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History (British & European 20thC) (AS/A Level) at New College Swindon

Course description

The A level course looks at aspects of modern German history from unification in 1871. The second unit looks at modern British history of the twentieth century - politics, foreign policy, society and the economy.  A third coursework unit completes the A level in the second year of study.

Entry requirements

You must have at least a grade C (or equivalent) at GCSE in English Language and History.  We prefer you to have taken History at school, but if you haven’t, please contact the Course Leader (see Further Information on the next page).

Genuine interest in and enthusiasm for the study of the past are the basic requirements, together with initiative and the capacity to work hard, as part as a group and independently.

More important, you need to have the self-discipline and motivation necessary to undertake the reading, research, reporting and writing required.


You will prepare for two written examinations to be taken either at the end of the first year or the end of the second year.

You will also produce an independent coursework essay.

Future opportunities

The study of history involves a wide range of skills, such as the ability to be objective, to research, organise and present arguments as well as evaluate a range of sources.

A Level History is a qualification which is well respected by employers and universities, and is useful in a wide variety of careers such as journalism, law and teaching.


It combines readily with other subjects such as Government & Politics, Law and English.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Swindon directly.

Last updated date: 28 April 2016

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