History involves the use of critical thinking, analysis, essay writing, reading and assessment of sources. All of these skills are transferable and highly valued by both employers and universities. The use of source materials and classroom seminars form the basis of the course.
The use of source materials and classroom seminars form the basis of the course structure.
Teaching begins in September (January for 18 month courses). In the first year you will cover the following topics:
- Britain 1930 - 1997
- The French Revolution and the rule of Napoleon 1774 - 1815
The second year then builds on this foundation for the completion of the full A level. In the second year you will focus on the following:
- Russia and its Rulers 1855 - 1964
- Coursework Assignment (4000 words)
A level Exam Format
|Paper 1||Paper 2||Paper 3||Non-exam assessment|
|British Period Study and Enquiry
1 hour 30 minutes
|Non-British Study Period
|Thematic Study and Historical Interpretations
2 hour 30 minutes
History One-Year A level
The board, format and content are the same as the two-year programme, but the course is covered in the space of one year. The stand-alone AS papers would not be sat.
Candidates should have a C grade at GCSE or equivalent. Overseas and UK students who have not studied history previously may still be considered, but they will need to have a strong interest in the subject and may be expected to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of historical concepts and methods. History students will also need to demonstrate a strong command of the English language.
Related Further Study and Careers
History is a valued A Level subject, and is particularly popular amongst applicants for Law degrees as well as a wide range of humanity degrees.