I felt part of a community of scholars in which there was very strong cooperation between staff and students. The location was perfect, in the shadow of Canterbury Cathedral and St Augustine’s Abbey, with archaeological investigations in progress on campus as I was studying.


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    A foundation year helps you develop the study skills and self-confidence needed for higher education when you don’t reach the entry requirements for your subject.

    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 with Foundation Year?

    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.

    You'll explore a broad chronological range of history and as you progress through the course you'll specialise in particular historical periods, such as medieval, early modern and modern.

    Our experienced academics are passionate about history and they'll help you develop skills to support both your academic learning and your graduate employability. These skills could include problem-solving, attention to detail, detecting the vital from the non-vital in a mass of data or sources, critical thinking, research methods and debating skills.

    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.