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Course Duration
2 Years

Entry Criteria
GCSE History at Grade 5 or above.
With GCSE English at Grade 5 or above.
GCSE Maths at Grade 4 or above.

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Why study A level History?

What will I study during the course duration?

Component 1: Breadth study – 1C The Tudors: England, 1485–1603

Through this component you will study how the various Tudor monarchs developed their powers and how effectively they governed England across this period. Within this we will analyse the changing nature of England’s place in the wider world and how society and the economy develop within this. We will explore how new intellectual and religious arguments inspire change and rebellion and exactly how these changes have impacted on our lives today.

Component 2: Depth study – 2Q The American Dream: reality and illusion, 1945–1980

This component provides for a study in depth of the challenges faced by the USA at home and abroad as it emerged from the Second World War as a Superpower. For many Americans, post-war prosperity realised the ‘American dream’ but the prosperity was not shared by all and significant problems at home and abroad challenged the extent to which the ‘American dream’ was a reality. It explores concepts and ideas such as American identity at home and abroad, anti-communism, social equality, ethnic identities and federal versus states’ rights. It also encourages students to reflect on the nature of democracy in a pluralist society, political protest and the power of the media.

Component 3: Historical Investigation NEA

The NEA (Non-Examined Assessment) gives the pupils a chance to independently investigate a topic not covered in the exam units in depth over a period of 100 years. Through this investigation they will need to use all their skills accrued in their exam modules as they will not only analyse the changing events and actions but also supplement this with primary and secondary sources to support their arguments.  This unit will challenge the pupils but also help prepare them for the academic rigours of university as they will be researching historians, dissecting primary sources and formulating an analytical argument in 3500-4500 words

How will I be assessed?

A-level students must take assessments in all three of the following components in the same series:

  • Component 1: Breadth study: Exam – 40%
  • Component 2: Depth study: Exam – 40%
  • Component 3: Historical investigation (independent study): 20%

Career opportunities and Future study

Studying History puts students in an ideal position to advance their future career prospects as they will develop many key transferable skills that are very attractive to employers these include:

  • Researching skills: Students will be required to investigate key details from our past and through these investigations discover what ‘truth’ really means and thus develop the ability to be able to recognise myth and propaganda from fact.
  • Problem Solving and Critical Thinking skills: Students will have to break down complex arguments and investigate causes and consequences. To achieve this Understanding how and why people interact and act in certain situations is key. Students will learn what motivates people to act in a certain way 
  • Communication skills: developed not only through debates and presentations but also through academic analytical essays. Students will develop how to construct substantive arguments and counter arguments to promote their views.
  • Global Context: so many of today’s conflicts and alliances have their roots in the past; how can you negotiate with, trade successfully with, or report on a country if you know nothing of its history
Career Pathways

While these skills are transferable to a number of jobs there are some specific jobs that link more directly with these:

  • Teaching in Schools
  • Law
  • The Police and Armed forces
  • National and Local Government
  • Civil Service and Diplomatic Service
  • Media and Journalism
  • Museums and Galleries
  • Heritage Sites and Organisations
  • Records Offices, Archives and Universities
  • Archaeology and Conservation