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European History (Pathway 2) A level at Havering Sixth Form College

Course description

This subject places particular emphasis on the development of independent thought and to present arguments clearly and persuasively (orally and in writing), as well as enhancing powers of analysis and evaluation.

Our History course has two pathways for students to choose the topics they are most interested in. It offers a huge range of relevant options that span early modern and modern history and circle the globe; from revolutionary Europe to the rise and equally dramatic decline of communist powers.

Course content

Pathway 2: European History

Significant changes to the A Level curriculum were implemented this year:

  • A Level History is now a linear qualification, with all assessments at the end of the two-year course
  • The AS is a standalone qualification; it does not count towards the A Level (we do not presently offer the AS, but that is subject to change)
  • Compulsory at AS/A-Level to study the history of more than one country
  • A Level course to cover a chronological range of at least 200 years
  • There will still be a minimum requirement for British history, but it has been reduced from 25% to 20%
  • Four components (Papers 1-3 exam-based and paper 4 will be coursework)

Pathway 2 European History includes topics such as:

  • Paper 1: Britain, 1625-1701; conflict, revolution and settlement
  • Paper 2: France in Revolution (1774-99)
  • Paper 3: Germany, 1871-1990: united, divided, reunited
  • Paper 4: Historical interpretations - topic tbc

You can expect to:

  • Develop and understand historical terms and concepts
  • Explore the significance of events, individuals, issues and societies in History
  • Understand the nature of historical evidence and the methods used by historians in analysis and evaluation
  • Carry out an in-depth research-based investigation

Entry requirements

One grade B and four grade Cs at GCSE, C Grade English and History GCSE, Grade B at GCSE English if GCSE History has not been studied.


Exam Board - Edexcel

80% Exam, 20% Coursework.

Financial information

Optional Cost

The purchase of core textbooks is advised (approx. £25). Opportunity to attend topic conferences and excursions (costs tbc).

Future opportunities

You can apply for degree courses in Humanities, Arts or Social Sciences and in particular, the study of History and Law. Alternatively there are career opportunities in the civil service, NHS, local government, personnel, law and journalism.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years