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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?

Young children constantly ask ‘why?’ as they seek to make sense of the world. For a historian this should still be your favourite question.  Over the course of your A level studies we will help you to understand ‘why?’. As part of this learning journey you 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 your independent research skills


By the end of your A level you will have acquired a deeper understanding of key historical events and processes, enabling you to apply your evaluative skills to other aspects of the past as well as the present.


Areas of Study & Assessment

Unit 1 and Unit 2 are taught in Year 12

Unit 1:

Wars of the Roses 1445-1461

The Reigns of Edward IV and Henry VI

The Reign of Richard III

The Reign of Henry VII


Unit 2:

Establishing apartheid

The development of apartheid and growing resistance

The collapse of apartheid 1978-1989

A new South Africa 1989-1999


Unit 3 and Unit 4 are taught in Year 13

Unit 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


Unit 4:

Guided teaching on the beginnings of the Cold War in preparation for independent investigation focused on the historiography of the Cold War


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.


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