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History AS/A Level at South Dartmoor Community College

Course description

The course will consist of both European and British History. The units we study will also cover a broad chronological range, allowing students to explore different periods of history and make links across them. Skills you will develop include exploring the significance of events, individuals, issues and societies, as well as deepening your understanding of historical terms and concepts. You will also develop the ability to handle source material, debate and discuss controversial issues. The course is excellent preparation for university.

Entry requirements

GCSE History is not essential to study AS level History. However, students should recognise that there will be background work covered at GCSE. The ability to write clearly and concisely is essential and, therefore, students should have a minimum of at least a C pass at History or, if History was not studied at GCSE, English, included with the minimum 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above.


  • Paper 1: Breadth study with interpretations 30% A level
  • Paper 2: Depth study 20% A level
  • Paper 3: Themes in breadth with aspects in depth 30% A level

Coursework: Students complete an independently researched enquiry on historical interpretations, e.g. the origins of WW1 or origins of the Cold War. Assessment is based on a 3000-4000 word essay that contributes to 20% of the final A level.

Future opportunities

Graduate jobs may include academic librarian / information manager / record manager, archaeologist, archivist, genealogist, museum / art curator, teacher, arts administrator, civil service, journalist, marketing executive, sales executive, Police, Lawyer. Non graduate jobs may include administrative work (anything at all involving communication skills, prioritising, and attention to detail), management, sales marketing and museum/gallery assistant. History is a highly respected academic subject and is an ideal good foundation for many Arts and Social Science degrees, including Law, Economics and Archaeology. It is a ‘facilitating’ subject which is valuable for any academic career path you wish to pursue. It also has a high status with many employers including the Police and Armed Forces, and can lead to careers such as journalism and politics.

Further information

The College provides all necessary core textbooks for students to use at home. The Internet is also used for personal research. There are books available to borrow from the Library and the History department collection.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Dartmoor Community College directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years