History — A Level

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A Level History is not about simply learning facts about the past. That would have no purpose! Instead, History is about learning why things happened the way they did and what the effect of that was. This enables you to critically assess the world around you and gives you a highly prized set of skills for a broad range of careers. Delivered by dedicated tutors at The City of Liverpool College, A-Level History gives you a solid grounding in the broad range of historical skills that you will need to progress to more specialised subjects at university. In particular, you will study two main historical periods:
• Tudor England 1485 – 1603; where you will learn how the Tudors rose to power in the Wars of the Roses, why Henry VIII broke away from the Catholic Church, and how Elizabeth I stabilised the kingdom and created the cult of the ‘Virgin Queen’.
• Weimar & Nazi Germany 1918 - 1945; where you will understand why Hitler was able to rise to power, how the Third Reich changed German society, and why ordinary Germans became involved in the carnage of World War Two and the horror of the Holocaust.
You will also complete Coursework on a historical topic/theme of your choice which covers a period of 100 years. Involving in-depth research of primary sources and secondary works, completing the Coursework will transform you from a History student into a real Historian!
History has opened the doors to many university courses and careers for our students. Universities and employers will always value the analytical and written skills that the course helps you develop. In addition, the crucial ability assess a range of evidence and build your own arguments will stand you in good stead, whether you want to study History or Politics, Sociology, Communications, Philosophy, and many other Humanities subjects at university.
If you’re interested in the course, in City of Liverpool College, or are just simply as passionate about History as we are, you can follow us on Twitter @liv_history. If you have any questions or would like to speak to a tutor then please feel free to email.
As part of the A-Level History cohort, you will have the opportunity to take part in various extra-curricular activities. We have strong links with local universities such as LJMU and Liverpool Hope and we often arrange trips to these institutions and/or arrange for a guest academic to come and give students a taste of university History. We also encourage students to contribute and maintain the course’s Twitter page.
The College is also currently examining the prospect of a course trip to Auschwitz, a powerful experience to tie in with our study of the Holocaust.


AS/A Level History

This course leads to...

A qualification in history opens doors to a wide range of careers. The broad set of analytical and time management skills you develop are highly prized and there is a vast range of jobs and careers open to those who have studied history at any level; great career opportunities exist both inside and outside the lab. Nobody knows what the jobs of the future will look like, but many of them will require people with the critical thinking skills of historians to assess and manage situations and projects.

Entry Requirements

To embark on the course, you must have a minimum of 5 GCSEs (including English) or equivalent (this equivalency will be discussed at our information evening and then in further detail at interview). Your GCSEs should be in the 4-6 range (Bs and Cs under the old system). All places are conditional on results, subject to interview in June/July and a suitable reference from your school. But ultimately, the most important entry requirement is that you are committed and determined to do well!

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Further Information...

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You can contact us online via applications@liv-coll.ac.uk or call us at any point on 0151 252 3000 with any queries you may have – we’re here to help.


Course ID: 157926

Course Year: 19/20

Course Duration: 2 Years


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free. If you are aged between 19-23 and don’t have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent), you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

24 years old or over or 19-23 and have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent) at the start of the course, fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer.

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