History – A level

History is an exciting and insightful discipline and is taught to inspire a student’s curiosity of the past. We look for students to engage with our independent learning ethos.

Studying history will create an understanding of the value and significance of events in the past and gain a deeper understanding of social, religious, economic and cultural issues.

A variety of learning activities are used with a heavy emphasis on discussions, debates and individual presentations.

Exam/coursework breakdown:

Year 12
England 1445–1509: Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VII, 50% of AS and 25% of A Level

The Cold War in Europe 1941-1995, 50% of AS and 15% of A Level

Year 13
Russia and its Rulers 1855–1964, 40% of overall A Level

The French Revolution 1789-1805, 3-4000 word essay non-exam based, 20% of overall A Level

Entry requirements

C/5 in GCSE History if taken, otherwise evidence of good reading, comprehension and writing skills.

Progression possibilities

A history qualification is always in demand from employers, in areas such as the Law, Journalism and Management.

History is seen as a ‘facilitating subject’ by the Russell Group Universities and therefore leaves open a wide range of courses to you for study at university.

History combines admirably with almost any other subject, giving academic rigour and credibility to your course, and the opportunity to develop key skills, especially communication, working with others and independent research.