A Level History - British and European 20th Century

Full Time

About the course

The A level European History course looks at the development of Germany from its unification in 1871, through to reunification following the Cold War in 1991. The second unit is a depth study in modern British history from 1951-2007, which focusses on politics, foreign policy, society and the economy. A third coursework unit completes the A level at the end of the first year, focusing on Italian unification, giving students the opportunity to develop and use academic writing and research skills. 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 -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.

The exam board for both of our A-Level History Courses is AQA.

Entry requirements

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. A genuine interest in history, is also a prerequisite for the course.

Where next?

You will gain a wide range of skills, such as 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 a qualification which 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 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?

There are very few expenses. 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: constance.roach@newcollege.ac.uk

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