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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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Ryan Horsnall

Ryan Horsnall

First Response Finance sponsor BA Hons degree in Management and Leadership

Ryan was involved with First Response Finance as part of their work with Derby College's Employer and Skills Academy and applied for an apprenticeship.
The company is sponsoring Ryan to complete a BA Hons degree in Management and Leadership at Nottingham Trent University. He previously studies Maths, Business and Chemistry A levels at the Joseph Wright Centre. 
Ryan said "I have the best of both worlds – working in a paid job and then gaining a degree and it has made my studies so much easier as I can relate the university work to the work environment."
“I am currently working in a sales support role which I love and at the end of my degree I will see where I want my career to take me with the company.I get the opportunity to blend academic learning and work experience where I can convert my learning at University into real business situations.
First Response Finance have been involved in the Employer Skills Academies and has now teamed up with Derby College to launch the First Response Business and Finance Academy - offering students at Derby College the chance to follow in Ryan's footsteps.


At Derby College I was taught a lot of skills such as target setting that has helped me be organised and realistic with work and learning.


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