Historical events have shaped society worldwide into what it is today and by understanding how people lived in the past, we are able to understand why people act the way they do today.

A level History explores the value and significance of world events in the past, providing a deeper understanding of social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity.

You'll investigate the industrial revolution in Britain, research what shaped the USA into a super state from 1865 to 1975 and explore the making of modern Britain.

This A level is great to study alongside A level Politics and A level Religious Studies.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

All A level study begins in September and will take two years to complete.

What will I study?

Over the course of this A level, you will focus on three separate periods of history, looking at Britain primarily but also the USA.

You will cover the following units:

  • The making of modern Britain: Britain 1951 - 2007
  • The making of a superpower: USA 1865 - 1975
  • The industrial revolution in Britain

Studying A level History demonstrates to employers and universities that you have the ability to make decisions based on evidence, are open minded and interested in worldwide events.

You will also develop transferable skills such as organisation, analytical thinking and evaluation.

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed by examinations at the end of year 13 which will assess both your source analysis skills and your broader essay writing ability.

You will also undertake a historical investigation worth 20% of your overall A level.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have at least five GCSEs at grade 4 (equivalent to grade C) or above, including English and maths. There is no requirement to have studied GCSE history.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2019), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please visit our dedicated Financial Support page.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

A level History is excellent preparation for a wide variety of degrees from history and politics to sociology and law.

Students who go on to study history at university, could secure a career in a number of fields, such as:

  • Law
  • Historical research
  • Archaeology
  • Teaching
  • Social research
  • Heritage and museums

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