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History A-Level at New College Pontefract

Course description

History is a fascinating and exciting subject, not only because it encourages the discovery of secrets from the past, but also because it helps us to understand the world around us today. A-Level History offers both a breadth and depth of study of the past, incorporating a spectrum of employability skills such as: critical and reflective thinking, communication, analysis, research. The course will allow students to delve more deeply into a wide range of events over a time frame of more than 200 years.

Course content

A British module – The Tudors from 1485 to 1603. The first year of study will focus on Henry VII and Henry VIII. The second year of study will focus on Edward, Mary and Elizabeth.

A non-British module – Russia Revolution and Dictatorship 1917-53. The first year will focus on the Revolutions of 1917 and Stalin’s rise to power. The second year will focus on Stalin in power and his reign of terror. Both units will cover themes like: social, economic, political, cultural and religious changes throughout the time frames.


Entry requirements

Level 5 English Language and Level 6 in history (if studied)


Year 12 - two 1 hour 30 minutes exams worth 50% of AS


Year 13 – two 2 hour 30 minutes exams worth 40% each. Coursework 20%


Financial information

Financial support can be provided to students of families who are on low income to help with extra costs of staying on in education. If you need any further information please visit our website or contact student services.

Future opportunities

Popular degree courses have been History, American studies, European Studies, Classical Studies, Archaeology, Art History, Law, Politics, Media Studies and Philosophy.

Former students have progressed to careers in areas such as Teaching, Law, Journalism, Civil Service, Local Government, Financial Services, Sales and Marketing, Accountancy and Personnel.

Further information

How much private study should I expect to do?
You will be expected to  do 4 hours of preparation work a week. This will include wider reading, essay practice, revision and source analysis.

What materials will I need to purchase?
You will need: two folders, one for each unit, folder dividers, pens and paper.

What is the exam board?
The History syllabus follows the AQA A level exam board.


This subject is for you if...

you have good written communication skills and enjoy evaluating causes, events and consequences and developing your own arguments. History suits people who have an inquisitive mind and who refuse to accept anything at face value!

This subject is not for you if...

you do not enjoy writing essays or analysing sources, you can’t manage your own time effectively in order to meet deadlines and you don’t like exams.

“History is my favourite
A-Level subject because, not only does it allow me to debate with and challenge other students’ views, it has also allowed me to gain an insight into my own academic potential.”

Elise Godfrey, Freeston Academy

“History has taught me to question and challenge not only the historical issues I have learnt about in class, but also present issues on the news. History has therefore taught me to have a greater awareness of the world - it’s a fascinating subject!”

Georgia Bridgett, Carleton Community High School



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: 06 October 2017
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