Print Page

This humanities subject is a good choice if your chosen career will require good written and verbal communication.

Apart from increasing your historical knowledge, this course will help develop your research skills. You will need to read source material, draw out inferences, make connections and argue a case. You will be taught a range of historic areas of study from our experienced staff.

The course involves a number of historical trips, including some overseas. We also work in partnership with local charities. Opportunities include teaching English to the families of ex-Gurkhas with SSAFA Forces Help and fundraising for a memorial with The Trooper Potts VC Trust.

You could progress on to higher level study including politics, international relations, archaeology and anthropology degree courses, or seek employment in roles such as a researcher or data analyst.

This course can be studied as part of the arts and humanities pathway.

What I'll learn

Whilst studying the History AS level you will learn about Britain and Europe during the 20th Century. The particular focus will be upon the decolonisation and Africa, plus Britain’s relations with India. 

You will study the following topics:

  • Unit 1: Britain, the scramble for Africa and retreat from empire decolonisation, 1957-1981
  • Unit 2: Britain and the nationalist challenge in India
  • Unit 3: A world divided: Superpower relations,1944-1990
  • Unit 4: The Middle East and the Arab Israeli conflict, 1900-2001 (compulsory coursework unit).



How I'll learn

You will learn through a range of enjoyable and interesting activities and areas of study. Your History AS level can be a stand-alone qualification or lead on to A2 study. Your study may involve an overseas residential trip to places of historical interest. You will explore local historical sites and view historical manuscripts. 

You will have your own specialist personal tutor who you will meet individually or as part of a group tutorial and they will help you set review and achieve your targets. There is an extensive programme of support to help you make higher education decisions and move on to university. The vast majority of A-level students progress successfully to higher education. 

There is an extensive programme of enrichment opportunities on offer. You will be encouraged to select from a range including volunteering, work experience, sport and performing.


How I'll be assessed

The assessment will be mainly through timed examinations with coursework in the second year.


Entry Requirements

All A-level students must have six C grades in academic subjects at GCSE, including English and maths, at grade 5 but excluding PE, dance, IT i.e. subjects with a large practical component.

For this subject you will also need minimum grade 5 in GCSE English language or English literature.

With three A-levels, the possibilities are endless. You can progress to higher education to study a variety of different subjects at degree level. A-levels also offer a high standard of education which many employers require as part of their entry criteria onto training programmes. History is a subject that is valued by universities.


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘apply now’ on your chosen programme page.

You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with your application.

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs.)

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.