History and Politics BA (Hons)*

Gloucester Cathedral
Now recruiting for September 2021 start

Study mode



3 Years (Full-Time)
4 Years (Placement)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

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 will 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 will become an independent practitioner, researcher and critical thinker. Working closely with subject experts as you develop deep knowledge in your field, you will 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 Hands-on experience with historical documents and artefacts, as well as the close examination of political structures and ideas, will help you to build essential skills for work at university and beyond.

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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Study style

Course delivery is by lecture, seminar, and tutorial, complemented by field trips, research projects and digital technologies. Small group discussions allow tutors to connect with students, leading to excellent support for learning and strong group identity. Module options will allow you to pursue your interests and shape your own studies.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2021 entry

96 tariff points

Typical offers

CCC at A levels or BTEC National Extended Diploma MMM, 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. 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-timeV101
BA (Hons) - 4 years placementV102


  • Heritage / museums
  • Journalism
  • Politics
  • Civil Service
  • Teaching
  • Marketing and business

*This course is 'subject to validation' which means it is going through the final stages of approval. Courses do normally get approved, but if for any reason this course does not then you would be informed by the university and we would help you find a suitable alternative.

Placement information

Andrew Shelton, Graduate.

"The vast number of placements was simply outstanding." Andrew Shelton, Graduate

Placement type:

12-Month, Optional


12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours per week)


Placements can be carried out in the UK or overseas; popular overseas placement destinations include the USA, China and Europe. You may even wish to source your own placement in other countries.

Visa requirements:

If carrying out a placement abroad, there may be a visa requirement.

Financial arrangements:

On your placement year you will pay a reduced tuition fee and are still eligible to apply for a maintenance loan. Financial support is also available from the Student Finance Team by contacting moneyadvice@glos.ac.uk.

Placement support:

You will have access to guidance from the Placements Team throughout your placement search, and for the duration of your placement year. You can contact the Placements Team on placements@glos.ac.uk.

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.

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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.

Field trip destination

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.

History and Politics student

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.

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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