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History A Level - Level 3


A better knowledge and understanding of the past is an excellent way to get a clearer view of today's events. This is what makes our A Level History course such a compelling area of study.

You will tackle a wide range of British, European and world history events, allowing you to understand how modern society and government has been influenced and shaped by the past. You will learn how important history is in determining modern identity, culture and lifestyle.

Based at the new Mansfield and Ashfield Sixth Form College, Chesterfield Road from September 2021.

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Entry requirements

Five GCSEs with at least grade 4/C including English language/literature (or combined English), maths, and a humanities subject such as geography, history, RE, humanities, sociology or ethics.

You will need to supply a written reference from your school/college teacher and/or a current school or college report with an indication of your attendance pattern and achievements. This will need to be uploaded to your myVISION account by the end of May.

Following your application you will normally be offered a place to study A Levels subject to achieving the entry requirements and attending a welcome taster.

Start dates and fees

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September 20211934Apply online

How long is the course?

A Level qualifications last two years.

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed primarily by examination scheduled for May/June at the end of the second year with some additional coursework assessment.

Success rates

A Level pass rate 2020 - 100%.

What does the course lead to?

A knowledge of history is vital for a career in politics, local government, law, archaeology or the media. The research skills you will develop can be transferred to a variety of different careers and job types.

What will I study?

The examining body for the History A Level is AQA. First year modules include USA: 1865-1920 and modern Britain: 1951-1979, and second year modules include an independent coursework investigation, USA: 1920-80 and modern Britain: 1979-2007.

Topics covered in the USA module include:

  • The Civil War and reconstruction
  • Western expansion
  • The rise of big business and tycoons such as Rockefeller, Carnegie, Morgan and Ford
  • The impact of immigration
  • America's emerging role on the world stage
  • The Roaring Twenties
  • The Depression
  • The Cold War
  • Vietnam
  • Watergate

Topics covered in the Modern Britain module include:

  • The impact of World War Two
  • The Suez Crisis and de-colonisation
  • Teddy Boys, Mods and Rockers
  • The Hippy Movement
  • The age of consumerism
  • The Swinging Sixties
  • Music, film and television
  • Race and immigration
  • Europe
  • The crisis of the seventies
  • Thatcher, Major and Blair

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

An A Level in history will offer a route into university to study at degree level. The options are wide ranging and include courses such as international studies, economics, media and communication, journalism and art history.

How do I apply?

You don’t need to apply for each subject area you are interested in. Once we have received your application form we will invite you into college for an interview or audition where we will be able to discuss every aspect of the course you have chosen, as well as any alternatives you may be considering. You will also have the opportunity to visit the areas of the college used for your programme choice.

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100% A Level pass rate in 2020.

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