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.

Washington D.C.

Go on international field trips to exciting locations like Washington D.C!

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 won a prestigious Fulbright scholarship, in which I spent four months teaching and researching at Elon University in North Carolina. While there I began a new project on the African American experience of WWII in Italy. This experience greatly influenced my teaching at Gloucestershire."

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Course details

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

Course outline

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, our course explores 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.

Through our unique student-centred teaching you will study these subjects in smaller seminar groups. You will work closely with our subject experts in engaging and interactive sessions that involve activities such as discussions, debates, and hands-on workshops. This approach allows our students to make the most of class time while developing key critical skills and confidence.

As well as study, you will also ‘do’ history and develop key skills that will prepare you for life after graduation. Our students conduct original research for the Cotswold Centre for History and Heritage, and produce exhibitions for the Gloucester History Festival, developing their critical abilities in investigation, teamwork, and communication. They can also choose to study abroad and go on international field trips to places such as Washington DC. Experiences such as these prepare our graduates for a range of fascinating careers

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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.

Course modules

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Dark Continent: Fascism in Europe, 1914-45' to 'Victorian Values: Class, Culture, Religion'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

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. Work and exhibit at Gloucester History Festival as part of our partnership with the festival.


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

Read our Alumni Stories to find out what some former history students got up to after graduation.

Study mode



3 Years (Full-Time)
4 Years (Integrated Foundation Stage)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2021 entry

96 tariff points

Not enough tariff points? This course is available with an integrated foundation stage to help you prepare.

Typical offers

BCC at A levels, BTEC DMM or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

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.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/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 contact our admissions team if you have a question.


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UCAS Codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeV100
BA (Hons) - 4 years integrated foundation stageV103

School of Education and Humanities

Our School of Education and Humanities will help you graduate as a well-rounded, innovative and passionate individual. You will work with experienced practitioners, engage with active researchers and be inspired by published authors.

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