A Level

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This challenging course examines changes and the factors which influence change, together with the consequences of these events. 

You have the choice of two pathways, but both courses will give you important analytical skills, high level skills in oral and written communication, a critical and evaluative approach and ability to formulate and sustain debate. History combines well with Politics, Sociology, Economics, Law and English. It is a facilitating subject, highly regarded by many universities and employers.

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History, A Level HSDC-SD-AP2HIS

HSDC South Downs Campus
Academic Year 2017-18 (1 year)
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A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English and Mathematics at grade 4 or above.

There are two different options for A Level History:

Option one: 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 II and the Angevin Empire and the Tudor dynasty. Themes of power, politics, plots and religious change will be examined throughout the course.

Option two: 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.

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.

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The tutors were really supportive and it was all thanks to them that I have achieved what I have. I’ve also made loads of great friends and really enjoyed my time at South Downs College.

Lizaveta Sinkerich, A Level student

I would say it’s a college that really balances academia with fun, there is lots of extra-curricular stuff that you can get involved in. It has a really good work/life balance.

Laura Hagedorn, A Level student

I got into both of the Universities I wanted to. It happens so fast and it’s an amazing feeling when you think that all of the work you’ve done has paid off in the best way possible.

Anton Sukhorukov, A Level student


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.

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