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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.

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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My courses were all especially interesting, I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. All of my lecturers were extremely knowledgeable and I have learnt a lot from them.

Lottie Warren, A Level student

My experience at South Downs has been decent, I’ve met lots of people, its been great to be honest, I’ve really enjoyed it.

Oliver Smith, A Level student

I’m very, very happy, I didn’t expect to do so well. The College has been helpful and supportive. I loved my courses, and the teachers were really good – every single one of them. The facilities are great, but it’s the staff that really make this place.

Matthew Randell, 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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