A Level


Why should I study this course?

Take a fascinating and vibrant look at the past, travel along the passage of time and explore either medieval or modern history. “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” L. P. Hartley.

You should study history to learn about how and why the world and its people became what they are today. History is full of fascinating stories and characters whose decisions have shaped both the past and the present. History offers you the opportunity to delve below the surface and investigate why events happen and who is responsible. It gives you the chance to evaluate the significance of events and the impact of individuals and to understand who you are.

This is a facilitating subject for the leading universities and is encouraged as an entry qualification for many courses.

History is welcomed in Further and Higher Education as a subject which blends many areas of knowledge, and History itself is one of the longest established academic disciplines.

What will I study?

Year One Units:

Paper 1: The Tudors, 1485-1603
Paper 2: Revolution & Dictatorship, Russia & The Soviet Union, 1917-1953

Coursework: The European Witch Craze c1600-1700

Examination board


How is the course assessed?

You will take 2 examinations at the end of year two based on the full two years of work. You will also complete a coursework essay to a wordcount of 4,000 words.

What will the course prepare me for?

Historians can be found in occupations ranging from lawyers to fashion designers. Famous graduates in History include the BBC foreign affairs correspondent Jeremy Bowen, who studied at University College London, and Louis Theroux and Melvyn Bragg who both graduated from Oxford.

History is welcomed in Further and Higher Education as a subject which blends many areas of knowledge, and History itself is one of the longest established academic disciplines. History graduates generally possess high levels of literacy and critical thinking abilities, so are often suited to careers in communications, particularly advertising, marketing and PR. Other careers include journalism, law, public services, marketing and financial services.

Private study

You are expected to spend 3-4 hours of your time on independent study each week in the first year and 4-5 hours each week on independent study in the second year. You will be given advice on what to do during your independent study time but it will involve tasks such as reading, preparing for your lessons and reviewing what you have learnt. You will also be expected to access our VLE on a regular basis

What materials will I need to provide?

Standard stationery items: a pen, a pencil, a ruler and a notepad. On this particular course you will also need A4 paper, coloured pencils, an A4 lever arch file and an A4 wallet.

How will I be taught?

You will experience a wide variety of resources, activities and tasks in the classroom. We use workbooks to help you organise your learning and you are expected to write answers to exam style questions to develop the knowledge and skills you need to be successful in the exams. You will watch extracts from films and documentaries to strengthen your understanding of historical events and concepts. You will be encouraged to make displays and mind maps to consolidate your knowledge. Please be prepared to work in teams on occasion; discussion and debate are encouraged.

This course is for you if...

...you have an interest in the past and you enjoy researching topics. It is also a good subject for you if you like discussing and arguing, enjoy visiting historic sites, and you are planning to apply to university.

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What are the course requirements?

Five 9 - 4 (A* - C) grades at GCSE including a minimum of grade 4 (C) in GCSE English Language

If you are interested in joining the College we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication; however, the College may need to make some changes in light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.

What skills do I need?

  • The ability to analyse and critique texts
  • An interest in the past
  • A good level of English