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History A Level at Nelson and Colne College

Course description

History will give you a better understanding of the past and why events happened as they did. This will give you a clearer view of today’s society and events, making History a compelling subject to study.

History combines the excitement of exploration and discovery with the sense of reward born of making sense of complex evidence and problems. Consequently, History is one of the most highly regarded and established subjects. History is not just based on facts; interpretation of these facts can be just as important, and therefore your personal thoughts and opinions are needed.

As well as developing vital analytical skills through investigation, interpretation and evaluation of evidence, you will develop expertise in historical skills and acquire knowledge and understanding of historical events and issues.

You will study a number of different historical periods, all chosen to expand and aid your historical understanding of the Mid-Tudor Crisis, Germany 1919-1963 and Civil Rights in the USA.

Course content

Unit 1: Elizabethan England and the Mid Tudor Crisis 1547 –1603
Students will learn about the various social, political and religious changes that happened in Tudor England. They will evaluate causes and consequences and judge whether or not there was a ‘Mid Tudor Crisis’.

Unit 2: From Weimar to Division: Germany 1919 – 1963
Students will study developments in Germany between the wars, including hyperinflation and the rise of the Nazi party. They will look at various interpretations of the Holocaust and look at why Germany was divided after the Second World War.

Unit 3: Civil Rights in the USA: 1865 – 1992
This unit begins at the end of the American Civil War and evaluates the reasons for Abraham Lincoln freeing the slaves. The unit then follows the story of Civil Rights through the 1960s with Martin Luther King and Malcolm X through to the early 1990s.

Unit 4: Independent coursework
Students will be required to research and prepare a piece of coursework on a subject of their choosing.

Entry requirements

You will be expected to have two Bs and three Cs in five subject areas at GCSE, to include a minimum of a grade C in Maths and English Language.


Unit 1: You will sit a 1 hour 30 minute exam which includes an essay and depth study

Unit 2: You will sit a 1 hour exam which includes source based questions

Unit 3: You will sit a 2 hour 30 minute exam which includes extended essays

Unit 4: internally moderated coursework

Future opportunities

Former History students have gone on to study at some of the UK’s top universities, including the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, University of Warwick, the University of Leeds, the University of Manchester, the University of Leicester, the Royal Holloway University of London and Keele University, reading a wide range of degree programmes such as Archaeology, English and History, Primary Education with QTS, Ancient History, Religion, Culture and Society, and Law.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nelson and Colne College directly.

Last updated date: 19 April 2016
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