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History A Level at Gloucestershire College

Course description

A Level History is regarded by many universities as a reliable gauge of a student’s ability.

It is a core subject that requires a significant range of academic skills, and a good grade at A Level can open the door to a range of higher education courses and employment opportunities.

You will study a variety of topics that investigate key issues throughout history, such as the impact of Nazi policies on German people and the growth of the USA into the world’s leading superpower.

Alongside this, you will produce an extended piece of coursework on an agreed topic that interests you.

There is the chance for you to visit world-class museums, the Supreme Court and Parliament as part of your studies too.

It is not necessary to have studied history at GCSE to undertake this A Level, but you will benefit by achieving a good grade in GCSE English.

The course will encourage the development of analytical and essay writing skills that are essential for academic success.

Entry requirements

Our new entry criteria are based around the average GCSE scores required to study grouped subjects.

The subjects are divided into three groups each requiring a different minimum average GCSE score.

The average GCSE score will have to be generated from a minimum of SEVEN academic GCSEs  - with at least 5 grade Cs including maths and English within this SEVEN.

This subject requires

  • an average GCSE points score of 4.8 points
  • B or above in English Language or Literature



Changes to A Level Courses in 2015 and 2016

The government has implemented a number of changes to AS and A Level courses starting in September 2015, which affect all schools and colleges in England.

The main changes will be:

  • AS qualifications will still be available as a high quality, stand-alone qualification
  • All assessment in A Levels will be at the end of two years of study
  • There will also be more emphasis on exams and less on coursework, with most subjects being assessed entirely on exams.

We will continue to enter all students into exams at the end of their first year, as we believe it will give students, parents and tutors useful feedback on their progress in the first year; help students to decide which higher education course to apply for; and give universities an indication of their expected grades.

It will also give them the ability to transfer to other courses or move onto employment with recognised qualifications, if they choose to.

Future opportunities

Many of our students go on to study History at top universities, including The University of Manchester, University of Birmingham, Bristol University, the University of Exeter and University of Cambridge.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 April 2016
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