At a glance

Awarding Board: Edexcel
Entry Requirements: Six GCSE grades 9-4 including English Language and Mathematics
Subject Specific: Study of History at Key Stage 4 is preferred but not required


Coursework plus three examinations at the end of Year 13
Coursework (20%)
Paper 1: 2 hours 15 mins (30%)
Paper 2: 1 hour 30 mins (20%)
Paper 3: 2 hours 15 mins (30%)

Why choose A Level History?

History helps us understand how events in the past made things the way they are today. We not only learn about ourselves and how we came to be, but also develop the ability to avoid mistakes in order to create a better society.

The subject will build on success at GCSE level and a dedicated and enthusiastic department are determined to deliver a stimulating, interesting and successful course.

What will you study?

Historical interpretation: Comprehend, analyse and evaluate how the past has been interpreted and represented in different ways, for example in historians’ debates and through a range of media such as paintings, films, reconstructions, museum displays and the internet.

Historical enquiry: Investigate specific historical questions, problems or issues, use historical sources critically in their context, deploying appropriate information and reaching substantiated conclusions.

Organisation and communication: Organise and communicate historical knowledge and understanding in different ways, arguing a clear, logical and precise case and reaching substantiated judgements.

An A Level in History contains these elements:

Year 12:

  • Democracies in Change
  • Britain transformed, 1918-1997
  • The USA, 1920-55: Boom, bust and recovery

Year 13:

  • Lancastrians, Yorkist and Henry VII, 1399-1509.


How will you study?

The structure of lessons will be very similar to GCSE lessons. Lessons will begin with retrieval questions, consolidating key concepts and knowledge required for the lesson. This will then be followed by teacher led introduction of new concepts, consolidation activities and reflective independent work.

A significant proportion of the A Level course, 20% of your overall grade, is the non-examination assessment component (coursework). The focus is on understanding the nature and purpose of the work of the historian, enabling you to develop skills in the analysis and evaluation of interpretations of history in a chosen question, problem or issue as part of an independently researched assignment which should be 3000-4000 words.

Where will it take me?

Studying history opens up an exciting range of careers: Journalism, Law, Business and Finance, Marketing/Sales, PR and Advertising, Management, Nursing, It, Armed Forces/Public Profession Services, Industrial Public Sector, Catering, Retail Creative/Design/Media, Health And Childcare, Teaching or Engineering.


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