Hartpury College


Course Overview

This course enables you to study a range of historical themes and allows you to gain a thorough understanding of how our society has developed over time. Examine the past and understand why and how things happened and the motivation of people involved. Using analytical and written work you will develop your own ideas and opinions and be able to explain and justify your conclusions, with relevant evidence from history and from a range of points made by modern historians.

This course is especially appropriate to those who have a keen interest in the past and how it relates to recent and current developments. It particularly requires the ability to use a range of sources to throw light on an issue and to bring these together to work out a reasoned argument. Students will need to be prepared to carry out individual reading and research to develop their own ideas and opinions in order to be able to justify their conclusions with relevant evidence. The ability to communicate effectively in written and oral work is a vital part of the course. History students need to be able to build up a wide perspective on issues, so a genuine interest beyond the confines of the specific periods and issues encountered in the course units is essential to a good understanding and enjoyment of the course.

Our students have gone on to some fantastic careers in a wide range of industries and enjoyed some exceptional work placements all over the world, helping them open doors to their dream careers. You can read our students’ stories here

Entry Requirements


Five GCSEs at grade A*-C, which must include English Language, Mathematics and Science. To study A-level History you will need: Grade B or above in History GCSE

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In Brief


2 Years

Tuition fees

Students under 19 years of age on 31 August 2016: Tuition is free for the duration of your course (full-time courses only).
Educational visits charge: An annual £65 fee is payable for all Further Education students and covers the cost of outside visits, the engagement of special speakers and a contribution to the cost of administration.

When should I apply

We welcome applications for September 2016 entry from October 2015 onwards. You do not have to wait for your GCSE results. 

How to apply

Download the application form. Please note: you can complete this form on your computer and then print it to send back to us - you are unable to save.

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Number of new College students at Hartpury hits record high!

Hartpury has seen its highest ever number of new College students joining the famous Pury family this year!

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