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History and Politics BA (Hons)

What is History and Politics BA (Hons)?

Combining history and politics involves asking some pressing questions about issues of power and human value, examining the way things are in society, and the way we want them to be. You’ll explore key ideas, events, movements and aspirations which continue to shape our world and identity. Questions about democracy, protest, activism and authority will be central for your studies, helping you to develop as a rigorous, imaginative thinker.

As an active scholar of history and politics – not just a student – you’ll become an independent practitioner, researcher and critical thinker. Working closely with subject experts as you develop deep knowledge in your field, you’ll gain highly desirable skills in investigative, analytical research and communication. Hands-on experience with historical documents and artefacts, as well as the close examination of political structures and ideas, will help you to build essential skills for work at university and beyond.

Study style

You’ll learn through lectures, seminars, tutorials and student-led sessions, supported by digital technologies. Small group discussions allow you to connect with expert tutors and other students, with excellent environments for learning and strong group identity. You’ll choose modules to explore your interests and shape your own studies.

Our rich curriculum allows you to shape your studies in ways which match your interests. 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 organisations will also enrich your learning.

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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.

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

    • 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.

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 2024 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham V102 TBC TBC

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work in:

  • heritage/museums
  • journalism
  • politics
  • the Civil Service
  • teaching
  • marketing and business.

Industry links

Our partnerships with local archives and museums, as well as links with political groups, will give you the chance to study their learning in professional and lived contexts. Field trips, projects and placement opportunities provide hands-on engagement with heritage, business and socio-political groups, providing opportunities for you to gain professional level, real-world skills and experiences.

Understand what shapes the way we think

Gain deep insights on the way our world works and broad understanding of how history and politics shape the way we think about power, community and identity.

Experience trips and placements

Enjoy field trip and placement opportunities to take your learning beyond the lecture theatre and library. Challenge yourself to develop professional skills in the evaluation and communication of key ideas.

Develop your skills and independence

Become an independent researcher and thinker in a supportive environment. Grow your intellectual initiative as well as confidence in your ability to evaluate complex ideas and histories.

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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

Enjoy field trip and placement opportunities to take your learning beyond the lecture theatre and library. Challenge yourself to develop professional skills in the evaluation and communication of key ideas.


  • Duration – 12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours a week)
  • Location – popular destinations include the UK, USA, China and Europe
  • Visa – you may need a visa if you’re on placement abroad
  • Finance – your tuition fee is reduced for your placement year – and you can still apply for a maintenance loan and get money advice
  • Placement support – we’ll help you find a great placement and get the most out of the experience

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