‘Who controls the past controls the future’ George Orwell, 1949

Exam board: AQA

Who is it for?

Students who have a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for 20th Century political history will find our A Level course an intellectually enriching and rewarding experience. Choosing what to do next year can be extremely difficult so by providing an insight into the topics you’ll cover, this leaflet may reduce the stress of decision-making.

Entry Requirements

GCSE history is advisable but not essential. If not taken, please speak to the Head of Department. In addition to the general entry requirements a grade 5 in English literature is required. Space is limited so please put as top priority.

Course structure

A level history is a linear qualification taught over two years, with all assessments at the end of the course. The subject specifications are that:

  • A level students will be required to study the history of more than one country or state
  • A level students will be required to study topics from a chronological range of at least 200 years
  • A level students will be required to study at least 20% British history
  • The A level will have a 20% non-examination component to assess independently researched historical enquiry

Weekly commitment

9 / 10 hours over two weeks in the classroom, with an additional weekly commitment of at least five hours private research and homework.

Assessment: Exams consist of a mixture of extended answer, essay, individual assignment and source based papers.

Course content

History is interesting, thought-provoking and offers a multitude of valuable skills. You’ll learn how to interpret demanding texts, to distinguish fact from allegation, evaluate evidence and formulate your own opinions. You will also study and debate historical interpretations of history.

Component 1: Breadth Study

- Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855—1964.

Component 2 : Depth Study

- The Making of Modern Britain, 1951—2007

Component 3 : Historical Investigation

- A personal study pre 1807.

Additional Costs: Lectures, conferences, occasional visits to museums, and an opportunity to visit Moscow and St Petersburg (Russia), Berlin (Germany), New York and Washington DC (USA) and Krakow (Poland) to visit Auschwitz.

Career Prospects

A Level history can lead to a number of degree courses at university and to first class careers in law, journalism, teaching, social work, Civil Service and many other careers working with people.

For further information, contact:

Mr J Carr, Head of History