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A-Levels - A Level History at Wakefield College

Course description

This course will allow you to study the history of the Cold War 1945-91 and Tudors 1485-1603 in great detail. It will also develop your ability to think critically, analyse the nature of historical events, discuss and debate from an informed standpoint and conduct independent research, providing you with a wide range of skills that will aid many careers from journalism, research, education, law and management.  


Course content

What you will study

Tudors: England, 1485–1603This option allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period through the following key questions:

• How effectively did the Tudors restore and develop the powers of the monarchy?
• To what extent and why was power more widely shared during this period?
• Why were there so many changes to the Church and religious practice?
• How serious a threat was posed to Tudor monarchs by opposition and rebellion?
• How far and why were England’s relations with foreign powers changed?
• How important was the role of key individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?
• Was Henry VII a genius king who created a dynasty his lazy son Henry VIII nearly lost?

The Cold War 1945-1991
This unit will develop your understanding of international conflicts and alliances that have shaped the modern world. You will study key events such as the reasons for these tensions between the USA and the USSR, the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, how other events such as the Korean, Vietnamese and Afghan wars became involved and then ultimately, the collapse of the Soviet Union and communism in Europe.

This will all be studied alongside focus on historical interpretation and research projects which mirror university style investigations.

Independent Historical Enquiry
This unit is your chance to be the historian by conducting your own investigation into Tsarist Russia, the Russian Revolution and Communist life in the early years of the USSR.

This will provide you with an invaluable insight into how the USSR was formed and perfectly complements what you will discover about the later USSR in the Cold War module.

Guided introductory lessons will introduce you this topic and you will be able to choose from a range of questions from the reasons for the revolution, to evaluating if life was better under the Tsars or the Communists.

You will be required to research and develop an historical investigation and write a referenced and discursive essay of approximately 3,500 words.


Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grade 9-4, including grade 4 Maths grade 5 English Language but a grade 6 would be preferred.


Assessment is by examination in June and coursework submitted in February of the second year for A Level. 

There are two written exams at the end of the second year.

Financial information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18 years old. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, residentials etc which are payable by all students.
Any student entered/registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and then withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any resit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international students.

For more detailed information on financial support and fees for students aged 19+ please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.

Future opportunities

Further study

The majority of our students go onto university, many of them studying for a degree in History, Law, English or one of the Social Sciences. There are also combined degrees available in which you can continue with your history studies in combination with another subject of your choice.

History is regarded as a 'facilitating subject' which will increase your chance of progresion to a Russell Group University.

Career opportunities

Historians develop a wide range of analytical and communication skills which are extremely useful in the modern workplace. Stereotypically Historians go into the teaching profession and museums. In reality, most History graduates pursue careers in law, journalism, management, IT and social work or undertake further research; some become Prime Minister!

Further information

If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 21 June 2019
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