Sixth-form a-level-history

A Level


What could this course lead to?

Past students have gone on to take courses as diverse as theatre management and law as well as more traditional degrees related to History.

GCSEs required

It is not necessary to have studied History at GCSE or its equivalent in order to study the A Level.

What will I be studying?

In the first year you will take a depth study looking at Britain 1951-79 and a breadth study of Tsarist Russia 1855-1917.

In the second year you will continue these units taking the British course up to 2007 and studying the USSR from 1917-1964. In addition students complete a coursework assignment looking at the causes of rebellion in Tudor England.

What skills or learning approach do I need for this subject?

History students need a questioning approach to their studies and should carry out their own research into the topics they study to broaden their perspectives. Students will develop and will need to demonstrate an awareness of historical debate.

An interest in current affairs will be advantageous on this course.

What benefits does this subject have for university entrance?

History is regarded as a facilitating subject meaning it is sought after by universities for a range of subjects. This is because it is  an academically rigorous subject which traditionally is very highly regarded by universities. Students develop a range of transferable skills allowing them to construct reasoned arguments, handle data and carry out independent research.

Will I have to do coursework?


How is it examined?

Written exams 80%
Coursework 20%

We do not enter students automatically for the AS exam but students may take it if they are unsure whether or not to continue onto the second year of the course.

Will I need to do coursework?

Yes. The A2 course includes an essay which will require independent research to produce an analysis of a historical issue including both contemporary source material and historiography.

What syllabus do you follow?

AQA: www.aqa.org.uk/askaqa

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