If you have a keen interest in history, and would like to study it at degree level, our two-year Foundation Certificate is an excellent introduction, equivalent to the first year of a full-time History degree at Oxford University.
The course will introduce you to the study of history through extended surveys of periods of modern British and European history. You will also be able to study an optional subject, such as the Spanish Civil War, in more detail. Working primarily from source material on this topic, you will have the chance to develop and refine the skills needed by a historian.
The course is taught through weekly seminars, supplemented by individual and paired tutorials. There is also one non-residential study week.
On successful completion of the Foundation Certificate, you will be able to apply for second-year entry to undergraduate history courses at the University of Oxford and other institutions.
Those who successfully complete the course will be awarded an Oxford University Foundation Certificate in History, equivalent to 120 CATS points at first-year undergraduate level (FHEQ Level 4). These credit points are widely recognised in terms of credit for transfer to other higher education institutions, including the Open University and modular universities such as Oxford Brookes University.
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The Foundation Certificate in History course consists of weekly two-hour seminars (28 per year), usually held on Wednesday evenings.
There is also a non-residential study week, during which you receive an intensive introduction to your chosen optional subject. For most students, the study week provides a valuable chance for full-time study, socialising with fellow students and easy access to our wide range of study facilities at Rewley House and within the University.
In addition to attending the Foundation Certificate’s own weekly seminar programme, you can, for no extra payment, experience the wide range of lectures and seminars organised by the University’s Faculty of Modern History.
The Foundation Certificate in History consists of five elements:
- British History 1485–1603
- British History 1900–1979
- European History 1815–1914
- An optional subject
- Approaches to History
You must have a keen interest in history and a strong motivation to study at undergraduate level. You should have an effective command of written English and enjoy in-depth discussion of historical issues.
You don’t have to have formal qualifications. We will take into account your academic potential, your commitment to studying the subject in a structured way, and other considerations.
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApplication deadline not specified.
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.
To do well in this course, you must have a keen interest in history and a strong motivation to study at undergraduate level. You should have an effective command of written English and enjoy in-depth discussion of historical issues.
Relevant qualifications and evidence of recent study are things we regard favourably, but you don’t have to have formal qualifications. If you have little or no recent experience of study or exams, don’t let this put you off applying. We will take into account your academic potential, your commitment to studying the subject in a structured way, and other considerations.
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