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History AS & A Level at Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Course description

We aim to offer full-time students the opportunity to gain a national qualification in History. We are currently following the OCR specification.

Topics include:

British Empire 1588 - 1701
Companies and Monopolies

British Period Study and Enquiry 1900 - 1951
Political issues
Social issues
Economic Issues
Britain at war

Non-British period study - The American Revolution 1740 - 1796
The development of British hegemony in America
Causes of the American Revolution
The American Revolution
The early Republic

The course includes a wide variety of learning experiences such as lectures, one to one tutorials, ICT based tasks, practical work, group work, discussions/debates, DVDs, and personal research when preparing for assessment. There is also a programme of guest lecturers who attend on a regular basis.

Entry requirements

Usually you'll need five or more A*-C (9-4) grades at GCSE, including maths and English. A new grade scale is in operation for maths and English which is numerical. The equivalent to a B grade will be a 6 and the equivalent to a C grade will be 5 for entry requirement purposes.


During the course you will be assessed by three formal exams which comprise 80% of your final grade and coursework which will comprise 20% of your grade.

Progression to year 2 will be dependent on successful completion of the first year taking into account Internal Progression Examination results and the Key Assessment Profile throughout the first year.

Financial information

Newcastle Maintenance Allowance (NMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances.

Future opportunities

When you have gained your A Level in History you can use it to progress into Higher Education. There are a wide range of undergraduate degrees available in History both locally and further afield. The department has sent students to St Andrews, Kings College, Manchester, UAE, Bristol, Wolverhampton and Lancaster. History can be combined with many other subjects, for example Government and Politics or Law. The sorts of jobs History graduates go on to do are wide ranging including teaching, research, documentary film makers, journalism, marketing, business and many more.

Further information

Studying History provides an excellent general qualification for many careers. You will be able to use it to progress to Higher Education. Universities recognise the depth of study critical sources analysis that A Level History courses develop. These are cross transferable skills that correlate well with a variety of subjects of study and professional skills. In addition many employers appreciate the skills and knowledge that History students will have gained during their studies.

If you wish to find out more you can contact Chris McQuillan, Head of History at NULC using the following details. Email: Tel: 01782 254382

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle-under-Lyme College directly.

Last updated date: 17 November 2016
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