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    I am thinking about doing history at uni (I am in year 12 btw) and I have a grade profile of A*A*A*A if all goes well. But i am a bit concerned because due to the courses my teachers over the years have chosen to enter us in for, I have only really studied 'modern' history in depth eg Cold War, Mao's china and the Russian Revolution and so on.

    Is anyone doing history at uni? Should I just do wider reading on other periods of history or does it not really matter? Would appreciate some advice.
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    (Original post by JEG666)
    I am thinking about doing history at uni (I am in year 12 btw) and I have a grade profile of A*A*A*A if all goes well. But i am a bit concerned because due to the courses my teachers over the years have chosen to enter us in for, I have only really studied 'modern' history in depth eg Cold War, Mao's china and the Russian Revolution and so on.

    Is anyone doing history at uni? Should I just do wider reading on other periods of history or does it not really matter? Would appreciate some advice.
    Hey there.:hi:

    I'm currently a first year history student (joint honours) and, like you, only really studied modern topics at GCSE and A Level. Yes there are a broader range of periods covered with degree modules, going back to medieval (and you'll find some ancient history modules depending on where you go). If you like modern history and would really like to focus on it, then modules with earlier years can be avoided to an extent, depending on the size of the history department at your university.

    If you're thinking about wider reading to include in a personal statement (particularly useful if you apply to somewhere like Cambridge), go with what interests you the most. What topics are you curious to discover more about? You're not expecting to cover the entire history of humanity, or stick to particular countries. If you're really enthusiastic to learn about South African History, or Indian History, or anything really, then go with that.:yep:

    If you're thinking about wider reading for your actual A Levels, other periods won't really have much of an impact. Try to look for texts and authors which provide you with another side to the debate (especially for something like the Cold War in Asia).

    Those grades look fabulous by the way.:thumbsup:

    PM me if you want to learn anything more.

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    Hey there.:hi:

    I'm currently a first year history student (joint honours) and, like you, only really studied modern topics at GCSE and A Level. Yes there are a broader range of periods covered with degree modules, going back to medieval (and you'll find some ancient history modules depending on where you go). If you like modern history and would really like to focus on it, then modules with earlier years can be avoided to an extent, depending on the size of the history department at your university.

    If you're thinking about wider reading to include in a personal statement (particularly useful if you apply to somewhere like Cambridge), go with what interests you the most. What topics are you curious to discover more about? You're not expecting to cover the entire history of humanity, or stick to particular countries. If you're really enthusiastic to learn about South African History, or Indian History, or anything really, then go with that.:yep:

    If you're thinking about wider reading for your actual A Levels, other periods won't really have much of an impact. Try to look for texts and authors which provide you with another side to the debate (especially for something like the Cold War in Asia).

    Those grades look fabulous by the way.:thumbsup:

    PM me if you want to learn anything more.

    MR
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    (Original post by 04MR17)
    Hey there.:hi:

    I'm currently a first year history student (joint honours) and, like you, only really studied modern topics at GCSE and A Level. Yes there are a broader range of periods covered with degree modules, going back to medieval (and you'll find some ancient history modules depending on where you go). If you like modern history and would really like to focus on it, then modules with earlier years can be avoided to an extent, depending on the size of the history department at your university.

    If you're thinking about wider reading to include in a personal statement (particularly useful if you apply to somewhere like Cambridge), go with what interests you the most. What topics are you curious to discover more about? You're not expecting to cover the entire history of humanity, or stick to particular countries. If you're really enthusiastic to learn about South African History, or Indian History, or anything really, then go with that.:yep:

    If you're thinking about wider reading for your actual A Levels, other periods won't really have much of an impact. Try to look for texts and authors which provide you with another side to the debate (especially for something like the Cold War in Asia).

    Those grades look fabulous by the way.:thumbsup:

    PM me if you want to learn anything more.

    MR
    Ah! Thank you so much, that was really helpful. I will try to just focus on the areas I'm most interested in then and I guess that will be more enjoyable too!
    :/ Thanks they are only my predicted grades. I know I'll have to work really hard, but here's hoping.
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    (Original post by JEG666)
    Ah! Thank you so much, that was really helpful. I will try to just focus on the areas I'm most interested in then and I guess that will be more enjoyable too!
    :/ Thanks they are only my predicted grades. I know I'll have to work really hard, but here's hoping.
    Sure hope so.

    Just try your best, nobody can ever ask any more of you than to try your best (and if anyone does, they are foolsTM).
    :hugs: PMs always open.:yep:
 
 
 
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