History AS/A2 Level

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Course Specifics

Sixth Form
Level 3
16-18 School Leavers
1 year for AS Level 2 years for full A Level
Interview Required:
Age 16-18 Cost:
No cost
Age 19 or Over:
Funding Assisted:
Yes - If it's your first full Level 3 and you're aged 19-23 your course is funded otherwise Advanced learner loans are available
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Course overview

History is about the present and the future not just the past. It opens up a fascinating and dynamic way of thinking about society and humanity. History is so in demand from universities and employers because it requires you to retain and process complex knowledge and ideas, critically engage and analyse, and express ourselves clearly and accurately. We study quite modern history:

  • 1930–1997 particularly focusing on Churchill 1930–1951
  • Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany 1919–1963
  • The Challenge of German Nationalism 1789–1919

History is a great subject to study in combination with a range of other subjects. Many students study History along with another Humanities based subjects such as English Literature or the Social sciences such as Sociology. But History also works well as part of a more mixed Science/ Humanities programme. Employers and universities rate History very highly. History demands very good critical analytical skills. It teaches you to think logically and also requires high level written English skills. One feature of the A Level History programme at Chesterfield College is the offer of a trip to Berlin at the end of the Y12. This offers a great way for students to prepare for Y13 when Germany will be a key area of study, a chance to really get to grips with this fascinating city and role it has played in the history of Germany. (Subject to numbers)

Who is this course for?

Ideally you will be achieving at least 25 points/5 x 5 points or above/A*-C/9-4 grades at GCSE (or equivalent), including English and Maths. You also need to have a general interest in historical matters, have an inquiring mind and an excellent work ethic.

Entry qualifications

Ideally you will be achieving at least 25 points/5 x 5 points or above/A*-C/9-4 grades at GCSE (or equivalent), including English and Maths.

What other experience will I gain?

Being part of Chesterfield College Sixth Form is so much more than A Levels. We want you to leave us with as many skills as possible to help you with you next step (as well as making your time here fun). That's why you'll also get the opportunity to take part in visits; each year chosen History students have the chance to visit Auschwitz in Poland as part of the Holocaust memorial. In addition we have hosted Holocaust Memorial Day activities in the college in which the History student took an active part. Many of the History students are student ambassadors and Peer mentors – Y13 students who pair up with Y12 students to offer help and support.

Where will this lead?

You will be able to progress to university level study or on to employment. Former History students are studying a variety of courses at university among these are History and Politics at Hull, PPE (Politics Philosophy and Economics) at Lancaster and Warwick.

What are my career options?

What Ofsted say

"I found A Level History a significant step up from GCSE, but once I got tuned into the level of work needed I found that I really developed.”

"I was expecting to enjoy the Nazi Germany paper more, but in fact really found the work we did on 19th century England really interesting and enjoyed the document analysis elements of that paper."

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