Why should I study this subject?

History is a fascinating and exciting subject, not only because it encourages the discovery of secrets from the past, but also because it helps us to understand the world around us today. A-Level History offers a broad and in-depth study of the past, incorporating a spectrum of employability skills such as: critical and reflective thinking, communication, analysis, research. The course will allow students to delve more deeply into a wide range of events over a time frame of more than 200 years.

What will I study?

The options you will study are:

A British module – The Tudors from 1485 to 1603. The first year of study will focus on Henry VII and Henry VIII. The second year of study will focus on Edward, Mary and Elizabeth.

A non-British module – Russia Revolution and Dictatorship 1917-53. The first year will focus on the Revolutions of 1917 and Stalin’s rise to power. The second year will focus on Stalin in power and his reign of terror. Both units will cover themes like: social, economic, political, cultural and religious changes throughout the time frames.

What are the entry requirements?

Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.

What skills do I need?

To study History A level you will need to be able to… analyse and interpret sources, work independently, meet deadlines, write extended pieces of work, have a good command of the English language, explain why events were important, develop arguments and support these with selected evidence, and be committed to working hard!

How will I be taught?

Lessons will incorporate:

PowerPoints, booklets, independent research/study in and outside of lessons, group debates, presentations and interactive seminars.

How will I be assessed?

Year 12 – two 1 hour 30 minutes exams worth 50% of AS

Year 13 – two 2 hour 30 minutes exams worth 40% each. Coursework 20%

What will the course prepare me for?

Studying History opens up the doors to a whole range of careers for example: teaching, law, journalism, research, publishing, television, banking, management – the sky is the limit really!

How much private study should I expect to do?

You will be expected to do 4 hours of preparation work a week. This will include wider reading, essay practice, revision and source analysis.

What materials will I need to purchase?

You will need: two folders, one for each unit, folder dividers, pens and paper.

What is the exam board?

The History syllabus follows the AQA A-Level exam board.

This subject is for you if
you have good written communication skills and enjoy evaluating causes, events and consequences and developing your own arguments. History suits people who have an inquisitive mind and who refuse to accept anything at face value!

This subject is not for you if
you do not enjoy writing essays or analysing sources, you can’t manage your own time effectively in order to meet deadlines and you don’t like exams.