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History (Modern)

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Specific course entry requirements

College entry. You do not need to have studied History at GCSE. However, if you have studied GCSE History we would expect you to have obtained at least a grade 4, (please refer to the Entry Requirements section for further details).

How will I be assessed?

80% Examination

20% Coursework

Exam Board = AQA

Unit 1J British Empire 1857-1967

Unit 2R Cold War 1945-1991

NEA Witchcraft 1563-1662

What will I study?

Studying History gives you the opportunity to gain an understanding of how the modern world came to be. Through your studies of the British Empire you will examine how Britain shaped other nations through war, economic and cultural actions. This will include an analysis of India, Africa and the Middle East and the impact of the First and Second World War on British rule. This topic will also allow you to see how our own society came to be altered, studying attitudes on race and nationalism, leaving a legacy of how we perceive the world and how we expect other nations to treat us.

Your studies of the Cold War (1945-1991) will examine the history of superpower conflict between the USA and the Soviet Union which created new nations and a legacy which effects the world to this day. You will study the actions of political figures such as President Kennedy and Soviet leader Stalin in shaping their nations foreign policy. You will also learn about conflict in places such as Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan, which continue to have an impact today. We will also focus on espionage, the arms and space race and crises which very nearly ended the world, such as that in Cuba in 1962.

Our coursework unit focuses witch hunting across Britain and the German states, where you will independently study the roots of the witch craze 1563 – 1662.

Where will this course lead me?

History provides a range of analytical skills that are highly sought after by universities and employers. Skills in examining sources and using evidence to reach judgements can be applied to a number of careers including law, accountancy, business management, teaching and banking.
English Literature, History, Psychology
Student learning

Nurturing rising talent

Our Elective Programme is designed to help you develop your gifts and interests as part of an enhanced level 3 programme. We will help you realise your potential by nurturing your talent and preparing you for study at the most prestigious universities or for progression to competitive higher-level apprenticeships. Your options range from our Honours Programme, which might include following a fourth A level, to specialist Futures Programmes that will support your career goals.

Level 2 entry requirements

If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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