A Level History

Exam Board
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Overview
The new A Level requires the study of British and global history as well as units which cover a period of 200 years.

Unit 1: Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VII (1455-1485)

Unit 2: Apartheid and Reconciliation: South African Politics 1948–1999

Unit 3: The Middle East 1908–2011: Ottomans to Arab Spring

Unit 4: The Cold War

Why Choose This?
Over the course of your History A Level, students will:

  • Explore how different factors cause historical events
  • Explain why interpretations of history change over time
  • Identify parallels and differences between different periods and topics in history
  • Interpret a range of primary and secondary source material
  • Craft analytical and relevant essays with an increasing mastery of vocabulary
  • Develop their independent research skills

Areas of Study & Assessment
Year 12:
1.    From Pitt to Peel, British Government in the Age of Revolution 1783-1832, Pitt the Younger, Lord Liverpool and the Tories 1812-1830, Foreign Policy 1783-1830, Peel and the Conservative Party 1832-1846, Peel and Social Reform 1832-1846

2.    Establishing apartheid, The development of apartheid and growing resistance, The collapse of apartheid 1978-1989, A new South Africa 1989-1999

Year 13:
3.    The Role of the Great Powers in the Middle East, Zionism, Israel and the Palestinian Issue, Religion, ethnicity and political minorities, Statehood and Pan-Arabism in the Middle East, independent investigation on either the Cold War, Britain in the twentieth century or possibly a free choice.

4.    Coursework, 4000 word essay on an approved topic

What Our Students Say
I would really recommend an A level in history to anyone who has a genuine interest in the past or in current affairs. It is one of the most highly valued humanities degrees by universities and it can lead to a whole range of career options, not just a history teacher! You need to be a student who has an inquiring mind and who is willing to act on your own initiative to find out the detail of the topics studied.  I’m going to university to study history for three more years but, even if that wasn’t my path, I wouldn’t regret studying history at all. It has made me much more questioning and evaluative about everything I see and hear in life.