Studying history will help you to argue clearly, think logically, evaluate evidence, discuss your own ideas and communicate effectively. You will study a range of social economic and political history, both in Britain and in the wider world. History A level combines well with many other A level subjects, demonstrating you have effective literacy skills and a wide ranging knowledge of world issues. History can give you the skills most employers want and is highly regarded by universities and employers alike.
The A level history course will involve looking at British and American history. Together these courses will cover a period of 200 years.
In year 12 students will study:
Paper 1: Britain Transformed 1918-1997 (30%)
Including: economic and political challenges, the changing role and status of women, the emergence of the Welfare State, race and immigration, the impact of Thatcher’s governments on Britain.
Paper 2: The USA 1955-1992: Conformity and Challenge (20%)
Including: civil rights, the influence of popular culture including TV, film, music, protest movements, Watergate, the roles of presidents such as Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Reagan.
In year 13 students will study:
Paper 3: The British experience of war 1790-1918 (30%)
Including: The Crimean War, The Second Boer War and the impact of the First World War on Britain.
Paper 4: Historical Investigation (20%)
There will also be coursework which will involve studying differing views of historians on a topic such as The Nature of the Nazi Regime.
Paper 1: Breadth study with interpretations 30%
Paper 2: Depth study 20%
Paper 3: Themes in breadth with aspects in depth 30%
History is a good qualification for a wide range of careers such as budding journalists, accountants, lawyers, TV researchers, archaeologists, architects, doctors and teachers to name but a few. The majority of students go on to higher education.