This A Level is included within the Humanities pathway as a Recommended Core subject. It is included in the following pathways as a Recommended Additional Subject: Business and Entrepreneurship; Creative Studies; Design and Media; English and Communications; Environment, Geography and Earth Science; Law and Legal; Medical Health; Social Sciences. However, you can choose History - British and European 20th Century with any A Level/equivalent combination (except for other History A Levels), there is plenty of choice and flexibility.
This interesting course looks at the development of Germany from its unification in 1871, through to the end of the Cold War in 1991. The second unit is an in-depth study into modern British history from 1951-2007, which focuses on politics, foreign policy, society and the economy. A third coursework unit completes the A level, focusing on Italian unification. This course not only allows you to develop your knowledge of an important, and still very relevant period of History, but will also help to develop your writing and critical thinking skills.
You will study the course for 4.5 hours a week in the first year and 5 hours a week in the second year. You should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per week on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (in February/March), but do not count towards the final A Level. Exams for the whole A level are held in May or June of the second year.
A minimum of five GCSE grades at 4/C, including grade 4/C in English Language and English Literature. If you have taken History, a grade 4 must be achieved. You should also have a genuine interest in history.
Future career and study opportunities
You will gain a wide range of skills on this course, including the ability to be objective, to research, organise and present arguments as well as evaluate a range of sources. This course will also help you to develop your communication and analytical skills through class discussions and essay writing.
A Level History is well respected by employers and universities and is useful in a wide variety of careers such as journalism, law and teaching.
Work experience/Careers Extra
This course does not contain a specific work experience component but many of the skills you will learn are essential to employability. If needed, our Employability Team can help you find local work placements that will support the course.
You will need to buy a course book and pay for any visits – however, all costs are kept to a minimum.