Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    4
    ReputationRep:
    I originally applied for Japanese, which I got rejected from at least in part because of my lack of A Level language.

    I'm currently doing the first year of BA History at another university and I am considering applying to either first year entry or second year entry (probably first year though considering how different the modules are).

    In regards to language A Level or equivalent, is this an expectation for BA History at SOAS?

    SOAS's website says nothing about it on the BA History page, so I'm assuming that for single honours History proof of language ability isn't a requirement, but in practice is it preferred as it is for their language degrees?
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by TobaccoSmoke)
    I originally applied for Japanese, which I got rejected from at least in part because of my lack of A Level language.

    I'm currently doing the first year of BA History at another university and I am considering applying to either first year entry or second year entry (probably first year though considering how different the modules are).

    In regards to language A Level or equivalent, is this an expectation for BA History at SOAS?

    SOAS's website says nothing about it on the BA History page, so I'm assuming that for single honours History proof of language ability isn't a requirement, but in practice is it preferred as it is for their language degrees?
    Firstly, I am sorry to hear about your unsuccessful application, I read about it on a different threat and would not be too down about it. I would say it is quite possibly due to whatever you included in your personal statement, admissions tutors really like seeing a clear interest in a subject and that can make all the difference sometimes, even when you are slightly short of the grades required.

    Linked to that, yes you are right, for a straight history degree a background in languages is totally irrelevant. If you do intend to make the application I will simply reiterate what I have written above, try to write a statement that just clearly conveys the reasons why you want to study history or SOAS, a student who understands what they are applying for and why always looks good.

    Good luck with whatever you do anyway!
 
 
 
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • Poll
    What's your favourite Christmas sweets?
    Useful resources

    Articles:

    SOAS Guide

    Featured accommodation profiles:

    Scape Student Living

    Scape Student Living

    "Brand new super studios at Scape Shoreditch, three minutes away from Old Street station!"

    Quick links:

    Unanswered SOAS ThreadsFind out what student life in London is really like in students' own wordsStalking pages becomes University Connect, connect to other SOAS applicants now!

    Groups associated with this forum:

    View associated groups
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

    Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

    Quick reply
    Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.