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A2 Level History at Trafford College

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Why study A2 History?This year we will be studying Unit 3M, The Making of Modern Britain, 1951-2007. We will be studying four key periods:The Post War Consensus, 1951 - 1964The End of Consensus, 1964 - 1975The Thatcher Revolution, 1975 - 1990Conservative Decline and the Rise of New Labour, 1990 - 2007For each time period we will be looking at Britain from a political, economic, social and international perspective.Unit 3 is worth 60% of the A2 marks.For the final 40% of the A2, Unit 4, you will produce a Historical Enquiry (3,500 words). You will begin by studying an introductory period over 100 years. You will then select a specific topic for more detailed study. In your investigation you will need to place your specific topic in the context of a 100 years. You will be working on your own and receiving guidance and support from your tutor.

Entry requirements

A pass at AS level History, at least a grade D is recommended.


In June you will sit a one and a half hour exam. The exam paper is essay based and you will have to answer two essays out of a choice of three.

Future opportunities

Once you've finished you'll have picked up a range of useful skills including the ability to analyse, debate, create a strong argument and communicate effectively. A well trained historian can deal with lots of facts and viewpoints to build up strong arguments. Employers rate the skills of a historian very highly and the skills you develop in A level History are transferable to a number of degree and employment opportunities including law, research, journalism and the media, teaching, management and public relations.

Further information

Contact Course Enquiries on 0161 886 7070

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: 13 May 2016
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