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A Level History

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Course outline

Global history is filled with the fascinating, the gory, the unbelievable and the unthinkable. In this course you’ll look back at some of the major events and personalities which helped to shape the world we know today.

You’ll analyse sources, and debate and discuss them with your fellow course mates. This course is perfect for people who enjoy finding out more about the past and are interested in how global societies have changed and evolved over the centuries.

This subject builds on the skills and knowledge you gained at school.

Topics include:

  • A Breadth Study: Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855-1964 (1855-1917 for AS Level)
  • A Depth Study: The English Revolution, 1625-1660 (1625-1642 for AS Level).

Both topics are assessed by exams which are made up of a combination of source-based questions and essays. You will also undertake a historical investigation into any aspect of history that interests you, which carries 20% of the overall A Level marks.

Studying AS in the first year and progressing to the full A Level in the second is a great way to study A Levels, but you may have the option to study the full A Level in a single year.

You will study this course alongside 2 or 3 other A Levels and you will be able to select your chosen subjects when you apply online.

How to apply for this course

You can now apply for an A Level Programme starting in September 2021.

You will select your individual subjects when you complete the application.

Choose an option below and press apply now.

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Location Date
Chaucer Street
Nottingham
NG1 5LP

Start: 6th September 2021

AS Level (1 year)

Course code: C000453 / Q002469

Chaucer Street
Nottingham
NG1 5LP

Start: 6th September 2021

A Level Intensive (1 year)

Course code: C000453 / Q002529

Qualification

AS/A level History

Duration

AS Level: 1 year with the option to progress to the full A Level the following year provided you achieve a Grade D in two or more of your subjects.

A Level Intensive: 1 year

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

1 year AS Level Programme:

  • To study 3 A Levels you’ll need at least 5 GCSE’s at grades 9-4 (A*-C) including GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 (C) or above
  • To study 4 A Levels you’ll need at least 6 GCSE’s at grades 9-6 (A*-C) including GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 (C) or above

1 year Intensive A Level Programme:

  • One full A Level at grade C or above
  • Five or more GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths
  • Complete a successful interview

Applicants with predicted GCSE grades 1 or 2 points below the entry requirement for an A Level:

If your predicted grades do not meet the entry requirements for either 1 or 2 of your chosen A Level subject choices, don’t worry we will still make you a conditional offer. We advise that you think about a second choice of course as a back-up plan. You can meet with us for a supportive, friendly and impartial discussion to look at other courses that Nottingham College has to offer. For more information contact High Pavement Sixth Form admissions by telephone on 0115 9100 100 or email at feadmissions@nottinghamcollege.ac.uk

Applicants who choose 4 subjects but only have the entry requirements to study 3:

If your predicted grades do not meet the entry requirements to study 4 A Level subjects, don’t worry we will still make you a conditional offer for all 4. At your ‘Get Ready for College’ day you will undertake tasters in your subjects and at this point you can discuss your options with subject staff at the event, to help you finalise your subject choices. Final A Level choices however will be made at enrolment in August when your GCSE results are confirmed.

Assessment

You’ll undertake examinations and coursework:
AS Level: two 90 minute exam papers, each worth 50% of the marks.
A Level: two 150 minute exam papers, each worth 40% of the marks; and a 3,000-3,500 word historical investigation worth 20% of the marks.

Progression

If you achieve at least a Grade D in two or more of your AS Level subjects, you will progress to the full A Level.

History A Level can lead to higher education in a wide range of subjects and is particularly useful for related subjects such as history, politics, law or teaching. History is a highly regarded academic subject which develops skills valued by employers and universities.

A Level History can lead into a variety of careers such as; researcher, museum curator, teaching, government officer and many more.

Additional information

Students aged 16-18 don't have to pay tuition fees. If you are aged 19 or over, check out our Financial Help page for information on fees and funding!

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