To make sense of the world we live in it is essential to understand key events, individuals, movements and conflicts that have shaped history. History’s importance goes beyond the subject’s intrinsic interest and appeal. Every aspect of our lives, from our beliefs, culture, institutions, language and way of life are all shaped by the past.

The course follows the theme of ‘revolutions’ in modern and early modern Europe. You will study the political, religious, social and economic changes that took place in Britain between 1625 and 1701, the revolutionary events in Russia between 1894 and 1924 and the Witch Craze in Europe and North America between c1580 and 1750.

 Career Paths

  • Heritage management and museums
  • Archivist
  • Journalism
  • Civil service
  • Legal professions
  • Education
  • Publishing

More than just a course

History is taught by a team of highly qualified, experienced and enthusiastic teachers. Two of the official textbooks used on the course were written by a member of the history team.

Study visits develop students’ understanding of history. You will be taught through discussion, research, group work, video, audio, student conferences, university visits, field trips and individual research.

 Unique Features

  • You will study a variety of early modern and modern topics.
  • Two of the official textbooks used on the course are written by a teacher from the college.
  • You will gain an understanding of theoretical concepts and examine issues logically and systematically.
  • You will carry out independent investigative research.
  • Visits to Parliament, castles, battles and other historical sites enhance your understanding.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, covering a wide range of subject areas. These must include English Language and Maths.  Two of the subjects should be a grade 6.

A good GCSE performance in literary subjects e.g. History, English, Geography, Sociology, Religion.

“Having already studied History at GCSE, I thought taking it at AS and A Level would be a significant task. However, the excellent and approachable teachers have made it a thoroughly enjoyable and successful challenge.”

“History feels very relevant to my other subjects. We study really exciting areas – it is a lot better than History at school.”
Janneke Flynn-Gordon