History - BA (Hons)

Clearing 2022

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History at Kent teaches you to find your own critical voice. You will explore challenging questions about the impact of political, social and cultural change on class, gender, race, injustice and power, and discuss how the past still shapes our world today. At Kent, you won’t just study History, you’ll become a historian.

Overview

The ancient city of Canterbury is a time-traveller's paradise. You meet history face-to-face every day and learn from world-leading academics who help to sharpen your skills of analysis, argument and communication.

As a graduate, you will be adept at constructing engaging arguments, quick to recognise context and skilled to propose alternative solutions. And your wide-ranging work with historical sources will improve your ability to think critically, take part in debate and make informed decisions.

Reasons to study History at Kent

  • Ranked 27th in The Complete University Guide 2023
  • Ranked 1st for research quality in The Complete University Guide 2023.
  • 90% of History students who completed the National Student Survey 2022 were satisfied with the overall quality of teaching at Kent
  • Get career-ready with a course that opens doors to a wide range of opportunities. Meet our graduates and find out more
  • Spend a year or term abroad as part of your degree programme

Have you considered Ancient History or Military History?

What our students say: “The lecturers bring the subject to life. When I studied Jack the Ripper in a module on Victorian Britain, we actually went to a surgical room in London to see how the Victorians would have investigated the murders.” Brooke Huxter, BA History

What you’ll learn

This course gives you the freedom to explore your subject and tailor your studies to the times and themes you find most fascinating. You discover topics from the Crusades to the Cold War, and from the impact of science on 19th-century culture to the totalitarian regimes of Stalin’s Russia and Hitler’s Third Reich. Make your degree your own by taking a broad approach to your learning, or you can cultivate your expertise by considering one of our special subject modules in your final year.

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Flexible tariff

Make Kent your firm choice – The Kent Guarantee

We understand that applying for university can be stressful, especially when you are also studying for exams. Choose Kent as your firm choice on UCAS and we will guarantee you a place, even if you narrowly miss your offer (for example, by 1 A Level grade)*.

*exceptions apply. Please note that we are unable to offer The Kent Guarantee to those who have already been given a reduced or contextual offer.

Entry requirements

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. All applications are assessed on an individual basis but some of our typical requirements are listed below. Students offering qualifications not listed are welcome to contact our Admissions Team for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.

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    A level

    BBB including a Humanities based essay writing subject including a humanities based essay writing subject which includes History, English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation.

  • medal-empty Access to HE Diploma

    The University welcomes applications from Access to Higher Education Diploma candidates for consideration. A typical offer may require you to obtain a proportion of Level 3 credits in relevant subjects at merit grade or above.

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    The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances. A typical offer would be to achieve DMM plus A-level in History or a related humanities based essay writing subject at grade B, which includes English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation. Students applying without History will need to make a case in their personal statement.

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    30 points overall or 15 points at HL including History 5 at HL or 6 at SL.

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    Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average including 60% in the History module.

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    The University will consider applicants holding T level qualifications in subjects closely aligned to the course.

Typical entry requirements for 2022 entry remain published on the UCAS course search website. These provide a rough guide to our likely entry requirements for Clearing applicants. 

During Clearing (after 5 July), our entry requirements change in real time to reflect the supply and demand of remaining course vacancies and so may be higher or lower than those published on UCAS as typical entry grades. Our Clearing vacancy list will be updated regularly as courses move in and out of Clearing, so please check regularly to see if we have any places available. See our Clearing website for more details on how Clearing works at Kent.

If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you do not meet our English language requirements, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.