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History at Elliott Hudson College

Course description

History is a discipline that has fascinated human beings for thousands of years. It provides superb training in communication, handling of information, and thinking and reading critically – invaluable skills for employers, universities, and everyday life. Our history course is a study of the making of the modern world: modern Britain; modern Europe; and modern America. Two main Units comprise 80% of the final A Level: the British Empire, 1857-1967, and Russia 1917-43. Finally, 20% of the qualification is made up of a coursework unit on the origins of America.

Course content

Unit 1 - Breadth Study:
The British Empire, c1857-1967
This unit looks at the making of modern Britain through the development and disintegration of its empire – the largest the world has ever seen. We explore the topic through key questions such as – what drove imperial expansion, and then
decline? How much did the empire change over time, and why? Who benefitted from the empire, and who lost out? Specific focus falls on Britain’s own society and politics in relation to the empire; and the growth and fall of the empire in British India and Africa.
Unit 2 – Depth Study:
Revolution and Dictatorship: Russia, 1917-1953
This unit examines the transformation of Russia, from revolution at the end of World War One, through the chaos of early communism and struggles for power, on to the violence of Stalin's regime, the Soviet victory in the "Great Patriotic War"(WW2) and on to the collapse of Stalin's dictatorship and the aftermath of his death. This involves detailed case studies of political intrigues, war, death, terror and social hardship for the Russian people in order to understand the extent of change and the significance of the new regime.
Unit 3 – Coursework –The Birth of an Nation: the USA, 1763-1865
This unit will study the making of modern America in the time period from 1763 to 1865: from British imperial wars, through the War of Independence, to the cataclysmic Civil War in the 1860s, and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. In the shadows of this bright young nation’s rise lie the dark realities of slavery, and the treatment of Native Americans. After the taught course students set a question of their own choosing, covering an issue in the context of these 100 years, and research both primary and secondary sources on the topic to create an essay
of 3000-3500 words.

Entry requirements

Attain 5 A*-C grades at GCSE. This can include a grade 4/5 under the new grading system.
If a student is applying for an A Level course that they have studied at GCSE it is expected that a student would attain a minimum of a grade C in this subject. This includes a 4/5 under the new grading system.


Unit 1
Written exam: 2.5 hours
40% of A Level
Unit 2
Written exam: 2.5 hours
40% of A Level
Unit 3
Non-examined assessment
3,000-3,500 word essay
20% of A Level

Financial information

Elliott Hudson College will not charge fees for tuition or examination entry (except for re-sits, where attendance is unsatisfactory or coursework is incomplete). There are no charges for course materials, although students are expected to provide their own stationery and any specialist clothing /equipment. Course books may be bought from subject teachers however subjects will also loan textbooks to students in return for a deposit. In the case of field trips, a contribution from the student to cover board and lodging, but excluding tuition and travel, will be expected. Some optional activities (e.g. enrichment, theatre trips, exchange visits, etc.) may have an associated cost; this will be notified in advance of the event.

Some applicants might not be supported by government funding for education (e.g. non-UK or EU passport holders recently arrived in the area): in these cases we do reserve the right to charge full fees for the course.

If your family is on a low income or you encounter any financial difficulties in special circumstances, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the college’s Student Bursary Fund.

Future opportunities

A Level History offers unique and exhilarating opportunities for both higher education and employment. It is a highly respected academic qualification because of the rigorous training it gives in critical thought, research, and discursive writing; yet it is also greatly valued by employers because of the transferable skills it cultivates.

Further information

Detailed information about Elliott Hudson College can be found on the college’s website


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: 18 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September