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A Level History

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

Students are able to go on to careers in business, marketing, teaching, journalism, law, museum and archive work.

Overview of the course: 

Awarding Body - Edexcel

AS Level
Unit 1: Breadth study with interpretations
Option 1C: Britain 1625—1701: Conflict, revolution and settlement
Assessment: Exam

Unit 2: Depth Study
Option 2C.2: Russia in Revolution, 1894—1924
Assessment: Exam

What is it worth?
Unit 1: 30% A Level / 60% AS Level
Unit 2: 20% A Level / 40% AS Level

A Level
Unit 3: Themes in breadth with aspects in depth
Option: The British Experience of Warfare, c1790—1918
Assessment: Exam

Unit 4: Coursework
Option: The Golden Age of Spain, 1474 - 1598
Assessment: 3000—4000 word essay

What is it worth?
Unit 3: 30% A Level
Unit 4: 20% A Level

You will sit AS exams at the end of year one and A level exams at the end of year two.

Entry requirements: 

For History you will need a grade 6 or above in GCSE English Literature or English Language.

For a 3 A level programme you will need to have a minimum of five 9-4 grade passes at GCSE which includes English and Mathematics.

For a 4 A level programme you will need to have a minimum of six 9-4 grade passes at GCSE which includes English and Mathematics; it is expected that the majority of passes will be at 7-9 grade.
Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.


Britain 1625—1701: Conflict, revolution and settlement
1.The quest for political stability,1625–88
2.Religion: conflict and dissent, 1625–88
3.Social and intellectual challenge, 1625–88
4.Economy, trade and empire, 1625–88
5.Historical Interpretations: How revolutionary, in the years to 1701, was the Glorious Revolution of 1688–89?

Russia in revolution, 1894–1924
1.The rule of Nicholas II, 1894–1905
2.The end of Romanov rule, 1906–17
3.The Provisional government and its opponents, February – October 1917
4.Defending the Bolshevik revolution, October 1917–24

The British Experience of Warfare, c. 1790 - 1918
1.Changes in organising the military
2.Changes in the role of the people
3.Britain and the French Wars, 1793–1815
4.The Crimean War, 1854–56
5.The second Boer War, 1899–1902
6.Trench warfare on the Western Front, 1914–18
7.The war in the air, 1914–18

The Golden Age of Spain, 1474 - 1598
1.Changing geographical reach of Spanish power
2.Changing military and financial power
3.The Spanish Inquisition and the persecution of the Jews, 1478–92
4.The accession of Charles and the revolt of the Comuneros, 1516–29
5.The price revolution and its impact, c1500–c1570
6.The campaign for orthodoxy, 1558–70
7.The crisis in Aragon, 1590–93

How is the course assessed?: 

AS assessment: 2 exams lasting 1 hour and 20 minutes each.
A2 assessment: 1 exam lasting 2 hours and coursework.

Further study options after this course: 

Study at University subjects such as History, English, Business, Law, Geography, Journalism, Sociology etc.

Length of the course: 

2 Years, Full Time.


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2019

More important information about this course:


*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (24 Jun 2019 15:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.
Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.
98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve

Some other comments from students studying this course are;

'History is one of my passions' – Chloe
'A very satisfying and interesting subject' – Jonathan
'History is a very interesting subject as it allows you to investigate past events and consider how they have impacted upon today’s society. I have learned key skills such as discussion and debate, communication skills, analytical and evaluative skills' – Faye
'Really fun and interesting' – Ben
'The content of the course is extremely interesting and enjoyable – I feel that the skills I have learned will be useful throughout my working life' - Bethany

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