History A Level aims to introduce more 'stretch and challenge' into the study of history, allowing you to develop expertise in historical skills and acquire knowledge and understanding through the ability to study a wide range of topics in British and European history, across both the Early Modern and Modern periods.
You will be expected to demonstrate the ability to explain, assess and analyse key events and the relationships between different time periods, to recall, select and deploy appropriate knowledge and communicate clearly and effectively, to make judgments and form arguments of interpretations of the past and form their own investigations of the past. In some units they will focus on a short period of time in depth, in others, they will explore a particular theme over a much longer period of time, of at least 100 years of change.
Our mission is to create historians who have an enquiring mind, read critically, are able to appreciate how history is constructed, and see history as an unfolding story which involves us all.
You will study four units.
Early Modern British History. You will study the Early Stuarts, the origins of the Civil War and Cromwell’s protectorate and the restoration of the monarchy.
Dictatorship and Democracy in Germany 1919-63. You will study the Weimar Republic, the creation of a Nazi dictatorship and Germany after World War Two.
Civil Rights in the USA, looking at the struggle of the Native Americans, black Americans, women and labour unions to establish their rights.
You will complete a 3,000 to 4,000 word essay on a topic of your choice within Russia 1900- 1924.
You will be assessed at the end of the second year on all four units in the final examinations for the A Level qualification. The Exam board is OCR, H505.
A Level History will support and expand your studies in many other subject areas. The course goes well with traditional academic subjects such as English and other social sciences subjects such as geography and religious studies.
Our students go on to study at university, often choosing to continue with their studies in history at degree level.