An introduction to studying History and Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (RPE) courses. With Edge Hill University and the University of Gloucestershire.

Event Summary

This webinar is hosted by Jon Cheek, the Founder and Director of UniTasterDays. Guidance is provided for students to help them make good choices when considering university. The guest speakers for this event are Georgia Hargreaves, the Student Recruitment Assistant at Edge Hill University, Dr Christian O’Connell, the Academic Course Leader in History and Senior Lecturer in American History at the University of Gloucestershire and Dr Martin Wood, the Academic Course Leader and Senior Lecturer (Hinduism and Buddhism) at the University of Gloucestershire.

Discover history
Georgia speaks about why you should study history at university. Some of the benefits include enhancing your transferable skills and gaining hands on experience for professional jobs. There are 2324 history courses from 140 providers and these include history joint honour degrees such as Politics, Sociology and English.

Georgia touches on the kind of history modules you can study both compulsory and optional and elective modules from other disciplines. There are many opportunities available outside of the modules you are taught such as study abroad trips, extra-curricular societies, learning a language and placements which are explained about in this session.

Employability is what many students think about when choosing to study history and Georgia looks at the statistics for history graduates as well as the career opportunities. She shares tips for applications such as showing motivation and effectively talking about your academic ability. Finally, she speaks about things to consider when applying for university.

Studying history
Christian talks about the value in pursuing what you are passionate about at university. He explains what history is at undergraduate level – explaining why things are the way they are, the relevance of the past today and how we interpret the past. At university you will be expected to study history to interpret events for yourself, and this allows you to develop your independence and ability to think critically. He speaks about what to expect on a history degree, the different ways you will learn and the skills you will develop over the course of your degree.

Religion, philosophy and ethics (RPE)
Martin discusses the benefits of studying religion, philosophy and ethics at university such as being able to ask fundamentally important questions about our existence and morality. He talks about where this degree can take you regarding employability such as teaching, the civil service and publishing.

Finally, Martin speaks about how you will be taught on this type of course and the ways you can make the most of your learning.

Session summary from Rubaya Zaman, a final year English Literature student at the University of Birmingham.

Event Recorded: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 09:30

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