The study of History at A-level provides you with a fascinating opportunity to study some of the most significant events of the past – some of which have shaped the world in which we live today. The course will provide you with an introduction to the ideas, events and personalities shaping the development of Britain and Europe over the past century. A-level history will develop your analytical and questioning skills and provide you with an opportunity to explore the events of history and the significance they had both then and now.
AS Level Modules:
- Government, Revolution and Society in Wales and England c.1603-1715; An extended period of at least 100 years of the Stuarts, looking at the Monarchy of James I, Charles I, James II, William and Mary. The establishment of Parliament and the disputes of the Crown. Civil war and the impact on the nation. Cromwell’s response to the challenges faced by the government, the impact of the Commonwealth and the failure of republicanism in Wales. We also look at the Glorious Revolution in Wales and England and the impact of the Bill of Rights.
- Germany: Democracy and Dictatorship 1918 – 1933; this unit studies the period of the Weimar government in Germany and the transformation that resulted in Hitler’s chancellorship in 1933.
A2 Level Modules:
- Poverty, Protest and Rebellion in Wales and England c.1485-1603; This breadth unit takes a look at poverty, vagrancy and the poor in Wales and England. Pupils will cover economic problems and their impact, the role of the church and the merchant classes in providing relief. Government legislation of crime and its punishment and a look at Poor Law, and how treatment changes throughout the period. Pupils will also look at threats, protest and rebellion. Within this section they will assess the effectiveness of Tudor consolidation of power, challenges of Lambert Simmel and Perkin Warbeck. The impact of threats, challenges posed to Edward VI, then Mary Tudor, as well as the nine days queen and the Wyatt rebellion.
- Nazi Germany 1933 – 1945; this unit considers the ideology and policies of the Nazi state from 1933 to its defeat in 1945.
- A personal research project; this unit, which is a non-examined assessment, is an opportunity to investigate an issue of historical debate through an individual study of different historical interpretations.
As part of this course the following assessment methods will be used:
- Written examination
- Project based
- Five GCSE’s at Grades A* – C (may include 1 relevant equivalent) which should include English Language or English Literature/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy.
- Additionally, learners will be required to have a minimum GCSE Grade B in specific subjects (click here to see subject specific entry requirements)
- Each application considered on individual merit
- Entry is subject to interview
Many of our courses require specific GCSE grades for entry. Any learners that have not achieved a grade C in English Language and/or Maths will be required to attend re-sit/upskilling classes alongside their main programme. We therefore strongly recommend that, if you are currently sitting GCSEs, you make every effort to achieve a minimum of grade C in your examinations.
- Recommended text book
- Stationery approximately – £30
All post 16 learners who undertake this course (Welsh Government funded provision over 40 hours) are required to undertake the WEST (Wales Essential Skill Toolkit) Full Diagnostic Initial Assessment for Communication, Application of Number and Digital Literacy within the first four weeks of their course.
- An element of your programme may be delivered via online learning.
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A-level study is primarily intended to provide entry to Higher Education.
If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) www.ucas.com to check any entry requirements.
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.