AAA or A*AB with a minimum A in History (full entry requirements)
3 years full-time
A BA in History gives you an in-depth view of the world. It enhances your understanding of the forces that play a part in economies, societies, cultures, power and faith.
Historians are critical readers of evidence. They understand how to construct knowledge. They're quick to recognise context. And they're adept at constructing engaging arguments and proposing alternative solutions.
History at York has been ranked 2nd in the UK for the quality, significance and impact of our research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
The BA in History progresses from broad to specialised topics. Core modules in the first year introduce you to the broad sweep of history across time and place and historical problems. You develop this in the following years, which cultivate expertise, leading up to your 10,000-word dissertation
Your first year will introduce the study of History at a degree level. You'll develop research skills and study prominent periods of interest.
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.
This module will:
Your second year will be about preparing for your final dissertation and reports. You'll begin to design your project and learn how to use the tools needed to complete it.
You'll also broaden your knowledge on a particular theme or period. You'll take two Histories and Contexts modules, as well as two Explorations modules.
In your final year of the BA in History, you'll participate in Special Subject seminars focusing in depth on a historical process or problem. You'll also complete your dissertation, demonstrating the research skills you have learned during your time here.
QS ranks our history department one of the best in the world. See for yourself.
Small group teaching remains at the core of our the BA in History, accounting for half of our first-year teaching and rising to over 80 per cent in Year 3. We believe that students learn better – and think better – when engaging with others.
Your first-year work doesn't contribute toward your final marks. We recognise that students are only beginning to develop over the course of their degree.
From Year 2 onward, formal assessments contribute toward your degree. In your third year, your 10,000-word dissertation focuses on a specific topic of your choice.
Some 60 per cent of our graduates are in employment six months after completion of their studies. Many of our students also move on to postgraduate study.
I like teaching courses that are based on my own research, such as the Explorations modules in Year 2 and the Special Subject in Year 3, which make me consider my research topics in a new light.Henrice Altink Senior Lecturer in Modern History
All applications must be made through UCAS. We also consider applications for deferred entry and requests, after taking up an offer, to take a gap year.
We encourage mature students to email the Admissions Tutor for consultation and advice.
AAA or A*AB with a minimum A in History
An A level in General Studies is usually excluded from conditional offers
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)
D3, D3, D3 including History (in conjunction with A levels)
Access to Higher Education
Obtain Access to HE Diploma with:
Distinctions are expected in History-related units.
36 points including Grade 6 in History at Higher Level
Irish Leaving Certificate
AAAAAB including A1 in History or H2, H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, including H1 in History
85 per cent overall, including 85 per cent in History
6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all units
Pearson (Academic PTE)
61 overall with 51 in all parts
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English