they play in shaping one another and our ever-changing world.
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Become an independent historian and philosopher in a supportive environment. Grow your intellectual initiative and research skills. Enjoy opportunities to challenge yourself in developing abilities to ethically interpret and evaluate key texts, events and ideas.
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Explore key questions about human culture, ideas and identity, engaging with others and wider society with empathy, insight and confidence.

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