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A-Level History at East Sussex College

Course description

During this two-year course you will gain an insight into how today’s world has been shaped by the past as well as gaining a number of key academic skills to help you progress to further study.

Course content

Over the duration of the course you will become adept at asking insightful questions and thoughtfully examining research and evidence before drawing a conclusion. You will study the revolutions of England (17th century) and France (18th century), both of which involved the execution of their monarch, but you will compare how one gave rise to parliamentary democracy, while the other was the dawning of the modern age.

In the second year you will have the choice to explore one of two subjects; you can explore the nature of the witch craze that took hold in the late 16th century and the changing attitudes to magic and sorcery that eventually contributed to its decline - the social, economic, political and dimensions of the phenomenon, and the intellectual changes of what is often called the Age of Reason. Or you will consider developments that have shaped contemporary America and remain a fundamental issue in US society: the changing pattern of race relations between black and white Americans, both in terms of civil rights and also broader social and cultural changes over a period that began with millions of black Americans in slavery and ended with Barack Obama as President.

The topics you will cover over the two years include:

  • Rebellion, Republic and Restoration: England 1625-1688
  • Impact of the Glorious Revolution
  • The French Revolution
  • The witch craze in Europe and America 1580-1750
  • Mass media and social change 1882-2000

Entry requirements

To apply for this course you will need to meet the minimum requirements of 5 Grade 4 GCSEs (including Maths and English).


You will be assessed by a mixture of end of year exams and coursework units.

Financial information

There may be some additional costs during the course for trips and visits to further your learning.

Future opportunities

This course is a highly respected subject and would be good to study alongside other A-Level courses such as Sociology, Law, Philosophy, or Politics, allowing for progression to university courses in History, Classical Civilisations, or Anthropology.

There are a number of career opportunities available to you such as becoming an Archaeologist, a Historical researcher, a Teacher, a Museum curator, a lawyer.

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: 30 January 2019
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