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What A-levels do you need to study history?

If you’re thinking of taking a history degree, you're probably already planning to study history at A-level. But what are the best subjects to combine it with? Read on…

If you’re planning to study history at university, an A-level in history will keep all courses open to you though more unis than you might think will accept you without it. Either way, having a combination of essay-based subjects such as English literature and politics will set you in good stead for studying history at degree level.

Essential A-levels (or equivalent)

  • Most courses require history, but there are some exceptions.


Useful A-levels (or equivalent)

  • Economics.
  • English literature.
  • Politics.
  • Philosophy.
  • Sociology.
  • Theology or religious studies.

Other A-levels taken by current history students

  • General studies.
  • English language.
  • Maths.

Take a look at individual history courses on The Uni Guide to find out the most popular subjects students studied before taking a history degree. 


Similar subject areas

Similar subjects may have slightly different A-level requirements to history, so if you want to keep your degree options open, be sure to check the entry requirements of specific courses before you finalise your choices.

Where could your A-levels take you?

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