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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

Adult 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 at least five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English Language at grade 5 (C/B) and Maths at grade 4 (C).

A GCSE in History is not a pre-requisite. However, if you studied it, a grade 5 (C/B) is required.

A recent school report will be required which demonstrates a committed attitude to learning.

It is assumed that students enrol on a two-year A-level programme of study consisting of three or more subjects. However, students will be expected to demonstrate a committed attitude to learning and make positive progress in their first year of study.

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?


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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Abbey Sisson

Abbey Sisson

“Amazing” diploma offered more than sixth form for audiologist Abbey

As a teenager Royal Derby Hospital audiologist Abbey Sisson wanted to find “something different” after her GCSEs.
She had achieved As to Cs but was unsure about taking A levels because she wasn’t a natural at exams. She wanted to find a different direction and, on a whim, popped into an open day at Broomfield Hall.  
Abbey liked what she found – she made friends immediately – and was impressed by the Level 3 Public Services Uniformed Extended Diploma. It offered coursework modules, the equivalent of three A levels and “loads of opportunities” which helped her CV for job applications.
Abbey passed with a distinction and almost immediately after College landed a job as an emergency department assistant at the Royal Derby Hospital. Finding no clear career path there, she applied internally and went on to work in audiology as an assistant.
While there, she devoted her spare time, doing work placement on her days off, to achieve a foundation degree and a first-class BSc Healthcare Science Audiology degree at Aston University. Now a qualified audiologist at the Royal Derby, Abbey said her time at College helped her into the workplace.    

I was keen to do something different, and it really was different – it was amazing. I don’t think I would ever have had so many opportunities if I’d gone into the sixth form.  We volunteered in schools, doing sports leadership, as well as stewarding for events too. We had loads of opportunities. Because of the course, when I came to apply for jobs, I had a lot to say.


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