The Coronavirus pandemic is clearly a troubling and uncertain time for everyone – especially A-Level students whose expectations of sitting exams and heading off to university in the time-old fashion have been severely affected. The School of History want to assure prospective students that we are doing everything in our power to make that transition as easy as possible.
To prepare and equip our applicants with the skills required for study on a course in the School of History, we strongly encourage students to explore and deepen their subject knowledge well beyond the school curriculum, developing the necessary thinking and problem solving skills – and the ability to conduct independent study – associated with the learning experience at University.
Register for our free online course
One way to deepen your subject knowledge is through our free online course, From Waterloo to the Rhine: The British Experience of War 1815-1945, which begins on Monday 6 April. Created in association with our partners at the National Army Museum, this four-week course will give you a grounding in many aspects of modern history that you will have a chance to study at Kent.
Through the four topics: The Napoleonic Wars, Empire in the 19th Century, The First World War, and the Second World War, you’ll have the opportunity to meet many of our academic staff and get a sense of what studying history at university is like.
Whether it’s military, political, medical, American, imperial, or social history that you like, this course will have something for you! We’d be delighted to welcome you to the course, which you can register for from Monday 30 March.
- What can we learn from propaganda as historians? Find out in Propaganda: a brief history (Dr Charlie Hall, Lecturer in Modern European History)
- Discover the power of storytelling in The many lives of Calamity Jane: gender and celebrity on the American frontier (Karen Jones, Professor of Environmental and Cultural History)
- Meet Æthelstan: the first king of England (Dr Robert Gallagher, Lecturer in Early Medieval Cultural and Political History)
- Explore the contours of personal relationships during the British Raj in Sentiments and Sensibilities: the British Raj in India (Dr Aparajita Mukhopadhyay, Lecturer, 19th-century Imperial History)
- What did it mean to be Roman? How did we transition from a Roman society of city-states to a more rural, quintessentially medieval society? Find out in Romans and Barbarians: identity at the end of the Roman Empire (Dr Edward Roberts, Lecturer in Early Medieval History)
- Introduction to Special Collections and Archives – PowerPoint presentation (8 MB)
The School of History’s website, YouTube channel, Facebook page and Twitter feed have a wealth of information about what it is like to be a student at Kent. There is a selection of student profiles on the University website and applicants can also access the University’s acclaimed series of more than 130 short Think Kent lecture videos featuring some of the UK’s leading academics speaking about their research.