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History BA

Course code

V100

V101 with placement

Start date

September

Placement available

Mode of study

3 years full-time

4 years full-time with placement

Fees

2019/20:

UK / EU:  £9,250

International:  £15,400

Entry requirements

BBB (A-level)

DDM (BTEC)

30 (IB)

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Overview

Perhaps history has always been an interest for you or it’s something you’ve developed an interest in by studying it at school or college. Either way, everyone on the History BA at Brunel starts off on the same level playing field, without the need for a history qualification.

History is about understanding what it means to be human. Studying and analysing it will take you back into the societies of the past to help you understand contemporary issues all the more. It’s also a subject that will help to demonstrate your intellectual acumen and understanding of world affairs, which will be an asset in so many fields of work.

Your studies at Brunel will focus on the history of Britain, Europe and the wider world in the modern period, looking closely at life as it was lived then, observing differences, similarities, patterns and connections with the present day.

Along the way, you will build a toolkit of transferable skills gained through evidence gathering, analysis, problem-solving, drafting and communications, which can be applied to a wide range of industries within the public and private sector.

Opt for a placement year and you’ll be adding a year’s experience in a job role and industry sector that will help to show future employers where you might be a good fit for their organisation. Your placement doesn’t have to be related to history and you’ll get plenty of support from staff and resources in the University’s Professional Development Centre to help steer you in the right direction.

Studying history at Brunel has many advantages. Situated in London, the course has established links to world-renowned archives and libraries based in and close to London, including the Caird Library (National Maritime Museum), The National Archives and the Imperial War Museum, among others.

Additionally, the original WWII operations bunker used by Sir Winston Churchill on the former RAF Uxbridge site is a walk away from campus where Brunel students regularly volunteer.

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Course content

Your studies will consist of compulsory and optional modules and a typical selection can be found below, all of which will give you a comprehensive understanding of key moments throughout history. 

Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

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Careers and your future

Graduates from our BA History programme have gone onto careers in a variety of private and public sectors such as working in government, NGO's, law, teaching, banking and researchers to name just a few areas.  Many also undertake further study in order to become specialists in a given field. 

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UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BBB (all subjects considered).
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDM in Business/Enterprise and Entrepreneurship/Public Services/Health and Social Care.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in Business/Enterprise and Entrepreneurship/ Public Services/Health and Social Care, with an A-level at grade B.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject, with A-levels grade BB.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at Level 3 with Merit in all units.

A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including English grade C or grade 4. GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 is also normally required.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2019/20

UK / EU

£9,250 full-time

£1,000 placement year

International

£15,400 full-time

£1,000 placement year

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of undergraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

You’ll learn in lectures (main classes) and seminars (smaller classes focussed on exchanging ideas) by academic staff who are internationally known for publishing research on a number of history topics, which helps to keep what they teach you cutting edge and up-to-date. Independent study throughout your degree is also crucial.

As active historians, their expertise will be invaluable when you come to do your own research, and you’ll be encouraged throughout your course to develop your own skills in recovering and interpreting historic evidence.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

You’ll be assessed on what you learn by a combination of coursework and exams. In your final year you will produce a final dissertation on a history subject of your choice under the guidance of a dissertation supervisor.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.