History (BA Hons)


BA (Hons)

Do History

Live it. Breathe it. Create it.

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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.

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 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 speakers. In the past we’ve had important figures like Bonnie Greer OBE, journalists Tim Stanley and Gary Younge, as well as holocaust survivor John Dobai.

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.

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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)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 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.

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

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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