The History A Level course will enable you to learn about the significance of events, individuals, issues and societies in history. You will undertake a breadth study and a depth study investigating two different historical eras. You will learn about the theories of historians, the language they use to discuss their ideas, and the methods they use to interpret and analyse historical evidence. You will also develop skills which enable you to construct effective and well supported arguments.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Students must have achieved a minimum of Grade 4 or above in both English and Mathematics and Grade 4 (equivalent) in at least 3 other GCSE/Level 2 qualifications.

Subject Specific Requirements

Grade 5 or above in GCSE History.

What will I do?

The A-Level History course consists of two exam units and one coursework unit completed over two years of study.

Exam Unit One: 1D Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy, 1603–1702.

The course is taught in two sections over Year 12 and Year 13:

  • Part one: Absolutism challenged: Britain, 1603–1649.
  • Part two: Monarchy restored and restrained: Britain, 1649–1702.

Exam Unit Two: 2Q The American Dream: Reality and Illusion, 1945–1980.

The course is taught in two sections over Year 12 and Year 13:

  • Part one: Prosperity, inequality and Superpower status, 1945–1963.
  • Part two: Challenges to the American Dream 1

Both units are assessed in exams at the end of Year 13.

Coursework Unit

The final area of study is the coursework element which will be completed in Year 13. This will cover a 100 year period and the focus will likely be an aspect of either German or Russian History. Students carry out an independent historical investigation and produce a piece of work of 3000 words in length.

What careers would this be suitable for?

An A Level in History can be used towards the entry requirements of many degrees and is particularly useful for those wishing to go on to study Law, Politics and Journalism.

History is also a useful area of study for many careers such as Teaching, Public Services and museum/archaeological work.

The study of History specifically develops both analytical and research skills as well as the ability to work independently. Moreover, History deepens our understanding of human behaviour and why the world is as it is today.

Where can I find out more?

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