A Level History - British and American 20th Century

Full Time

About the course

This A Level is included as either a CORE or a RECOMMENDED subject in one of our 14 suggested A Level pathways. You can find out more about these in our Prospectus or A Level guide. However, if timetabling allows for it, you can undertake any combination of three A Levels.

Discover how America became the superpower that it is today. From 1865-1975, the period after the Civil War to the end of the Vietnam War. How is America governed? What are its attitudes to foreign powers? Is there equality in the USA? What has changed? Investigate how Britain has changed since 1951-2007. Study developments in the Welfare State, the Thatcher Revolution, controversy with the war in Iraq and the changing lives of the British people. You will also do a topic on slavery.

You will study the course for 4.5 -5 (first year is 4.5 hours and second year is 5) hours per week and should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (In Feb/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.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at a grade 4/C or above, including grade 4/C in English Language and Literature. If you studied History at school you must have grade 4. A genuine interest in history.

Where next?

This qualification is well respected by employers and universities and is useful in a wide variety of careers such as journalism, law and teaching.

Work experience and employability

This course does not contain a specific work experience component, but has other activities to help you develop employability skills. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies, our Employability Team can help.

What additional resources will I need?

You can subscribe to History Review, but this is also available in the Library. An AQA course book is an essential purchase for this course. The cost of all visits is kept to a minimum.

Fees information

This course is free to students aged 16-18.

Students aged 19+ will usually be charged a tuition fee, unless they meet certain eligibility criteria for fee remission. For those paying, an Advanced Learner Loan may be available. For further advice on fees, waivers and loans, please contact the Fees Co-Ordinator at Queens Drive.


For queries about the course, please contact the course leader: rachael.blannin@newcollege.ac.uk

For general enquiries, please contact: enrolment@newcollege.ac.uk