Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Bridgwater campus

Who is the course for?

History is a subject for people with questioning minds; those people who are interested in challenging the accepted assumptions about cause and consequence in regard to past events.

What does the course involve?

The chief focus of the course will be on developing source analysis and extended writing skills. These skills are taught from scratch thus enabling students to take A Level History regardless of whether they have studied it at GCSE level.

There are two possible routes to achieving an A Level in History:

Early Modern History: Revolutions in Early Modern and Modern Europe

  • Britain, 1625-1701: Conflict, Revolution and Settlement
  • France in Revolution, 1774-99
  • Protest, Agitation and Parliamentary Reform in Britain, c1780-1928
  • Coursework: An independently-researched enquiry evaluating historical interpretations

Modern History: Searching for Rights and Freedoms in the Modern World

  • In Search of the American Dream: The USA, c1917-96.
  • India, c1914-48: The Road to Independence.
  • Protest, Agitation and Parliamentary Reform in Britain, c1780-1928
  • Coursework: An independently-researched enquiry evaluating historical interpretations

What makes this course special?

The lecturers are highly qualified, with the two main lecturers possessing a Masters in this subject. Lectureres also contribute articles to academic history journals, such as 20th Century History Review, and have authored a number of books including a textbook for this qualification.

Opportunities for student involvement in external projects with a range of organisations such as Blake Museum, Bridgwater Civic Society and King John’s Hunting Lodge Museum in Axbridge.

Opportunities to participate in educational visits to a variety of locations in this country, as well as those abroad such as Paris and Berlin.

Entry Requirements

Minimum of five GCSEs A* to C or 9 to 5 is recommended for A Level study, including Maths and English. 

Students do not need to have studied GCSE History prior to entry.

What are the assessment methods?

Written examination

How long is the course?

Two years

What are the progression options?

A good grade in A Level History is highly valued by all university courses and all of the leading universities. A Level History is suitable for those intending to study a wide range of subjects at undergraduate level but may be of particular value to those intending to study Politics, Law, Archaeology or English.

We have had a number of students who have successfully gained places to read History at Oxbridge as well as Russell Group universities.

A large number of History graduates have gone on to become significant figures on the world stage. These include such varied luminaries as John F. Kennedy, Sacha Baron Cohen, Gordon Brown and Shakira. History graduates work in a wide variety of occupations including teaching, business, law, retail, politics and the entertainments industry.

Awarding Body

Pearson Edexcel

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