Individuals & Society: History

What will you do on this course?

Standard level:

Prescribed Subject 1

  • Rights and Protest (USA and South Africa)
  • Authoritarian States (Twentieth Century)
  • The Cold War: superpower tensions and rivalries (twentieth century)
  • Plus an internal assignment, on a topic of your choice

Higher Level:

All of the above plus

  • Aspects of the History of Europe

How will you be assessed?

Two written examinations for Standard Level.

One additional written examination for Higher Level.

Students undertake an internal assessment on a subject of their choice and work independently to produce a 2000 word, structured essay. It is worth 25% of the final mark at standard level and 20% at Higher 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. History is traditionally very highly regarded by universities. The analytical skills required and the ability to construct a reasoned argument are skills that can be used across a number of disciplines.


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