Later Modern History (1790-1991)

Later Modern History (1790-1991)

This course is for you if you are keen to understand major events in the recent past and if you are curious and willing to read widely to gain a depth of knowledge.

  • Course Type School Leaver
  • Subject Area Humanities
  • Qualification A Level 🧩
  • Study Mode: Full Time Only
  • Course Level Level 3
  • Location Hele Road Centre
  • Course Length 2 years
99.32% Pass rate in 2019

Any A Level subjects can be combined. A Levels can also be studied alongside a BTEC Level 3 Certificate.

You will study an AS Level in the first year of this course.

History is an academically challenging subject that rewards those who put the most into it. You have the chance to choose between two different courses depending on your interests. Either course provides you with a range of interesting and challenging material for you to study.

This course is ideal if you enjoy finding out about how and why historical events happen and what the consequences of these events are. Lessons are suited to those who enjoy debating and developing arguments about historical issues.

The final A Level qualification will be achieved by completing three examinations at the end of the two year course following completion of coursework. All learners are given the opportunity to also gain an AS Level at the end of their first year to help you to know that this is the right course for you.

What topics will I study?

  • Russia 1917-91, from Lenin to Yeltsin
  • Mao’s China, 1949-76
  • Protest, Agitation and Parliamentary Reform, Britain 1780-1928
  • Causes of the Cold War (coursework)

You will:

  • Cover units on topics such as Russia (1917-1991) from Lenin to Yeltsin, Mao’s China (1949-1976), protest, agitation and parliamentary reform in Britain (1780-1928)
  • Develop skills of research and show evidence of written arguments through independent research
  • Attend field trips in the UK and overseas (we currently run a trip to Berlin ever other year)
  • Read widely and learn through research and discussion, as well as in lectures

You can study with A Levels and/or BTEC Certificates. It goes particularly well with Politics, Classics, English Literature, Sociology and Law. You have to choose between the Early and Later Modern courses as they are different parts of the same A Level, you cannot study both.

Next steps: This course is excellent preparation for a History degree.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements: Eight GCSEs at grade 4 or above (including English Language and Maths).


Subject bespoke Learning Resource Centre support, compute suite and iPads for research, lecture theatre.

Additional Costs

There are some costs of materials and resources.

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