Course type:
A Levels

A Level in History

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 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.

At Hartpury, we follow the Edexcel exam specification for History. For further information, please click here

A Levels are currently selected from three option blocks that have been grouped to maximise choice, with one choice from each block, and dedicated study time is allocated for A Level students living on site. The A Level timetable is specifically designed to allow students to access compulsory enrichment.

Some of these enrichment programmes enable students to gain an additional qualification that can boost their UCAS tariff points, such as pre-medicine, while the pre-veterinary programme is popular with A Level students hoping to study veterinary medicine at university. Others enrichment activities include astronomy club, conversational Spanish and recreational sport. Please note that places are limited on some enrichment programmes.

How to apply for this course

Course Duration

2 Year
Duration:
2 Year course
Course type:
Full Time

Entry Requirements

GCSE | You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A*-C (9-4 numerical equivalent) or above as well as:

Grade B/6 or above in History

Why study A Levels at Hartpury College?

Hartpury College is not like a traditional sixth form college. Studying on our specialist College and University Centre campus offers unrivalled opportunities to expand your horizons and achieve your ambitions, from getting a place at the university you want to opening the door to your dream job.

We’ll give you all the care and support you need but we’ll also treat you as an adult and an individual.

Our A Level offer is unique – combining academic study with a world of enrichment opportunities – and we’re skilled at helping students to balance their elite sport or riding commitments and their studies. You’ll also have access to our exceptional sport, equine and animal and land facilities within a thriving international community. Plus there’s no school uniform of course!

Our students have achieved excellent results with us and many progress on to the UK’s top universities. We’ve even had an Oxbridge offer and other students have gone on to secure sports scholarships in the USA!

Key information

  • Finance

    There is no charge for tuition if you are coming to Hartpury College to study a full-time course and you are under 19 years of age on 31st August of the academic year your course starts. For the lowdown on everything finance related you can click below. 

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  • Transport

    If you are not able to live on campus or would prefer to go home every evening, there are different transport options available, from minibuses to coaches to public bus companies. Student transport is based on three zones and charging bands. 

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  • Accommodation

    Living in on-site accommodation is a brilliant way of meeting new friends and gaining confidence and independence. With support from 24 hour wardens seven days a week, you can be sure that your time at Hartpury will be a safe and enjoyable experience.

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A Levels or a Diploma?

Are you unsure about whether A Levels or a BTEC Diploma are the right choice for you? Find out the key differences and which qualification would best suit your learning style and your career and further study ambitions on our dedicated page.

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