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History with Foundation BA (Hons)

University of Reading

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Course options

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

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.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.- our focus on student satisfaction. In 2019, 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:First year: you will be introduced to long-term historical change across the medieval, early modern and modern periods. Become familiar with the political, intellectual and cultural history of the times, and develop essential research, presentational, organisational and essay-writing skills.Second year: develop more specialist knowledge across a broad array of historical periods and geographical areas. You’ll explore a variety of primary sources and research approaches to help you identify a topic for your dissertation.Third year: undertake supervised, independent research for your dissertation selection of a special subject and a range of optional modules.**Your learning environment**Alongside your lectures, you’ll be taught in small, interactive seminar groups that encourage debate with teaching staff and fellow students. Classes are designed to offer guidance from teaching staff and explore different kinds of learning, such as formal and informal presentations. Field trips in the UK and abroad provide the opportunity to see history in context.Our academics are actively engaged in research and contribute to current historical debate. Wherever possible, they will tailor their teaching to incorporate their cutting-edge research.**Placements opportunities** At Reading, we ensure that placements are incorporated into your learning. You can undertake a short placement in a museum or heritage organisation in your second year, or choose modules in your final year that offer 10-day placements in local archives and secondary schools. We also offer the opportunity to undertake a professional placement before your final year of study.**Study abroad**In your second year, you can spend a term studying abroad at one of our partner institutions in the USA, Canada, Australia, or countries across Europe. To find out more, visit our Study Abroad site.**Careers**Our BA History with Foundation course equips you with transferable skills that are highly valued in the workplace. 96% of our history graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2016/17).Your history degree can open the door to a number of professions. Our graduates have found employment in a va

Application deadline

15 January 2020

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 17,320per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Reading

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  • Campus address

    University of Reading, Whiteknights House, PO Box 217, Reading, Wokingham, RG6 6AH, England

The University of Reading is an international community with more than 21,000 students from around 165 countries.
Reading is just 22 minutes from London Paddington by train, and 45 minutes from Heathrow Airport by coach. Windsor and Oxford are also close by.
Reading supports undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students to maintain, improve and develop their academic English.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    55th out of 93 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 213
    120 58%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    57 57%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.95 79%



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