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History AS/A2 Level at Heathfield Community College

Course description

History is a popular A Level course, delivered by experienced teachers who are passionate about the subject. The course is designed to enable the study of both Modern and Early Modern history, providing historical breadth. Studying A Level History means that you will investigate the past through a range of different mediums: accessing academic journals, podcasts, videos and contemporary source material. You will be encouraged to develop your independent learning skills, preparing for lessons beforehand so that you can take part in lively debates within lessons. History is a challenging subject but you will find yourself a well-rounded learner by the end of the course, able to formulate opinions, defend them using evidence and present ideas in a sophisticated manner.

Course content

Year 1

UNIT 1: British Period Study & Enquiry

The Early Stuarts and the Origins of the Civil War 1603–1660 with The Execution of Charles I and the Interregnum 1646–1660)

Assessment Information

1x 1hr 30 min exam, worth 25% of A Level

UNIT 2: Non- British Period Study

The American Revolution, 1740-1796

Assessment Information

1 x 1hr paper, worth 15% of A Level

Year 2

UNIT 3: Thematic Study and Historical Interpretations

Civil Rights in the USA 1865- 1992

Assessment Information

1 x 2 hrs 30 min exam, worth 40% of A Level

UNIT 4: Topic Based Essay

Students choose from a selection of essay titles to research and answer independently.

Assessment Information

3,000- 4,000 word coursework essay, worth 20% of A Level

Entry requirements

A* - B in GCSE History


See Course Content for full details of assessments.



Future opportunities

It's versatility as a subject means that A Level History helps students to keep their career options open. For those considering university, History remains a highly respected academic subject: in 2012 The Russell Group classified History as a 'facilitating subject' (a subject more often required by Universities than other A Level subjects), and a report issued by Cambridge University in 2013 showed that students who had History A Level had an 87% university acceptance rate. Students who take A Level history may go on to history related careers including historical researchers, archivists and working in heritage organisations. However the subject also supports other career paths, for example journalism, law, politics and public services. Past Heathfield History students have applied for university courses in History, International Relations, Law, English Language and Politics.

Further information

As History provides students with a range of skills it compliments many other subjects including: Politics, Law, Sociology, English Literature/Language, RE and Geography.

Student Views

“[A] very interesting subject and well organised”

“It's been really engaging and each lesson is different, so nothing is ever boring...overall a great course”

“Fast and challenging”

Comments from 2014-15 A Level History Student Voice

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 January 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year AS Level / 2 years A2 Level
  • Course code: OCR H505
  • Number of planned places: 20

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Helen Holmes, 6th Form Pastoral Manager
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01435 866066 ext 1227
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