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Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 2 years Level 3 Part-Time - Day Hartlepool Sixth Form A-Levels Apply Enquire

What’s it all about?

History is about the study of people and their actions in the past but this study will also equip you with skills that will be useful in your future career. It is the subject for you if you enjoy considering evidence and developing your own opinions.

Initially there is a choice between two routes: you can study Religion and the State in Sixteenth Century Europe or Britain and the USA in the Twentieth Century. This choice will allow you to specialise in the area of history that really interests you; whether it be Tudor England or the struggle for civil rights in the USA.

Later in your course you may study the rise and fall of the British Empire in countries such as Australia, Canada and India.
You will also have the opportunity to complete an independently researched historical enquiry on a topic of particular interest to you.

You will need 5 GCSEs at grade 5-9, including English Language.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire You will need to provide your own stationery and you will be given the opportunity to take part in trips and visits.

English and Maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career. If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE Maths and/ or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills.

Mon-Fri, between 9am-4pm. Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

What’s next?

Many of our students choose to go on and study for a degree in history at university. It is a highly regarded degree, which can lead on to a wide range of careers. History also works well as a joint honours, especially with politics, English or archaeology.

A-Level History is a key subject for those choosing to study law at university because of the range of skills the course provides. Many of our students obtain places at prestigious universities.

History provides the skills necessary for a range of professions. The subject knowledge acquired allows students to work in the heritage sector or in education. Alternatively, the valuable skills that are developed mean history students often go on to work in the legal profession, in the civil service or in the media.

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Why sixth form is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

97.2% of our students progress to a positive destination

(*Destination data for Hartlepool Sixth Form students aged 16-18, academic year 2017/18).

Why choose Hartlepool Sixth Form?

We are the College of the Year.

(*Top college nationally for BTECs, Pearson 2019)

100% pass rate in 20 A-Level subjects including Computer Science, Economics, History and Maths. 

*Summer 2019

99.1% overall A-Level pass rate

*Summer 2019

We have recently invested in a brand new state-of-the-art digital suite and health simulation ward.