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UCAS code V100
Duration Three years
Study mode Full-time
Course type Single honours
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Department Department of History
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General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer
A-levels: AAA including History
Access to HE Diploma: Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction (including substantial study of History), with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.
Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including History . Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including History at grade A.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including History at grade A.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including History at grade A.
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher History (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject).
International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including History at HL6. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
Application deadline: January 15 2017.
35 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 666
45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit
D3 D3 D3
Further information below
King's has a world-class reputation for the study of History and our graduates have excellent career prospects. The King’s history degree is designed to develop critical thinking and independence of thought about the past, as well as excellence in oral and written communication and argument. Our unrivalled range of options ensures you can choose an exciting programme of study to develop your interests.
Students begin the degree by taking modules offering a broad sweep of history, which deliver an understanding of the context of events over a broad period of time and are intended as introductory level modules. During the second year students’ move on to select more focused options. These modules introduce thematic study across a narrower time period encouraging a more comparative approach to history. Study becomes even more focused in the third year, where students choose a ‘Special Subject’ module which involves studying primary source materials and writing a research dissertation. This specialised approach is balanced by choosing one Thematic Special Subject, in which students think comparatively and theoretically about the different periods and places they have studied in their degree so far.
You will have regular and varied contact with staff and other students in lectures, seminars and supervisions. Most teaching takes place in seminars, which usually have between 15 and 25 participants and are a forum for discussion in which students have the opportunity to hone their discussion and presentation skills. Our first-year compulsory module is taught in small supervision groups of 5 or 6 students, allowing for close discussion of historical texts and sources, and detailed feedback on your written work. If you choose to write an independent piece of historical research in your final year, which can be on any topic, this will also be taught on a one-to-one basis with a tutor. From the beginning of the degree, you will analyse primary sources as well as the writings of historians. We ensure undergraduate students are exposed to many different approaches to history, and encourage you to adopt a comparative approach, looking at the connections and contrasts between different periods and places throughout the degree. The discipline of research and writing is essential to the development of the skills of the historian. At King's, therefore, we require an extensive amount of written work and independent study.
The King’s History degree lasts three years and each year students normally take modules totalling 120 credits. The degree is assessed through a combination of essays, examinations, presentations, group work and dissertations. Students choose from a wide range of modules, which cover historical topics from Medieval times (c400AD onwards) through to the present day.
In the first year, students choose modules that span Medieval, Early Modern and Modern History as well as taking ‘Historical Skills, Sources & Approaches’, which is taught in small groups. In the second and third years, students select more focused options. All our modules are designed by the lecturers in the department and reflect their own scholarly research specialisms. In the final year, students have the opportunity to undertake a research dissertation on a topic of their choice, working under the one-to-one supervision of a member of staff who is a specialist in the field.
As King’s is part of the University of London, second-and final-year students also have the option of taking history courses at other institutions (such as UCL, and Royal Holloway), which means our students have an unrivalled choice of modules to choose from.
The King’s History programme is unique in its pair of compulsory second-year ‘History and Memory’ modules, where students consider the role of history in the present day, from its social and public uses to the conflicts and controversies it can generate and do so by using London as a real, living source. Field trip teaching on these modules is delivered through downloadable podcasts.
We will assess your progress and attainment on all the modules you choose for the History BA degree through a range of techniques including written examinations, coursework, assessed essays and presentations. You may also benefit from some informal assessment during individual modules to help steer your studies and enhance your learning.
The Department of History at King’s is centrally located on our Strand campus, and is within walking distance of the capital’s famous landmarks, such as the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, the River Thames and the South Bank. London offers unparalleled historical resources, including the British Museum, British Library, Imperial War Museum and National Gallery.
Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.
All students are offered the opportunity to study abroad as part of their History degree at King's and recent popular destinations include The University of North Carolina Chapel, The University of Auckland and The University of Hong Kong.
Find out more about studying abroad: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/studyabroad
Currently, students study the following modules shown below. King's reviews its modules on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes and this list is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the School/department for further advice.
Your first year will comprise the following modules.
You will choose one module from each of the three following periods:
Early Modern History
First-year module descriptions
You will study two required ‘History and Memory’ modules in the second year, as well as taking a number of optional modules. You will also have the opportunity to study a modern language in the second year. Details of languages offered are available at Modern Language Centre.
One Group II module, usually offered at other institutions, from a wide range of options that may typically include:
One survey module from a wide variety of options that may typically include:
Also, you’ll take two further modules from a wide range of options that may include:
View second-year module descriptions
Second year students also have the opportunity to study abroad for the second semester of the second year. In this case, 15-credit modules are substituted for the 30-credit modules above. Partner universities currently include:
There are no core modules in Year 3.
You are required to complete the Group III module and its associated 30-credit Dissertation in Year 3 choosing from a wide range of options that typically include:
In your final year, you’ll also take an additional ‘Thematic’ module chosen from a range of options that may typically include:
Additionally, you can choose either to study second-year modules worth 30 credits or write a free-standing essay of 10,000 words on a research topic of your choice. Again you’ll also have the opportunity to study a modern language in your final year. For details of languages offered see Modern Language Centre.
View final-year module descriptions
Career prospects for King's History graduates are excellent. Former King's History students have found employment with national newspapers, law firms, civil service, state and private schools, heritage, banking and business sectors as well as in many different universities across the globe.
Prominent King's History graduates include Ronan Bennett (novelist and screenwriter), Janice Hadlow (Controller of BBC Two) and Georgina Henry (Executive comment editor of the Guardian newspaper).
Recent graduates have found employment as:
• Academic Historian
• Dealers’ Assistant, Bonhams
• Research Analyst, Ministry of Defence
• Junior Accounts Executive, Chelgate
• Project Assistant, Heron Evidence Development
• Trusts & Statutory Fundraiser, Crisis UK
• Support Worker, Sense
• Departmental Runner, BBC
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Full time tuition fees UK:
The current tuition fee is set as £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Full time tuition fees EU:
Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.
This means that the current tuition fee is £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Full time tuition fees International:
£17,050 p.a. (2017/18). This tuition fee is subject to annual increases, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.
For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.
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