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University of Reading

History and Politics

UCAS Code: VLD2

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

History/Ancient History/Medieval History/Classical Civilisation at grade B

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:30

including at least 15 level 3 credits in History or A Level in History/Ancient History/Medieval History/Classical Civilisation at grade B

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,M2

Principal subjects must include History, Ancient History, Medieval History or Classical Civilisation.

Extended Project

B

In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.  Eligible applicants would receive two offers,  our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths C (or 4), English Language or English Literature C (or 4).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

History/Ancient History/Medieval History/Classical Civilisation at grade 5 at Higher Level.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

including relevant history modules or A Level in History/Ancient History/Medieval History/Classical Civilisation at grade B

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B

History/Ancient History/Medieval History/Classical Civilisation at grade B

UCAS Tariff

120-141

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

94%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

History

Politics

Address some of the contemporary world's most pressing problems and explore their roots in the past.

Discover a thousand years of history whilst experiencing all the specialist areas on offer; our expertise covers a wide and diverse range of regions, from Europe and Africa to America, South Asia and the Middle East, and periods, from the Crusades to the 1960s, slavery in America to Tudor monarchy, and Cold War Berlin to medieval magic. Modules cover subjects such as magic, witchcraft and heresy, fascism and communism, gender and culture, and politics and colonialism. We will teach you the skills you need to study and research history through an individual project of your choice. We take an individual approach to our students' learning, which is reflected in our 90% satisfaction score for the teaching on our courses in the National Student Survey 2017.

By studying politics, you will acquire a strong grounding in the fundamental elements of the subject such as political ideas and democratic processes. You can study a wide range of modules covering topics such as British government and politics, European political integration, and political thinking. 80% of our research impact was rated world leading or internationally excellent in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014), which feeds directly into your learning and, in 2017, we achieved a student satisfaction score of 92% for our teaching in the National Student Survey.

We teach in small interactive seminar groups, encouraging discussion and debate with staff and fellow students. We place a great deal of importance on employability skills in both sides of your degree, and some modules offer students short work placements and act as an introduction to possible career paths.

There is the option to apply to study abroad on this joint degree and we have links with universities in Turkey, theNetherlands; the USA and Australia.

Placements are highly encouraged and through our links with the Careers Centre you can source potential employers and help with CVs and letters of application. We also have close links with the University’s Institute of Education, Museum of Rural English Life (MERL) and Special Collections (archives), and with external organisations such as Cliveden House, English Heritage, Reading Museum, Reading Borough Library and the Berkshire Record Office.

In history in the second year, we offer opportunities for short group placements in museums and heritage organisations and for third years, two optional modules provide placements of 10 working days in local archives and secondary schools. In politics you can undertake a two-week placement as part of a module on "British government and politics" and gain first-hand experience working with an MP, charity, pressure group, local councillor or media organisation.

**Careers**

98% of our undergraduate students in the Department of Politics and International Relations are in work or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE Survey 2015-16).

Throughout your degree you will complete career and skills related modules, encouraging you to think about what career you would like and the skills you need. If you would like a career in teaching, or in archives or records management, try our optional third-year modules, "History education" and "Discovering archives and collections". We have had a high success rate from students who have completed "History education", with many of our graduates gaining places for Initial Teacher Training.

As a history and politics graduate you will have a broad range of transferable skills, including the ability to think clearly and critically, to communicate with confidence and work effectively both individually and as part of a team. Recent employers have included The British Museum, The Football Association, The House of Commons, Marks and Spencer, MI5, Morgan Stanley and Siemens Financial Services.

Modules

Sample modules may include:

*Journeys through history 1 (People, power and revolution)
* Journeys through history 2 (Culture, art and ideas)
* Research skills and opportunities in history (individual project)
* Introduction to contemporary democracy
* Introduction to political ideas

Check our website for more information about the course structure.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,890
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Reading

Department:

History

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

79%
low
History
73%
low
Politics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

History

Teaching and learning

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
74%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

66%
Library resources
72%
IT resources
79%
Course specific equipment and facilities
66%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
43%
Male students
57%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

Politics

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
62%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

55%
Library resources
60%
IT resources
71%
Course specific equipment and facilities
59%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

82%
UK students
18%
International students
57%
Male students
43%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

History

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,865
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
87%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Other elementary services occupations
10%
Other administrative occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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.

Politics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
88%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Business, research and administrative professionals
11%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The numbers of people taking politics degrees fell sharply last year and we'll keep an eye on this one - it can't really be because of graduates getting poor outcomes as politics grads do about as well as graduates on average. Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Jobs in local and central government are also important. Other popular jobs include marketing and PR, youth and community work, finance roles, HR and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Because so many graduates get jobs in the civil service, a lot of graduates find themselves in London after graduating. Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in five politics graduates go on to take another course - usually a one-year Masters - after they finish their degrees.

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