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History A Level at Sandwell College

Course description

History is a subject valued by universities and employers because it combines logical investigation with reasoned and substantiated argument. George Santayana once said ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it’, while Marx was convinced that history repeats itself, ‘the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce’. By helping us to understand the past, History sheds light on the issues of the contemporary world. Many of the problems we face today have their roots in the recent past. The Central Sixth History course aims to provide students with a wide-ranging investigation of modern history across Britain, Europe, and America.


Course content

The course covers a range of historical fields focusing on the concepts of power, ideology, terror, democracy and dictatorship.

The configuration of the units for AS and A2 is as follows:

AS Units

England 1485 to 1558, The Early Tudors
Democracy and Dictatorship in Germany, 1919-1963.

A2 Units

Civil Rights in the USA, 1865 to 1992
Coursework 3,500 - 4,000 words: a student choice relating to one of the three previous units.

The course will develop your skills of historical research, analysis and interpretation. It also includes a visit to the Cold War Museum in Telford, occasional guest speakers, and access to rare documents.

Entry requirements

All students studying for A Level would be expected to have five GCSEs A*-C in academic subjects (of which two must be B grades) including GCSE English Language. We will count Level 2 BTEC Diplomas towards this total, but only merits and distinctions will be counted and each diploma will count as one GCSE.


Assessment of the four units is structured as follows:

AS Units

England 1485 to 1558, The Early Tudors (source based exam)
Democracy and Dictatorship in Germany, 1919-1963 (essay based exam)

A2 Units

Civil Rights in the USA, 1865 to 1992 (thematic essay exam)
Coursework 3,500 - 4,000 words.

Future opportunities

Students who study History often follow the subject at degree level or study for a related subject such as Law, Politics or Sociology.

The study of History is useful in a wide range of careers such as the legal profession, the civil service, teaching, local government, politics, and in pressure groups and charities. History skills are especially useful in research based occupations such as journalism, the police and the law.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 June 2016

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