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History at The Sixth Form College Farnborough

Course description

It may surprise you to know that history is always changing. Historians uncover new sources or view them in different ways

. Many issues in the news have historical roots so that studying History will help you to understand the modern world. This makes it a lively and provocative subject to study, full of issues and arguments.

If you’re interested in people and their lives in the past, then History is a good choice for you.

History lessons are varied and active. Activities which regularly take place are debates, role plays, presentations, research and decision making games.

The department has a rich collection of resources including a photo archive, music CDs, videos, a range of computer based activities and revision games. However, students will also be expected to study on their own by reading and taking notes.

There are frequent opportunities to go on field trips or to conferences and a residential study visit is usually offered for Early Modern and Modern students every other year.

Course content

There are two History courses offered:

Medieval and Early Modern (Edexcel exam board) – in the first year there will be an overview study of the Tudor monarchs from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I, followed by an in-depth module on Luther and the religious reformation in Europe. The examined module in the second year will be on medieval history from the reign of Richard II to the death of Henry VII, covering Henry V, the Battle of Agincourt and the Wars of the Roses.  

Modern History (Edexcel exam board) – this course starts with an overview study of Germany and West Germany from the First World War to the fall of the Berlin Wall. This will be followed by an in-depth study of the rise and fall of fascism in Italy from 1911 to 1946. In the second year students will study the British Empire from the 1760s to the outbreak of the First World War including the American Wars of Independence and the colonisation of India, Canada and Australia.

Choose the course which interests you most.

Even if you have studied similar modern topics at GCSE the A Level course will cover the topics in more depth and from slightly different angles. T

he Medieval and Early Modern course is more likely to cover new ground and you will need to be prepared to read widely, especially in the first term, to ensure that you understand the different attitudes and ideas of the period.

If you have not studied History at GCSE this will not be a disadvantage in the long run, although you will need to read and study hard in the first term.

Entry requirements

You will need to have at least a grade B in History (if taken at GCSE) or English Language.


All History courses include one coursework unit and three examined units, assessed at the end of the second year.

The coursework will be an extended essay completed independently with some teacher guidance. This will require you to research a topic on your own using books and articles found in the library or from the online archive.

The examination will require you to demonstrate a mixture of evidence and essay writing skills.

Future opportunities

History is a firmly established and respected academic subject. It is accepted by all Higher Education establishments as a suitable qualification for a wide variety of degree courses. It is also useful for those considering a range of careers such as law, local government, management, the police, research, banking, the media teaching, and museum and archive work. 

Further information

What subjects can I take with History?

Almost any combination is possible. Knowledge of philosophy, politics, religious studies, economics and literature can all be especially useful for the study of History. The most popular combinations are with English Literature, Politics, Maths and Psychology but there have also been many successful scientists taking the course in recent years.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 March 2016

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