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History - A level

History is an engaging and vital subject. Without knowledge of where we have been we can't truly understand who we are or where we are going.

The subject is rewarding and challenging in its own right, as well as preparing students for their future in a number of ways. It provides students with many of the skills that employers look for, and many employers view history as one of the most desirable subjects that their potential employees could have studied

A Level history is not just learning about the past it is learning about how the future can and should be shaped.

Studying history is an exciting and rewarding experience. Teaching and learning is led by a talented and experienced team of teachers. Students benefit from seminar style lessons that are excellent preparation for higher education.

There are numerous opportunities to develop your own research project and benefit from the expertise and contacts within the history department.

History helps you to develop the skills to look beyond the headlines, to ask questions properly, and to express your own opinions.
Year 12 student

Course outline

Outline of the course

 

Students must study:

the history of more than one country …

  • Component 1: Breadth study - a British history option, The Tudors, 1485-1603
  • Component 2: Depth study - a non-British history option, Democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918 - 1945
  • (Year 13) Component 3: Historical Investigation - a personal study based on a topic of student's choice. This takes the form of a 3,500 word answer to a question in the context of approximately 100 years.

Requirements

Good GCSE results, preferably including GCSE history at Grade 5 or above. If students have not studied history at GCSE we would expect a grade of 6 or above in English language GCSE.

History is a very dynamic subject which can be accessed in many ways. It relates to everything in the world today and appeals to all on some level.
Year 13 student

What will I learn?

Studying history at AS/A Level provides students with an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and love of history, while further developing skills and understanding in a friendly but challenging environment.

Students are provided with opportunities to study the inter-war and Nazi period in Germany or the International Relations which resulted in both the First and Second World Wars, as well as a depth study of the whole era of the Tudor monarchs.

History at AS level offers students a chance to study lively and attractive material, while also offering guidance on the key terms, events and issues. Thought provoking activities and questions are used in a way that is designed to advance students’ understanding, inspire both critical and independent thinking, share ideas with others and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their full potential.

History is a challenging yet extremely popular course and it provides students with an excellent grounding for Higher Education.

What skills do I need?

  • Ability to evaluate historical documents - how far can you trust them? How useful are they?
  • Ability to express your own opinions.
  • Ability to write extended answers with carefully crafted, researched and supported arguments.

How is the course graded?

You will do two exams as part of the AS course, both 1 hour 30 minutes long. As part of the A level course, you would sit two examinations and complete a historical enquiry of your own choosing and creation.

What is next for me after this course?

History is a well recognised and valued qualification to colleges, universities and employers as it teaches many transferable skills. Career pathways are wide ranging and possible careers include law, administration, media, journalism, research, public relations, museum and library based work, archaeology, engineer, politics and teaching.