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History BA (Hons)

What is History BA (Hons)?

Understanding the making of the modern world has never been more important. Whether it is war and conflict in eastern Europe, political turmoil, social change at home and abroad, the changing role of race, class and gender in modern society, or clashes over monuments and heritage, interpretations of the past influence the present day.

With a focus on Early Modern, British, European, American and Russian history, our course explores the fundamental issues, events, and ideas that have shaped the last 600 years.

90% of students were satisfied with this course according to the National Student Survey 2022

Study style

The foundation of the course is our small class teaching involving interactive discussions, debates, and hands-on workshops that allow you to make the most of class time, while developing key critical skills and confidence.

You will also gain transferrable skills for a number of possible careers by ‘doing‘ history. You will have the opportunity to conduct original research, manage projects and present your work in public facing exhibitions, as well as do work placements and internships.

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Entry requirements

    • 96 – 112 UCAS tariff points, CCC – BBC  at A levels, MMM – DMM at BTEC or a Merit in your T-Level.

      If you are unsure whether we could make you an offer or you have any questions, just get in touch with our admissions team who will be able to advise you.

    • This course is available with an integrated foundation year to help you prepare. A degree with an integrated foundation year starts your studies with a year spent learning the skills required to progress onto a full honours degree. You will develop valuable study skills, communication, team work and problem-solving techniques which help to build your confidence and prepare you for the rest of your course.

      Typical offers
      48 UCAS tariff points, DD at A levels, PPP at BTEC or a Pass in your T Level.

      Grade C/4 in English Language/Literature and Mathematics, or equivalent (e.g. Level 2 Functional Skills).

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

    • English Language or Literature and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2023 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham V100 £9,250 £15,450
Sep 2024 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham V100 TBC TBC

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Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work in:

  • Museums and heritage
  • Professional research
  • Politics
  • Journalism
  • Teaching/academia

Industry links

Our students conduct original research for the Cotswold Centre for History and Heritage, and produce public exhibitions for the Gloucester History Festival, developing their critical abilities in investigation, teamwork and communication. You can also choose to study abroad and go on international field trips to places such as Italy and Washington DC. Experiences like these prepare our graduates for a range of fascinating careers.

Learn from expert academics

We 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.

Gain valuable experience locally and abroad

You can gain practical experience by working in archives and local galleries. As well as various field trips within the UK and international locations such as Italy and Washington DC.

Discover more about our latest trip to Italy.

Attend guest lectures with industry speakers

Recent guest lecturers have included broadcasters and historians such as David Olusoga, Kehinde Andrews and Bonnie Greer, journalists Gary Younge and Tim Stanley.

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Ranked 12th in the UK for teaching quality

Our history courses are ranked 12th in the UK for teaching quality by The Times Good University Guide 2023.

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Ranked in the top 15 in the UK for student experience

Our history courses are ranked in the top 15 in the UK for student experience by The Times Good University Guide 2023.

Trips and experiences

In addition to regular field trips within the UK, there are opportunities to take part in international trips to locations such Italy and Washington DC.


You can conduct original research for the Cotswold Centre for History and Heritage, and produce exhibitions for the Gloucester History Festival – developing your critical abilities in investigation, teamwork and communication.

"My passion for history originates with the blues"

“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.”

Christian O’Connell, Academic Course Leader in History

"Life as a student was genuinely rewarding"

“One of the best memories I have was a trip in my third year to the National Civil War Centre in Newark. As well as visiting the museum proper, we met some of the people behind the museum, including a session where we could examine and even personally handle some of the incredible artefacts they’d collected, from books and coins to weapons and armour.”

Luke Stagg, History graduate

Meet more of our students

Take a look at our history course blog to hear more from our history students about their studies and what they’ve been up to after graduation.

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