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In Short

You will study The Cold War in Europe 1941–1995 – exploring the rise and fall of the USSR as a superpower, its changing relationship with America and the impact of global events on the Cold War in Europe. You will also consider the Early Stuarts and the origins of the Civil War, including the growth of Puritan opposition, the first civil war and the problems of non-monarchical government between 1649 and 1660 under Oliver Cromwell.

An A Level in History will provide you with a wide range of valuable skills. You will learn how to research and assess information and to present it either as a verbal or written report/essay – skills which are much in demand by employers and universities alike.

100% pass rate in A Level History in 2020 – 1.8% above National Average


Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at Grade 9-5 including English Language and Maths.


Course Content

You will learn how to research and assess information, and to present it either as a verbal or written report/essay; these skills are in high demand by employers and universities. The course looks at the fate of monarchies in revolution in 17th century England and the relationship between East and West during the Cold War and involves some extensive reading.

AS units

  • 17th century England 1603 – 1660
  • The Cold War in Europe 1941 – 1995


A2 units

  • Russia 1855-1964: Russia & its Rulers.


You will identify, analyse and evaluate themes such as nature of government and war and its impact on society,  its Empire, nationalities and satellite states running through the period and a Topic based essay is an independently researched essay of 3000-4000 words in length which is a non-exam assessment.



History is an excellent preparation for many degree courses including history, law, politics and journalism. As a national curriculum subject it is especially valuable if you are thinking of a career in teaching. Equally, the material you will study would be useful if you intend to pursue a career in business, banking, the legal professions, local government and the Civil Service. A study of human behaviour history is helpful for anyone who wishes to work with people. Students who completed this course went on to study history, law and psychology at Universities such as Exeter, Southampton and Brighton.


Your Tutors - Sarah Downes & Bethan Tidd

Sarah Downes

I have taught at Weymouth College for ten years on a range of academic subjects such History, Sociology, Philosophy and Ethics.  I have been an Examiner for OCR since 2018 for History that enables me to have an excellent understanding of exam requirements and help the students to do well.  History and Sociology complement each other very well and both subjects are pertinent in today’s world.


If you are aged 16-18 as of 31 August on the year of enrolment – no course fee. If you are over 19 as of 31 August and enrolling on a full-time programme of study a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases. Bursary funds – There are financial support arrangements for 16-18 year olds and hardship funds available for the over 19s. Please contact reception for details of costs and concessions on 01305 761100 or email

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