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History A Level *Fees Payable* at DLD College

Course description

The study of history is much more than the study of the past. Its study allows for the development of fundamental skills that are transferable to any profession. Employers value the skills developed in the study of history: analysis, reading, debating, thinking, writing, assessing different sources.

Course content

The A Level History course at DLD establishes a strong foundation in the subject along with independent student learning. The course covers a wide spectrum of periods and topics from fifteenth century England to post 1945 International Relations. The subject is taught in a variety of ways, including traditional lessons as well as DVDs, presentations and excursions. In short, it caters for all learning styles.

Entry requirements

Although it is not critical to have studied History at GCSE, it is essential to have a genuine enthusiasm for the subject and a solid grade in GCSE English Language.

Enjoyment of writing and reading extensively are essential because History is about reading and writing.


To study A Levels, your current or pending exam results should be equivalent to or higher than GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in at least 5 subjects and a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 5.0.

At the start of each academic year of study, students following an A-Level course without a pass at grade C in GCSE or IGCSE English Language or with an Academic English score below 6.5 overall, must join an Academic English training course for the duration of the academic year which will be timetabled alongside A-Level lessons.

If your level of English is not sufficient to meet the entry criteria for the A-Level programme you will normally be offered a place on the Abbey DLD Colleges One Year Pre-sessional (Pre A-Level) in order to bring your English skills up to the required level.


Paper 1      Option 1E         Russia, 1917–91: from Lenin to Yeltsin

Paper 2      Option 2E.1      Mao’s China, 1949–76

Or (depending on group)

Paper 2      Option 2E.2      The German Democratic republic 1949-90

Paper 3      Option 31          Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors, 1485–1603

Paper 4      (Coursework)   Questions will be set on International Relation of the 20th Century

Future opportunities

History has so many transferable skills, that one would be hard pushed to find a profession that doesn’t require all or most of them. Many university courses like Law insist on A Level History precisely because of the nature of the skills that are developed.

A Level History is a good general academic qualification that is widely respected by both universities and employers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 November 2016
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    • DLD College London is situated in the heart of London, directly opposite Westminster and Big Ben. The campus is a few minutes walk from Westminster Underground or Waterloo Station.