Level 3

Who is this course for?

History is a subject valued by universities and employers because it combines logical investigation with reasoned and substantiated argument.

George Santayana once said ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it’, while Marx was convinced that history repeats itself, ‘the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce’. By helping us to understand the past, History sheds light on the issues of the contemporary world. Many of the problems we face today have their roots in the recent past. The Central Sixth History course aims to provide students with a wide-ranging investigation of modern history across Britain, Europe, and America.

Formal Entry Requirements

All students studying for A Level would be expected to have five GCSEs A*-C in academic subjects (of which two must be B grades) including GCSE English Language. We will count Level 2 Btec Diplomas towards this total, but only merits and distinctions will be counted and each diploma will count as one GCSE.

What does the course involve?

The course focuses on 20th Century history and the developments and events that have occurred around the world since 1933.

The configuration of the units for AS and A2 is as follows:

AS Units
• Dictatorship & Democracy in Germany 1933-63
• British Foreign Policy 1945-1990

A2 Units
• Stalin and the Cold War in Europe 1941-1956 (compulsory coursework topic)
• Civil Rights in the USA 1865 - 1990

The course will develop your skills of historical research, analysis and interpretation.

The course also includes a visit to the Cold War Museum in Telford, occasional guest speakers, and access to rare documents.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of the four units is structured as follows:

AS units
• Dictatorship & Democracy in Germany 1933-63 (document study exam)
• British Foreign Policy 1945-1990 (essay based exam)

A2 Units
• Stalin and the Cold War in Europe 1941-1956 (compulsory coursework topic)
• Civil Rights in the USA 1865 - 1990 (essay based exam question)

Where can I go next?

Students who study History often follow the subject at degree level or study for a related subject such as Law, Politics or Sociology.

The study of History is useful in a wide range of careers such as the legal profession, the civil service, teaching, local government, politics, and in pressure groups and charities. History skills are especially useful in research based occupations such as journalism, the police and the law.