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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

24+ Loan Amount: 1987.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The History course will give you a wealth of skills which are valued by employers and higher education institutions alike.  History is a very well respected subject and discipline.  It will leave you questioning and analysing the world around you, as well as allowing you to come to substantiated judgments which are evidence based, yet unique in their own right.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C/equivalent or above including English at grade 5 and Maths at grade 4.

You will have an interview and initial assessment. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment. If you are successful, you will be allocated a place to study.

To progress to the second year, you will need to demonstrate a Pass grade or above in your first year.

If you have already studied History at GCSE, we would expect to see a strong grade profile. However, it is not essential to have studied History previously to access this course.

 

Course Content

The new History syllabus is broken down into three components. These will run in parallel over your two-year period of study. The components are:

Component 1: Breadth Study – Germany 1871-1991 (40%)

Component 2: Depth Study – Britain 1951-2007 (40%)

Component 3: Historical Investigation - Personal Study (20%)

How will I be assessed?

There will be two examinations based upon each component - Breadth and Depth Study - and one coursework unit relating to a historical theme.   

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

No

What can I do after this course?

You can embark on a higher education course or go into employment.

Courses for further study could include subjects such as:

  • History
  • Law
  • Humanities

Employment opportunities are in fields such as:

  • Teaching
  • Lecturing
  • Law
  • Surveying

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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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Emily Gray

Emily Gray

Peak Award Winner Emily now studying for master’s in Australia

Former Peak Award winner Emily Gray was motivated to achieve “more than she ever thought she was capable of” while studying for A levels at Derby College.   And, since leaving Joseph Wright Centre 10 years ago, she has quite literally gone a long way – to university in Melbourne, Australia, to take a Master of Education degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis.  
 
Now 27, Emily received a Peak Award for Academic Studies after performing well in her sociology, history and psychology A levels and EPQ, the Extended Project Qualification.   While on her psychology degree course at the University of Leeds, Emily embarked on a study year at Monash University in Melbourne.  
 
And, since graduating, she has taught English in Peru, volunteered and worked in Sri Lanka and travelled in Australia before settling in Melbourne with her partner.  
 
Currently studying for her master’s at Monash University, Emily also works as a site manager at a centre-based intervention service based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) for pre-school aged children on the autism spectrum.  
 
She ultimately wants to become a clinical psychologist or clinical director of an agency providing ABA.  
 
Commenting on her Peak Award in 2009, Emily added that it was “really unexpected and a huge honour.” She included the award in her CV and found it was “something she was able to talk about in interviews.”            

My lecturers were fantastic!  They were really passionate about their subject, particularly psychology lecturer Glyn Pickering, who motivated me and pushed me to achieve more than I thought I was capable of.


I also got great support at Derby College in applying for university and higher education. I was able to go on a residential trip to experience Oxford University, and received specialist and individual help with my application, personal statement and interview preparation.

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