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History A-Level at Treviglas Community College

Course description

History at A level is all about gaining a wider appreciation of the society we live in and of the events that mould nations and formulate our most basic responses. It will leave you armed with the confidence to turn on the news and not only understand the implications of world events, but assess their impact.

Is this the course for me?

A-Level History is aimed at helping you understand more about the world in which we live. Studying History not only teaches you about the past, it also helps you to understand the present and to possibly predict the future. You will learn to think clearly and analytically and to make sound judgements based on evidence, within an interesting and intellectually stimulating subject.

Course content

Four units studied over the two years.


The first unit ‘The USA 1920-1955’ provides an overview of US history in the period up o 1955 as it responded to a series of challenges both from outside and within the USA. Students will examine the role of individual presidents, the factors working for and against change, and how foreign and domestic policy changed to meet the various crises. There will be opportunities to study events such as prohibition, the role of the US in WW1 and WW2, the role of the mafia, and the Klu Klux Klan

The second unit is Britain 1918-1997. This unit provides an opportunity to investigate the nature and the extent to which there was change  in Britain during the 20th century. This course focuses on key events such as World War 2 and the significant  changes in the 1960′s.


In A2 History there is one exam assessed unit which is sat in June of your A2 year on Britain and war 1790 to 1918. The course will focus on Britain’s role in the many international conflicts and finished with an in depth study of World War 1.  There is also a coursework unit which requires independent study on a subject of your choice which will result in a 4,000 word essay showing change across a period of 100 years.

Entry requirements

Minimum of a GCSE  grade B in English, and a B in History desirable.


Units one, two, and three are assessed via exams. Unit four is a traditional 4000 word essay, assessed internally (like coursework.)

Future opportunities

Apart from being interesting, History is very useful. Employers and Universities who see that you have a qualification in History know certain things about you. They know that you can understand how people tick, what motivates them, what they think and feel; you are able to gather and read different types of information; you are able to look carefully at this information and check it for bias or propaganda; you can read maps, graphs and other diagrams; you are able to communicate clearly and have learned to express yourself verbally and on paper.

History is valued by all employers and Universities. However, if you are considering going into law, journalism, conservation work or town planning it is particularly important!

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 September 2016

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