Course Duration: 2 years
Course Level: A Level
Why study History?
- It will give me an insight into the incredible variety of ways in which people have lived in the past
- It can teach me how to argue convincingly and how to spot the weaknesses in other people’s arguments
- I have an interest in the past and a willingness to find out more
- I will learn how to carry out research and extract information from a variety of primary and secondary sources
- It will help me to understand how the modern world has been shaped by the past.
What does the course consist of?
There are three components: two examined topics and a coursework topic.
- The Tudors: England 1485-1603 (examined): An opportunity to study a crucial period of change in England’s history; the reigns of Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I; explore change and continuity in government, religion and ideas, society and economy, foreign relationships and royal authority
- America – A Nation Divided 1845-1877 (examined): Involves studying a period of history in depth; investigate the origins of the American Civil War, the course of the war itself, and its aftermath; incorporates issues such as slavery and abolitionism and civil rights
- Russia 1855-1964 (coursework): Carry out supported independent research in order to write an extended essay answering a question about this period of Russian history; study the Russia of the later tsars, the Russian Revolution, Stalin’s Russia, and the Khrushchev years.
How is this course assessed?
- By examination and through one piece of coursework
- Each examined component is worth 40% of the final A Level, whilst the coursework is worth 20%.
What might this course lead on to?
- A Level History is a well-regarded qualification which provides a sound foundation not only for the further study of History but also for many other university degrees (Politics or Law, for instance). It is particularly useful as a preparation for careers which require you to think critically, such as Law, Management or Journalism.