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What A-levels do you need to study history?

If you’re thinking of taking a history degree, you're probably already planning to study history at A-level. But what are the best subjects to combine it with? Read on…

If you’re planning to study history at university, an A-level in history will keep all courses open to you though more unis than you might think will accept you without it. Either way, having a combination of essay-based subjects such as English literature and politics will set you in good stead for studying history at degree level.

Essential A-levels (or equivalent)

  • Most courses require history, but there are some exceptions.

Useful A-levels (or equivalent)

  • Economics.
  • English literature.
  • Politics.
  • Philosophy.
  • Sociology.
  • Theology or religious studies.

Other A-levels taken by current history students

  • General studies.
  • English language.
  • Maths.
Take a look at individual history courses on Which? University to find out the most popular subjects students studied before taking a history degree. 

Similar subject areas

Similar subjects may have slightly different A-level requirements to history, so if you want to keep your degree options open, be sure to check the entry requirements of specfic courses before you finalise your choices.
 

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