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Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years part-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • History by period
Student score
86% MED
% employed or in further study
95% MED
Average graduate salary
Not Available
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
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Scottish Highers
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BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points

The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 112 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Most of us are fascinated by history: we watch history documentaries, films, and dramas on television, read biographies about great men and women, and visit the houses in which they lived. Your interest in, and enthusiasm for, the past is the first step towards a BA in History. Our wide-ranging programme will allow you to further your understanding of familiar historical themes, such as Tudor and Stuart Britain or 20th-century totalitarianism, and encourage you to explore areas of study that may be entirely new, such as the ancient world or modern East Asia. You will acquire the analytical skills and critical approaches that enable you to assess historical evidence for yourself and to question accepted wisdom about the past as well as enhancing your career prospects by developing the ability to formulate and communicate your own ideas effectively.


The programme offers a wide choice of subjects and approaches within a structured framework. You will make use of specialised historical literature and sources, and be trained in historical argument and techniques. To complete the degree, you will research and write a dissertation. In Year 1, you take a compulsory module and three Level 4 option modules. In Year 2, you take a compulsory module and three Level 5 option modules. In Year 3, you take two Level 6 option modules and write a 7000-word dissertation. YEAR 1 COMPULSORY MODULE: Approaching the Past YEAR 2 COMPULSORY MODULE: Exploring the Past. YEAR 3 COMPULSORY MODULE: Writing the Past: Dissertation. INDICATIVE LEVEL 4 OPTION MODULES: Discovering Archaeology: From Field to Finds Room; The Ancient World; The Archaeology of Greece and Rome; The Contemporary World; The Early Modern World, 1500-1750; The Medieval World: From Constantine to the Khans; The Modern World. INDICATIVE LEVEL 5 OPTION MODULES: Beginnings: The Archaeology of Prehistory; Between God and Rome: the Byzantine Empire 307-1453; Contested Nation: Germany, 1871-1918; Cultural Interaction in the Archaic Greek World; From Ancient to Medieval Societies, Third to Eleventh Centuries; Journeys to the Underworld in Classical Literature and Culture; Popular Culture in American History, 1870 to the Present; The Ottoman Empire; Under the Volcano - the First and Last Days of Pompeii; Work and Play in Early Modern Britain. INDICATIVE LEVEL 6 OPTION MODULES: Body Politics: Health, Illness and Death in Britain; Crime, Poverty and Popular Protest in England, 1500-1800; Family, Society and Culture in Britain 1832-1918; Later Medieval London 1450-1560: Community Politics and Religion; Literature, Culture and Society 1914-1945; Sexuality, Society and the State in Britain, 1914-2000; The Athenian Empire; The Colonial Gaze: Western Perceptions of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 1600-1960; The Empire of Letters: Correspondence in the Roman World. Please note: modules run on a two-year cycle and not all modules are available every year.

Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck is a world-class university headquartered in the heart of Bloomsbury in central London. It is a vibrant centre of academic excellence and London's only specialist evening degree provider with students aged 18 to 100. We are a College of the University of London and champion part-time and evening teaching and research in higher education.

We list 41 full-time, evening taught Birkbeck courses, but you can choose from more than 80 part-time evening degrees - visit Birkbeck website for full details.

How you'll spend your time

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 95%
Student score 86% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
2% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
45% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
73% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
267 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
72% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
29% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 95% MED
Average graduate salary Not Available
Graduates who are media professionals


Graduates who are childcare and related personal services


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
History is a very popular subject (although numbers have fallen of late) — in 2015, over 10,000 UK students graduated in a history-related course. Obviously, there aren't 11,000 jobs as historians available every year, but history is a good, flexible degree that allows graduates to go into a wide range of different jobs, and consequently history graduates have an unemployment rate comparable to the national graduate average. Many — probably most — jobs for graduates don't ask for a particular degree to go into them and history graduates are well set to take advantage. That's why so many go into jobs in the finance industry, human resources, marketing, PR and events management, as well as the more obvious roles in education, welfare and the arts. Around one in five history graduates went into further study last year. History and teaching were the most popular further study subjects for history graduates, but law, journalism, and politics were also popular postgraduate courses.
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