Course Information

The course comprises 4 units and is a linear course with three examination in the summer of Year 13 and one coursework for the full A level or two examinations in the summer of Year 12 for the AS level.

The units will be:

Unit 1 England 1547-1603: the Later Tudors (25% of A level – 50% of AS level)
Unit 2 Russia 1894-1941 (15% - 50% of AS level)
Unit 3 Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992 (40%)
Unit 4 Coursework – students to select own area of interest (20%)

During the course, students will be required to gain a detailed knowledge of the modules studied; analyse the historical issues arising out of the modules and form their own opinions on the key questions. Two of the modules also require students to develop the skill of critically evaluating historical sources.

Entry Requirements

A Level History is a highly regarded academic qualification. In order to succeed in this course, you will firstly require an interest and enjoyment in History. You should have an automatic interest in current affairs, political, social, cultural, moral and economic issues. You should naturally enjoy reading, discussing issues and writing arguments. Students should possess a GCSE Grade B or above in History or English Language.

You will also enjoy making connections with other subjects – History is all about putting the ideas and actions of people into context. If you have no interest in people, what makes them tick, what motivates them, the relationships they form with others, then don’t study History. If you are truly inquisitive about people then study History.

Career Pathway

A Level History will help you to develop the following skills:

  • putting forward ideas and arguments in a concise manner
  • communicating clearly in writing and speech
  • researching and judging the reliability of sources
  • organizing material in a logical and coherent way

For employers, these skills are all highly valued within the workplace.

Should you like to receive any additional information on this course please contact

Mr Ivan Woodward – Learning Lead

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