I'm in year 12 right now, with the ambition of becoming a secondary school teacher. I'd likely want to teach history, so naturally I've been thinking about history degrees.
The problem I've got is that when picking my subjects, I actually thought I'd go into learning disability nursing, meaning I chose the following:
History, English Language, Health and Social Single Award, Health and Social Care Double Award.
The bold is what concerns me. Even though I'm predicted to get 4As at AS, I'm concerned that unis are going to look at my A levels and see two subjects that just aren't held in high regard for a history degree. So even if I explain in my personal statement and interviews that teaching is what I want to do afterwards, I still feel like I'd be held back by having two quite weak subjects.
I'm really not fussed about going to a top university, just any that will get me a degree that allows me to do a PGCE from there.
All I want to know is can I realistically get onto a history degree with those two subjects dragging me down?
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- Thread Starter
- 08-01-2015 23:50
- 08-01-2015 23:55
As long as you do well in History and English you'll be fine. Try your absolute best to get the highest UMS mark as possible in your History exams (that way you can mention it in your PS to negate your subject choices) an 'A' is usually definite if you want to go to a 'good' university for History, however a 'B' grade is fine if you're only teaching GCSE History.
- 14-01-2015 21:47
Grades etc vary for History admissions but two solid traditional subjects at A level with 'other quals' are usually fine unless you are applying to Oxbridge.
A good place to check the grades or points required is : http://www.whatuni.com/
Remember, History is a highly competitive subject at any Uni - ie. they get hundreds more applications than places available - so your Personal Statement will be an important decider wherever you apply. Often joint subject courses are easier to get onto as there are less applications, so look at 'History and English', 'History with Education' etc as well as straight History.
Advice on applying for History here : http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/History_Degree