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History A Level at St John Plessington Catholic College

Course description

This subject is offered as an A Level course. The History course is intended to develop powers of reasoning, analysis and expression and to promote a thorough understanding of modern societies. As a subject, History is very well respected by both universities and employers. Studying History helps you to understand more fully the issues and events which make the headlines today. Why are there still Nazis in Germany today? Why is the Health Service so difficult to fund? Why is there a crisis in the Middle East? Without an understanding of History such questions have little chance of being understood or resolved. It is a subject which will help you to understand people and their attitudes, beliefs and behaviour. As part of the course there are many opportunities to take part in a variety of trips and visits, including conferences in London and international study tours to destinations such as Germany and Poland.

Entry requirements

History would be an ideal choice in combination with a variety of arts and humanities subjects such as Politics, English Literature, Sociology, Religious Studies and Geography as well as demonstrating breadth of knowledge and understanding to universities and employees if the rest of your subjects are science or maths based. The History Department expect that you will have gained a grade C or above at GCSE level or in a related subject such as Geography (as the study of GCSE History is not an essential requirement for you to opt for A Level History), and a Grade C in English.


All examinations will be sat at the end of the two year course in Summer 2017. Students will be expected to complete both essay based questions as well as analysis of historical interpretations in all examination papers. The independent study will be completed in the form of a 3000 word assignment.

From September 2015, AS History will be a stand-alone qualification. This means that it cannot be used to contribute towards an A Level History grade. It will consist of two units with examinations to be sat in June 2016.

Future opportunities

History is highly regarded and considered a ‘facilitating subject’ for the top universities in the country, regardless of the degree that you wish to study. It provides an excellent grounding for those wishing to progress onto Law and other traditionally ‘humanities’ subjects.

A Level History can lead to further study of the subject at degree level and provides an ideal foundation for careers in areas such as Journalism, Law, Politics, Education, the Civil/Diplomatic Service or indeed any profession which requires analytical ability or the skill of presenting a coherent argument.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Plessington Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 24 September 2015
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