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History AS and A Level *Fees Payable* at Cheltenham College

Course description

In his annual message to Congress on December 1st, 1862, Abraham Lincoln declared:“We cannot escape History”.  It is our aim to ensure that none of our students would want to: indeed, every year a large majority opt for the subject. 

Situated in the Centenary building, History is an enthusiastic and energetic department where we relish a collaborative engagement with the past.  We believe that what we teach is vitally important. History allows our students to access both the heady sense of difference and escapism to be found in Roy Jenkins’ “rich tapestry” of the past at the same time as it develops in them the means by which they might participate intelligently in the world. 

Our teaching covers a range of periods and countries from the Tudors and 17th and 18th century France under Louis XIV, to the Soviet Union and civil rights in America, through to recent conflicts in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.


Course content

The A Level course follows the AQA specification. Once again, we try to offer as much choice as possible, with various option blocks available that cover History as far back as 1529 and as recent as 2007.  Current courses all provide a blend of British and International history.  British papers range from the Tudors through to the Victorians and ending in 2007.  Other papers cover anti-Semitism, Russia from the Tsars to the Soviet period, as well as American civil rights and the Cold War and subsequent international relations.  The quality of teaching means that, whatever a student studies, they are promised fast-flowing and interesting courses. 

As coursework, the Upper Sixth study the rise and fall of the British Empire, a topic peopled with extraordinary and entertaining individuals set amidst exotic locations. Currently undergoing much historical revisionism, this topic permits exploration of a great variety of interpretations as students trace a narrative arc of history around the globe, analysing key points of change worldwide from 1492 through to 1969, and indeed onwards, to consider the legacy of the British Empire in the present day.



Financial information


Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.

Further information

We have six energetic and inspiring members of staff, each with different specialisms. Both the History and Politics Library and the New Block classrooms are open throughout the day and into the evenings, for one-to-ones, consolidation and extension activities, or simply as a place for students to settle down to independent study as part of an active intellectual community.  As a result, we take great pleasure together in our exploration of L.P. Hartley’s “foreign country”.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 December 2016
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