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History - European at Runshaw College

Course description

Why should I come to Runshaw to study European History?

History is a traditional A Level providing you with a variety of life skills that will take you to any career area!

Our History department has achieved a Grade 1 “Outstanding” in the last three Ofsted inspections and your teachers will provide expert knowledge, guidance and support and are either examiners or have experience as examiners.

We also offer excellent enrichment either through guest lectures or our very own History Journal via the History Academy, and study visits to places as diverse as Auschwitz, Westminster and the Imperial War Museum.

The pass rate for 2018 on this course was 100%, with 31% of students achieving A*-A grades.

What will I study?

  • Britain 1783 - 1885: a broad sweep of the industrial revolution, and the changing face of politics: Pitt, Peel and Disraeli, plus social reform
  • Democracy & Nazism: Germany 1918 - 1945: an in-depth study of the rise of the Nazis under the Weimar Republic and the establishment of a totalitarian dictatorship that resulted in the persecution and deaths of Jews, gypsies and other ‘untermenschen’
  • Tsarist and Communist Russia 1881 - 1991

Entry requirements

For access to our A Level Programme, our entry requirements are 5 x Grade 5 equivalent (5 x Grade 5 or B) in a range of separate subjects.

For History specifically, this should include a Grade 5 in English (Language or Literature) and a Grade 5 in another written subject.


How is the course assessed?

  • Year 1: Internal assessments.
  • Year 2: Two written examinations worth 80%, and coursework worth 20%.

Financial information

No course fees are applicable for 16-18 year old learners who meet funding regulations.

Future opportunities

What will this course prepare me for?

This traditional A Level subject provides students with a variety of life skills that will take them to any career area: asking (the right!) questions, researching answers, evaluating information, making informed judgements, writing clearly, coherently and with conviction.

Where are you going?

  • Banker
  • Business Manger
  • Lawyer
  • Publisher
  • Teacher

Further information

Which subjects complement this A Level?

  • Classical Civilisation
  • Government and Politics
  • English
  • Law
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Languages

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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: 09 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: LAHIEUR

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