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Mode of study Academic A Level
Duration 2 Years
Campus English Bridge Campus
Start date September 2020
Course code HIS-AL (2022)
  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language. You should have an interest in the world around you, different countries, societies and cultures and enjoy learning about people, how they interact, and what motivates them.

  • What does the course involve?

    You will study over 200 years of History, including at least one period of British History and the lives of ordinary people as well as the impact of great historical figures. We use original source material, video evidence, discussion, debate and essay writing. The department provides its own intranet site and department booklets to help you in your journey to becoming a historian.

    You’ll study ‘Britain transformed 1918-1997’ and ‘The USA 1955- 1992: Conformity and Challenge’ in the first year and ‘The British Experience of Warfare c1790-1918’ and undertake a piece of coursework on the impact of the Vietnam War on the United States in the second year.

  • How is the course assessed?

    You will take three exams at the end of two years and complete a piece of coursework.

  • Additional Notes

    Our 2018 leavers are pursing a range of Higher Education courses in Art History, Advertising, Business Management, Journalism, Law and English and Politics. Some students have been successful in securing highly sought after training such as Air Traffic Control with the RAF. The skills will be useful in a number of careers, either directly related to history (e.g. working in museums, galleries, heritage sites), or in areas such as research, libraries, national / local government and the Civil Service.

  • Further Information

    The department hosts visiting speakers such as First World War historian Professor Gary Sheffield and stages visits to local areas of interest.

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button and then add an additional 2 or 3 subjects to make up your academic programme. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 260401 or email:

Clare Conroy

Clare Conroy

A Level History (French, Biology and Chemistry)
Previous Institution: Belvidere School

I really enjoyed learning modern history as it can be made applicable to news today. You pick up a useful skill set doing A Level History and the lessons are interactive and informative. The essay writing and critical thinking helped me with my application to Oxford University and I have accepted a place at Christ Church College, Oxford to study Philosophy.

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