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The new BA in History and Modern Languages will accommodate many different interests and approaches, including language, culture, film, and political thought, alongside modern British, European, American and world history. Students will spend the third year abroad, studying or working in a foreign country, and the course is likely to prove a springboard into a huge variety of careers, from journalism and broadcasting to law, business and finance.

Our four-year degree encompasses intensive study in language, culture, film, the history of political thought and a wide variety of modern British, European, American and world history. Like other language students, you spend the third year abroad – studying or working in a foreign country, and immersing yourself in the language, culture and history.


Further information about the course can be found on the Faculty and University websites.

Typical offers require

  • A Level: A*AA-A*A*A inc A* History and/or A* in the relevant language (where a language is to be studied post-A-Level)
  • IB: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher Level inc 7 in HL History and/or 7 in HL in the relevant language (where a language is to be studied post-IB)

For other qualifications, see the main entrance requirements pages on the University website.

Course Requirements

  • A Level/ IB Higher Level (or equivalent) in the language (for languages to be studied post A Level) and A Level/ IB Higher Level (or equivalent) in History.

Mature students and those taking other qualifications are encouraged to contact our Admissions Office, to discuss the entry requirements for their qualifications.


Number of students 

We aim to admit up to two students per year.

Admissions Assessment

  • Applicants selected for interview are required to take two written assessments: the History Admissions Assessment and the Modern Languages Admissions Assessment. These assessments take place remotely in late November during the application process.  Applicants do not need to register for the assessments.  The College will make all the necessary arrangements.
  • Further details about the written assessments can be found on the University website here.

Written work 

Applicants are required to submit two school/college essays as examples of written work prior to interview.  One essay should be in the language to be studied, if that language is currently being studied at A-Level, IB or equivalent.

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