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History A Level at Reading College

Course description

This humanities subject is a good choice if your chosen career will require good written and verbal communication. Apart from increasing your knowledge this course will help develop your research skills. You will need to read source material, draw out inferences, make connections and argue a case. You will be taught a range of historic areas of study from our experienced staff. 

The course involves a number of historical trips including some overseas. We also work in partnership with local charities. Opportunities include teaching English to the families of ex-Gurkhas with SSAFA Forces Help and fundraising for a memorial with The Trooper Potts VC Trust.

This course can be studied as part of the Arts Pathway and the Humanities Pathway.

Course content

Whilst studying the History AS level you will learn about Britain and Europe during the 20th Century. The particular focus will be upon decolonisation and Africa, plus Britain’s relations with India. 

Your study will include the following 
• unit 1: Britain, the scramble for Africa and retreat from empire decolonisation 1957-1981
• unit 2: Britain and the nationalist challenge in India
• unit 3: A world divided: Superpower relations 1944-1990
• unit 4: The Middle East and the Arab Israeli conflict, 1900-2001 (compulsory coursework unit).

Entry requirements

Six GCSEs grades A* to C, including a B grade in English Language. A minimum of a D grade at AS allows you to progress on to your second year of study.



You will learn through a range of enjoyable and interesting activities and areas of study. The assessment will be mainly through timed examinations with coursework in the second year.


Financial information

The fee for international students for the 2016 entrance is £12,950 per year. Scholarships of up to £6,250 are available, for more information on International entries contact

Future opportunities

You could progress on to higher level study including politics, international relations, archaeology and anthropology degree courses, or seek employment in roles such as a researcher or data analyst.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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    • BY RAIL

      Reading train station is a 20 minute walk from the College.

      Travelling from surrounding areas: there are direct lines from many local stations including: Didcot, Slough, Maidenhead, Wokingham, Basingstoke, Newbury, Pangbourne, Twyford and Earley.

      Travelling from London: there are regular trains from London Paddington to Reading taking 25-30 minutes.

      BY BUS

      There are regular bus services that stop along Kings Road:

      Reading Buses - routes 13, 14, 17
      Please Note: Reading buses require the exact fare.

      Arriva - routes 800, 850
      First Group - route 190
      Thames Travel - routes 126, 127

      In partnership with Reading Buses, students can get a weekly Travelcard at a reduced rate by showing the driver their student ID card.

      The Green Bus will be operating two new bus services from September 2014 for Reading College students.

      Service RC1 and RC2 will run once daily according to an agreed timetable on 175 days of each academic year connecting the college with Slough, Maidenhead and the areas in between.