1 year (Foundation) + 3 years (undergraduate degree)
We will be making some changes to the way our programmes will be delivered in 2021-22 to ensure we continue to respond to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. All programmes will be delivered in-person on campus with some specific sessions within each programme being delivered online in a pre-recorded format. Where necessary, changes will also be made to assessment formats.
All changes will be considered through the College's established processes to assure the quality of each programme. Approved changes to programmes will be published from 19 July.
If government guidelines change, it may mean we need to make further adjustments to teaching arrangements. If this is the case, you will be notified of any further changes.
This is a four-year degree at Goldsmiths. If you successfully achieve the progression requirements of the foundation year, you can continue with the full-time three-year BA (Hons) History degree.
Why study the Integrated Degree in History at Goldsmiths?
- There are no formal entry requirements for this course, we’re just looking for enthusiasm. The first year is the foundation where you’ll study history modules alongside classes to help you develop study skills and build your confidence. If you’re successful in your first year, you’ll progress onto our BA History degree, which you’ll study for another 3 years. You'll also be able to apply for one of our joint honours degrees.
- You may be a mature student, or someone who has faced difficulties which caused you to underperform in exams. Whatever your story, it’s likely that you’re nervous about studying history at undergraduate level. Don’t worry. We’ll get you to where you need to be with plenty of tailored support.
- Studying history at university level allows you to explore the past from multiple angles. It encourages you to question assumptions and challenge narratives. You’ll gain an understanding of the vast scope of historical study and develop the skills needed to approach the subject critically.
- You’ll explore history at both a local and national level through a focus on the lived experience of ordinary people. This includes looking at the history of our local area – one of our modules focuses on the history of South London. You’ll explore the history behind elements of our urban environment from tattoos to Pentecostalism.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Rosie Kennedy.
What you'll study
Modules in the foundation year explore British history at both a local and national level through a focus on the lived experience of ordinary people. Students will be introduced to the principles of post-colonial history and consider how cultural history connects what is local to the global world.
You will also take the Learning to be a Historian module, which will introduce you to the skills and tools necessary for studying history.
During your Foundation Year you study the following modules:
|The Battle for the Ballot||15 credits|
|Empires, Nations and Lines of the Map: Postcolonial Perspectives on World History||15 credits|
|An Everyday History of Modern Britain, 1800-1950||15 credits|
|From Local to Global: Identity and Cultural History||15 credits|
|Learning to be a Historian||15 credits|
|London 1400- 1650: A City in Transition||15 credits|
|Essential Skills for Success||30 credits|
You will also take Essential Skills for Success (30 credits). It provides a comprehensive range of academic study skills training in areas such as library and resources orientation, effective reading, note-taking, essay structuring and planning, critical thinking, vocabulary development, research and exam techniques, WordPress blogging and website assessment.
This programme is taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. You’ll also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.
The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:
- Year 0 - 13% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning
- Year 1 - 13% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning
- Year 2 - 13% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning
- Year 3 - 13% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning
How you’ll be assessed
You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects.
The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:
- Year 0 - 88% coursework, 13% written exam
- Year 1 - 44% coursework, 56% written exam
- Year 2 - 100% coursework
- Year 3 - 74% coursework, 26% written exam
*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2019/20. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices. Find out more about how this information is calculated.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
For 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the Programme Changes page
There are no formal entry qualifications for the four-year degree. Instead of formal qualifications, we look for clear evidence of the skills and abilities you need for an undergraduate degree, and interest in the subject.
Most applicants will be invited to an interview, and you may be asked to provide a sample of recent extended writing to assess your suitability for the course.
We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.
If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.
Fees & funding
Annual tuition fees
These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2021/2022 academic year.
From August 2021 EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for 'Home' fee status. EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will be classified as 'International' for fee purposes, more information can be found on our fees page.
- Home - full-time: £9250
- International - full-time: £17050
It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Student Visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.
If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.
In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.
There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.
If you successfully complete the Foundation Year and progress to degree level, you'll develop your critical and analytical skills, your ability to express ideas clearly and your expertise in gathering insights from a range of subjects. Historical research enables you to gather and select from a range of materials – literary and visual. It teaches you to write with imagination and clarity.
Former students have forged careers in journalism and the media, museums and galleries, the Civil Service, teaching and research, law and the commercial world, but the skills learned are also applicable to many more industries and roles. You can find out more about career options after graduating on our dedicated History careers page.
History at Work
History at Work is an exciting and innovative new initiative which will offer some second and third year students taking History single and joint honours programmes the chance to apply their academic skills within the workplace.
Students spend one day a week over one term undertaking a project within a museum, archive or library: places which collect, process and present the 'raw material' of history.
The project might involve archiving, conservation, building an exhibition, or developing a public engagement project. Students will be invited to apply for places on the programme each February. It should give students a great chance to test out their career ideas, develop skills and increase their employability.
Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.
How to apply
Writing your personal statement
Instead of formal qualifications, we look for clear evidence of the following skills and abilities:
- enthusiasm for, and engagement with, history
- an understanding of the relevance of the discipline to long term goals, including – for example – work, further training or education
- the ability to work and communicate effectively in groups and alone, demonstrating self-motivation and organisation
- the ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form, including confidence in written English and the ability to read and understand complex texts
- commitment to four years of full-time study within the field
- an understanding of the nature of academic study, including the demands for independent research, changing patterns of thinking, and having new experiences
- the ability to face and overcome personal challenges