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History A-Level at Sunderland College

Course description

This course is for people wanting to gain an understanding of the past and the changes and developments over time. It offers a unique insight into human nature and human civilization, helping you to develop your analytical and evaluative skills by studying original documents and artefacts. These skills are invaluable in the way that they can be applied to both other subjects and everyday life.

Course content

This course analyses key events in history including:

1st Year:

  • Autocracy, Reform and Revolution  1855-1917
  • Origins of the English Civil War 1625-1642

2nd Year:

  • Historical Investigation
  • The Soviet Union 1917-1964
  • Radicalism, Republic and Restoration 1642-1660


Entry requirements

You’ll need at least five GCSE’s at grade C or above including either English Language or English Literature at grade B.


The course is based in the classroom using a range of teaching and learning strategies including whole class teaching, group work and working individually.

There are formal exams at the end of the second year of which the marks amount to 80% of the overall A-Level. The Historical Investigation amounts to 20% of the overall A-Level.


Future opportunities

Studying History at A-level opens a route to higher education at university which in turn could lead to a career in areas such as teaching, social work, journalism, police and research.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 January 2016
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