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History A Level at Kendal College

Course description

This will be a very special opportunity to study medieval and early modern history AS and A-Level at Kendal Museum. You will complete the AS-Level in the first year and the A2 in the second to form a full A-Level.

The course is based in Kendal Museum, which forms a part of Kendal College’s Arts Campus.  You will undertake investigations using the wide range of primary sources, including artefacts, within the Museum, and also take advantage of the inter Museum expertise through the network of curators across other Museums within the region. Where better to study history?

Course content

The ‘Combined World and British History’ course will focus on the role of religious belief and ideas, and the effect that they have had on government and international conflict as these have played out during the medieval (Crusades) and early modern (English Revolution) periods.

The AS and A-Level programmes explore the causes of change and continuity over more than a hundred years, in the broad sense. You will also undertake an ‘in depth’ study, in which you will focus on a shorter period, looking at the interrelationships of a variety of aspects of history, to develop your understanding of the complexity of the historical process.

The full A-Level programme also includes an historical investigation of a specific issue in greater depth, which will be particularly useful to those intending to progress to a degree, or a career with the Cultural Heritage sector.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grades A-C (including English and Maths), and a Humanities GCSE (History, Geography, Religious Studies etc.) at grade B.


Both AS and A-Levels have written examinations in June. A level students also submit an internally examined, and externally moderated, individual historical investigation.

Future opportunities

Progression to a degree level programme when combined with other A-Levels, or an Applied or Technical Qualification.

Opportunities for further study and work within the Cultural Heritage / Visitor Attraction sector, when combined with Kendal Museum’s occupational Museum and Gallery Skill’s Technical Qualification.

History A-Level is well respected for enabling students to develop skills in writing and critical analysis.  This is a valued background for many higher education / degree level courses.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 April 2016
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    • Kendal College manages Kendal Museum as part of a ten-year partnership agreement with South Lakeland District Council. The Museum has submitted a Heritage Lottery bid of over £½ million to invest in the museum and its exhibits. For more information about Kendal Museum see their website.

      Kendal’s first museum was formed in 1796 by William Todhunter who exhibited a collection of fossils, plants, minerals, animals and antiques.

      In 1835 the Kendal Literary and Scientific Society took over the museum.
      The society included among its members Dr Thomas Gough, Professor Adam Sedgwick, John Ruthven and Dr John Dalton. As the collection grew, the
      Museum had to be rehoused several times.

      In the early 1900s money problems forced the sale of some exhibits, the rest were offered to the town. In 1913 the current building – formerly a wool warehouse – was offered to the Town Council for the purposes of housing the museum.

      After World War One the collections were moved to the new building and the museum was run by a series of honorary curators on behalf of the Town Council. One of these curators included Alfred Wainwright, the famous guide book author and fellwalker, who gave up his spare time for 30 years to look after the collections