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History

Course Summary:

As a history student you’ll gain not only a sense of the past but also a better understanding of the world we live in today. The course topics allow students to understand how past events have shaped society’s current values and develop a deeper understanding of social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity. You will learn how to work with historical sources, write and support a written argument and participate in debate. Specialist tutors will guide you through the key topic areas of Russia 1894-1924: From the Tsar to Lenin, 17th Century British History, Black Civil Rights in America and the Nazi State. You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in trips and visits to enhance your learning outside of the classroom.

Higher Education Destinations:

  • The University of Cambridge – History
  • The University of Oxford – History
  • The University of Durham – History
  • The University of Manchester – Law
  • The University of Sheffield – History and Politics
  • The University of Leeds – History and Spanish

Career destinations:

  • Law
  • Teaching
  • Journalism
  • Voluntary Sector
  • Business
  • Civil Service
  • Local Government

Entry Requirements:

GCSE History grade C or above is essential if it has been studied. If not, a 4 or above in GCSE English Language is essential.

Assessment Method:

AS 100% exam
A Level 80% exam 20% coursework

Student Case Studies:

Emily Duthie

Emily Duthie

“History lessons are both challenging and captivating. The tutors are always pushing us to produce the highest levels of evaluative, analytical work. The syllabus is interesting – such as the Russian Revolution and Nazi Germany – and constantly thought-provoking as you begin to discover different ways of interpreting history. Although the exams themselves are difficult, the tutors provide a helpful level of support to ensure you keep calm and carry on.”

Eleanor wants to go on to study Environmental Earth Science at university when she leaves College.

Oliver Jackson

Oliver Jackson

“I enjoyed History at high school and when I came to the College Information Morning I saw that the teachers were really passionate about the subject and the topics studied would interest me. You get the chance to become involved in class – it’s much more than a teacher talking to you about a subject; you could ask a question that starts a debate in class. The collaborative nature of the course serves to advance both spoken and written learning. Teachers are always there to help, facilities are always available for private study and if you want to borrow a book or sit in a lesson you are always welcome.”