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History A Level at Wyke Sixth Form College

Course description

This a very popular subject, for it is appeals greatly to students seeking to develop their analytical skills, and who wish to appreciate how the modern world evolved. History influences our lives in so many more ways than people consider, and this course in A Level History provides a firm foundation of historical understanding. It is also an ideal enabling subject for students with ambitions to be considered for the Oxbridge and Russell Group Universities.

A Level History is for students who wish to expand their critical thinking, and who are keen to marvel and debate the events and circumstances which shaped the modern world. History is a perfect accompaniment to all of the humanitarian subjects, and is a popular choice for students who love History and have aspirations in law, civil service, media, heritage, military and police, and business management – to name a few among many career paths. In short, therefore, History is a recognised facilitating subject for a wide range of undergraduate courses.

Course content

The A Level History programme here at Wyke comprises of three taught modules, with an independently-researched coursework component to be undertaken in the second year of study. In this programme, students will study the following fascinating history:


Year 1: In Search of the American Dream: The USA, 1917–96

  • How the President’s role has evolved over time due to events and circumstances.
  • The quest for civil rights for all minority groups in the USA.
  • Society and culture in change, including the ever-changing role of women in society.
  • The changing quality of life, including the influence of the media and popular culture.
  • Legacy of Ronald Reagan’s presidency (analysis of historical interpretations).


Year 1: India: The Road to Independence, 1914–48

  • The British Raj and the rise of nationalism in British India.
  • Changing political relationships, and importance of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • Consultation and confrontation between the British, the Hindus, and the Muslims.
  • Towards independence, Transfer of Power, partition, and the creation of Pakistan.


Year 2: The British Experience of Warfare, 1790–1918

  • French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars; Britain’s greatest military success?
  • Crimean War of 1854–56; a costly and embarrassing victory.
  • Second Boer War of 1899–1902; in which Britain massively underestimated her enemy.
  • The horrors and futility of trench warfare on the Western Front, 1914–18.
  • The revolutionary War in the Air in the First World War.


The Wyke History Department also invites students to participate in the annual transatlantic trip to Washington, which has superb resonance for the Year 1 USA module, and to participate in the Battlefields Tour to Belgium which accompanies the Year 2 British Experience of Warfare module. There is also the chance to win the opportunity of a memorable once-in-a-lifetime experience to visit the Auschwitz -Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Poland. 


20% Coursework, 80% Examination.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wyke Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 05 December 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years