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History (A Level) at Minsthorpe Community College, A Specialist Science College

Course description

History is a fascinating, enjoyable and challenging subject to study. Our A-level  has been designed to help students understand the significance of historical events, the role of individuals in history and the nature of change over time. This will help them to gain a deeper understanding of the past through political, social, economic and cultural perspectives. The engaging topics available to students throughout the course will provide them with the knowledge and skills they require to succeed as  A-level historians.

Course content

Students complete two modules. A breadth study and a development study. The development study considers the change and transformation that took place in Britain from 1851-1964. The depth study focuses on France in Revolution. 1774-1815. Both courses will develop students source analysis and essay writing skills. In addition students will complete a 3000 word essay on a subject of their choice covering a minimum of 100 years.      

Entry requirements

Min 5 in History & 5 in English +  3 other Grade 9-4 GCSEs


80% Examination. One for each module. 20% Non Examined Assessment (3000 word essay)

Future opportunities

A further Education qualification in History is regarded with great esteem with Universities in application for academic subjects.  In addition, a History qualification can also open the door for many exciting opportunities including, Local Government; Management; Teaching; Leisure and Tourism; Journalism; Politics and Law.

Further information

Home Learning and reading materials in advance of lessons will be expected.

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: 27 September 2018
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    • Minsthorpe Community College is a large successful 11-18 college committed to lifelong learning for all its students and community, within a supportive and friendly environment.  We hope that this information will help you make important decisions about your future and that we can offer you the right course for you. The number of Post 16 Students studying at Minsthorpe has risen impressively over recent years, with between 280-300 enrolling on courses between Year 12 and 13 every year.  We believe that at Minsthorpe we can offer a first rate Post 16 education, which will lead students to achievements and qualifications. 

      As part of the Wakefield South East Learning Community (WSELC), Minsthorpe is committed to enhancing the opportunities for all learners in the south east of the district and to that extent, have strong links with Hemsworth Arts and Community College, with whom we offer joint courses.  We have also recently expanded our provision to include courses delivered at our brand new Wakefield South East Training and Enterprise Centre.  This is a new building including state of the art facilities in Beauty and Construction to name but two. 

      We have a wide range of academic and vocational courses on offer all with good success rates.  Students enrol on either a two year 'level 3' programme or a one year level 1 or 2 programmes.  Many of our level 2 students then re-enrol on a level 3 programme.  At level 3, we offer AS/A2 levels, BTEC Diplomas (equivalent to 1 or 3 'A' Levels) and NVQ's. At level 2, we offer BTEC First Diplomas, NVQ's, and GCSE resits in Maths and English. Some subjects will be familiar to students whilst others offer the opportunity to embark on a completely new field of study.  Familiar staff who have already guided and pushed students through GCSEs are the course leaders for Post 16 subjects.