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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.

What does it combine with?

Start dates and fees

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September 20241934Apply online

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

Entry requirements

You will need 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including:

  • English Language (Grade 4)
  • Maths (Grade 4)
  • A Humanities subject (Grade 4)
  • Plus, two other GCSEs at grade 4.

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

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

If you're a student between the ages of 16 and 18 (or 19 to 25 with an EHC Plan) we want to make sure you have the best possible chances of landing an awesome job once you finish college.

Students who haven't achieved a grade 4/C in GCSE maths or English to continue studying these subjects while you're here with us. By doing so, you'll be building a strong foundation of skills that will significantly boost your employability in the future.

Think of it as a chance to supercharge your knowledge and abilities. You'll be equipped with the tools necessary to tackle the world beyond college with confidence. Plus, we'll be right here to support you every step of the way.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

2 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.

What does the course lead to?

Careers are often pursued as a researcher, museum curator, government officer, author and more.

What can I progress onto?

Further study at university-level* in courses such as history, archaeology, English, politics, philosophy and economics, international studies, media and communications, and journalism.

*As we are a partner college of Nottingham Trent University (NTU), you may qualify for various benefits should you choose to apply to NTU after completing your college course. This could include a Progress NTU offer, where you would receive an offer one grade below their standard offer. For instance, a typical offer for one of their courses might require 128 UCAS tariff points. With Progress NTU, your requirements would be 120 UCAS tariff points. For further details, please call us on 0808 100 3626 or discover more about this benefit here.

Career opportunities

How do I apply?

You don’t need to apply for each A Level course you are interested in individually.

Once we have received your application form we will invite you into college where we will be able to discuss every aspect of the courses 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 course choices.

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Why choose West Notts?

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96.2% A Level pass rate in 2022.

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