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History A Level at Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College

Course description

UNITS Industrialisation & the People: Britain 1783-1885 Democracy & Nazism: Germany 1918-1945 Continuity & Change in 20th Century Russia

You will develop the ability to think critically and to analyse, learning how to examine and interpret the relationships between historical events whilst analysing documents and presenting well-constructed arguments in essay form. There are various trips arranged to provide a broader context for the cultural, social and historical influences. You will study British history as well as the history of another country – including the study of significant historical developments over a period of around 50 years and associated historical interpretations. You will also study in depth a major historical change or development and associated primary evidence.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs, grade C or above, including GCSE English Language, GCSE Maths and GCSE History at grade A* B. All applicants will be interviewed.


The AS-Level is 100% exam based. A minimum of a D grade is needed at AS Level to progress onto year 2 of the course.

The A-Level is 80% exam based and 20% historical investigation NEA (Non-Exam Assessment). Your final grade will solely be calculated from the results in your final papers.

Assessment is an integral part of the overall learning process and our student centred approach aims to promote initiative and creativity, critical thinking, evaluation, decision making, personal reflection and effective communication skills. Each subject has a number of assessments throughout the year and can include the following: external exams, independent research, presentations, essays, coursework, and in-class tests.

Future opportunities

Apply for a university degree in humanities and social sciences including History, International Relations, Politics, Sociology, Philosophy and Law Employment in education, arts and heritage or international relations

Where will this course take you? This subject combines well with sociology, modern foreign languages and English Language and Literature, with the majority or our students successfully going on to study a range of humanities and social science degrees including history, international relations, politics, sociology, philosophy and law.

Typical starting salaries for a history graduate are likely to be in the region of £19,000 to £20,000 pa with employment opportunities as a teacher, academic librarian, archivist, civil service administrator, heritage manager, information officer, museum/gallery conservator, politicians assistant, records manager, trade union research officer and international relations officer.

Further information

You will learn in dedicated theory classrooms.There are three AS or A2 classroom sessions per week and they fit in with your overall programme of study, usually across five days at college.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College directly.

Last updated date: 06 January 2017