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Here at Kendal College, we have a culture of high expectations, creating an environment in which A-Level learners can thrive.

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Course Overview

A-Level History is fascinating and is well respected by employers and universities as a challenging academic subject.

History is quite simply the study of the past. There is of course rather a lot of past to discover and learn about as the past itself is infinitely complicated. Even looking at a period which on the face of it seems simple, can yield surprises. There are many specialisms within history, for instance social, archaeological, military or political history, and for those of you who go on to study history in higher education history, A-Level History will give you not only the qualification but also the analytical skills, critical methods and mindset which you will need to do well.

The A-Level course at Kendal College looks both at the Tudors and the Cold War, covering the sufficient breadth and depth of history the A-Level requires. Students will query the conspiracy theories of the Cold War, and compare them to potential conspiracies today, discerning the truth from fiction while considering how close a game of brinkmanship brought the human race to disaster. Students will also discover how Henry VII created the Tudor Dynasty consolidating the power of the crown despite a relatively weak dynastic claim, why the oft-held view of Henry VIII as a womaniser is not necessarily the truth and what Elizabeth I really wore and used as makeup.

Study commences 2018 for the AQA syllabus AS-Level and A-Level examinations, and students may elect to be entered for both. It is taught at Kendal College by Daniel Millican, a solicitor with a postgraduate qualification from the University of Oxford with a particular interest in both Cold War and Tudor history.

If you would like to study a full-time programme of A-levels, please complete a full-time application form.

Entry Requirements

Strong GCSE in English and preferably History (Grade 6 and above).

If you would like to study a full-time programme of A-levels, please complete a full-time application form.

After Your Course

Reading history can help students develop vital analytical skills which may lead to a career in education, law, or management to name but a few. The subject is valued in business as a tool for analysis, in the armed forces as a critical topic for strategists, in the police as a topic which teaches investigatory prowess and amongst commodity traders for if you hope to predict the future you need to study the past!



Course fees are per year. The current fee information is related to the 2019/20 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2020/21 will be updated in the Spring Term. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.

This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:

  • Aged 16-18 on 31/08/19
  • Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
  • Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
  • Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
  • Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course

Level 3-6 Courses for Adults

Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19+ and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.

Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.

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