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History: Modern or Early Modern A Level at Worcester Sixth Form College

Course description

The study of what happened in the past is vital to our understanding of the present.

Course content

The two AS/A level History courses provide an opportunity to study either:
i) Aspects of British and European History from within the years c. 1780-1991: including Britain 1780-1885; Russia 1917-53; and coursework on Germany c. 1870-1991 (Modern History) 
ii) Aspects of British and European History from within the years c. 1469-1873: including Spain c. 1469-1598; Britain 1625-1660; and coursework on either France in the 17th century or Britain in the 18th century (Early Modern History) 

Entry requirements

  • English GCSE grade C or above
  • Desirable: GCSE History, if taken, at grade C or above.

Ability to meet deadlines and to think critically.


  • AS level Early Modern and Modern History is assessed by two exams at the end of Year 1.
  • A Level Modern and Modern History is assessed by two exams and a piece of courswork at the end of Year 2.
  • The exams involve writing essays and answering document-based questions.

Financial information

Optional trip to France, Germany or Russia may be offerred (approx £200-£600)

Future opportunities

A/AS level History is a well respected qualification and is particularly useful to those who wish to follow a career in the Law, the Civil Service, Local Government and Politics or the Social Services. Many students go onto pursue the subject at degree level and beyond.

Further information

Teaching And Learning Styles
Lectures, group work, individual research, document work, use of audio visual sources, use of IT and the Internet, essay writing, presentations, field trips, exam practice, skills sessions. 
Resources and Facilities 
  • TV, DVD players, computer, data projector and OHP in every classroom 
        •     Well-resourced Learning Resources Centre
        •     Extensive collection of DVDs on history topics 
Extra-curricular Activities 
Past field trips have included visits to Prague, Berlin, Austria and France as well as visits to sites of local interest, eg the Commandery, and attendance at lectures and conferences relating to exam topics, eg a visit to the Holocaust Centre to hear testimonies of Holocaust survivors. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years
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