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History AS and A Level at Portsmouth College

Course description

A greater knowledge of History will provide you with a more sophisticated understanding of current national and international affairs.  During the course you will develop many valuable, transferable skills in areas such as research, analysis, evaluation and presentational styles. 

This course will appeal to students who:

  • enjoy investigation and discovery
  • enjoy debate and putting forward a well-argued case
  • enjoy working more independently
  • want to study a subject which encourages the consideration of evidence in forming views of history
  • want to keep their options open.

Course content

At the time of writing the new syllabus has yet to be confirmed.  However, the following content is expected:

Unit 1: Russia 1917-1991, from Lenin to Yeltsin.
Unit 2: Mao’s China, 1949-1976.
Unit 3: The British Experience of Warfare, 1790-1918.
Unit 4: Individual Research Extended Essay.  This will focus on historical controversies surrounding Germany between 1918 and 1945.

Entry requirements

You would normally be expected to have at least five GCSEs at grades A*-C (including English Language), some at grade B or above. Level 2 BTEC or OCR National qualifications (at Merit grade or higher) would be a useful addition but cannot be used instead of the basic GCSE requirement.


Your work is assessed at the end of the second year through written examinations and an extended research essay.

Future opportunities

There will be day visits to conferences for History students and a number of guest speakers.  You will also have an opportunity to take part in the Department’s overseas residential trip.  Previous venues have included Strasbourg, Krakow, Rome, Auschwitz, Morocco and New York.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 July 2016
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