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I’ve applied for law in kings but did not get accepted but they gave me an offer for history. I did not do history for A levels. I did Law, Business and Sociology. Should I accept the offer? How hard is it to do a history degree with the last time doing history being in gcse??
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A fair number of history degrees do not require A-level History normally, although its a commonly taken subject among those taking it simply because exposure to the subject might give them enthusiasm for it to continue to degree level. General essay writing skills and a critical eye are probably in principle sufficient to start with.

That said, unless you have a particular interest in history I wouldn't suggest doing a degree in it. Only do a degree in a subject you actually enjoy doing and are interested in!
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I do quite like history but would I not be at a disadvantage because of such a huge gap in my history knowledge?
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I do quite like history but would I not be at a disadvantage because of such a huge gap in my history knowledge?
Not necessarily, A-level and GCSE topics are very varied and it's quite possible few or even none of the students will have all studied the exact same topics. History isn't a linearly developed subject like maths, where you need to know concept A to understand concept B. It's about generally applying general academic skills to unfamiliar situations and evaluating sources and arguments critically.

That said, some history degrees do require A-level History usually because they want to be able to expect the incoming students to know how to handle primary sources in some capacity (regardless of the actual content of those) beforehand. Presumably this is not the case for KCL and they will then teach you the relevant skills in the course.
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I’ve applied for law in kings but did not get accepted but they gave me an offer for history. I did not do history for A levels. I did Law, Business and Sociology. Should I accept the offer? How hard is it to do a history degree with the last time doing history being in gcse??
hey what were you stats if you don't mind saying? thank uu
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Hey, sure:
A level (predicted) Law A, Sociology A, Business A
AS level (achieved) Law A, Sociology A, Business B, government and politics D
GCSEs: 8 sociology, 7 geography, 6 English lit, 6-6 combined science, 6 drama, 5 English language, 5 maths, 5 IGCSEmaths, 5 history, 5 RE and then a 3 in French lol.
I think that’s what stats mean, is there anytning else?
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Hey, sure:
A level (predicted) Law A, Sociology A, Business A
AS level (achieved) Law A, Sociology A, Business B, government and politics D
GCSEs: 8 sociology, 7 geography, 6 English lit, 6-6 combined science, 6 drama, 5 English language, 5 maths, 5 IGCSEmaths, 5 history, 5 RE and then a 3 in French lol.
I think that’s what stats mean, is there anytning else?
Thank you so much! Do you think you'll accept the offer?
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I’ve applied for law in kings but did not get accepted but they gave me an offer for history. I did not do history for A levels. I did Law, Business and Sociology. Should I accept the offer? How hard is it to do a history degree with the last time doing history being in gcse??
Hi zaranxj

Not all universities will require an A-Level in History in order to do a History degree. If they have offered you a place on the History course they clearly believe you will be suited and capable!

You A-Levels will give you the skills in order to successfully complete a History degree. Subject knowledge is less important, as another reply said everybody will do different topics at GCSE and A-Levels so you won't be expected to have detailed subject knowledge, that's what they teach you on the degree! So please don't fret about the subject knowledge you have. The most important thing is your ability to write and research, which all three of your A-Level subjects will help you prepare for, you will also be given plenty of support with your writing and research skills at university too. Law is a great foundation and companion subject to History, Business will allow you to understand the complexities of stuff like economics and impact within historical settings, and Sociology is a great subject which allows you to understand people and ideologies which is crucial to History. Your subjects will give you a great foundation if you choose to accept the offer.

If you like History it could be a really fun degree to do, as you can always specialise parts of your essays/assignments in historical law and justice if there is a lecturer to supervise you. If you still want to do law after your History degree then there are Law Conversion courses which will allow you to pursue Law, and History is a very desirable degree subject for those courses.

But in short, you won't be at any disadvantage at all if you accept this offer without having studied History A-Level. If you are interested enough and enjoyed History at GSCE it may be worth going for, but you have to do whatever is best for you.

I hope this helps, best of luck!

Grace
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MA Nineteenth Century Studies (History and English Literature)
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