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What is History BA (Hons)?

Studying history at the University of Gloucestershire is centred on understanding the making of the modern world by analysing the past. Taught by subject specialists in British, European, American and Russian history, you’ll explore some of the fundamental issues, events and ideas that have shaped the past since the 15th century.

Our degree is particularly focused on how the past can be understood through lenses of race, class, and gender, and how historical interpretations are expressed through contemporary popular culture and memory.

Study style

As well as study, you’ll also ‘do’ history and develop key skills that will prepare you for life after graduation. Through our unique student-centred teaching you’ll study these subjects in smaller seminar groups.

You’ll work closely with subject experts in interactive sessions that involve discussions, debates, and hands-on workshops – allows you to make the most of class time while developing key critical skills and confidence.

Get History BA (Hons) course updates and hear more about studying with us.

Entry requirements

    • 96 tariff points (calculate your points at

      Your points must include at least 2 A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications, for example:
      BCC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of qualifications to achieve the required tariff.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants though the entry requirements still apply.

      Some courses require several years of working experiences in the relevant industry.

    • English 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 2021 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham V100 £9,250 £14,700
Sep 2022 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham V100

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 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.

A man sitting on one of the pews within the Chapel at Francis Close Hall campus

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 Washington DC, you can also study abroad at various locations in Europe and North America.

Student looking at historical documents

Attend 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.

Bonnie Greer smiling in front of lecture attendees
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History - Research Intensity - CUG 2021

Our History courses rank top 20 in the UK for research intensity, according to the Complete University Guide 2021.

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History - Students' Union - NSS 2020

Our History courses rank 9th in the UK for students' union according to the National Student Survey 2020.

Trips and experiences

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 for you to study abroad in Ireland, USA and Canada.


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

Christian O'Connell history lecturer

"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

students at a historical site

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.

Read our alumni stories

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