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A-Level History

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

Inves­ti­gate key peri­ods in mod­ern his­to­ry and devel­op your pas­sion for the past. Explore top­ics such as 20th cen­tu­ry, British; Amer­i­can; Euro­pean His­to­ry and The Cold War.


What Does The Pro­gramme Include

You will work with pri­ma­ry sources in all units of this A Lev­el to devel­op your skills as a con­sci­en­tious His­to­ri­an. There may be the oppor­tu­ni­ty to Vis­it the Hous­es of Par­lia­ment, Churchill War Rooms and the Muse­um of Witch­craft and Mag­ic to devel­op your under­stand­ing of the past through real experiences.

Entry Require­ments

The stan­dard require­ments for A Lev­els is 5 GCSEs at Grade 5/C or above as a min­i­mum for human­i­ties sub­jects and 6/B in maths for all sci­ence subjects.

Each A Lev­el sub­ject has its own addi­tion­al entry require­ments, please see below:

Grade 6/B or above in History.

Wor­ried about your grades?

What­ev­er your results, we want to assure you that exten­u­at­ing cir­cum­stances will be con­sid­ered should you not have the grades indi­cat­ed above. 

We will review each appli­ca­tion on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suit­able for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effec­tive 6 weeks to suc­cess pro­gramme’ that oper­ates from the first day you start your course. This includes sup­port such as (but not lim­it­ed to):

  • Allow­ing you to change cours­es if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks
  • Mov­ing you between course lev­els if you are find­ing your cur­rent lev­el too easy / too hard
  • Incor­po­rat­ing Eng­lish and maths GCSE resits in to your timetable if you don’t meet the grades you need
  • One-to-one reviews with your aca­d­e­m­ic tutor to ensure you are pro­gress­ing and achiev­ing well

Our course enquiries and admis­sions team are avail­able remote­ly through­out this unprece­dent­ed peri­od. They can be con­tact­ed at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any fur­ther questions.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

Dur­ing the two years of study, you will be reg­u­lar­ly assessed under test con­di­tions to prac­tice being able to under­stand and respond to the ques­tions asked in the cor­rect time allo­ca­tion so that you are ful­ly pre­pared for the final exams. There is an assess­ment cal­en­dar for A lev­els which includes timed assess­ment every 4 to 5 weeks. Feed­back gained from these assess­ments will help you to devel­op your skills, tar­get your revi­sion and where nec­es­sary enable us to pro­vide addi­tion­al support.

Addi­tion­al Information

You will be able to take part in vis­its to sup­ple­ment your under­stand­ing. You will study 3 A Lev­el sub­jects, plus tuto­r­i­al and career devel­op­ment ses­sions. Each sub­ject has 6 hours per week con­tact time, with approx­i­mate­ly 4 hours of inde­pen­dent study. Unfor­tu­nate­ly we can­not accept stu­dents who only want to study a sin­gle A Lev­el sub­ject due to fund­ing limitations.

Poten­tial Future Career

Exam­ple job roles in:

  • Teacher
  • Lawyer
  • Jour­nal­ist
  • His­to­ri­an

Study fur­ther degrees in:

  • His­to­ry
  • Teach­ing
  • Law
  • Busi­ness

Course Con­tent

You will study the fol­low­ing units: 

  • Britain Trans­formed, 1918 – 97 including -
  • A chang­ing polit­i­cal and eco­nom­ic envi­ron­ment, 1918 – 79
  • Cre­at­ing a wel­fare state, 1918 – 79
  • Soci­ety in tran­si­tion 1918 – 79
  • Chang­ing qual­i­ty of life 1918 – 79
  • What impact did Thatch­er’s gov­ern­ments (197990) have on Britain 1979 – 97
  • Amer­i­can His­to­ry 1955 — 1992 — con­for­mi­ty and challenge -
  • Afflu­ence and con­for­mi­ty, 1955 – 63
  • Protest and Reac­tion, 1963 – 72
  • Social and polit­i­cal change, 1973 – 80
  • Repub­li­can dom­i­nance and its oppo­nents, 1981 – 92
  • The witch craze in Britain, Europe and North Amer­i­ca, c1500-c1750
  • Aspects in breadth: Chal­lenges to the witch craze, c1580-c1750
  • Aspects in depth: Per­se­cut­ing witchesc1590-c1693
  • The Caus­es of the Cold War 


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With amaz­ing sup­port from my tutors, in par­tic­u­lar Paul Don­schak, I achieved A*, A, A. Paul’s pas­sion has inspired me to con­tin­ue to study Physics at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Nottingham.

Alan Cutforth



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