Coming to university as a mature student was the beginning of a new chapter in my life and presented a new challenge; having completed a foundation year I was prepared for first year and beyond. The History Department teaching staff are second to none in their fields of expertise and are ready and willing to support and guide you. The library houses a vast array of research materials and resources for you to dive right into. Attending Canterbury Christ Church University has helped me grow from being just a simple history enthusiast to a Historian.

Dan Stephenson, Second Year BA History


Our Canterbury Campus, located in a UNESCO World Heritage site and right in the heart of a beautiful cathedral city, is the perfect place to study History.

The academic team are all professional historians, active researchers and published authors of national and international acclaim.

The course they’ve designed allows you to follow your interests wherever they may lead. In your second and third years you can study a specific period or mix-and-match several.

Why Study History?

Delve deep into history and build your knowledge of significant people, places and events and their impact on society, all within a city that is steeped in history.

From the world-famous Canterbury Cathedral to the ancient St Augustine's Abbey, our campus is just footsteps from these fascinating sites, so you can immerse yourself in history from day one. Our History course is also highly rated nationally:

The Guardian University League Tables 2021

Top five in the UK for student satisfaction for the quality of teaching on the course in the subject area of History

Complete University Guide Subject League Table 2022

Top 10 for student satisfaction with the quality of teaching in the subject area of History.

National Student Survey 2021

93% of our History students were satisfied with the quality of teaching on their course.

Entry requirements

A typical offer would be 88-112 UCAS Tariff points.

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

More information about entry requirements.

UCAS Points

All about the course

In Year 1, you will gain a firm grounding in the main themes and issues relating to major periods of history (ancient, medieval, early modern, and contemporary). This introduction will prepare you for studying specific periods in more depth, and to a level of specialisation if you wish, as you progress through your degree in Years 2 and 3.


Module information

Please note that the list of core/optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and, where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to engage with changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience.

In Year 1, single honours students take all six core modules, while combined honours students will take three core modules. These modules differ depending on the combining subject. They have been set to meet the learning needs of the combined honours subject and align with the specific combination. You can see the list of core modules for each combination here.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, and (where relevant to your module) field trips. You will typically have around 9 contact hours per week although your contact hours in Years 2 and 3 will depend on the optional modules you select.

Seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures.

You will also be supported in your learning through regular access to your tutors who have office hours devoted to students each week, and through one-to-one tutorials during a designated tutorial week in each semester. In addition, you will meet periodically with your personal academic tutor. All modules are supported by a virtual learning environment (VLE), providing information about modules and a variety of learning and support materials. You'll also have access to IT and library facilities throughout your course.

In Year 2, you'll have an opportunity to take an employability module to help develop specific graduate skills.

For your core module you'll have access to PebblePad, a reflective online space where you can construct a portfolio of evidence of your activities that can be exported after graduation. This provides you with a ready-made demonstration of your own development and skills.

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars. Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before classes.

For the dissertation in Year 3, you will undertake independent research, working under the supervision of a member of the History team who you will meet with regularly.

You are expected to spend 37 hours per week studying, of which around 9 hours would be contact time.

You will be taught by staff who are professional historians, experts in their fields, and active, published researchers of national and international standing and repute.

All our team members hold doctoral qualifications and have extensive experience in delivering research-informed teaching. You can find out more about the current teaching on our History subject area web page.

Postgraduate students sometimes assist in teaching and assessing some modules, working alongside experienced members of staff. The permanent course team teach the vast majority of lectures and seminars across all three years of the degree.

History shapes both who we are and what we are able to do. In our supportive and dynamic programme, you will unlock the past and open the door to your future.

Michael Goodrum, Programme DirectorBA Hons History

National Student Survey 2021

of our History students were satisfied with the teaching quality of their course.

How you’ll be assessed

Our History modules are assessed by a variety of methods, with coursework being by far the most common. The coursework component typically involves essays, document analyses, presentations, portfolio assignments, VLE based projects, and class-based multiple choice tests. A few modules, however, do have a formal, written examination component; where this is present, it counts for no more than 50% of the overall module assessment. Usually, each module has two pieces of assessment of different kinds, though some modules have just one assessment.

You must achieve a pass mark of 40 or above in all Year 1 modules order to progress to Year 2.

83% Coursework
17% Exams

Your future career

'After leaving Christ Church and its historians I did a stint in the private sector before finding my real calling as a campaigner within the UK voluntary sector, becoming Head of Campaigns for the RNID (now re-named Action on Hearing Loss). In parallel I became involved with political think-tanks such as the Fabian Society writing on foreign policy issues. In both cases my History degree was useful both in terms of content (how political issues are understood and acted upon) and training (how to construct a sound argument). I am now Head of Communications at International Alert, an NGO for which I continue to use those same skills working in armed conflicts around the world.' 

Chris Underwood

My experience with Canterbury Christ Church has exceeded my expectations of 2016. I have been thoroughly supported by the History department, finding nothing is too much to ask and everyone approachable. My decision to continue my postgraduate studies with the university could not have been more well informed by the community I have discovered and immersed myself in.

Holly Bringes, MA Modern History

Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18

of our History students were in jobs or further study 15 months after finishing their course.

Combination courses

Combined UCAS Codes

We constantly assess our curriculum to ensure students have the best possible study experience and this means our course combinations are subject to change. If you are interested in a particular combination please contact our friendly course enquiry team to discuss your choice.

Courses UCAS Code Placement Year
American Studies TV71 -
Archaeology VV41 -
Business Management VN11 N1V2
Early Childhood Studies XV31 -
Education Studies XV3C -
English Literature VQ13 -
International Relations LVF1 -
Politics LV21 -
Tourism Studies NV81 -

Combined Honours explained.


The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK** Overseas***
Full-time £9,250 £14,500
Part-time £4,625 £7,250

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

**Home (UK) Fees

The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

An International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500 will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

Further information can be found on the following weblink which will be updated for 2022/23 entrants in due course:

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