History (BA Hons)



BA (Hons)

Do History

Live it. Breathe it. Create it.

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Unique opportunities

Amazing experiences that will have a life-long impact.

West Florida University

Study in the USA, Canada, Ireland and Spain - Nellie spent a semester at West Florida University.

The Cotswold Centre for History and Heritage

The Cotswold Centre for History and Heritage is a project that takes our students' original research out into the community.

Bonnie Greer

Be inspired by world-renowned speakers - Bonnie Greer gave a lecture as part of Black History Month.

Where History Comes to Life

A stunning and historic backdrop for studying.

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Be inspired by their passion

Christian O'Connell

Dr Christian O'Connell

Academic Course Leader in History

"I teach on courses covering democracy and slavery in the 19th century, the long Civil Rights movement, and major themes in the 20th century.

I am primarily a cultural historian and I am particularly interested in the diffusion of African American culture both in Europe and the US. I completed my PhD in 2012, which examined the emergence of transatlantic study of African American blues music through the work of Paul Oliver.

My passion for history actually originates with the blues. I've loved the blues since I was little, and through it I became aware of the issues surrounding African American history: slavery, civil rights, culture, and the influence this had on American society.

In my teaching I use culture as a new way of exploring the past, providing new and previously unheard interpretations.

I recently completed a BAAS/UCL Institute of the Americas Visiting Fellowship, where I worked on a research project which considered the transatlantic representations of the American South on British television. As a result, I am now an Associate Fellow of the Institute."

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Immerse yourself in history

Join Georgina as she explores the ancient city of Cordoba.

Course Details

Study the making of the modern world, with the opportunity to study abroad in Europe and America

Cordoba, Spain view of the Roman Bridge and Mosque-Cathedral on the Guadalquivir River.

Course outline

Studying history is not just learning facts, dates and names. It’s about investigating and interpreting evidence to understand the make-up of our own identities as individuals, cultures and nations. Become an independent researcher and critical thinker. Work closely with subject experts to develop investigative and analytical skills, while gaining hands-on experience with historical documentation and artifacts. Experience unique opportunities on study abroad placements, previous destinations have included the USA, Canada, Ireland and Spain.

You will gain the necessary analytical skills in your first year, sampling all our specialist strands in British, European, American and Soviet history. Develop your own focus in the second year by specializing in two or more of these areas. You'll also benefit from our wide range of guest speakers. In the past we’ve had important figures like Bonnie Greer OBE, journalists Tim Stanley and Gary Younge, as well as holocaust survivor John Dobai.

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to gain practical experience too. In addition to various field trips within the UK, students can take part in international research trips to locations such as Spain, as well as studying abroad in Europe and North America.  You will use a range of investigative approaches when handling historical sources. Official documents, manuscripts, art, literature, film, photography, music and many more, are all accessed through our local and international partnerships with museums, archives and historical sites.

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Study style

This degree focuses on the political, social, economic and cultural history of the modern world, from the European discovery of the Americas in 1492, onwards. Teaching is primarily through interactive seminars and small classes. Discussion and debate are used to develop your critical skills and confidence.

Industry links

Partnerships with local archives and museums, offer students the opportunity to interact with historical sources and put their analytical skills to the test.


  • Museum and heritage professionals
  • Professional research
  • Politics
  • Journalism
  • Heritage manager
  • Teaching/academia
    • Study mode



      Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

      Entry requirements

      Tariff information for 2018 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.

      2018 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. If you do not meet the academic and English language requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO University of Gloucestershire, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree. INTO University of Gloucestershire is based at our Park campus and offers a range of courses including International Foundation Business, Hospitality and Tourism.

      Grade 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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      UCAS Codes

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      Single Honours - 3 years full-timeV100

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