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History (GCE A Level) at St John Rigby College

Course description

History is the fascinating story of human behaviour; the actions and reactions that have shaped the world we live in today. The study of History helps to develop your skills of analysis and interpretation and the ability to evaluate evidence to reach a clear judgement. These skills are highly regarded by both universities and employers

Course content

During the course you will examine significant historical developments through two units. In the first unit you will assess the reasons for the growth of the British Empire in places like Africa and India, before evaluating the impact of the two world wars and the extent to which this brought about the end of Britain’s empire. The second unit will focus on the development of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the USA in Europe and Asia. You will analyse key events like the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War and reasons why the Cold War ended. Your studies will also require the completion of a historical enquiry.

Entry requirements

College entry. You do not need to have studied History at GCSE. However, if you have studied GCSE History we would expect you to have obtained at least a grade 4 (please refer to the Entry Requirements section page 30 for further details).


80% Examination 20% Coursework

Future opportunities

History provides a range of analytical skills that are highly sought after by universities and employers. Skills in examining sources and using evidence to reach judgements can be applied to a number of careers including law, accountancy, business management, teaching and banking.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 05 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: HN-AL
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