What students say about history
We only have a few hours of teaching each week - probably on average about six. The rest of the time is spent reading in preparation for seminars or writing essays - you need this time in order to prepare for the seminars effectively. The content of the course is mostly very interesting and there is a lot of choice for modules so that you can pick the sort of history you are most interested in. We are expected to write one essay per module and also have bigger projects which involve writing longer essays, which are excellent preparation for the dissertation in third year.2nd year, University of Bristol
History is a course where your independent drive is key. With just eight to 10 contact hours a week, a lot of the reading and writing is done whenever you feel best working. The course of history is varied and you have a lot of choice in modules.1st year, Durham University
My history course content is really interesting. There are modules to suit all with the main focus being on early modern history from 1536 to the present day. The modules don't just focus on Britain either, they give you knowledge of history from all over the world. The type of work set also varies from individual presentations, document commentaries and essays to exams. There is also quite a bit of reading set each week. Don't be fooled into thinking it's not important though! The seminars are more often than not based on what you were set to read. And, of course, there are some really good trips which are always a good laugh.2nd year, University of Suffolk
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
- Most courses ask for history
Useful to have
- English literature
- Religious studies
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
Personal statement advice
Writing a personal statement for history? We asked tutors what they're looking for in your personal statement - it's all down to demonstrating your interest over and above the syllabus...
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Museum archivist or curator
- Arts or heritage officer
- Newspaper or magazine journalist
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- Business analyst
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- Subject teacher
What employers like about this subject
Studying history will help you to develop subject-specific skills including an understanding of culture and civilisations and how history has influenced them and how to examine and interpret source materials. Useful transferable skills you will gain from a history degree include communication skills, project management, critical thinking and research skills. History graduates tend to go into more general graduate jobs (for which they are well-suited) as there are not many jobs specifically designed for those who study history. Roles that require a history degree, such as work in museums and archives, are extremely competitive to get into.