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History - AS/A Level at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai

Course description

Are you interested in how the modern world evolved from the past? This course develops your understanding of British and European history, giving you the critical skills to examine the past.

The course is suitable if you have a GCSE in History, or in another Humanities subject. If you have not previously studied in this area, your suitability for the course can be discussed at interview. All students should be aware that the course leads to an academic qualification, and is not a general history course. Studying History at this advanced level requires commitment and hard work, but can also be a rewarding experience.

The course can be taken as part of a full-time programme of study, in conjunction with other AS/A Level subjects or possibly with vocational Level 3 qualifications.

Course content

This course is delivered as follows:

  • Group work
  • Classroom-based learning
  • Tutorial support
  • Educational visits
  • MOODLE (virtual learning environment).

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSEs grade C or above to include Mathematics and English or Welsh (1st language), at least a grade B in GCSE English or English Language or Welsh (1st language) and at least a grade B in a Humanities* subject GCSE.
  • Examples of Humanities* subjects are Geography, History, Religious Studies and Sociology.
  • Specific additional entry requirements will be discussed with you at interview.
  • Entry onto the full A Level is based on your performance at AS Level. 

All places are subject to satisfactory interview.


  • 2 AS Modules studied in the first year - assessment by written examination on all modules in May/June
  • 3 A2 Modules studied in the second year - assessment by internally-set assignment (Unit 5) / written examination in June (Units 3 and 4).

Future opportunities

Whether you gain the full A Level or just the AS Level, the course adds to your qualifications and helps you to progress. You will gain UCAS points and be able to apply for a range of Higher Education courses at many institutions. This includes History and Humanities courses, as well as many other options. History is a well regarded academic subject and should be a good preparation for many university degree subjects.

In terms of career options, the conventional sectors for history students include education, archiving, archaeology, heritage and museums. There are many rewarding roles available in these sectors, but of course not all historians become teachers or archivists!

Many professionals in journalism, media, business, law, politics, management, acting, radio and literature have studied history, and may actively draw from historical knowledge in their work. The course also helps you to learn transferable skills such as ordering analyses, writing persuasively and synthesising ideas. These are useful in many jobs and help boost your employability.

Career opportunities
  • University level course such as a Foundation or Honours Degree
  • Employment
  • Continue with studies with a work-based qualification at the college


Further information

Programme code: 0014C03B

This programme is available bilingually at the following campus(es):

  • Dolgellau
  • Pwllheli

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Grŵp Llandrillo Menai directly.

Last updated date: 06 October 2016

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