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History, GCE A Level

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    2 years

  • Start Date
    September 2021

  • Venue
    Paston College

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2021, Full Time


We will bring history to life through a wide range of interactive teaching methods which will help you develop a good understanding of the topics.

The study of history gives you an understanding of events and develops important skills such as communication, analysis, and evidencing a case. You will study three compulsory topics and one topic of your choice. The three compulsory topics are:

Britain Transformed, 1918-1997 - This unit focuses on the changes in British politics, society, economy and culture between 1918 and 1997.

The USA, c1920-55 Boom, Bust, and Recovery - This unit examines the emergence of the United States as a superpower following the 1920s boom and the Great Depression.

The Witch Craze in Britain, Europe, and North America, c1580-1750 - This unit examines the prominent cases of witchcraft between the 16th and 18th centuries. You will analyse individual cases including the Salem Witch Trials in 1692-1693 and the East Anglian witch craze. You will get the opportunity to learn from guest lecturers and visit sites that will bring the topics you are studying to life. Previous lecturers include Dr Malcolm Gaskill from the University of East Anglia (UEA), a specialist on the History Witchcraft.

Alongside this, the coursework module allows you to explore a part of history that you are passionate about. If you are interested in history, enjoy learning and writing about the past, are open to lively debates, always willing to put forward an opinion and want to understand how the world we know today was created, then this course is for you.

Why Our College?

A wide range of subjects

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Student progression

100% of our students progress to university, employment, apprenticeships, of gap years

Excellent results

Our students do consistently well on their A Level courses, with pass rates consistently in the high 90s

Entry Requirements

3 A Level Programme

Minimum of 2 6/B grades and 3 4/C grades at GCSE. Vocational subjects cannot replace GCSEs for entry to an A Level programme.

You must also study English Language and/or Maths GCSE if you have not already achieved a minimum of grade 4/C in these subjects.

4 A Level / A+ Programme

This programme is only available to students who achieve a minimum of 3 GCSEs at grade 8/A* plus 5 at grade 7/A and a minimum of grade 4/C in English Language and Maths.


You will be assessed through three examinations covering the three compulsory subjects and one piece of coursework based on a topic of your choice.


History is an excellent preparation for university and careers as varied as journalism, politics, law, teaching and management.


If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 and over please contact the Advice Shop