The central theme of the course is the search for rights and freedoms in modern history, from the First World War, through the rise of the American power and victories in World Wars. It will also cover the post-war social changes, such as civil rights,and the difficulties faced in Vietnam. The modern history of South Africa will also be studied, from racial apartheid to Nelson Mandela. During the second year, students will study a particular aspect of American history for their coursework and will also study British social history.
History: Modern American AS / A Level
Searching for Rights and Freedom in the Twentieth Century
History is the study of past events which uses a narrative to examine and analyse the sequence of those events and sometimes attempts to investigate, objectively, the reasons that caused them. This course will focus both on American history over the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and international and British history since 1945.
Exam Board: Edexcel
STARTS IN SEPTEMBER
All students (16-18 year olds and 19+) on level 3 vocational and academic programmes will study two qualifications over the duration of their two-year course.
An example of this is BTEC students will study for a 90 credit qualification in the 1st year. Upon successful completion, they will be able to progress to the 2nd year and study a diploma/extended diploma qualification.
A level students will study AS Level in their first year and upon successful achievement will progress through to the full A Level in their second year.
UK and EU students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year will normally be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3.
Course fees (for learners aged 19+) may be charged as follows:
A Level programme (2 year course)
1 x A Level = £850 per annum
2 x A Levels = £1,700 per annum
3 x A Levels = £2,550 per annum
Plus registration/exam fees = £120 per A Level
Vocational programme (eg BTEC / CACHE / UAL)
90 credit qualification (year 1) = £2,550
Diploma/extended diploma qualification (year 2) = £2,550
Students who are 19+ years old with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) issued by the Local Authority are not required to pay course fees (ie tuition fees are free). Students will be required to provide a final copy of their EHCP provided by the LA as evidence.
What will I study and learn?
How is the course assessed?
20% coursework, 80% exams
What courses would combine well with this course?
AS/A level history goes well with any of the humanities – government and politics and also with subjects such as English and sociology.
What skills will I need for the course?
The main qualification for studying the subject is a real interest in and enjoyment of history, a willingness to read widely, to participate in discussion, to think, to use your imagination and to keep an open mind. You will need to be able to develop good essay writing skills.
What formal entry requirements will I need?
You will need an average GCSE points score of 5.5 including GCSE English at grade 6 or History at grade B.
The average points score for entry to an A Level programme will be calculated using your 8 best GCSEs OR 6 GCSEs plus 1 technical qualification (equivalent to a maximum of 2 GCSEs and 10 points).
From 2017 English Language, English Literature and Mathematics GCSE will be graded numerically (1 – 9. Grade 5 = a good grade C, grade 6 = grade B and grade 7 = grade A).
To work out your average and find out more information, please see our Entry Requirements page.
What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?
The skills that History A Level develops are highly prized in higher education and by employers. Only a minority of AS/A Level students and history graduates go on to use the subject in a related career like teaching, research or museum work. Journalism, the Civil Service and law view history skills as indispensable. Advertising, leisure management, market research and even computing value the investigative and analytical skills of history.
Are there any costs involved?
You will need to pay for conferences, trips, visits, fieldwork, textbooks and some printed workbooks. Total cost should not exceed £70 for each year of the course.