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History A Level at New Charter Academy & 6th Form

Course description

The study of History offers limitless scope for exploration and discovery. The investigation of the causes and significance of events and societies in the past helps us to gain a deeper insight into our own identity as individuals and members of society and to see more clearly how we have become who we are. 

"History is more or less bunk."

"Each age tries to form its own conception of the past. Each age writes the history of the past anew with reference to the conditions uppermost in its own time."Frederick Jackson Turner

 "History is for human self-knowledge. Knowing yourself means knowing, first, what it is to be a person; secondly, knowing what it is to be the kind of person you are; and thirdly, knowing what it is to be the person you are and nobody else is. Knowing yourself means knowing what you can do; and since nobody knows what they can do until they try, the only clue to what man can do is what man has done. The value of history, then, is that it teaches us what man has done and thus what man is." R. G. Collingwood

"What experience and history teach is this-that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it."G. W. F. Hegel

What do you think History is? If you have a view, join the argument and study History!


Course content

In this course, you will explore a range of different periods of time as well as study the history of different countries. We believe that, as historians, you should be given the opportunity to develop your skills and interests through a varied course rather than focusing on just one era.  Our units include:

·        Medieval and Early Modern England (1300s and 1400s)

·        The Tudors (1500s)

·        Germany: Case Study of Martin Luther (1500s)

·        20th Century Controversy (1900s). Choose your own area of interest:

o   Was Germany to blame for the outbreak of WW1?

o   Was Hitler’s power the result of popularity or fear?

Entry requirements

You need to meet the stated Academy entry requirements for AS/A2 courses and have a B grade or above in GCSE history and GCSE English Language.


Assessment of the A2 course is in the form of three written exam papers and one controversy study for coursework. The written exams will test your skills of interpretation, analysing sources and essay writing.

You enjoy reading and have a passion for learning about the past. At New Charter Academy, you will have the opportunity to broaden your horizons by immersing yourself in the history of other countries, as we have visited Poland, France and Belgium in the last 2 years. There is nothing more powerful than feeling what you are learning about. History is also a practical subject through which you will develop skills essential in the workplace:


Learning about people - how they interact, the motives and emotions that can tear people apart into rival factions or help them to work together for a common cause (useful knowledge for team-building at work and jobs in management)

Learning about countries, societies and cultures - so many of today's conflicts and alliances have their roots in the past; how can you negotiate with, trade successfully with, or report on a country if you know nothing of its history?

Learning to locate and sift facts - to identify truth and recognise myth, propaganda and downright lies (useful in every aspect of life!)

Presenting what you've learned in a way that makes sense to others - whether in graphs, essays or illustrated reports - and having the confidence to defend your findings. 

Future opportunities

History is a highly-valued academic subject which enables you to develop a wide range of skills.  As such, it lends itself to many career pathways, including:

  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Social Work
  • Finance and banking
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Museums and heritage management
  • Politics

Further information


An environment that supports the individual, is committed to your learning and is dedicated to your future.

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: 02 October 2015
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