If you are currently studying towards your A Levels and are beginning to think about what is next for you in terms of higher education, work and life in general, then now might be the time to start looking seriously at the next possible step - university.

If you are taking your finals in 2020, then UCAS applications will no doubt be on yours and all of your fellow students' minds, but with so many different courses and locations to choose from, how can you be sure that you are looking at the right ones? Remember, you can choose up to six university courses when you apply via UCAS during your study programme so this allows you to be slightly open-minded about where you will study in the future.

If you already know you want to be a History undergraduate - fab! If you are certain you want to study in the capital - even better! Let us guide you towards some of the best History degrees across London.

See our checklist of things to think about before you apply for uni and make plans.
If, in your mind, your bags are already packed for your London adventure, then just remember to consider a few important things first. Photo on Foter.com

Read our posts about finding history courses in Belfast Edinburgh, or Cardiff.

Benefits Of Studying History

If you've already chosen History as your primary subject to take further after A Levels, then you will no doubt already know some of the benefits of a History degree, or you will at least enjoy the content covered.

Did you know, though, that regardless of the type of History course you enrol on or the specification you choose, any academic History degree will offer a wide range of transferable skills? For instance, lectures, debates and assignments will encourage you to broaden your professional communication skills (both written and spoken), while the researching demands of the course will require you to gain general IT skills.

On the subject of research, you will no doubt acquire in-depth academic research skills and will improve on your ability to critique and analyse historical texts and sources in terms of reliability and other aspects. Along with your newfound cross-referencing capabilities, you'll also be a strong defender and debater and will be in a position to use all of your knowledge to inform your answers.

These fundamental skills, combined with your passion for learning and your advanced knowledge about historical topics will put you in great stead when you come to apply for jobs later down the line.

Did you know that Birmingham is the next biggest city after London, with some great History courses on offer?

Career Paths For History Graduates

While some of the obvious jobs for a Historian are jobs in teaching or jobs at museums, including becoming a curator, education officer, or exhibition officer, there are some other positions that a History postgraduate might be well-suited to:

  • Jobs in Research and Heritage
  • Jobs in Media and Journalism
  • Jobs in Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations
  • Other professional sectors that might appeal to historians include Law, Business and Finance, Politics and the Public Sector.

Leeds has a booming economy and is a hub for students. Check out their History courses.

Benefits Of Studying In London

It goes without saying that London is a busy and vibrant city, one that is excellent for pupils of all ages. You don't have to travel far to find a pub, bar, club or cafe with a great atmosphere, nor is it hard to get around with the easy underground transport system connecting you to each corner of the capital.

What's more, though, is that there are nearly 50 universities in London, which means that you have a very wide choice even if you've set your mind to study in London. Among these 50 are some of the best universities in the world, offering between them over 10,000 courses for students from the UK and around the world.

Whether you are from the UK or you traveling from abroad to complete your further studies, London is a great place to live in which you can enjoy a multi-national and multi-ethnicity environment. More than 100,000 international students have already made the city their home and are benefitting from the fantastic employment prospects that these internationally-recognized courses offer them both within England and further afield.

London is a multicultural city, attracting many residents from outside of Britain.
In London, you can enjoy an environment with a diverse range of ethnicities. Photo credit: Steve Snodgrass on Foter.com / CC BY

Studying in London is exciting and rewarding, but you should plan it properly to ensure that you find the best course, accommodation and student life for you. For instance, having to put yourself up in a dingy room in a not-so-nice road could make all the difference to your experience as a first-year student. As such, we recommend that you consider the following before you start applying or making plans:

  • Make sure you know the application and entry requirements for your chosen establishment
  • If you are an overseas student, do you need a student visa to study in London?
  • Are you required to pay university course fees, and if so how much does the tuition total?
  • Will you want to/need to work alongside your studies to keep on top of your rent and other finances?
  • Does the college or university you are looking at offer help finding student accommodation or halls?

Once you've spent some time getting to grips with your new life as an independent adult, you can really focus on doing the best that you possibly can with your course!

Don't forget to look at other cities during your search, like History courses in Manchester.

London History Courses

King's College London - History BA

"The History BA is designed to develop your critical thinking and independence of thought through an extraordinary breadth of periods and places. We encourage you to adopt a comparative approach to your studies, looking at the connections and contrasts between different eras of history from around the globe. You will explore topics covered at school as well as many that aren’t, such as the history of Contemporary Africa or friendship in Medieval Europe. Our range of modules ensures that you can choose a programme of study to match your interests whilst studying in the heart of London. History at King’s has a world-class reputation, offering graduates excellent career prospects.

