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. Furthermore the subject is regarded as a keystone academic subject by competitive universities. During the course you will study crucial periods of both early and modern history, the ramifications of which still resonate today. During Year 1 you will explore the origins and consequences of the brutal civil wars, which transformed both Britain and America. In Year 2 you will study the US Civil Rights Movement from the 1860s until the 1990s. This charts the heroic fight of numerous Civil Rights Activists in their attempts to gain equality for all Americans, regardless of race, gender or ethnicity. You will also complete a courseworkassignment linked to the modules studied during Year 1.

What will I learn?

Course modules will include:

  • The Early Stuarts & the Origins of the Civil War, 1603-1660
  • The USA in the 19th Century: Westward Expansion & 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?

General Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C including English and Maths at grade 4 (grade C)

In certain circumstances we will accept variations to this entry guide and create a personalised programme.

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - an exciting range of higher level courses, including Teaching
  • University - a wide variety of degree programmes
  • Careers - journalist, lawyer, media, archivist, museum curator, teacher

Additional Information

You may have the opportunity to visit Washington D.C. and the battle sites of the English Civil War.

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