Key Stage 5


GCE History courses have been designed to help you understand the significance of world events in the past. In the process, you will gain a deeper understanding of social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity. Knowing how and why people acted as they did in the past, helps to understand why they act as they do today and to make sense of the world in which we live.


Progression Opportunities

An A level in History will give you knowledge and skills which will prepare you for higher education and which are useful in any career. Obviously, you could go on to study History further, but it also supports other career paths, like journalism, politics, law, social work and public services.


Programme of Study

In Year you will study 2 Units: ‘Germany, 1918-1989’ and ‘Fascist Italy’, which will cover the first half of the full ‘A’ Level and/or the entire ‘AS’ unit. In Year 13 there will be a coursework assignment, based around an independently researched enquiry on historical interpretations and another examined unit, on ‘The British experience of warfare, 1790-1918’.


Study Methods

A study of A Level History will involve a whole range of study skills from individual research, background reading, group work, discussion and joint examination of key aspects of the work in class. Students will be developing their skills to produce extended written answers and source work analysis, which will be tested in the examinations.


Method of Assessment

In common with all the revised specifications, AS and A levels will be merged. It will still be possible to take the AS at the end of Year 12 OR to take the first part of the full A level. This is because the content is identical for both, although the exam for the full A level will be more demanding. Exams will consist of a mix of essays and source questions, with a separate paper for Units 1, 2 and 3. Unit 4, the coursework, will require a 3000-4000 word write up.


Entry Recommendations

A grade C in History.

Qualification GCE A level History . Awarding Body EDEXCEL