History (BA Hons)

Civil rights meetting, USA

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Full-Time or Part-Time


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

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

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Guest lectures with industry speakers

Statue of Oliver Cromwell
Cordoba landscape

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 lecturers including holocaust survivor, John Dobai, lead writer of the Daily Telegraph, Tim Stanley, Bonnie Greer OBE and world-renowned anthropologist, Tim Ingold.

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.

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

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2017 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.

2017 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

UCAS codes available for this subject
Single Honours - 3 years full-timeV100


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  • Journalism
  • Heritage manager
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      Student Focus

      Peter Keeling

      The university broadened my mind. So much so, that I’m now doing a PhD.

      I enjoyed virtually every part of the degree. It gave me a great basis in methodological theory. It inspired me to look further than I had. I did my dissertation on invasion in Britain before the First World War. It focused on fear of war being like fear of terrorism today. It won an Archaeological Society History prize. My PhD takes this research further. Eventually, I would like to lecture.

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      Staff Profile

      Christian O'Connell

      "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. A real highlight for me has been the publication of my book Blues, How Do You Do? Published with University of Michigan Press (August 2015). In my teaching I use culture as a new way of exploring the past, providing new and previously unheard interpretations.”

      Learn from experts with 99% teaching satisfaction*

      Our academics have a diverse and interesting breadth of expertise, including early modern Britain and Europe, the Soviet Union, race, democracy and culture in America, Victorian culture, politics and intellectual thought, 18th-20th century popular culture, politics, women’s history, and heritage.

      *NSS 2015

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      Study in the USA, Canada, Ireland and Spain

      In addition to various field trips within the UK, there are opportunities to take part in international trips to locations such as Spain. There are also opportunities to study abroad in Ireland, USA and Canada.

      Guest lectures with industry speakers

      Recent guest lecturers include John Dobai, a holocaust survivor, Tim Stanley, lead writer of The  Telegraph, dramatist and critic Bonnie Greer OBE, and Tim Ingold, the world-renowned anthropologist who examines the relationship between humanity and the weather.

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