BA History (V100)

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UCAS code V100
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 235

About BA History

We place particular emphasis on undergraduate research. At Bristol, students 'do' history as well as read history through a mix of core units and a wide choice of primary source-based optional units. You will undertake one substantial piece of independent research each year, culminating in a final-year dissertation.

In the first year you will study themes that you may not have encountered at A-level: medieval, early modern and imperial history. Subsequently, you will pursue your own pathway through the degree, choosing from a wide range of thematic and research-oriented units.

In recent years topics have included:

  • Ancient and Modern Paganism
  • Human Rights in History
  • Drink and Disorder in Early Modern England
  • Sixties America and its Aftermath

Our students also have the opportunity to study abroad in Australia, Europe, or the United States in the second teaching block (semester) of their second year.

More about History

Find out more about studying History at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Core Unit: Approaching the Past
  • Introduction to Medieval History
  • Introduction to Early Modern History
  • Introduction to the History of the British Empire
  • One research-oriented Special Topic (and linked project)

Second year

  • Core Unit: Rethinking History
  • Group project
  • Two Thematic Lecture Response units
  • One research-oriented Special Field (and linked project)

  • Study abroad option (Teaching Block 2)

Third year

  • Dissertation
  • Two Thematic Lecture Response units
  • One research-oriented special subject
  • Reflective History unit.
Find out more about the course structure and units available for History

Typical offer for BA History - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
A*AA including History (Critical Thinking is accepted)
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAB including A in History (Critical Thinking is accepted)
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
38 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level History
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level History
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma (with a relevant Humanities/Social Science focus) with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. Distinctions may be required in specific units.
BTEC offer D*DD  plus grade A in A-level History
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAAAA and AH: AA including History
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer88% overall with 8.5 in History
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
No specific subjects required.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Considered but places are limited to ensure fairness to applicants applying the following year

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application. We may interview mature applicants and applicants with non-standard qualifications.

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