Course Title AS/A Level History
Level: 3
Code MS023

Overview of the Course

History is a fascinating subject that allows you to learn about some of the greatest personalities and most significant events of the past. Learning about history and the past is important in helping you to understand why things happened and what significance they had. This course is an analytical subject; if you enjoy asking questions and discussing points of view, you will be well suited to it. Trips and visits are an important part of our History syllabus as we seek to ensure students have first-hand experience of important places and sites. To this end, as a History student, you will have the opportunity to go to London, visiting the Houses of Parliament, Westminster and other historic locations.

What are the career opportunities?

History is highly regarded by universities and employers because students who study it develop experience in gathering and analysing information. You will find a history qualification useful in many careers such as: Journalism, Teaching, Legal, Professions, Civil Service, Media, Business and Accountancy.

What are the entry requirements?

To study three AS Levels or two AS Levels and one Applied Qualification then the entry requirements are six GCSEs at or above grade C/4 including three subjects or more at or above grade C/5. This includes GCSE English grade 9-4 (A*-C).

Should you wish to study four AS Levels the entry requirements are six GCSEs at or above grade C/4 including two subjects or more at or above grade C/5 and two subjects or more at or above B/6.

In addition to the above a minimum of 9 grade points are required from maths and English combined.

How long is the course and when can I start?

The A Level Study Programme is for usually two years, and starts in September of each year.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

You will complete a document based and an essay based paper at the end of your second year. You will also complete one piece of coursework in your second year to be completed by February. There is also a synoptic paper in June of year two.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

On an A Level Study Programme, you will develop specialist knowledge, skills relevant to the subject you are studying. All A Level Study Programme subjects will develop your English and communication skills. Many will also develop technical and numerical skills. All of these are transferable to any higher education and employment fields. In addition, an A Level Study Programme can develop your critical thinking skills more effectively than any other course of study. You will be exposed to a wide range of complex concepts and ideas to provoke and stimulate you, and you will have high level thinking skills that are valued in all employment fields and that will support your higher education and career goals.

Work experience

All students on A Level Study Programmes will participate in a week’s work experience in each year of their course. This work experience will be tailored as far as possible to your career aims, or provide you with the opportunity to explore possible careers if you are unsure of your future goals.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

A range of enrichment activities are available in college and the A Level Study Programme team will provide you with opportunities to do activities that contribute to your wider growth and development and in many cases will support your academic studies by allowing you to explore things that are related to the subject areas that you are interested in.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

Essay writing will be an integral part of the assessment process. You will also need research skills to help complete the coursework. Participation in class discussion forms much of the learning process. We firmly believe that History can offer a full range of opportunities as well as exciting trips and visits. To this end we have initiated visits to Hampton Court and the Tower of London to support the studies of all our students.


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