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History A Level at St Helens College

Course description

History isn't a subject that's stuck in the past. Historical events have shaped society worldwide into what it is today.

This A level is designed to help you understand the value and significance of world events in the past. In the process you'll gain a deeper understanding of social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity. Understanding how people lived in the past helps us to understand why people act the way they do today.

Course content

Over the course of this two year A level, you will focus on three separate periods of history, looking at Britain primarily but also the USA.

You will cover the following units:

  • The Making of Modern Britain: Britain 1951 - 2007
  • The Making of a Superpower: USA 1865 - 1975
  • The Industrial Revolution in Britain

Entry requirements

You should have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and maths. There is no requirement to have studied anything relating to history at GCSE level.


You will be assessed by examinations at the end of your A level which will assess both your source analysis skills and your broader essay writing ability.

You will also undertake a historical investigation worth 20% of your overall A level.

Financial information

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2016), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. 

Future opportunities

A level History is excellent preparation for a wide variety of degrees from history and politics to sociology and law.

Students who go on to study history at university, could secure a career in a number of fields, such as:

  • Law
  • Historical research
  • Archaeology
  • Teaching
  • Social research
  • Heritage and museums


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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