Applying for history as an independent-Do I need To do work experience?

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I’m hoping to apply to UCAS for a history degree in 2020, I’m wanting to get into Sunderland as my firm choice (I’m attending a open day soon) and I know that work experience/voluntary experience in a relevant job section, can help greatly to make your personal statement look even better. But if I wasn’t able to gain voluntary work in a library, museum/archive centre. Would it matter? As I’m still going to complete online history short courses and read a ton of non-fiction history books, as well as listen to historical podcasts and seminars. Which should all help towards making a good personal statement as an independent.

P.S I already have A level equivalents, and I’ve been out of education for only 2 years, so I’m not completing a Access to HE and not applying to UCAS through a college. Hence why I’m applying as an individual, but I am however using an ex lecturer as my reference as he taught me for 3 years.
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I’m hoping to apply to UCAS for a history degree in 2020, I’m wanting to get into Sunderland as my firm choice (I’m attending a open day soon) and I know that work experience/voluntary experience in a relevant job section, can help greatly to make your personal statement look even better. But if I wasn’t able to gain voluntary work in a library, museum/archive centre. Would it matter? As I’m still going to complete online history short courses and read a ton of non-fiction history books, as well as listen to historical podcasts and seminars. Which should all help towards making a good personal statement as an independent.

P.S I already have A level equivalents, and I’ve been out of education for only 2 years, so I’m not completing a Access to HE and not applying to UCAS through a college. Hence why I’m applying as an individual, but I am however using an ex lecturer as my reference as he taught me for 3 years.
When applying to UCAS, you want to demonstrate your interest in a subject and your own academic and personal achievements. Relevant work experience/voluntary work related to history can help, but your wider reading and further study would also work in your favour too.

You mention that you have been out of education for 2 years - what have you been doing since then?
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I know that work experience/voluntary experience in a relevant job section, can help greatly to make your personal statement look even better. But if I wasn’t able to gain voluntary work in a library, museum/archive centre. Would it matter?
You don't need any work experience at all.

Your grades, and interest in your subject, are what matters.

94% of History applicants get an offer at Sunderland. Don't stress over it...
https://university.which.co.uk/unive...9-c0b5841ad406
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When applying to UCAS, you want to demonstrate your interest in a subject and your own academic and personal achievements. Relevant work experience/voluntary work related to history can help, but your wider reading and further study would also work in your favour too.

You mention that you have been out of education for 2 years - what have you been doing since then?
I have been working in retail, I’ve had two retail jobs and I’ve also took part in a princes trust course with M&S. But yes, I am going to try and get work experience if I can. I’m also studying for my maths qualification so, I may not have the time. But I’m still going to focus on completing the short courses and reading up on a lot of history and history study guidance books.
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You don't need any work experience at all.

Your grades, and interest in your subject, are what matters.

94% of History applicants get an offer at Sunderland. Don't stress over it...
https://university.which.co.uk/unive...9-c0b5841ad406
Thank you for the reassurance ☺️. Also, my plan is to apply for the normal History BA (Hons) Degree, I’m studying for my maths qualification however, if I was given a conditional offer And I wasn’t able to get my level 2 maths in time (I should do though). Would I be able to contact the university directly and ask to be put onto the Intergrated Foundation year with history BA (Hons), which is the same course just with an extra year (foundation year). Or would they possibly offer this route to me once I told them i didn’t get my maths?(if it came to that). Or would I need to reapply through UCAS extra?
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Thank you for the reassurance ☺️. Also, my plan is to apply for the normal History BA (Hons) Degree, I’m studying for my maths qualification however, if I was given a conditional offer And I wasn’t able to get my level 2 maths in time (I should do though). Would I be able to contact the university directly and ask to be put onto the Intergrated Foundation year with history BA (Hons), which is the same course just with an extra year (foundation year). Or would they possibly offer this route to me once I told them i didn’t get my maths?(if it came to that). Or would I need to reapply through UCAS extra?
Speak to the university about your circumstances now. They will be happy to help.

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