(Original post by jess_r_66)
Hey, I was just wondering if it's okay for me to consider studying history at university even though I don't take history at a-level?
I've loved history since I was young, so I studied it for GCSE but opted not to study it at a-level as I was concerned about losing my passion for it. Instead I took Politics, Sociology and Psychology, which are all essay/source questions based subjects, although I do think that a History degree course would open up more career opportunities than these subjects at degree level. I definitely enjoy these a-levels so I'm wondering if they're a good base to start from if I was to apply for a History course at uni.
If any history graduates/students could offer their opinions then that would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks again x
It looks like you've received some great advice already, but I thought I would share my own experience.
I'm a joint degree student of History, Politics and International relations at Royal Holloway, University of London. Although I haven’t studied History as part of my A-Levels, I always took an interest in it. At my college, I studied Politics, Drama and Law. When I came to university, I came across Modern History, Topics of Conflicts and Purpose of War. It was very fascinating to learn something new, given that such topics always interested me. With regards to International Relations, History benefited me a lot.
There is a choice to study different periods of time in History meaning that no one is limited to choose one period of time. In my first year, I chose “Conflict and Identity” which covered Enlightenment, Napoleon era, Agricultural Development, World War I, II, Cold War and Collapse of Soviet Union. If you wish to study straight History, you can choose more modules with ancient and modern history. At the beginning of the year, you are asked to choose your preferences.
Though I hadn't studied History as part of my A-levels, it didn't feel like I was behind compared to other students who studied it in school or college. All of us were appointed a tutor who can help whenever you need them. History has a lot of required reading for seminars but even if you studied the subjects that do not involve a lot of reading, you can adapt easily.
It is fine if you cannot decide which period you wish to take during the first year. You can study both. History is a subject where you can explore facts and events. A compulsory module which you will study is “History and Meaning”. This is where the department invites alumni who pursued a career related to History.
It doesn't matter if you haven't studied History, as long as you have a desire to learn, that’s all that matters. I am glad that I chose History in my joint degree with Politics and International Relations because it taught me how to look at the events from different perspectives and how to analyse them. In addition, History teaches you written skills through its’ academics very well, benefiting you in the future.
If you would like to ask me any questions about the course, you can send me a message on our website here