Qualifications and Entry Requirements


The following criteria are to be applied in the assessment of candidates for History.  In the case of candidates for the Joint Schools with History, these criteria are to be applied in assessment for the History side of each school.

  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Conceptual clarity
  • Flexibility - the capacity to engage with alternative perspectives and/or new information
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Critical engagement
  • Capacity for hard work
  • Enthusiasm for History
  • Evidence of historical imagination and understanding, in particular, the ability to speculate and compare, alongside the possession of appropriate historical knowledge and the capacity to deploy it.

At various points of the Admissions process candidates will be assessed against these criteria on the basis of information derived from a variety of sources:

  • UCAS forms, including, in particular, personal statements, school reports, qualifications achieved and qualifications predicted
  • Performance at GCSE
  • Performance in the History Admissions Test (HAT)
  • Written work submitted by candidates
  • Performance in interviews
  • Comparison, in all these areas, with other candidates