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A-level History

Are you curious about why the world is the way it is? Were you enthralled by the heated debate around Edward Colston's statue being toppled, putting Bristol briefly at the centre of world events?

By studying one of our fascinating History courses, you will discover more about the world you live in today. You have two different courses to choose from:

In Early Modern World, you delve into The Early Tudors in England and African Kingdoms c1400-c1800 in Year 1. In Year 2 you look at Witchcraze and The English Civil War.

In 20th Century Modern World, you choose in Year 1 whether to study Russia & China or Britain & the USA. In Year 2 all students study The British Experience of Warfare, and complete a coursework piece on either Starlin's Purges or Impact of The New Deal.

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A-level Politics

In a world of unprecedented change, uncertainty and needing direction there has never been a better time to study A-level Politics.

Through this challenging and rewarding course, you will question what democracy really means and study freedom. In the light of Brexit landscape now, and understand how we got here. Study, applaud or challenge the institutions, systems and ideologies we have created to govern ourselves.

Over two years you will study Politics within the UK and across the Atlantic, in the USA. Enjoy units which are diverse and intriguing; from Voting Behaviour and the Media though to The Judiciary, The Presidency and Political Ideologies.

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Entry Requirements

Both courses require you to have achieved 5 GCSE grade 4s including English Language.

A-level History - additional entry criteria:

  • Grade 5 in GCSE English Language OR 4 in English Language and Grade 5 in English Literature
  • Grade 4 in GCSE History (if taken)

A-level Politics - additional entry criteria:

  • 5 in GCSE English Language OR 4 in English Language and Grade 5 in English Literature
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Meet Your History & Politics Teachers!

Our History & Politics Team have a wealth of expertise.

They come from a wide range of business and educational backgrounds which is shared across all courses, ensuring that you learn from real-world knowledge and experience.

Helpful Videos

Take a look at these recordings from our previous Live Events.

Hear our subject specialists talk about different aspects of the courses and answering questions from other students interested in studying History or Politics at St Brendan's.

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History and Politics FAQs

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A-level Politics Student: Millie

'I decided to study Politics because the topics covered are really interesting - ranging from core political ideologies to the US Supreme Court. The thing I enjoy the most about Politics at St Brendan's is the teaching; classes are open to discussion and filled with relevant conversations around the topics. Next year, I'm planning to study History and Politics at Oxford, and without choosing Politics I never would have considered this course as an option.'

Millie Studied: A-level Politics, History, English Literature

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Politics Alumni: Nina

After St Brendan’s I moved to London to pursue professional modelling and acting work before university. I signed with a top London modelling agency, featured in Vogue India, attended influencer events and landed a few small acting roles with Channel 4 and the BBC.

I am currently studying Politics at King’s College London whilst still doing some modelling work on the side. I am really enjoying the course, especially as it is incredibly relevant and interesting to study politics in the current turbulent political climate.

All of my teachers throughout my time at St Brendan’s were fantastic. My politics teachers inspired me and made the subject so interesting that I actually chose to pursue it at degree-level!

Nina Studied: Politics, English Language and Performing Arts


A-level History Student: Cora

'I've always been interested in the legacies of the Tudor monarchs. At St Brendan's I have supportive teachers who help me to develop my confidence. I hope to continue studying History at University after College.'

Cora studied A-level History, Fine Art, Film Studies

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History Alumni: Clare

After graduating from St Brendan’s I went on to gain Honours and Master’s degrees in Modern History at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, where I met my now-husband. After completing our degrees we lived in London and then Cheshire, where we started our family. I worked for a Management Consultancy firm and then set up my own consultancy business.

I spent nearly a decade as a Lay Magistrate in Cheshire, sitting in both adult and youth courts. This experience heightened my deep interest in criminal justice and criminal behaviour, and I undertook a Master’s Degree in Criminological Psychology.

After emigrating to Australia with my family, I began a criminal justice focused doctoral degree. I am now Dr Clare Farmer and a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Deakin University.

Careers in History or Politics

History and Politics students from St Brendan's progress to a wide range of university courses and apprenticeships.

Every year our dedicated Careers Teams arrange Careers Fairs and sector-specific events for students to explore all of their options. They also arrange talks from industry experts and St Brendan's Alumni.

Throughout your time at St Brendan's, the Careers Team door is always open for one-to-one appointments and advice and guidance.

Use the Pathways tool below to explore various progression routes to numerous careers through Higher Education courses and Apprenticeships.

Are You Ready?

Shape your future and apply to St Brendan's now!