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History at Uplands Community College School Sixth Form

Course description

This course gives students the opportunity to study British, German and Italian History in depth.

Course content

For students who progress from our GCSE History course, the AS British unit has a familiar world context as it is set in the controversial periods following the Second World War and charts the recent history of Britain up to 1990.  In European History the AS and A2 courses combine to offer a study of nationalism, focussing on the rise of fascism in Italy.  We also follow Germany from unification, to trace its relentless path from Kaiser to Fuhrer, with its horrific consequences for the 20th Century world.


Students will benefit from a range of work and approaches including source work, role-play, video, concept mapping, discussion, debate and presentations.  Students progressing from GCSE have already attained success in the required historical styles, skills and exam technique: continuity of Examination Board ensures these are the basis for further development at A Level.

Entry requirements

5 A*- C grades at GCSE, including History at grade B or above or GCSE Humanities A grade.  You will also need a grade B or above in English.  Students without these requirements may be given special consideration, but must apply individually to the Head of Humanities.


The coursework includes two extended writing tasks: (i) focus on an individual/event (chosen by the student from a range on offer) and (ii) to place that individual/event into a 100-year context of British History.  This unit is highly valued by Universities as it takes the format of a mini-dissertation including students researching their own contemporary sources.

Future opportunities

Uplands A Level Historians have gone on to study a very broad range of degrees and work in a variety of different occupations.  A list of notable A Level Historians includes Lord Sainsbury; the Chairman of Barclays Bank; Jonathan Ross; Salman Rushdie; Sacha Baron Cohen; Michael Palin; Lord Coe and Chris Martin.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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    • Wadhurst is situated on the Kent/Sussex border seven miles (11 km) east of Crowborough and about seven miles (11 km) south of Tunbridge Wells.  It is also within easy reach of Ticehurst, Burwash, Mayfield and Heathfield in East Sussex, and Lamberhurst, Hawkhurst and Cranbrook in Kent.


      There is limited parking available on the College site during the day.  Visitors travelling by car may prefer to park in the public car park, which is situated next to the Greyhound Pub in the High Street, adjacent to the College. 


      Uplands is a Community College and we have a Sports Centre on-site, which is open to the public and a Youth Centre across the road.  The entire College site, including the Sports Centre is a non-smoking environment. 

      The College is:

      • Within easy reach of the A21


      • Approximately 1 mile from Wadhurst Railway Station


      • Served by bus routes from the surrounding towns/villages


      • Located within the centre of Wadhurst; Sixth Form students are permitted to visit the local shops during study periods and break/lunchtime