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History

A broad course allowing both specialism and breadth in a number of historical times & places.

Preparation

General Information

These links 🔗 are good places to help for History (recommended by current students). It is not necessary to look at them all so to help, we've explained why we think each resource is useful so you can decide if it's applicable for you. We've put a ⭐ next to links we think are particularly helpful.

Overview 🔗 🌟 A good overview of the Cambridge course structure and typical entry requirements.

Course content 🔗 To find out more about what you’d be studying if you studied History at Cambridge, these pages give an overview of current courses with introductions and reading guides for different papers.

Best preparation before application

BBC History 🔗 Bit of an outdated site, but a good hub that links to a number of useful BBC resources.

British Library Online Resources 🔗 🌟 Explore sources from a wide range of periods through the British Library.

Crash Course Youtube 🔗 🌟 Some short introductory videos to a wide variety of different historical events, themes, and eras. These are really useful to look at different time periods that you might not have encountered, but want to explore a bit further.

Cambridge Faculty Podcasts 🔗 A great opportunity to hear from some top academics, and explore history on the go.

Institute of Historical Research 🔗 Have a browse through the resources and work done by the UK's national centre for history. For example, check out Podcasts 🔗 and Reviews 🔗

National Archives 🔗 Educational resources fab for getting insight in to what it might be like to be a practicing historian!

Virtual Classroom 🔗 🌟 This is an extremely useful resource created by the History Faculty which gives an introduction to source analysis and comprehension. It includes exercises aimed at improving your ability to engage with and respond to primary and secondary sources. Definitely worth a look, especially as sources can come up in interviews, and are the basis for the pre-interview assessment. The Virtual Classroom also includes suggested general reading from the Faculty, and links to other useful resources.

Application and Interviews

Application

Common questions 🔗 This page has some really useful answers to common questions, including on personal statements, submitted work and what they are looking for in History applicants.

Interviews

Read interviews about History.

Mock interview video 🔗 🌟 The official History Faculty video is useful and has some helpful advice written out, too.

Colleges

Official College Websites

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