Key benefits:

One of the best history departments in the world, currently ranked 7th in Europe (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018).
Students have the option to study abroad at one of our partner institutions for the second semester of the second year. Current options include University of Sydney, Hong Kong University, University of Auckland and Toronto University.
Graduates get top jobs in a wide range of sectors, including law, business, government, heritage, finance and teaching.
A wider range of periods and places than most history degrees, from medieval Europe to modern India.
Students are taught in a friendly and supportive environment by expert historians.
Most teaching takes place in small seminar groups providing the opportunity for students to hone their discussion and presentation skills.
Studying in a central London location, you will have easy access to world-class museums, collections and libraries."

University of Westminster - History BA

"History remains among the most fascinating and best loved of the arts and social science disciplines, and this is an exceptional degree which makes the most of our unique West End location. The course is modern, with a focus on British and European history, but there are many opportunities to study American, imperial and global history as well. A distinctive element of the degree is its focus on the extraordinary history of London.

You’ll learn inside and outside the classroom, on stimulating modules in political, diplomatic, social, cultural and military history, many of which are unique to Westminster.

You’ll explore the streets of the capital, learn how to conduct your own research in London’s unique archives, and graduate as a well- trained and experienced historian, ready to launch yourself into the world of work – in careers such as the media, education, the Civil Service and the Law – or prepared for research or further study.

You will also gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

Research underpins much of our teaching, and we encourage you into a community of scholars, through teaching which will enthuse and inspire you. A wide range of assessments includes essays and exams, document and artefact analysis, presentations, book reviews, portfolio preparation and mini-projects. Through these you will learn essential skills that will enhance your employability.

You can study an elective module from across the university in each year, and also take a credit-bearing internship in an archive, library or museum. Previous interns have had placements in the Imperial War Museum, the House of Lords Record Office and many other London institutions."

Central London locations are popular but can be expensive to live in.
Central London universities like Westminster attract lots of people (and pigeons!) because it is like the heart of London. Photo on Foter.com

SOAS University of London - History BA

"From the Crusades to the modern Middle East; fourteenth-century indigenous warfare to twentieth-century Islam in South East Asia; the Mughal Empire to Gandhi; Atlantic slavery and Muslim societies in West Africa to modern China and Japan, History at SOAS offers its students a unique window on the world. Studying the BA History at SOAS will provide you with a sound foundation in the historical discipline, engaging in subject matters ranging from economics, religion, and culture to frontiers, cities, and gender from a global perspective rather than a euro-centric one. You will be able to develop your understanding of the fascinating, interlinked histories of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East and their significance in our world today.

Why study History at SOAS?

our unrivalled focus on the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East will help you cultivate a more critical understanding of the diversity of cultures and societies in the world today, the historical processes that have produced this diversity, and the importance of historical context in understanding past and present
our academic staff are specialists in the history of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East
the flexible structure of your programme allows you to use our Open Options modules to take advantage of the global expertise of one of our other departments, including the opportunity to learn a new language
we are specialists in the delivery of languages. Your command of a language from SOAS will set you apart from graduates of other universities"

UCL - History BA

"Drawing upon UCL History, related UCL departments, including the Institute of the Americas and the School of Slavonic & East European Studies, and relevant University of London colleges, the programme offers a wide variety of courses spanning extraordinary chronological and geographical range.

Specialisms of the department include the history of the ancient Near East; the history of the Americas; the cultural and intellectual history of Europe; and imperial and transnational history.

The flexible programme structure allows you to pursue your own intellectual passions. You are encouraged to study languages and can take courses in related subjects such as archaeology or anthropology.

Exceptional resources, including the British Museum and the British Library, are within walking distance, and other London-based museums and organisations provide unrivalled opportunities for accessing primary source material.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

The programme includes three first-year core modules, a further core module and a research project in the second year, and a dissertation, a special subject, and options chosen from a range of full-year and half-year modules in the final year.

We strongly encourage all our students to gain maximum benefit from the chronological range of expertise in the department by taking at least one module in each of ancient history; medieval or early modern history; and modern history.

Beyond these requirements the syllabus is very flexible. You may take up to 30 credits a year from another discipline, such as archaeology, geography, history of art, or a language.

In your second and third year you may choose specialist history courses offered throughout the University of London.

Teaching is delivered via lectures and seminars, and one-to-one tutorials provide personal feedback on essays. All seminar groups are capped at a maximum of 15; final-year dissertation subjects at a maximum of 10."

Finally, if you want to escape England and look at universities further afield, why not consider Scottish cities like Glasgow?

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