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The study of history is much more than the study of the past. Its study allows for the development of fundamental skills that are transferable to any profession.
What is History?

A Level History is much more than the study of the past. Its study allows for the development of fundamental skills that are transferable to any profession. Employers value the skills developed in the study of history: analysis, reading, debating, thinking, writing, assessing different sources.

What is History at DLD?

The A Level History course at DLD establishes a strong foundation in the subject along with independent student learning. The course covers a wide spectrum of periods and topics from fifteenth century England to post 1945 International Relations. The subject is taught in a variety of ways, including traditional lessons as well as DVDs, presentations and excursions. In short, it caters for all learning styles.

How is it assessed?
Paper 1Option 1ERussia, 1917–91: from Lenin to Yeltsin
Paper 2Option 2E.1Mao’s China, 1949–76
Or (depending on group)
Paper 2Option 2E.2The German Democratic Republic 1949-90
Paper 3Option 31Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors, 1485–1603
Paper 4(Coursework)Questions will be set on International Relation of the 20th Century

Exam Board: ED

What do I need?

Although it is not critical to have studied History at GCSE, it is essential to have a genuine enthusiasm for the subject and a solid grade in GCSE English Language. Enjoyment of writing and reading extensively are essential because History is about reading and writing.

Good subject combinations

History is an academic subject and as such it goes well with other academic subjects such as English Literature, Politics and Sociology whose study requires similar skills. However, the subject can be studied with virtually any other discipline, provided that the necessary skills and a willingness to develop or acquire them is present.

After DLD

History has so many transferable skills, that one would be hard pushed to find a profession that doesn’t require all or most of them. Many university courses like Law insist on A Level History precisely because of the nature of the skills that are developed. A Level History is a good general academic qualification that is widely respected by both universities and employers.


Q. Can I do the course in one year?
A. Yes. Generally it is not advisable, but it is possible under certain circumstances, such as demonstration of exceptional ability in the subject.

Entry Requirements for international students

To study A Levels, your current or pending exam results should be equivalent to or higher than GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in at least 5 subjects and a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 5.0.
At the start of each academic year of study students following an A-Level course without a pass at grade C in GCSE or IGCSE English Language or with an Academic English score below 6.5 overall must join an Academic English training course for the duration of the academic year which will be timetabled alongside A-Level lessons.
If your level of English is not sufficient to meet the entry criteria for the A-Level programme you will normally be offered a place on the Abbey DLD Colleges One Year Pre-sessional (Pre A-Level) in order to bring your English skills up to the required level.

The history department at DLD offers opportunities for rigorous and intellectual debate, everyone has a chance to express their opinions. Lessons are both fun and exciting. I could not recommend History at DLD more for eager and hard-working students.

Daniels Ulms – DLD Graduate

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