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A Level History

History combines especially well with Politics, Sociology, Economics, Law & English amongst other subjects.  It is a facilitating subject, highly regarded by many universities and employers.  The two pathways offered give you the option to study the time frame, countries and themes that interest you. If you studied GCSE History at school you are strongly advised to broaden your knowledge by choosing an option other than that which you studied at school. This will be of more help to you in the second year of A Level than repeating the content of your GCSE. We have responded to the 2015 syllabus change by offering a wide range of different areas of study as our students tell us that they generally prefer the new topics to simply re-doing what was covered at GCSE.

Entry Requirements

You must meet the College entry requirements for an A level course of at least five GCSEs at grades A*- C including English Language. History at grade C or above is also desirable. You will need to be prepared to read, develop your writing skills and undertake some of your own research if you are to maximise your potential.

Course Content

There are 2 different options for A level History:

Option 1: Division & Dynasty (Medieval and Early Modern)

You will study the First, Second and Third Crusades as well as the medieval and early modern foundations of Britain, covering Henry 11 and the Angevin Empire and the Tudor dynasty. Themes of power, politics, plots and religious change will be examined throughout the course.

Option 2: Conflict and Consolidation

You will study Twentieth Century America and India, assessing two changing societies and the internal and external conflicts they face. You will also study Britain’s experience of conflict from the Napoleonic wars, through to the First World War.

How will I be taught?

There is research to do and there are sources to examine, but there is also plenty of group work, discussion, making presentations using PowerPoint and perhaps some role play. You will be advised about how to plan and write essays, answer exam questions and will receive individual feedback.

How will I be assessed?

Year 1: Two exams on India and the USA, to check progress.

Year 2: Three exams at the end of year two with one piece of coursework submitted in March.

Exam techniques will be taught throughout the course and revision classes will be offered.

Will I need any extra equipment?


What qualifications will I get?

The following skills are specific to History, which will be useful at university or in your future career:

Analytical skills: The ability to see the ‘broad picture’, high level skills in written communication, a critical and evaluative approach and ability to formulate and sustain an argument.

Key skills: Oral and written communication, application of information technology, problem solving, working with others and independent learning.

Upon successful completion of the two year course you will be awarded an A Level in the subject studied.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

History is good for any profession that requires A Level entry. A History degree and the skills it brings are invaluable for careers in Law, the Civil Service, Sales, Marketing, Journalism, Public Relations, IT and many others. Universities and employers value the skills set that historians develop rather than the content and History is a highly valued A Level because of this.

Depending upon the option you choose, your A level course can also provide a taster in International Relations and many choose to do a degree in this relatively new and exciting area. This can lead to a career in international organisations such as the United Nations or the European Union.

Course Information

If you are aged 19 or over on 31st August in the year you start your course you should contact Admissions as fees may apply for this course. Where fees apply you may be entitled to apply for the Advanced Learner Loan.

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