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History AS & A Level at NewVIc

Course description

Today’s society is shaped by history. Historians try to make sense of significant events that have changed society in order to find a shared viewpoint on the past. This course will develop your understanding of the past, encourage debate and discussion and extend your research, analytical and communication skills.

Course content

The units you will cover are:  

  • Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy, 1603-1702
  • America: A nation divided, 1845-1877
  • Independent Historical Enquiry

On the course you will:

  • develop and understand historical terms and concepts
  • explore the significance of events, individuals, issues and societies in history
  • understand the nature of historical evidence
  • learn the methods used by historians in analysis and evaluation
  • develop an understanding of how the past has been interpreted and represented
  • participate in group workshops with professional practitioners

Entry requirements

Five or more A*-C grades at GCSE, including English Language (grade 9-5).


You will be assessed by coursework and examinations.

Future opportunities

A variety of options will be open to you after completing this facilitating subject. You can apply for degree courses in humanities, arts or social sciences and in particular the study of History and Law. History can lead to a number of career options in the civil service, the NHS, Local Government, HR, Law and Journalism.

Further information

There is a range of extra-curricular activities that you can take part in. These include:

  • Kings College History group – work with a history undergraduate to develop your skills and study topics outside of the curriculum
  • Plaistow Big South local history group - research the history of the local area, network with organisations and take part in the oral history project.
  • National Army Museum group - reinterpret historical African artefacts.
  • Various history workshops and lectures at top universities including Oxford and Cambridge.
  • The opportunity to take part in the African studies programme of SOAS.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 October 2016
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    • Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc) is London's largest sixth form college, offering full-time courses for 16 to 19-year-olds. NewVIc offers over 50 A Level subjects, 31 level 2 and 3 vocational programmes, as well as foundation, entry level and ESOL programmes.

      It is a diverse and friendly learning community, with an outstanding record of achievement. In 2013, 767 students progressed to university (91% of all applicants); 130 students gained places at the most selective universities, including 60 at Russell Group universities.

      The NewVIc Honours Programme is unique and provides academically gifted students with specialist pathways, a tailored curriculum and support for progression to the most selective universities.

      NewVIc has excellent sports facilities and is one of four London colleges accredited with Sports Leadership status. The college's extra-curricular enrichment programme is aimed at developing employability and leadership skills through various activities including mentoring, the Student Union and volunteering in the community.