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History – A Level

Special Entry Requirements

In addition to the A Level entry requirements, you will need grade 5 in GCSE English Language.

Course Introduction

History A 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 – 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 assessed via an exam.

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