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History with Foundation

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,D

Access to HE Diploma

M:36,P:9

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

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

DMM

UCAS Tariff

88

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

History

Our BA History with Foundation course offers insights into the variety of human experience through the ages, while enabling you to develop core academic skills.

This four-year programme includes a foundation year that leads directly into the three-year course. It provides an excellent route to a degree in history if you do not have the typical entry requirements.

Discover a thousand years of world history, spanning Britain, Europe, Africa, America, the Middle East and Asia. Immerse yourself in subjects such as crusading, totalitarianism, witchcraft, gender and sexuality, race and colonialism.

Taught by experts from the Department of History, you will unlock people, places and perspectives otherwise impossible to access in a lifetime.

By choosing to study history at Reading, you will benefit from:

- the ability to shape your own degree. Our wide variety of optional modules allow you to study the aspects of history you are most passionate about.

- research-led teaching. You will learn from academics at the forefront of their disciplines, whose research feeds into your studies. This ensures you have exposure to the latest developments in the field.

- our focus on student satisfaction. In 2020, we achieved a 91% satisfaction score for the teaching on our BA History course in the National Student Survey (for more details, ask us at www.reading.ac.uk/question).

- dedicated career support. Employability modules and work placements form part of our careers guidance. Designed to complement your core learning, they also develop your research, analytical, teamwork and communication skills.

**Your learning structure**

The aim of the foundation year is to prepare you for your history degree. As you progress, each stage builds upon your prior learning:

Foundation year: gain a thorough grounding in study at degree level. Core modules will develop key skills to support your learning.
You will complete two skills-based modules: Foundation in Academic Skills develops your academic writing, research, referencing, critical thinking, teamwork, study techniques and study management; and Persuasive Writing explores how writing shapes our lives, and how it’s used for social media, journalistic and political persuasion.

Two additional modules develop skills specific to your degree: Identities explores identity in relation to national/race identity, gender, changing identities and sense of self, examining everything from texts and objects to film and cultural documents; and Perspectives enhances your ability to study and understand problems, events, objects and texts from a variety of perspectives.

**Careers**

Our BA History with Foundation course equips you with transferable skills that are highly valued in the workplace. 93% of graduates from the Department of History are in work or further study 15 months after the end of their course [1].

Your history degree can open the door to a number of professions. Our graduates have found employment in a variety of sectors, including publishing, museums and heritage, law, teaching, accountancy and banking, and social care.

Examples of recent graduate employers include:

- The Civil Service

- Victoria and Albert Museum

- John Lewis

- The British Museum

- Macmillan Publishers

- Siemens Financial Services

- Museum of English Rural Life

- NHS

- Morgan Stanley.

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[1] Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18; First Degree responders from History.

Modules

Sample modules may include:
* Study Skills
* Persuasive Writing
* Identities
* Perspectives
* Journeys through history 1 (People, Power and Revolution)

Check our website for more details of 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
£19,500
per year
International
£19,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Reading

Department:

History

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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.

87%
med
History

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
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
73%
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

71%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
53%
Male students
47%
Female students
95%
2:1 or above
2%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

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
54%
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

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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

History and archaeology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£22k

£22k

£24k

£24k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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