History A-Level

Why study history?

The purpose of historical inquiry is not simply to present facts but to search for an interpretation of the past. It is commonly acknowledged that an understanding of the past is fundamental to an understanding of the present. History is essential to the traditional objectives of the liberal arts: the quest for wisdom and virtue. Most importantly, history is both fascinating and fun! History combines the excitement of exploration and discovery with the sense of reward born of successfully confronting and making sense of complex and challenging problems.

What will I be learning about?

You will explore four different components; a British period study on the Late Tudors, a thematic study on Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992 and Russia 1894-1941 for a non-British period study as well as a 3,000-4,000 word coursework unit.

How will I be assessed?

With examination board OCR, the A-Level will be assessed with 3 exams weighting 25% (Unit 1), 15% (Unit 2) and 40% (Unit 3). The final 20% will be a piece of coursework (Unit 4) that is marked by your teachers.

Where will this lead?

A-Level history encourages students to think, argue, discuss, communicate and challenge. It is accepted by higher education institutions to be a challenging discipline and is favourably looked upon. History acts as a platform for careers in law, politics, civil service, the media, management and education amongst many others. For this reason, it is identified by the prestigious Russell Group of universities as a “facilitating subject”, which supports students in applications to a wide range of degrees.

What are the entry requirements?

Eight grade 9-4 at GCSE level including minimum level 5 in English.