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History, A Level at Oldham Sixth Form College (OSFC)

Course description

Do you enjoy learning about the past? Do you enjoy working with historical sources? Do you thrive when discussing different historical ideas and debates? Then A Level History is for you.

The AS level course focuses on the causes and impact of revolution by studying revolution in both Russia in 1917 and 17th century Britain. At A level students have the opportunity to undertake individual research on ‘How popular were the Nazis?’, exploring different interpretations of Nazi rule for a coursework assignment. Students will also look at the process of change over a hundred years by studying the development of black civil rights in America between 1860 and 2009.

Over the last twenty years the History department has run a field trip to Berlin and Krakow. Here students have the opportunity to investigate at first hand the course and impact of 20th century history including the horror and tragedy of the Holocaust. Students are able to experience two of the most vibrant cities in Europe, rich in cultural and historical significance.

Workshop support is available to all students. These provide support and guidance for those who are planning to study History at degree level as well as support for those who find the subject challenging.


Course content

Year 1

AS Paper 1: Britain, 1625-1701: Conflict, revolution and settlement. This unit looks at Britain during the troubled period of Stuart rule between 1625 and 1701. A period characterised by disputes with parliament, religious tension, civil war, revolution and republicanism.

AS Paper 2: Russia in Revolution, 1894-1924. The unit investigates why Russia experienced two revolutions in 1917; exploring the reasons for the downfall of the last Romanov Tsar and the rise of the Bolsheviks and development of communism.

Year 2

A2 Paper 3: Civil Rights and Race Relations in the USA 1850-2009. This unit explores the changing pattern of race relations between black and white Americans, both in terms of civil rights and also broader social and cultural changes.

A2 Paper 4: Coursework – How popular was the Nazi state in the period 1933-45? This unit explores the different historical interpretations of the Nazi state – investigating whether the Nazis were genuinely popular or whether support was due to fear.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 passes (above C or 4) at GCSE, including at least a 4 in Maths and English.

Certain courses also have their own individual requirements and these can be checked on our website at


AS 100% exam

A2 80% exam / 20% courseworkYear

Financial information

While you’re at OSFC you’ll need to spend money on items such as books, stationery, travel and lunches.  To help with these expenses, OSFC students from low income families can receive financial support.  More information please

Future opportunities

Studying at OSFC will provide you with a wealth of opportunities. Popular options from students who progressed from this course in the past were:

University Destinations

  • The University of Cambridge - History
  • The University of Oxford - History
  • The University of Durham - History
  • The University of Manchester - Law
  • The University of Sheffield - History and Politics
  • The University of Leeds - History and Spanish

Careers Destinations

  • Law
  • Teaching
  • Journalism
  • Voluntary Sector
  • Finance
  • Business
  • Civil Service
  • Local Government

Further information

At OSFC you can pick subjects from a wide range of courses with combinations across multiple curriculum areas. Choosing the right subjects is important. You should consider subjects you enjoy doing and options that will support your future career plans.

Popular combinations that will work well with this subject are:

  • English (Language or Literature)
  • Government and Politics
  • Philosophy
  • Archaeology
  • Geography

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 03 October 2017
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