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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.

You could progress on to higher level study including history, 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.


Our career pathways show you a typical route through the various stages of learning, what you will learn along the way and the careers these programmes could lead onto.

What I'll learn

You will be following the AQA specification:

First year AS history:

  • Component 1: Breadth study: 1K The Making of a Superpower: USA, 1865–1920 
  • Component 2: Depth study: 2M Wars and Welfare: Britain in Transition, 1906–1929

Second year A-Level history:

  • Component 1: Breadth study: 1K The making of a superpower: USA, 1865–1975
  • Component 2: Depth study: 2M wars and welfare: Britain in transition, 1906–1957
  • Component 3: Historical investigation (coursework) - The British social change 1780-1900


How I'll learn

You learn in a variety of ways - discussion, groupwork, independent study, traditional essays, reading and research tasks. There is a balance of challenge and support. You will play an active part in your learning and there will be a strong focus on your individual learning needs.

You will develop the skills necessary for further academic study, such as strong report writing, essay writing and study skills, including presentation skills. 

You will also improve the wider skills vital for success in further study or employment, including self-confidence, speaking in front of others, working with others, taking responsibility and managing your time. By the end of the course you will have benefited from individual support, including clear advice about higher education and careers.


How I'll be assessed

Components 1 and 2 will be examined in May/ June. Component 3 will be based on coursework. You will also have modular exams in some subjects. There will be a range of regular assignments, essays and class-based assessments to help you develop your study skills for the next educational step. Individual learning targets are set each term and you will receive regular feedback on your progress in meeting these targets.

Two official textbooks are required for each unit: AQA’s The Making of a Superpower: USA, 1865–1975 and Wars and Welfare: Britain in Transition 1906-1957. 


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 also need GCSE English language or GCSE English literature at grade 5 (or equivalent).


How to Apply

Applying for one of our programmes is easy.

You can apply for a vocational 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 on request by calling us on 0800 612 6008 or visiting us at one of our college Advice Centres.

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