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History - A Level

Special Entry Requirements:

You do not need to have taken GCSE History however you will need to meet the A Level entry requirements plus a grade 5 in GCSE English Language.

Course Introduction:

History at AS and Advanced Level involves the study of the past of both Europe and Britain. We cover a variety of key historical events which encompass both political and social history. History is famously regarded as the ‘Science of Mankind’. Through the study of dictators, economic depressions, revolutions, war and famine this course will enable you to grasp the true nature of our ancestors and to examine and judge the choices they made.

History-Transition-Pack-2017.pdf – We have created a transition pack on the website to show you the kind of work that you will be doing at level 3 and to help you prepare for September.

Course Modules:

Unit 1: Britain 1930 – 1997 (Enquiry Topic Churchill 1930 – 1951)

Unit 2: The French Revolution and the rule of Napoleon 1774 – 1815

Unit 3: Russia and its Rulers 1855 – 1964

Unit 4: Topic based essay – Independently researched essay of 3000 – 4000 words using primary and secondary sources to evaluate differing historical perspectives. In most cases this will be on a topic already studied although there is some scope for students selecting a completely new historical period.


The coursework is worth 20% of your final mark. The other three units are assess via an exam.


Career Opportunities:

The study of History is immensely stimulating and enjoyable in its own right, but there is also a big emphasis on the development of transferable skills, which both universities and employers value highly. Career opportunities are many and varied, including teaching, librarianship, archive work, law, management and archaeology and politics!