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History is a very rewarding subject to study because it tries to interpret and explain the events, issues and major personalities that have helped to shape the world we live in.

The options in the first year are linked by the themes of nationalism and dictatorship and their links with democracy.

In studying Germany (Paper 1) and either Italy or Spain (Paper 2), a similar pattern of political change occurred that saw unstable democracies replaced by nationalist dictatorships, with significant impacts on the wider history of Europe, before returning to democratic forms of government.

The course will help develop the skills and qualities required for further education or employment. It will help you develop the ability to evaluate and analyse evidence.

It will also help you to formulate clear and precise arguments that are well-communicated and well-supported so you should never lose an argument again!


AS Level – two external examinations (May/June 2016)

A-level – 3 external examinations (May/June 2017) and coursework (20%)

Entry Requirements

Grade 5 in English Language. An interest in studying the past and its impact on today and an average GCSE score of 5.20 or higher. Grade C or above in GCSE History is desirable.

Average GCSE Scores

Please note that for some of our courses, we require a minimum average GCSE score.
We use average GCSE scores to ensure our students enrol on courses where they have the greatest opportunity to succeed.

- - 9
A* - 8
A - 7
B - 6
C - 5
D - 4
E - 3
F - 2
G - 1

How to work out your average GCSE Score
To calculate your score, take your best eight GCSE qualifications which must include GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths. To work out each point score, add them all together and then divide the total by eight.

BTEC Firsts, CiDA, DiDA, Functional Skills Level 1/2, GCSE Short Courses, OCR Vocational & ECDL qualifications are not counted towards Average GCSE Scores however we do take them into consideration when assessing overall academic achievement and your suitability for BTEC and other vocational courses. 

There may be other requirements you need to meet, in order to enter EN on the desired programme you wish to study. If at any time you have any questions or queries please e-mail We will be happy to advise you further.

EN reserves the right to change our Entry Requirements to match the needs of our students.


  • Paper 1: Germany and West Germany – 1918-1989
  • Paper 2: The rise and fall of fascism in Italy – 1911-1946 or Spain – 1930-1978.
  • Paper 3: British Experience of Warfare – c1790-1918
  • Coursework: Nazi Germany – 1933-1945


History is a highly respected academic subject amongst universities and employers, and has been identified by most universities as one of the subjects they prefer applicants to have studied. The skills attained whilst studying history will be useful in a wide range of other subjects and occupations.

Inspirational Links & Videos

Ted Talk by Niall Ferguson (Historian) - The 6 killer apps of prosperity

Ted Talk by Jonathan Klein - Photos that changed the world

Watch this to understand why History is such a great subject

Course Information


A level

Course Work