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History A Level at Swale Sixth Form

Course description

Summary of skills students gain by studying this subject

You will acquire a broad range of historical knowledge and understanding, including a sense of development over time, and an appreciation of the culture and attitudes of societies other than our own.  You will critically evaluate a large body of material, including evidence from contemporary sources and the opinions of more recent historians.  Students will engage directly with questions and present independent opinions in arguments that are well-written, clearly expressed, coherently organised and effectively supported by relevant evidence.  You will gain confidence to undertake self-directed learning, making the most effective use of time and resources, being able to organise thoughts and ideas to present strong arguments.


Course content

Potential Topics that will be studied

The Crusades 1071 - 1204

The War of the Roses 1450 - 1499

Historical Investigation (personal study)


Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Students need to achieve at least 5  9 - 5 GCSE grades including mathematics, as well as grade 6 or higher in English and History.



The two year course is assessed by 2 written exams (1 hour 30 minutes each) and a historical investigation of 3000-3500 words.

Future opportunities

Progression and career opportunities

Skills acquired through a history course are well sought after by a variety of employers due to the critical thinking, analytical nature and independence the subject teaches you.

Possible career opportunities include being a teacher, museum curator, excavator, researcher, barrister, various television roles, author, journalist and many more.

You will also need a history A level in order to study the subject at University.

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: 08 November 2017
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