A Level Programme

History A Level

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About this course

The study of History will appeal to everyone who wishes to learn how and why the world evolved to be as it is today.

History is regarded as a keystone academic subject by competitive universities and offers an established route into the professions.

During the course you will study tumultuous periods of both early and modern history.

During Year 1 you will explore the origins and consequences of the brutal civil wars that transformed both Britain and America.

In Year 2 you will study the development of the American civil rights movement, charting the heroic fight of civil rights activists striving to gain equality for all Americans, regardless of race, gender or ethnicity.

You will also complete a coursework assignment from a selection of titles we provide.

What will I learn?

Course modules will include:

  • The Early Stuarts and the Origins of the Civil War, 1603-1660
  • The USA in the 19th Century: Westward Expansion and Civil War, 1803-1890
  • US Civil Rights, 1865-1992
  • Coursework

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed by three written exams and one coursework module.

What do I need?

You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs with 2 at Grade B/6 and 3 at Grade C/4.

Additional Requirements: Grade 5 in English and Grade C/4 in a Humanities subject is preferred

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - an exciting range of higher level courses, including Teaching
  • University - related degree, such as History, Politics and Sociology
Civil Servant
Museum Curator

Additional Information

You will have the opportunity to visit New York and Washington D.C.

History combines well with English Language and/or Literature, Politics, Sociology and Law.