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History A Level at Accord Sixth Form College (@ Ossett Academy)

Course description

Students will cover the American Dream, South African Rainbow Nation and British Empire. Ultimately, they will learn how to construct an analytical historical argument and will assess the views of contemporaries, in order to reach independent judgements about some of the most fundamental periods of English, European and world history. A significant aspect of this course will involve students looking in detail at the interpretations of historians and critically evaluating the opinions of the experts.

The Non-exam Topic-Based Essay requires students to select a topic based on their own area of historical interest, choose an approved question and then research and construct their own essay. This element of the course mimics the type of task that undergraduates are often asked to complete.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE at grade 5 or above. Students must have achieved grade 5 in Maths and a 5 in English. A grade C if studied at GCSE.


Paper 1: In search of the American dream, the USA 1917-96
Paper 2: South Africa rainbow nation, 1948-94
Paper 3: Britain, losing and gaining an empire, 1763-1914.

Coursework: 3,000-4,000 word essay on historical interpretations.

Future opportunities

The type of skills that are developed as part of a history course is incredibly useful for the workplace. Students have to interpret information, communicate complex ideas, solve problems, learn to research and evaluate evidence. They also have to be able to argue a point based on solid information that has been carefully selected. History is seen by Russell Group universities as a facilitating subject, which is clear evidence of the value of a post-16 qualification in History.

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: 10 October 2017
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