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History AS/A Level at Highbury College

Course description

Successful completion of A Level History will enable you to study Law, Philosophy, History and Politics at University.

Also, it provides a foundation for further studies in teaching and heritage and is a highly recommended degree subject.

Course content

In the first year (AS) you will have two main areas of study:

  • Unit 1: 'Change and Consolidation', currently studying Britain, 1906-1951.
  • Unit 2: 'Historical Issues; Periods of Change', currently The USA and Vietnam, 1961-1975.

The second year takes you up a step with two more study topics:

  • Unit 3: 'The State and the People: Change and Continuity', studying Stability and War: Britain, Monarchy and State, 1714-1770.
  • Unit 4: 'Historical Enquiry', A 100 year period will be selected, an issue will be identified (e.g. war) and an in-depth inquiry will be undertaken.

Entry requirements

You will normally be expected to have five GCSEs at C or above, including English and Mathematics. You will be expected to have a grade B in History GCSE.


You will learn in a variety of ways, including demonstrations, skills workshops and formal lessons. Assessment will be a mix of coursework, portfolio and externally set exams.

Future opportunities

This qualification should form a basis for progression into further learning, including progression from AS to A2, into Higher Education and/or employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Highbury College directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2016
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