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History (A-level)

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.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: A Levels
School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 3
Number Of Years: 2
Interview Required?: Y
Joseph Wright Centre

Apply now at: https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/course/history-a-level
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Course Information for Students

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.

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.

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 – The making of a super power 1865-1975 (40%)

Component 2: Depth Study – The making of modern Britain 1951-2007 (40%)

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

This course will be delivered on-site at the Joseph Wright Centre.

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

Component 1 – Exam: Breadth Study – Germany 1871-1991 – worth 40%.

Component 2 – Exam: Depth Study – Britain 1951-2007 – worth 40%.

Component 3 – Coursework: Historical Investigation – Personal Study – worth 20%.

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

For more information contact Derby College on 0800 0280289 or enquiries@derby-college.ac.uk

Course Information for Employers

If you are an employer and would like to know more about the apprenticeships and professional training we deliver or how you can get involved in co-creating and co-delivering curriculum, please contact us via email on businessenquiries@derby-college.ac.uk, call us on 01332 387 421 or visit our employer pages here.

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Course Information Last Updated On: February 15, 2024 3:33 pm