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Title: History

Type: A Level

Entry Requirements:It is recommended that you have achieved a minimum of grade 5 in GCSE history.

Course Length: 2 Years

Curriculum Outline: Key Stage 5


History is the story of who we are and where we came from. An exciting adventure across the world and through the ages. Journeying into the past enables us to understand our own identities and the modern world we live in. It helps us to recognise the warning signs of past mistakes and inspires us to build a more positive future.

History is one of the most useful disciplines because it develops a vast array of skills, from analysing conflicting interpretations and evaluating the significance of evidence, to shaping arguments and reaching balanced conclusions.

What will I study

The specification content is divided into two main units:

  • The Tudors: 1485-1603
  • Democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918-1945
Plus, a mini unit on the Modernisation of Russia which can be used for the coursework element (NEA).

How will I be assessed?

This is a two year course with two exams taking place at the end of Year 13 as well as the submission of coursework (NEA).

Assessment Overview

Paper 1 - The Tudors: 1485-1603
40% of total mark

Paper 2 - Democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918-1945
40% of total mark

NEA (Non examined assessment)
20% of total mark

Where can history lead?

History is a highly respected academic subject which prepares students for any career which requires the ability to carry out research, put together a convincing argument, write analytically, and assess reliability and bias.

History is a fascinating subject in its own right, and complements other 'written' subjects, but also can add balance for students choosing to pursue a maths/science route by demonstrating a student's diversity of skills. This is something looked favourably on by universities and employers.

What Students Say:

"Studying history helps me understand change and how the society we live in came to be."

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