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History A Level at Havant Sixth form College

Course description

Studying History helps make sense of the modern world and provides a broad general knowledge background that will stand you in good stead at university interviews and in life generally. This A Level is accepted for law, politics and philosophy degrees, as well as all kinds of history-based degree courses and is a great choice if you’re considering a career in teaching, heritage and conservation, publishing, legal pursuits or further historical research. History is one of the subjects recommended by the top universities.

Course content

There are two different options for A Level History and the two most popular pathways will run.You will choose one pathway (you will be asked for your second choice) and you will study those courses for two years.

Pathway 1

The Tudors: England, 1485–1603

This option allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence throughout the Tudor era, examining the development of the power of the monarchy and its effectiveness. Issues to be covered include England’s relations with foreign powers; the impact of changes to society and the economy; the changing intellectual and religious ideas and their effects; and the changing roles played by key individuals and groups.

France in Revolution, 1774 –1815

This option provides for the indepth study of a key period of history which was to change the relationship between the ruler and the governed, not only in France but throughout Europe and, in time, the wider world. A study of France in Revolution embraces concepts such as absolutism, enlightenment, constitutionalism, democracy, republic and dictatorship. It also encourages consideration of issues such as the relationship between rulers and the ruled, the place of the Church in the State, the power of the people and promotes reflection on what makes and perpetuates revolution.

Pathway 2

The Quest for Political Stability: Germany, 1871–1991

This option allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence within the context of German history 1871- 1991. Starting with the unification of Germany, and rapid industrial development of the country, through the experience of the First World War and the attempt to establish democracy, the First Year concludes with the devastating impact of the Wall Street Crash on German politics. The Second Year begins with the rise of the Nazi Party and the consequences for Germany of the Second World War, through the post war division into between East and West Germany and finally the re-unification in 1991.

The Making of Modern Britain, 1951–2007

This option provides for the indepth study in depth of the key political, economic, social and international changes which helped to mould Britain in the second half of the 20th century. It explores concepts such as government and opposition, class, social division and cultural change. It encourages students to reflect on Britain’s changing place in the world as well as the interrelationship between political policies, economic developments and political survival.

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirement for a 2-year Advanced programme is 5 GCSEs at grade 4 and above or equivalent .

You do not have to have studied History at GCSE, but if you have done so you should have attained at least a grade 4. We do expect you to have GCSE English at grade 4 or higher. History is a subject which is respected by all universities and mixes well with all other A Levels.


This is a two year A Level. In the Second Year, you’ll take two exams and produce one piece of coursework of around 4000 words.

Future opportunities

Our students go on to a wide variety of Higher Education courses and out into various positions in the world of work. Degrees that our students have studied include history, history with qualified teacher status (primary and secondary teaching), modern history, medieval history, war studies, peace studies, American studies, international history and heritage conservation. Our students applying for law, politics or philosophy have also found their History A Level advantageous.

Further information

We offer a choice of early modern or late modern history courses and a variety of coursework options to choose from in the Second Year. You will go on day trips to conferences as well as sites such as the Tower of London, the Mary Rose Museum and Hampton Court Palace. We are intending to offer a trip to Italy with the Classics and Archaeology departments. We also regularly invite guest speakers from local universities. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

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