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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!



There are no course fees if you will be aged 16-18 on 31/08/22, and are not studying at another institution.

Otherwise, please contact our Student Services Team for further information:

01539 814700


The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year for full-time courses and per course for part-time courses.

There may be other costs associated with this course e.g. kit, equipment, books, trips etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.

Courses Fees

The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2021/22 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2022/23 will be updated in the Spring Term 2022. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.

Level 3-6 Courses

Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19 or over 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.

You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a Level 3 qualification if you do not already have a Level 3 qualification (this will depend on the course & your age on 31/08/21).

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


The fees displayed are for the 1-year AS-Level course. If you would like to progress onto the full A-Level, please contact us for the cost of the second year as it will be different.

16-18 year olds

There are no course fees if you were aged 16-18 on 31/08/22, and are not studying at another institution.

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